• Mental Performance

    A Systematic Approach

  • My Blog & System 438

    System 438

    Breaking The Trauma Code, Unlocking Mental Performance

    There is now a simple systematic approach to mental health and mental performance with no downside. You can change faster, be happier, lower stress and exceed expectations in performance or through recovery. See the story. Consider following my blog here


    If you are leading or managing other people or considering the prospect of leading or managing other people, System 438 is of critical importance to you. System 438 is designed to scale and to provide competitive advantage. Start now with System 438 online Playbook

  • Who Doug Smith is

    NHL Player, Author, Speaker

    Doug Smith

    Doug Smith grew up in Canada's capital city on the south shore of the Ottawa River. At just 16 Doug was drafted from the Nepean Raiders into the OHL and played for the Ottawa 67s. At 17 he won the Ontario Hockey League's Academic Award and at 18 years 2 weeks old, Doug was drafted 2nd overall into the National Hockey League.


    Doug would play that first year for the Los Angeles Kings as their youngest player ever and be the only player on the L.A. Kings that year to play all league and all playoff games. In those same playoffs, Doug and the LA Kings would set a record that still holds today. It is called, The Miracle on Manchester and today, is still the greatest comeback in NHL Playoff History.


    In game #607, at age 29, Doug went head first, full speed into the end boards, shattering the 5th and 6th cervical vertabrae and tearing the ligaments in the back of his neck. He would later wake up in ICU, a quadriplegic. No arms, no legs, no bladder, no bowels.


    Doug's keynote story and books are about the achievement of high performance, facing a tragic end, becoming aware for the first time and using System 438 to get better and better. 

    System 438 will break down the barriers and help build high performance in you, in your family and in your workplace.


    See endorsements below

  • Management

    “Bringing out the best is the goal; dignity, respect, empathy, humility, confidence, is the approach. Subconsciously, I was always there, now I understand it better and have made that link with my conscious self. Thank-you for helping me understand that this philosophy on life is not merely an idea or thought, but a fundamental truth to what it is to be a human being.” 


    - Manager & Attendee - Hydro Ottawa Keynote Presentation


    “Doug shocked the hockey world with his comeback to the NHL after his first accident. His second recovery after breaking his neck was unbelievable. Everyone can benefit from reading The Trauma Code.”


    - Ron Maclean, Hockey Night in Canada Broadcaster


    “The Trauma Code is a fascinating read that will no doubt improve your quality of life! Doug Smith not only provides fresh, eye-opening insights into how we, as humans, have a subconscious need to support others, he explains how we can leverage that basic desire to achieve higher levels of health, happiness, and success.”


    - Ivan Misner PhD., NY Times bestselling author, Founder of BNI and Referral Institute

    Canadian Armed Forces

    “After hearing Doug Smith speak I went full force into working towards my own dreams. People told me that I would never own my own gym ... on the 15th of October, I move in as the owner of the Phaze1 Fitness Centre. I am going to take on some medically releasing soldiers and pass on the same encouragement I got from seeing and hearing Doug at Algonquin College. Thank you so very much.”


    - Erica Murphy, Former Canadian Armed Forces Officer

    News Anchor

    "Doug personifies inspiration; he captures audiences easily, and engages them to find their own power to make life better for others."


    - Max Keeping, CTV News

    MD, MPH, President

    “Doug Smith is a great example of what someone can accomplish if they set their mind in the right direction. His inspirational message is an excellent supplement to professional health care.”


    Dr. Paul Roumeliotis MD, MPH, Health Communications Pioneer – Public Health leader – President,  Association of Local Public Health Agencies

    National Defence

    “The feedback on your presentation we received from the participants was simply outstanding! You delivered a practical model for organizational transformation aimed at creating a high performance work culture and I would highly recommend this presentation to other organizations.”


    - Major-général/Major-General J.-M. Lanthier

    Commander, Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre

    Department of National Defence/ Government of Canada

    PhD, Human Kinetics

    “Doug Smith is an excellent speaker and an amazing human being. Without a doubt his story is inspirational! It will bring both tears to your eyes and energy to your gut. His philosophy is well grounded in scientific research and personal experience which is a welcome change from the garden variety motivational speaker. I would recommend Doug to any of my colleagues and/or clients.”


    - Sommer Christie PhD student in Human Kinetics


    “Doug’s presentation was in perfect alignment with the leadership workshop and strongly reinforced the key leadership themes we delivered to our management team. You delivered the inspiring messages that we hoped for and our entire team got so much more.”


    James S. Paul, President & CEO | Président et premier dirigeant

    Defence Construction Canada | Construction de Défense Canada


    “Through his kindness, his openness, his calm- ness and his skills Doug can move mountains for people. A connector, writer and thoughtful communicator, Doug is a special man to know and a great person to pass onto others.”


    - Penny Power, co-founder, Ecademy

    Competitive Advantage

    “You provided me with clear options I did not have before I attended your presentation. As
    a CEO I am always looking for the hidden competitive advantage and you delivered it to me in 45 minutes. Thank-you”


    Robert Saric – CEO, WhyHireMe

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  • Books

    " Doug's books are a must read for those studying personal development, recovery and performance. It is rare that personal achievement and the science to back it up are demonstrated in the same book. Doug Smith has done it! "
    - Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul