What is Holding You Back?

I came across this story about an experiment featuring a shark and fish bait which demonstrates really well how constant failure can make us give up.

Don’t assume you are going to fail

“During a research experiment a marine biologist placed a shark into a large holding tank and then released several small bait fish into the tank.

As you would expect, the shark quickly swam around the tank, attacked and ate the smaller fish.

The marine biologist then inserted a strong piece of clear fiberglass into the tank, creating two separate partitions. She then put the shark on one side of the fiberglass and a new set of bait fish on the other.

Again, the shark quickly attacked. This time, however, the shark slammed into the fiberglass divider and bounced off. Undeterred, the shark kept repeating this behavior every few minutes to no avail. 

Meanwhile, the bait fish swam around unharmed in the second partition. Eventually, about an hour into the experiment, the shark gave up.

This experiment was repeated several dozen times over the next few weeks.

Each time, the shark got less aggressive and made fewer attempts to attack the bait fish, until eventually the shark got tired of hitting the fiberglass divider and simply stopped attacking altogether.

The marine biologist then removed the fiberglass divider, but the shark didn’t attack. The shark was trained to believe a barrier existed between it and the bait fish, so the bait fish swam wherever they wished, free from harm.”

This makes you think

This is food for thought regarding any barriers we have created in our lives which are only in our minds yet they stop us going for things which we could succeed in.

A great week

What a great week this has been with a 2-hour Masterclass to the staff of West Nottinghamshire College on Monday, a full day Masterclass to Radius Payments staff on behalf of Live and Learn on Tuesday and a 2-hour Masterclass to Primary Care Doncaster GPs and Nurses on Wednesday.

All three of these Masterclasses received wonderful feedback and I am humbled by the comments people are making following these sessions. I deliver something simple yet very relatable and powerful.

Amazing techniques

The techniques I share which I have discovered over a number of years really do change people’s lives. Three nurses came up to me at the end of the Primary Care Doncaster Masterclass and told me what a big impact my Masterclass had on them. One was in tears and thanked me for helping her so much.

This is why I love doing what I do. It is not difficult travelling around the world inspiring people to live less stressed and happier lives. I love sharing my story of overcoming very difficult circumstances to be in a position to pass this information on to others to help them.


Next Saturday I fly to Dubai where I am running my Mental Resilience Masterclasses to four different International organisations as well as a couple of key meetings for future potential.  I am there for 9 days and this is a great opportunity to share my message and inspire the people who attend.

Thoughts for the week

  1. Do you have any barriers in your life which have been put between you and your dreams?
  2. Do you feel that you can’t achieve something because you tried a while ago and failed?
  3. Like the shark have you given up even though things are different now and if you tried you would actually succeed.
  4. I set up a business 35 years ago and it failed but my business is now succeeding because of the things I learned from my mistakes.

This week think about anything you have given up on and see if circumstances have changed.

Well that’s it for this week have a wonderful weekend and keep Believing!

Warm regards



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