He fell asleep in my Workshop!

I’ve had some great workshops recently across the country and two which come to mind are Solar Plants and Aggregate Industries. I have delivered workshops to both of these in the past and I love working with both companies. I work in association with Live and Learn Consultancy who are a great organisation and we work very well together.

Solar plants are based near Swansea in Wales and I really enjoy my trips there to deliver training. They have a wonderful dog called Hugo who sits in my workshops and is a model delegate. What a character he is and we all love him. This training was again really enjoyable and the staff are a joy to work with.

Mental Resilience is a hot topic

Aggregate Industries is a large organisation with headquarters in the East Midlands and I really enjoy delivering my Mental Resilience Masterclass to their staff. I have run quite a few of these now and no matter which group I am working with the feedback is always positive and enthusiastic. This recent Masterclass is no exception and I had a great time with fantastic staff members.

An impossible achievement

The Brooklyn Bridge in the USA that spans the river tying Manhattan Island to Brooklyn is truly a miracle bridge. In 1863, a creative engineer named John Roebling was inspired by an idea for this spectacular bridge. However, bridge-building experts throughout the world told him to forget it; it could not be done.

Roebling convinced his son, Washington, who was a young up and coming engineer, that the bridge could be built. The two of them developed the concepts of how it could be accomplished and how the obstacles could be overcome. With un harnessed excitement and inspiration, they hired their crew and began to build their dream bridge.

A tragic accident

The project was only a few months under construction when a tragic accident on the site took the life of John Roebling and severely injured his son, Washington. Washington was left with permanent brain damage and was unable to talk or walk.

Everyone felt that the project would have to be scrapped since the Roeblings were the only ones who knew how the bridge could be built. Even though Washington was unable to move or talk, his mind was as sharp as ever, and he still had a burning desire to complete the bridge.

You choose how you respond

An idea hit him as he lay in his hospital bed, and he developed a code for communication. All he could move was one finger, so he touched the arm of his wife with that finger, tapping out the code to communicate to her what to tell the engineers who were building the bridge.

For thirteen years, Washington tapped out his instructions with his finger until the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge was finally completed.

Thoughts for the week.

1. How do you respond when you experience something negative?
2. Washington chose to respond in a positive way and that changed everything.
3. When you face something negative in the future, be aware that you can choose how you respond to almost every situation.
4. If you respond in a positive way you will be amazed by what can be achieved.

Well that’s it for another week. Have a wonderful sunny weekend and until next time stay positive.

Warm regards


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