Our Mission

We are dedicated to empowering people with a simple and effective framework for high performance fearless living. Our program and events provide the principles to become your own life architect and the tools to constantly review and upgrade every aspect.

We live in an era where self-awareness and curiosity have been ditched in favour of learning that focuses on all things external from trigonometry to Shakespeare. But there is so much more to being human than learning how to pass exams or being a doctor, plumber, accountant or beautician. These are things we do to make money and find fulfilment. But they do not define who we are. We are so much more than that.

At a Higher Branch Success Academy, we take a holistic look at personal performance by using the eight areas of life as the roadmap to life and the five-step method for conscious living as the guide to growing in each of them.

Our aim is to help you live a complete life and not just a balanced one. We will help you find meaning and purpose, not just happiness.

Once you attend one of our Upgrade Your Life events or complete The Power of Eight program, you become a member of A Higher Branch Success Academy community for life. You will receive priority registration for all future events, before they are offered to the public. You will also receive VIP invitations to special one-off events and workshops held during the year by our team of subject matter experts.



It was a phenomenal weekend on many levels. Thank you so much.

Anastasia Massouras

Mark Bunn

A one-of-a-kind and a must-read for anyone looking for a holistic way of integrating all parts of their life. This is the magic of Sam’s book. He has a unique way of seeing things. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Mark Bunn
Bestselling Author of 'Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health' and International Health and Performance Speaker.


Words can’t describe the impact he has had. My congratulations on a massive 2 days with the greatest finale ever.

Damon Rodd

Higher Branch 1

Whether you are a CEO, stay at home parent, retiree or student, A Higher Branch Success Academy will bring all areas of your life into clear focus.

Cathy Dimarchos
CEO - Australia


Thanks so much team for a great weekend. Can’t wait to come back next year. Really really enjoyed it. And the boat ride was spectacular. Sam I’m currently reading your book. And I love it so far. Thank you.

Paula Pool


What an outstanding event which provides simple practical framework required to live a life of completeness.

Bernard Desmond

Higher Branch 2

I will be letting all of my friends know about A Higher Branch Success Academy. I hope they reach as many people as possible.

Tom Sullivan
Accounts Manager, Publishing - Australia


Thank you for a weekend that exceeded our expectations and then some.

Stacy Copas

Carl Honore

A simple, smart and sage guide to rebooting every aspect of your life. Packed with all the inspiration, knowledge and techniques you need to become the best version of yourself.

Carl Honore
An award winning writer, broadcaster and TED speaker


Thank you for such an incredible weekend and I’m so
taken by what I have learnt about myself and what I can take away to help me with my professional development as well. I was so honoured to hear my heroes Jim Kwik and David Goggins speak and so pleased

Simran Basson

Higher Branch 7

I am now living my life by the eight trees and the circle of conscious living.

Sandy Aitkenhead

Higher Branch 4

I have seen positive changes almost instantly in areas of my life that I have been neglecting. I have recommended it to my closest friends and family.

Scott Dalton
Real Estate Agent - Australia

Higher Branch 8

You have inspired me every time I have interacted with you. Thank you once again for everything. I look forward to growing under your leadership and coaching.

Bernard Desmond


What a transformative 2 days. I’ve been to dozens of conferences previously, and have never seen such great leadership to give such structure and glue to the facilitators. The lineup was a top shelf of international thought leadership facilitators. I agree with Sam’s speaker introduction that David Goggins is possibly the most influential man on the planet right now. Thanks Sam and the team for an authentic, caring, community approach to upgrading our lives have several practical and effective tools that I WILL implement.

Martin Beanland


I just want to once again personally thank A Higher Branch Academy for your efforts in putting together the most insightful weekend of my life including giving me the opportunity to meet David Goggins and have 2mins to show him my appreciation. It meant so much to me I’m shacking once again as I write this. Listening to others share their stories with David put me at easy and at home in many ways. With or without Goggins I will be back next year bigger and stronger. Love you all. Cheers, peace out.

