12 November 2015

It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela once said this and it rings particularly true this week.

lawrence jones mbe legend of industry

Collecting my award at last night’s Legends of Industry.

We’ve had an incredible week so far, one where we’ve tackled some seemingly impossible tasks and embarked on some new ones and I was inspired to write a quick thought for the day, having seen this quote pop up on Twitter.

One of the more fun examples of doing the seemingly impossible was being in two places at once last night. Whilst we were the main sponsor of the Digital Entrepreneur Awards and I was scheduled to present the final award of the night, it was also the night that I was awarded a Legends of Industry Award.

My comms team – who keep me in check and tell me where to be and when – told me that it was impossible and we’d have to choose one or the other. But, to me, you should never underestimate the importance of sticking to a commitment you have made. So, we split the evening and it was one of the most rewarding nights we’ve had in a long time.

Both ceremonies were fantastic and I was incredibly honoured to receive and present awards.

Of course, that is quite a trivial impossible task but it does show the impact that mindset can have. Had we have accepted that it was impossible, we’d never have tried.

I am embarking on a few great things for UKFast in the coming months and it reminds me of when we first set our sights on UKFast Campus. Buying a 50,000sq ft office and transforming it seemed like an impossible feat – but we did it! It was the same when we bought Le Farinet – people thought we were mad, but now it is an incredible location.

So, I ask you, when did you last avoid doing something because it was ‘impossible’? What could you have achieved if you had just gone for it anyway?

I’d love to know what you think and hear your stories of overcoming impossibilities.

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