You Are Being Observed

First of all, I want to give a very warm welcome to my sister in law Jen and her husband Tony who have flown all the way over from Australia to spend 3 weeks with us. We are having a great time and Julie and I love their company.

It’s been a busy and enjoyable week with a fabulous Masterclass for Newark Emmaus Trust, a great meeting with Phil Holmshaw from Rolls Royce, a very good telephone call to discuss a potential Conference booking in October and great conversation with Dennis O’Connor from Dublin.

A great charity doing amazing work

Newark Emmaus Trust is a wonderful charity which was established in 1993. They help local, vulnerable, homeless young people by providing temporary quality accommodation with professional care, support and training. Their aim is not simply to provide a temporary home but to give young people real opportunities in life.

I was approached by their CEO Nikki Burley who I have known for many years when she first gave me my first break in the speaking world by booking me to speak at the National Justice Museum Networking event in Nottingham around 6 years ago.

A real break

Nikki booked me to deliver my one-hour Mental Resilience talk. In the audience was someone from Nottingham Probation Trust who then booked me to speak to their staff and this resulted in 3 Masterclasses and 5 talks.

On the back of these I received a booking to deliver 10 half day Masterclasses for another probation trust in Wiltshire. These bookings set me off on a path which has become very exciting indeed.

Thank you, Nikki!

Without Nikki I am not sure where I would be right now so ‘Thank you Nikki’ for giving me the chance all those years ago!

It is important not to forget those who help us along our journey. There will be many people who help us along the way, and we need to honour these people.

I came across this article recently which I found interesting.

You are being observed

He started out working hard as a labourer for a railway company. When he was given an opportunity to work in the shipping office for a few days, he jumped at it.

During that time his supervisor asked him for some vital facts and figures. ‘Have them on my desk when I get back in three days,’ he said.

The young man didn’t know anything about bookkeeping, but he worked three days and nights without sleep, and when the supervisor returned he had the facts and figures ready for him.

This won the respect and admiration of his supervisor, and as soon as a permanent position opened up, he recommended the young man for the job.

Over time the young man was promoted many times, and each time he was applauded for his thoroughness and trustworthiness.

Eventually, he ended up as vice president of the Ralston Purina Company in St Louis, Missouri, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of pet food.

Observe people who are good at their work – skilled workers are always in demand and admired; they don’t take a back seat to anyone.’ Whether you realise it or not, you are being watched on the job.

Your character, your work ethic, and your attitude are being observed. And you will be rewarded not only according to the tasks you complete, but for your attitude and the way in which you complete them!

What a great way to live

Isn’t this a lovely way to live with integrity and hard work where everything seems to work in life. I love the feeling when I get home after a really productive day where I can put my work away, share a meal with my wife Julie and enjoy a lovely evening.

Thoughts for the week

1. What is your work ethic like?
2. Do you go the extra mile when asked?
3. Your character, your work ethic, and your attitude are being observed.
4. This week check yourself continually and see how you are doing.

Well that’s it for this week have a wonderful weekend and keep believing.

Warm regards


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