Month: May 2014

Take The Shot

For those of you who have followed my book writing journey from the start, you’ll have read about the man who finally inspired me to put pen to paper – Action Jackson @Actionjackson

Although the story spans exactly a year, it can be summed up in just a few lines:
The man who motivates thousands every year didn’t think he was good enough to join the big boys and realise his writing dreams. After telling him I’d never heard such an absurd notion and giving him a bit of a shove, he finally did it. Seeing his vision brought to life and have him put in print for all to see what my encouragement had meant to him, I too was inspired and took action to make my dream for Employability What? a reality.

So there you have it, one encouraged the other and in turn received the inspiration and motivation needed.

Jackson and I hadn’t seen each other since that day last March so when we were both lucky enough to be briefly in the same place at the same time, we made the most of it! He was giving a motivational speech at the Career Academies UK graduation in Manchester and I was there as a business mentor and local advisory board chair, supporting the wonderful students of Archbishop Sentamu Academy in Hull.

During his speech, he encouraged the students to take the opportunities that present themselves or even better, make their own opportunities. Of course, he delivered this in the true Jackson style, throwing balls into the crowd and encouraging them not to pass but to take the shot. He also used the context of our books as the perfect illustration

So why have I written this post? Well it’s for two simple reasons:

1. To thank an amazing man for giving me the self belief I needed
2. To prove that if you take the shot and aim for your goals, great things can be achieved