Todd Wegner


Secured my spot for 2021. Bringing my husband next year. Such an amazing event and such a wonderful Upgrade Your Life Community. I’ve connected with some wonderful individuals. We are staying in touch to see how we progress through the year!!So Thankyou I’ve met some amazing people on the weekend, I felt like I wanted to meet everyone to hear their stories. Thankyou for an incredible event, came to see Goggins but got so much more!! Your speakers have given me so much information to get me to that next level. For many years. I’ve been looking for an event that can guide me with Self Identity, Mindset/Brainpower/Nutrition and Meditation I feel so blessed to have experienced what you have created and I’m telling everyone I know about the event. I cannot Thankyou enough!!

Brooke Feenan


Thank you so much for the great weekend! I feel so blessed and upgraded! I am so glad and
grateful for the opportunity. ❤

Areeba Emmanuel


Thank-You to Sam and all the behind the scenes team who made the event flow & of course all the guest speakers! What an amazing service to gift the community. Maddox and I had such a great time & we connected & strengthened our bond. Maddox is a man of few words & some of conversations that we have had over the weekend I get to see that he is
maturing in well rounded human being & I am so thankful that all the information he got over the weekend will in some way always resonate in the back of his mind while he living & growing his life. I also have a huge THANK-YOU to David Goggins for asking Maddox to sit with him last night downstairs on the cruise while I had my dancing shoes on, he only asked him three questions but that simple invite those simple three questions put the biggest smile on his face and made Maddox feel so honoured he has not stopped telling me about it. Looking forward to continuing to be part of the growing higher branch community.

Casey-Lee Powell


Thank you for an amazing two days. I just loved it. Met so many nice people and learnt so much.

Alex Pike

Higher Branch 3

A Higher Branch Success Academy is compulsory for anyone serious about business excellence and wealth creation.

Bakous Makari
Wealth Creation Expert and Winner 2010 Business Person of the Year - Australia

Higher Branch

A Higher Branch Success Academy embraces all the values that are close to my heart. Inspiring, thought-provoking and action-provoking! It is this type of philosophy that the world needs right now.

Mark Lehane
CFO - Australia


Who knew that this interview was going to be such GOLD! And I was honoured to witness it! To be in the presence of such a respected, humble, aligned, gracious, humorous, open minded, quick witted individual that is David Goggins. WOW what an experience. I so wish I could watch a replay! Dr Jenn Mann was the perfect interviewer and I certainly loved the touching audience stories of Goggins influence in their lives.

Joanne McPhee


There are events that claim to have a mind, body, wealth and health connection and there are events that deliver. Upgrade Your Life is an event for those that have a deep passion for exiting mediocrity and clearly breaking down the tools for joy, health and prosperity. If you want to take things to the next level in areas of Charity, Love, Family, Work, Friendship, Learning or Wealth, Sam and his team have nailed the magic formulae. Keep changing the world guys, it’s working.

Barry Nicolaou


Thank you Sam and to all of the people involved in organising such a fantastic event over the
weekend. It was an amazing experience and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to be
there and experience it! Now to implement the learnings and have an amazing 2020!
All the best guys and much love. ❤

Daniel Gaffney


Thanks again for organising an awesome event. I met so many people over the
past 2 days! The event was very well run with amazing speakers, great food and memorable after parties. It was a great way for us to hit the reset button and kick start 2020. We’ve reserved our seats for 2021 and we are looking forward to see what you have planned. Wishing you all the best and thank you for welcoming us into the upgrade your life community.

David Le

Higher Branch 5

A Higher Branch Success Academyhas given me the courage and strength to make important life decisions. It also provided me with the answers so simply and taught me to live my true self.

Therese Slan
Financial Counsellor - Australia


I just want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU for this weekend. I’ve been on cloud 9 since I’ve come away. It was honestly one of the best weekends of my life. You guys absolutely smashed it!!! You should be so so proud. The work that clearly went into that event didn’t go unnoticed. I can’t wait for next year already! Thank you from the bottom of my heart 💛💛💛

Chloe Freason

Higher Branch 6

A Higher Branch Success Academy is a breath of fresh air. The principles are powerful and the results have been nothing short of remarkable.

Paul Agnew
Managing Partner, McKays Solicitors - Australia


Thank you again for a life evaluation, A kick in the arse and a strategic start to 2020.



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