“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced; even a proverb is no proverb to you till your life has illustrated it.” John Keats
With every breath I have left, my mission is to give confidence and purpose to anyone who thinks they are not good enough, not worthy enough or not talented enough to make a positive difference to the world. I want to turn on its head our notions of success and failure and promote the disaffected as leaders of the future. I want to prove to people that they have buried a giant and then put the fire back in their belly. I want to inspire people in and out of work to set and pursue new ambitions – whoever, wherever and whenever – it’s never too late to think again
My own life has been one of dramatic variation- full of unexpected twists and turns, exhilarating highs, desperate lows – but I found within myself an unerring ability to bounce back and reinvent myself. Above all else, I have learned to motivate an audience, to make people laugh and cry. My proudest and most abiding achievement has been to inspire in others the sense that they have a value beyond calculation. If I leave a legacy, I would choose that above all else.
My vision is of people with the confidence and self-belief to create their own destinies and make this world a better place. The best place to start is with the young. Why consistently manufacture adults whose fragility undoes them when, with the right investment we can sow seeds in our young to help them flourish? What I have learned since my own unspectacular schooldays is that we are never too late to learn, develop, change direction, reinvent ourselves and be the person we dared only to dream about. And, chief of all – the very weaknesses that we have identified in ourselves might very well be our strengths.