Yesterday evening I went, without great enthusiasm, to a ‘Start up Britain’ event in Shrewsbury. There was a ‘Motivational Speaker’, something which always raises my stereotypically British resistance to being harangued, to the fore. However, a strange thing happened. Overcoming my surprise at the number of business self help books that the audience seemed to have consumed, I found myself beginning to realise that a lot of good sense was being said and a lot of it was to do with two things that create or destroy success in business.
The limiting effect of listening to negative talk from those we associate with coupled with the limits we can set on our own chances of success by setting “realistic targets’ formed by our past experience. Just barrelling past the word ‘can’t’ is a good start. We were told that casting off the shackles of negative thinking and association and finding positive and successful people to be around will help us to think more positively and so more successfully. It is what changes challenges into opportunities.
So here’s to Ben Kench, ‘The Can Can Man’, for delivering a motivating presentation that, this time, really was inspiring!