You know those days where you really need a sign to show that you’re doing the right thing in business, life, or whatever major decision you’re questioning? When I woke up this particular morning I doubted myself, but by the end of the day I was ready to take on the world – and Richard Branson was the catalyst for my change in mindset.
Let me set the scene for you. Richard Branson spoke at two Business Chicks breakfast events in Brisbane and Adelaide last year. The Brisbane event was held on the day after my birthday so I thought it would be lovely to treat myself and have some time away being inspired by Virgin’s serial entrepreneur and a roomful of amazing women.
Richard Branson has been vocal in his commitment to increasing the number of women working at Virgin and about why women should be in business, but that is not the reason I was inspired by this man. It was actually more to do with the timing of the event (and not just because it was my birthday).
This breakfast happened only a few months after my double mastectomy, the effects of which I’ve already written about. Just the day before the event I had been on the receiving end of a very hurtful and threatening email from a school parent over a bullying issue, so I was feeling really fragile. On top of that, one of my key staff members, a young trainee proofreader, went missing in action from the TTP office on this particular day so it’s fair to say I was having a very bad day. Thankfully I turned all that bad energy around once I heard what Richard Branson had to say.
I find Richard Branson to be inspiring because he seems so accessible and normal. It’s important to admire great leaders from all walks of life, and I can see how Richard Branson got to where he is, from a place not that different to where I am. Proud of his ‘school of hard knocks’ education, this is a man who has achieved so much through hard work and using his business nous to create, and take advantage of, opportunities. His words were just the inspirational injection I needed considering everything else that was going on around me at the time.
What makes you stop and re-evaluate what you’re doing when you’re having a tough day?