Darren Jacklin grew up in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada. At the formative age of one, his four year old sister died from complications due to open heart surgery. This greatly impacted his family. From an early age, Darren had difficulty reading and writing and was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which resulted in him being put on Ritalin. He failed and repeated grade one. Darren was then enrolled in a special education class for the rest of his educational years.
Throughout his time in public school, his attendance in school was greatly affected by his difficulty to focus and make friends. His parents were told that he would not amount to much in life.
At the age of seven, he started a business, naming it “Rent a Kid.” His business involved shovelling snow off sidewalks, mowing lawns and delivering the Regina Leader Post six days a week. His need for external approval and validation were his driving force.
Throughout his education, Darren struggled academically, with low self-confidence. His lack of self worth and feeling that he was never good enough made him feel socially awkward, and invisible. In grade eleven, after his parents’ divorce, a high school teacher and guidance counsellor sat him down one afternoon. He was told that based on his academic achievement, he probably would not go very far in life, or amount to much. Not only did this further damage his self-confidence, but it triggered a relentless drive to prove everyone wrong.
For years following that conversation, Darren did whatever he could to be liked, loved, accepted, and understood.
Shortly after graduating from High School he had tried multiple suicide attempts, including driving his car at 140 km / 85 mph into a telephone pole.
Darren was also a passenger in a car that went out of control on an icy hill and rolled over a forty foot embankment. He was ejected through the windshield of the car. That day, Darren nearly lost his life and for months that followed, had to re-learn how to walk again.
When Darren was in his early twenties, he received a settlement from this accident.
Combining this with income from his “Rent a Kid” business, a few other business ventures and a few thousand dollars he had saved up from his start -up companies, Darren unwittingly signed for loans and lines of credit with unscrupulous investors. Within four months he was broke, homeless, and had lawyers and collection agencies calling him. His car was repossessed, bank accounts frozen, water and electricity disconnected, and he was evicted from his apartment.
Hitting rock bottom, he had no choice but to collect welfare, living on the streets and sleeping in an apple orchard. These early challenges set the scene for a remarkable transformation.
Inspired by a vision
Following these challenges and setbacks, Darren decided to see a psychologist. This psychologist encouraged him to take a Dale Carnegie Training Course. This program changed the course of his life. While in the program, he was invited to attend a Toastmasters International Meeting in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada. At first he struggled to speak in front of a room full of strangers. One day he gave a fifteen minute educational speech. At the end of the meeting, Sue Urquhart, the general evaluator, acknowledged Darren for his remarkable educational speech, stating that Toastmasters Club had an opportunity to mentor Darren in becoming a World Class Professional Speaker. Sue Urqhart’s belief in Darren, changed the trajectory of his life.
Today meet Darren Jacklin
World-Class Professional Speaker, Corporate Trainer, Angel Investor For over 20 years, Darren Jacklin has traveled four continents and personally trained over one million people in over 45 countries.
He has mentored entrepreneurs and business owners on specific and measurable strategies.
These strategies have then been implemented into businesses to increase income, transform obstacles into cash flow and turn passion into profits. Darren has an uncanny ability to increase wealth and success by uncovering hidden assets, overlooked opportunities and undervalued possibilities.
His talent has captured the attention of Tiger 21, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo Finance, NBC TV, CBS TV, Global TV, international radio stations, magazines and newspapers, movie producers, best-selling authors, CEO’s and business experts worldwide.
Darren is also a featured international celebrity in the hit movie The Treasure Map.
Darren Jacklin currently sits on paid International Boards of Directors of public companies and Advisory Boards. He has also personally trained over one hundred and fifty Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, AT&T, Black & Decker, Barclay’s Bank, as well as high school, college, university students and professional athletes.
His experience has connected him with people in more than 128 countries.
Darren Jacklin is also the current Chief Executive Officer of AFS Superfoods LTD.