The Power of Persistence

What a fun week it has been this week with a trip to Oban in Scotland to run my Mental Resilience Masterclass to a fantastic company called Aggregate Industries. This was a long two-day trip with a drive to East Midlands airport, a plane trip to Glasgow, then a hire car to the site near Oban two and a half hours away.

When I thought about the long journey there and back, my heart sank a little as it meant a lot of hours travelling, but like most good things in life, they take some effort. You have to put the work in to get the pleasure.

What amazing beauty

In this case the pleasure was two-fold. Firstly, the drive between Glasgow and Oban was staggeringly beautiful. My jaw dropped on many occasions during the two-hour journey. The drive beside Loch Lomond was so amazing. The water so calm and the woodland so pretty. The sun was shining all the way to Oban.

Then the following day I had the pleasure of delivering my Mental Resilience Masterclass to the management team of the Rhugh Garbh Depot, in Barcaldine, Argyle. Aggregate Industries is part of Lafarge Holcim, the biggest construction materials supplier in the world. Aggregates have 4,000 employees and this is the 9th Masterclass I have run for them.

What a great group to work with

They were a fantastic group to work with and it was pure joy to go through the day with them laughing and learning together. The feedback has yet again been very positive and I am so pleased to have a product which is consistently very well received.

It has taken me 7 long years to develop this Masterclass and keynote talk on Mental Resilience and all this work is finally paying off. It is a joy to see the techniques I teach impacting people’s lives.

Persistence is paying off

I could have given up many times over the past 7 years but I believed in myself and I believed in the joy of helping others. Last Friday I had a really good meeting with a large international client who are considering using me in October for a Wellbeing week they run each year which is very exciting.

Recently I read about the actor, writer, director Tyler Perry who has an amazing story of persistence and refining his product until it became a huge hit.

Tyler Perry

‘Tyler Perry had a rough childhood. He was physically and sexually abused growing up, got kicked out of high school, and tried to commit suicide twice—once as a preteen and again at 22. At 23 he moved to Atlanta and took up odd jobs as he started working on his stage career.

In 1992 he wrote, produced, and starred in his first theatre production, I Know I’ve Been Changed, somewhat informed by his difficult upbringing. Perry put all his savings into the show and it failed miserably; the run lasted just one weekend and only 30 people came to watch.

He kept up with the production, working more odd jobs and often slept in his car to get by. Six years later, Perry finally broke through when, on its seventh run, the show became a success.

He’s since gone on to have an extremely successful career as a director, writer, and actor. In fact, Perry was named Forbes’ highest paid man in entertainment in 2011.’

Thoughts for the week:

1. Self-belief is knowing that you have what it takes to make it against the odds.
2. You have to believe in yourself and remove doubts quickly.
3. What is your inner voice saying to you on a daily basis?
4. You need to maintain a positive mindset and positive inner voice to succeed.

Well that’s if for this week have a wonderful weekend and stay positive.

Warm regards


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