It was November 2011. I was headline speaker @ The Business Show at Excel, and I got bombshelled.
Two, maybe 3, 4 bits of news.
None of it good.
20 mins later a quick tee-shirt change and I’m on stage.
We’ve all had those days, when shit starts to implode and you run down the track, away from the train… but you can never outrun it. For ever.
P R E S S U R E
This shit was the start of my mental unravelling – as covered in my most recent book LIFE. BUSINESS. JUST GOT EASIER.
The company which I’d founded 5 years previously was in big trouble. We’d had one too many body blows. So many people and things literally conspired against us. They smelt blood.
This photo below was my ‘Bush being told about the twin towers’ moment. A moment when so little made sense.
I had no more fight in me.
But my Chairman Terry Cooper, with 25 years of experience in business, did what a great Chairman does. Keeping their head whilst everyone else is losing theirs. Including me.
This photo was captured by my official photographer Jonna Jacobs who was shooting me at the show. Hence I have the snapshot, of the most important moments of the last 10 years. Looking back at this image now I’d be lying if I said I can recall what TC said. But by the end of the 20 mins I’d gone from having no fight left, to putting my gum shield back in and coming right off my stool.
Terry Cooper cemented his already concrete legacy that day as the worlds greatest business corner man and continues to actively Chair the board of the very same growing organisation that we came so very close to losing.
Five years on, the company is well and truly on the up and growing month on month 21% up in 2015 under the day to day leadership of new Director of Strategy Jason Dutton.
Remember this when you are feeling the pressure. That you probably have a whole lot more in the tank, from the point you believe have nothing more left in the tank. Seek out your corner man to help you find your resolve.
I’ll tell you this, if Terry Cooper didn’t say those words, in the way he said them at that moment… It could have been a much different story.
Saying that, I could have gone back to where I started… delivering pizzas.
Thank you TC, Stef and everyone else who stayed the course and backed me, 4Networking throughout this difficult time. #4Nis10