Hey, I’m Martin…
I’m an author, speaker, coach and practitioner of purpose on a mission to help one million people teach their PIGGs to fly with The PIGG Principle. For fun I fly airplanes, lift weights and occasionally wear a Speedo on stage.
Life was hard as a kid with the last name Pigg, until mom told me how police in the 60’s took the derogatory use of the word, Pig, and created an acronym which stood for pride, integrity and guts. She told me that I also had pride, integrity and guts, and that because I had an extra G in my name, it meant that I had twice as many guts as anybody else. Mom’s story was my introduction to the idea that anything was possible for me.
Growing up, folks often used the phrase “when pigs fly” when they believed that something was impossible to achieve. But with my last name and mom’s story of my invincibility, I chose to use the phrase as fuel to prove the doubters wrong. And then many years later when I earned my pilot’s license I was sure that if this Pigg could fly, then anything really was possible.
What I’ve learned from five decades of observation and personal experience is that the single most important question we can ever ask ourselves is this:
“Why am I here?”
And I’ve also learned that the best way to find and live our answer to the question is through the intentional pursuit of our greatest passion.
I can say with certainty that I’ve accomplished everything that has ever really mattered to me, including starting an international business, flying airplanes, entering bodybuilding competitions in my 50’s (that’s the Speedo part) and the soul-inspiring work I do now, as well as healing from profound personal loss, with Passion, Intention, Gratitude and Grace (PIGG).
10 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ME
MOM TAUGHT ME TO SMOKE WHEN I WAS 10
Walking home from school one afternoon I spotted a half-smoked cigar on the road and told mom that I wanted to smoke it. She told me to put it in my mouth as she lit it and told me to take the biggest breath possible. It was the first and only time I ever smoked and convinced me that my dad’s two pack a day habit wasn’t as cool as it looked.
ESCAPING THE SLAMMER
After graduating from college I spent four years working in Texas penitentiaries and I speak from experience when I say that nothing could ever do more to convince you that there had to be a better way to make a living than the first time you experience tear gas without a mask during a riot.
MY FAVORITE CHEAT MEAL
After weeks of intense dieting for competition nothing gets me more excited than when my coach allows me to have a cheat meal. And my go-to cheat meal is always sushi and nigiri.
I DIDN’T EXPECT TO BE KIDNAPPED
Fortunately, the family in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia that hatched the plan to force me to marry their daughter wasn’t very good at carrying it out.
GYMS ARE MY SANCTUARY
At the lowest points in my life I can always walk into a gym and lift weights to take my mind off of whatever is going wrong at the time.
MY GUILTY PLEASURE
I would almost rather run a red light than stop my car at any corner where there’s a Popeye’s because their biscuits and my diets do not go well together. If you’ve ever had one (or three), you know exactly what I’m talking about.
I’VE FLOWN VOLUNTEER MISSIONS FOR PILOT’S N PAWS
Pilots n Paws works with volunteer pilots to rescue dogs and cats from high kill shelters and fly them to their new forever homes.
I’M LIKELY THE ONLY ONE
I haven’t done any research on the subject, but I would guess that I’m the only ex American prison guard that has ever sold pipeline equipment to Russian oil companies.
YOU MAY KNOW HER FROM DANCING WITH THE STARS
Carrie Ann Inaba was the person who helped me get through the worst day of my life when my mom died tragically and unexpectedly in my arms.
COMEDY HELPED ME HEAL
Taking improv classes at SAK Comedy Lab in Orlando helped restore my creativity and was a big part of healing from the death of my mom.