Dr. Hyong's Story - Life Coach

Personal life Coach Dr. Nam Hyong, hypnotherapist, life coach and business coach

Dr. Hyong didn’t plan on creating Personal Success Systems or becoming a life coach. He initially pursued a career in Economics, with the goal of returning to South Korea and advancing the economy. After receiving his M.S. in Economics from Illinois State University in 1984 and running his own Tae Kwon Do academies, though, he realized his passion wasn't Economics but was for guiding the improvement of others. Dr. Hyong knew that physical strength was not enough to succeed in life, and he wanted to see his students develop their confidence and self-discipline using proven psychological techniques. 

In 1987, Dr. Hyong attended the Harvard University symposium held by renowned Psychology professor Dr. David McClelland on Achievement Motivation and “Improving Human Performance by Adjusting Self-Image.” Hyong learned that the subconscious mind, which controls our mindset and behaviors, is where the seed of our ambitions are created. This serves as the basis for Dr. Hyong’s results-driven approach. In 1995 after studying psychologist Dr. Milton Erickson’s use of medical hypnosis and Erickson’s beliefs on the power of the subconscious mind, Dr. Hyong studied Richard Bandler’s Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), based in part on Erickson’s work, and became a certified NLP trainer, followed by receiving his Ph.D. in Psychology/Hypnotherapy from La Salle University in 1997 and founding Personal Success Systems.

Dr. Hyong incorporated elements from each of these well-known innovators to create his results-driven, signature approach. When he applied it to his martial arts students, he saw a dramatic difference. Dr. Hyong has since used these same techniques to help countless students and clients overcome personal obstacles and achieve their life goals. He can help you break through mental blocks to achieve success and live the life you wan


BS in Business 

MS in Economics/special membership for excellence in Economics 

Minor in Psychology 

Ph.D. in Hypnotherapy 


Board certified hypnotherapist

Grand Master in Tae Kwon Do

2x Silver Medalist in Korean National Tae Kwon Do competition

2004 & 2005 Chicago Korean Community Tennis Champion

Certified NLP Trainer (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)

Completed Achievement Motivation Symposium @ Harvard University

Speech Champion of Chicago Southwest Div. Toastmasters International


Articles In Chicago Tribune, Naperville Sun, Bloomington Pantagraph, 

Daily Illini and Tae Kwon Do Times