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The Life And Times Of A Recycled Teenager – Paul D. Lowe & Dr Keith Amoss

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On this episode of the World Game-Changers podcast, Paul is joined by returning guest Keith Amoss to talk about mentally turning the clock back, and finding childlike curiosity, energy and everything that comes with being a young person; whilst amalgamating it with the wisdom of a senior.


  • Old tyres with no tread left get mashed up and turned into material for children’s playparks. This is a fabulous concept; taking something that’s good and bad (like our childhood experiences), taking the good bits and see how you can use them now as an adult, what have you learned?
  • A while back I met some old school friends after many years, sharing jokes and stories on Facebook. We decided to meet up in Canada. One guy used to be the cool guy who everyone looked up to and idolised, another was into motorcycling and was a bit of greaser, and I was a bit middle-of-the-road listening to David Bowie and being abstract. When we got together we didn’t stop talking and were at ease in each other’s company and we managed to think of a few incidences from our school days and our perspectives were different, especially about each other. Perhaps we should ask people we’ve known over the years “what did you think/make of me?”, but that’s a very difficult question to ask people.
  • Relatively speaking, the type of person that you were as a younger person/teenager, whether that’s generous, kind, giving, supportive, friendly, it’s still there throughout your life. Where you see examples of that is when you see people with genuinely childlike qualities in the way they act as an adult. Humour is classic case. You can recycle yourself, but you need to know that things that you need to drop from your teenage years, the things that cause you pain, the things that you need to overcome, the self-work you need to do, and take the good bits.
  • How do we prevent ourselves from wallowing in the past? There is a risk that you look back and see them as the good old days when you were confident and you had everything going for you, you were happy and had so much to offer. It’s both quite complicated but also extremely simple to live in the moment. You also need to be spending about 20% of your time living in the future though, because you need to pay the bills, plan and book trips, etc. However, you’re doing all that stuff today.

‘We’re all tarins going through other peoples’ stations; we go through, we stop for a while, they see a little bit of us, and then we move on'.

‘It’s not what you say, it’s what you make someone feel that counts'.

‘The concept of the recycled teenager in essence is about recalling the past and having the memory, but without having particularly the negative emotion that was associated with things that went on'.

‘We make assumptions that people, when they’re older, have got it, they understand it, they know what’s going on, they don’t get nervous, they’ve got their act together. Talking to  my father who’s in his 80s you realise that even though you’ve been through a lot of life you still don’t understand how things work, you’re still uncertain, you can still have all those emotions of nervousness, uncertainty and fear'.


After some years working for the UK Government in London’s Whitehall, Keith Amoss moved overseas and into the world of international organisations. He spent some 25 years doing the full range of Human Resources activities and held positions as Head of HRM and Head of Talent Management. Keith has lived and worked in five different countries in multinational and multicultural environments.

In his spare time, Keith has enjoyed lecturing for the UK Open University. His passion is helping others to develop, and seeing them achieve their true potential.


Paul has made a remarkable transformation from existing for many years in dark, desperate despair; to now living a really healthy, happy and fulfilling life.

From an early age, he was in the vice-like clutches of the demon drink and constantly embroiled within a dark cocktail of toxic beliefs, self-hate and destructive violence.

Along with his empathetic and dedicated team of world-class coaches and mentors, Paul’s purpose is deeply transformational:

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He is extremely passionate about helping others to find their purpose, have a voice and ultimately, make a real difference.  

This has been built on a long and distinguished history of heart-centred coaching and mentoring.  He has also been responsible for raising significant amounts of funds for many charities and good causes around the world; positively impacting and inspiring thousands of children – mainly from challenging backgrounds – within the UK & worldwide.

Through this World Game-Changers podcast and books, he has been involved in – including being a best-selling co-author – Paul also helps others to get their own inspirational messages and stories out into the world; as well as offering support to many charitable organisations, in their development & fund-raising.

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