This week we have our cousin from Australia staying with us for a few days and we have enjoyed many places of interest. On Saturday we went out for the day to visit the Galleries of Justice, then a tour of Chatsworth House finished with a lovely meal in Castleton in the Derbyshire Peak District.
Because of this trip the blog has been delayed by one day and I hope you can forgive me for this as I know many of you look forward to receiving this on Saturday.
An exciting week of bookings
This has been a great week and I have had two bookings confirmed by speaking agency Champions. The first is at the end of the month and is a private dinner for 15 specially invited guests in a private room at an exclusive restaurant in London.
This will involve me speaking for around 45 minutes without any slides or projection just sharing my story of inspiration and bouncing back from several big challenges in my life. I am really looking forward to this as I have never done anything like this before, but my story is authentic and that is what they want. I will of course be taking my basketball with me.
The second is also a booking from Champions and is in London at the end of this month where I am delivering a Keynote talk at a National HR and Finance conference. This again is really exciting as I will have time to go through some actual practical exercises with the delegates to teach them some amazing mental resilience techniques.
The final bit of good news is that Rolls Royce have confirmed my first booking since Covid hit. It has been over two years since I had the privilege of running my sessions for staff at Rolls Royce and it is very exciting to be back working with them again.
A amazing story of bravery
I came across this amazing story of remarkable courage and bravery during the second world war. I have never heard of this man before but for him to rescue so many injured soldiers without himself being shot is truly remarkable.
Desmond Doss: Non-combatant who rescued 75 men, one at a time, while under fire
Desmond Doss’ religion forbade him from carrying a gun or threatening another human life, which was very inconvenient when he was drafted into the Second World War.
So Doss was a conscientious objector, placed as a non-combatant, and was the target of ridicule from the other soldiers. He was serving as a field medic in Okinawa when the Japanese attacked his unit on top of a cliff, cutting down nearly every man.
Doss quickly rigged up a stretcher that could be lowered by a series of ropes and pulleys to the ground below. Then, by himself and under fire, he retrieved each soldier in his unit one at a time and lowered them to safety.
President Truman said it was 75 men that Doss pulled to safety when he presented him the Medal of Honour, but Doss insists it was closer to 50.
That was only one instance of astonishing bravery and self-sacrifice Doss displayed throughout his military service. His story is told in the documentary The Conscientious Objector.
He totally ignored his own safety
What an amazing story. He gave everything he had to his role, and he didn’t think about his own safety just the safety of his comrades. What a wonderful selfless life he lived. The fact that he wasn’t shot was some sort of miracle because he was under fire the whole time while rescuing his comrades.
I could have given up on Rolls Royce
During Covid I lost all my business including Rolls Royce and it was a tough time as it was for millions. I was 66 years of age and receiving my state pension. I could have given up, but I didn’t. I created an online series of Masterclasses and wrote my second book.
I also kept in touch with all my clients in order not to be forgotten. Then as things started to open up again the bookings started to come back. It would have been easy to give up but it’s far more exciting to carry on!
You can only see a few steps ahead
When you are camping and in the dark walking back to your tent with a torch, you can only see a few steps ahead but that is enough to keep you going until you reach your destination. You know it’s there and it’s just a matter of taking enough steps to get there.
So, when you have a goal or challenge to overcome it can be overwhelming but if you take the same approach as you do when you have a torch when camping, you will have a much better chance of getting there.
We need to believe it is achievable and step by step we are getting closer to success. It is just a matter of taking enough steps to get there.
Thoughts for the week.
- Are you waiting for something to happen, and are you losing hope?
- Have you given up and feel you will never succeed?
- Persistence is one of the most important keys to success and sometimes we just need to keep going regardless – believing that it can happen.
- If we just keep plodding on taking one step after the other, bit by bit we get closer until one day we arrive at our destination.
Well that’s it for this week have a wonderful weekend and keep believing.