As an 18 year-old, Dr Paul Wood was completely off the rails. He wasn’t coping with the impending death of his mother, he was dependent on drugs, and was an unemployed high-school dropout who was committing crimes to feed his habit.
Two days after his mother died he lost control when his then drug dealer attempted to sexually assault him. Paul was convicted of murder for this offence and then spent more than a decade in some of New Zealand’s toughest prisons. During this period Paul became the first person in New Zealand’s history to progress through undergraduate and Masters degrees while in prison. He was also the first person to begin a Doctorate while incarcerated. Paul’s educational pursuits dovetailed with a journey of personal exploration and change, both of which gave him a profound understanding of the ingredients required to successfully strive towards our potential, deal with the challenges of change, and build the mental toughness and resilience necessary to flourish in adversity.
Paul speaks to the human experience and provides practical insight on how to build mental toughness and resilience, the importance of self-reflection and personal accountability in growth, how to identify and maximize our potential, and how to turn adversity to your advantage
Pic Picot is the Owner/Founder of Pic’s Peanut Butter, a simple blend of roasted peanuts and salt that in nearly 12 years has become the best-selling peanut butter in New Zealand.
Pic, a legally blind peanut butter lover, with no experience in the food industry, made his first peanut butter for him and his son’s enjoyment in 2007, roasting nuts in a concrete mixer in his garage and selling his first jars at the Nelson Saturday market.
Pic’s Peanut Butter World, his new factory, cafe and visitor experience, opened in February this year, employing 45 people, and producing around 25,000 jars a day, with exports to Australia, China, the UK, the US, the Middle East and South East Asia.
In 2018, Pic was made a member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to business and philanthropy.