27 March 2019
I have often said that you don’t need to have a life-threatening experience to have a life-changing experience.
Following my avalanche accident in 2001, my life was transformed. The lessons that I learned buried under the snow became my motivation; that driving force that keeps you pushing forward no matter what.
The more successful people that I encounter, the more I am learning that this life-changing, pivotal moment is a commonality. The people who have felt pain and transformed that into energy, into motivation, are those who reach the top.
I met with Progressive Property’s Rob Moore a little while ago to record a special podcast episode across both of our channels. Rob went from £50,000 in consumer debt to a multimillionaire in just a few short years. The trigger point? Seeing his dad have a mental breakdown at the pub he owned and ran.
Rob describes his dad as a tough, northern man. His hero. It’s hard to imagine watching your hero struggle with unseen demons, be tackled by police and sectioned in hospital. It became a pattern that has repeated every few years since.
Rather than letting this experience be the start of a negative spiral, Rob turned that pain into power. He realised he needed more. When previously he’d seen barriers, roadblocks and problems, that shift in mindset led him onto the path upon which he finds himself today.
It doesn’t need to take a traumatic experience though. There are so many times in my life that I remember feeling the sharpness of pain when I was told that I’d never be a businessman, or that I was the worst piano player in Manchester. Each of these occasions became a spark, a fire, that drove me to prove them wrong; to prove myself wrong.
So, when you’re faced with a painful experience, how can you turn that pain into a positive? It’s not easy, it certainly doesn’t happen overnight, but it is possible.
I’d love to hear your stories, leave them in the comments below.