About Self Determined Life


Hi I’m Martin Cole

I’m a British born lawyer, financial services risk leader and coach.

Expertise and Experience

I am a professionally certified organisational and executive coach and have a Masters degree (M.Sc.) in Coaching Psychology from the University of Sydney.

I also have a degree in Law and qualified as Barrister, having been called to the Bar to practice in England and Wales (currently non-practicing).

I have spent many years in a variety of employed and self-employed legal, risk management, teaching and coaching roles. I have worked independently and led large teams. I have always had a focus on developing others through coaching, teaching and mentoring.


LLB Hons – 1993

Bar Vocational Course 1994

Call to the Bar of England and Wales 1994 (current non-practicing)

Master of Science, Coaching Psychology, 2016


My mission with the Self Determined Life is to give you the tools and you need to build your life and career successfully and sustainably.

So with my writing, coaching, teaching and training, I promote evidence-backed strategies to help readers build the mental capacity they need to manage the complexities, uncertainties and pressures that they confront on a daily basis.

Why you can trust SelfDeterminedLife.com

What you read here is based on established research and many years of experience in leadership and developing others.

I bring a unique blend of legal expertise, financial services leadership, and professional coaching to the field of personal and professional development.

My journey began in the UK, where I qualified as a barrister and practiced at the Bar in London for several years. However, my passion for fostering growth in others led me down a different path. I transitioned from practicing law to management and leadership roles in regulation, risk management, teaching, and coaching, where I could directly impact individuals’ personal and professional lives.

My academic journey, including earning a Master of Science in Coaching Psychology from the University of Sydney, has equipped me with a deep understanding of the psychological principles that underpin effective coaching and development.

At Self Determined Life, my mission is to provide evidence-backed strategies that empower individuals to build successful and sustainable careers and lives. The strategies and insights shared on my website are grounded in both established research and my extensive experience in leadership and development roles.

This combination of theoretical knowledge and practical application forms the cornerstone of my approach, making Self Determined Life a reliable resource for anyone looking to enhance their capabilities in personal and professional realms.