My Personal Growth Path

Nate Thurgood Author Interview

REACH helps readers find their potential by focusing on five key areas to improve in order to live their best life. Why was this an important book for you to write?

I’ve learned through my own winding journey that your personal growth is capped unless you look outside yourself and help others to grow too. So I’m very focused as a part of my personal growth path to help others to become their best and live meaningful lives. But that’s not where REACH first started.

I came up with the concepts in REACH to help improve my own life during an unexpectedly difficult period. Initially, I thought I was alone in my struggles. But as I was more open about my difficulties and the success I was having with the concepts in REACH, I found that many people, maybe even most, faced similar struggles and were looking for help. Some other people started using the REACH framework with similarly positive success, so I decided to more formally write down the REACH concepts. It wasn’t until my REACH partners encouraged me to keep writing that the idea for a book emerged.

You include personal stories in this book, what was the hardest one for you to write about?

The story about my mom and reference to her in the acknowledgments section were the most emotionally difficult for me to write. My mom and I were very close and she was always there for me when I needed her. For most of my life, she struggled with debilitating health issues and wasn’t able to participate in life the way that she wanted. And I always admired her ability to endure her challenges and keep pushing to become better.

A few months before I started writing the book, my mom passed suddenly and unexpectedly due to a health issue. Her passing was devastating and I thought about her frequently during the writing process. I didn’t initially expect to include anything about my mom in the book, but as the manuscript evolved, I found that her story fit perfectly. Writing about her was difficult, but it meant a lot to me to be able to honor her in that way.

What is one piece of advice someone gave you that changed your life?

I’ve been fortunate to have received fantastic advice from many people, including my dad. Ever since I was a kid, my dad has encouraged me to find ways to create optionality in my life. Options give you flexibility and that flexibility often has tremendous value. While there have been times throughout my life where I haven’t done a good job of creating optionality, having that mindset instilled in me from an early age has helped me on many occasions. I often fallback to this advice when I’m having difficulty, whether that be with a work or personal challenge.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I have ideas for a few other books in the personal development and business genres. But right now, I’m focused on creating supplemental REACH content that I’m distributing through the REACH website ( and building a community around the concept. I believe there is so much opportunity for REACH to have a positive impact on the lives of many and I’m on a mission to help make that happen.

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Now is the time to recognize the massive, untapped potential within you, to discover what is possible in your life, and to take meaningful action to maximize your full potential. Now is the time to follow the pathway to become truly exceptional and begin living your best life.
REACH provides a holistic, customizable framework to maximize your personal growth and development across all areas of your life. Centered on five personal development focus areas and the formation of a tight-knit support group, REACH enables you to accelerate your growth beyond what you thought possible.
Using the step-by-step guidance offered in REACH, you develop a bold, aspirational view of what you want your life to be in the future and take action to harmonize your growth around what matters most to you. But, achieving your full potential is difficult to do on your own. This is where your group of trusted advisors comes in, as they regularly hold you accountable, provide support and encouragement, and advise you on your growth journey. You do the same in return and in the process develop meaningful and lasting friendships.
With personal insights from the author, REACH is a real-world, “been there, done that” take on self-help that’s designed to help you maximize your potential and live your best life.
You have so much to look forward to and your future is far brighter than you can see today. So prepare yourself, choose your traveling companions wisely, and REACH.

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