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Melle van Schaik

Since the start of my career at the Royal Dutch Marines in 1997 I had the pleasure to experience a succession of success. It started with completing the basic royal marines course, l became the youngest to join the counter terrorist unit within the special forces, I won multiple events as an athlete in different sports. After my military career, I traveled the world, visited many conflict areas worldwide for the Department of Foreign Affairs, obtained a degree in veterinary science, co-founded a One Health research center and improved operational processes significantly in multiple companies ……… and my biggest achievement so far is to fail!

I failed to stay true to myself, a year ago I got up in the morning and experienced a severe heartache.  Blood pressure was way beyond healthy. Time stood still. I had to report myself sick. I didn’t see it coming. My body set a boundary. I was embarrassed.

A few weeks later I locked myself up for a week in a cabin high in the Swizz Alps to confront myself with myself. The outcome wasn’t pretty, a complete emotional rollercoaster. How could this happen to me………


Then the process of insights started. With great help from loved ones, friends, colleagues, a coach and my network I gained powerful insights. I learned the true meaning of (dis)connection between mind and body and what it means to stay (not) true to self. That it is all connected and I learned how dominant the role of my ego was in my life. The past year was by far the steepest learning curve of personal development since my puberty.

According to a book by the NY Times author David Brooks I fell down from my ‘first mountain’, a process that is necessary to climb the second. Brooks describes to rise on the first mountain we seek career, wins, high status, money, more material things. But at some point in our lives we might find that we’re not fulfilled to climb further on this mountain, we fall down. Then it is time to climb the second mountain, a mountain that is driven by the heart.

I am dedicated to transfer my professional experience, insights in human and team performance and most importantly my lessons from last year to help other people. Therefor I decided to join forces with my great friend Sander Aarts. Sander and I will further develop Unbreakable Academy in 2020. Together we strive to develop the Unbreakable Academy to become market leader for training in personal leadership, team performance and resilience.


Hope to see you all soon!

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