8 March 2015

What a week it’s been! There have been marketing summits, events in the UKFast auditorium, squash matches (my way of switching off) and, as I mentioned last weekend, a talk at Manchester Business School. I was honoured to be invited along and really enjoyed myself, so thank you.

It’s always interesting when you’re asked to impart knowledge to people. Whilst it sounds like you are giving something, it’s rarely a one way street and more often than not you end up coming away having learned so much as well.

It has also been a week of realisation. If I thought for one moment that it might the right time for me to drop down a gear or take my foot off the pedal, what I have learnt recently has shown me otherwise. Often, it takes a shock to jolt you awake and refocus you.

One of the most important things I have learned over the years and that has been reinforced recently is something Walt Disney once said:

“A man should never neglect his family for business.”

It’s certainly a belief I share, although it’s not just men of course; it applies whether you’re a father, mother, sister or a brother. Why else would you graft year on year to build a business if not for your family?

You can even extend this family tree further, to include your colleagues and friends. I certainly consider the team at UKFast as an extended family. The same goes for their husbands, wives and kids. If you think about it, you could actually keep on branching out indefinitely. The further you reach; the more positive changes you can make.

UKFast friends and family event 2014

UKFast friends and family event 2014

On reflection, it’s hard not to think about the days before my avalanche, and what a marked difference in perspective I had before and after this truly life-changing event. Had the worst have happened that day, would I have felt like I’d done enough, not just for myself, but for those around me? Honestly, the answer is no. And I can’t explain how it feels to know you were just the flip of a coin away from actually facing that reality.

I don’t know many people who have made a huge amount of money simply for themselves, although I don’t doubt they exist. However, I think they’re missing a trick and missing out in a big way. If you look at the great entrepreneurs or businesspeople of our time, what many of them share is a keenness to make a real difference. They have realised that success isn’t in what you make, but what you give.

In my last blog I wrote that, no matter who you are, you will make a difference and you will change the world. Making sure that change is the best it can be is the challenge and the reason.


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