As in Napoleon Hill’s book ‘Think and Grow Rich’ I have decided to establish my own imaginary Council of mentors, both past and present to guide me and hopefully keep this blog interesting and entertaining.
To date these are mentors that I have selected to draw inspiration from:-
- My daughter – My first-born, who has been around the world before she was born. Not that my other children aren’t inspirational, but because of her persistence and motivation for me to step outside my box.
- Oprah Winfrey – A very strong female hero who is both influential and inspiring that anything is possible. And I love her motto ‘Live your Best Life’.
- Mahatma Gandhi – His ideology of passive resistance for change is something to be admired, but most of all I want his patience.
- Sir Richard Branson – For his entrepreneurship. His guiding principles ‘Value for Money, Good Quality, Brilliant Customer Service, Innovative, Competitively Challenging and Fun’, have made him the success that he is today.
- Winston Churchill – For his resolve and determination. His famous speech in 1940 resinates amongst us and this single sentence hushed the House of Commons:
‘Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the new world, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old. Churchill’s inspirational speeches when Britain had little else to fight with roused the nation and convinced his colleagues to fight on even after Hitler’s armies had conquered France and dominated most of Western Europe.’