Alarm bells rang when the words “You don’t go home whilst everyone else is rowing the boat” were forcefully spoken by the person interviewing me. City life in the late eighties, early nineties was exciting, stressful and full on. I still remember the panicked reactions of people around me the moment the interest rates hit 15%. At the time I had my ear glued to the phone speaking to brokers and banks rapidly handwriting list of shares and negotiating lending rates, making rapid on the spot decisions in the stock lending department of a busy city office. Instant responses, fixed deadlines, late office hours, work hard play hard, pink champagne and no emergency stop button. No one seemed to be talking mental health back then. Life was a case of rinse and repeat with a carefully executed plan to robotically arrive at the platform in the morning at the exact time the train pulled in to the station and then return at some undetermined time in the evening. It was an unsustainable way of working for me that offered the options of “stay” “move on” or “develop”
“Stay” …. I did for a while, not with the company who “owned the boat” but until the opportunity arose to “move on.” A franchise business was on the horizon, a new opportunity in the 24 hour a day fire & flood restoration industry. You could say I went out of the fire into the fire! The early days of setting up the business were manic, the stress and pressure constant, the feeling of being on the edge of my seat waiting to respond to an emergency call was often all consuming. Home and work life merged into one with no clear division, there was very little time to relax and clear my mind before the next day came around again.
It was during the years of this business that the chance to “develop” arose, a pivotal moment that gave me the opportunity to become physically stronger, emotionally calmer, gave me a sense of peace and a shaper mind. An endless font of knowledge was now at my finger tips and transformed the way I felt and worked. I came to understand more about the mind and how by getting it under control I could be more patience, efficient and tolerant. This transformation in myself played a key part in the overall success of the business.
Now back at the present day the tools and techniques that have shaped my life over the last ten years have propelled me to voice the importance of self development and personal growth both inside and outside of work. Today’s conversations around mental health in the work place can relieve the pressure cooker feeling for many people and open up pathways to recover and maintain both their physical & psychological health. To be able to share the self development techniques that changed my life with those companies back in the city where it all started is humbling, rewarding and comes from a place of validation.
I do sometimes wonder though if that person rowing the boat went overboard, I truly hope not because if he did there’s now a very big life ring available to support him.
Success through transformation.
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