You’ve been dead too long. Welcome back to life. I’ve missed that smile!
These words from Keith Schmidt‘s wife awaited him at the successful end of a 75-hour learning and life reset experience.
Keith had repressed and suppressed so much trauma from his life and job that he was on autopilot, careening toward disaster in his marriage, fatherhood, relationships, and personal health. Despite a career in team-based public service organizations, Keith was utterly alone. He had isolated himself in his own suffering and had forgotten the power and necessity of brotherhood, feeling able to ask for and offer help, and choosing hard every day – not feeling victimized by life.
There are no coincidences. Keith found the shock and rebirth he needed at just the right time. Now, in addition to continuing to serve his community, Keith shares his experiences to inspire others to their own fullest potential.
- A life of service
- The power of What If?
- Suffering in silence
- Sexual abuse in men
- Redefining healthy manhood
- Asking for help
- Doing hard things daily
Keith Schmidt is a Lieutenant Firefighter Medic and former U.S. Navy Rescue Swimmer. His mission is in serving his community and country but his passion and every day purpose is as a husband and as a father to two girls. The work he puts in daily, even and especially when life and excuses get in the way, is to be able to come home and be present for the family as his best and highest possible self.
Keith is also a survivor of sexual abuse and PTSD – both all too common but often unspoken. Outside of his responsibilities with the Fire Department, Keith speaks to groups and corporations about his journey. Call it motivational coaching, but his ultimate hope is that sharing his story and traumas transparently will connect deeply with others who can relate and open up, possibly for the first time.
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