Author: Joint CEO Simon Leslie

“If you haven't cried at least once while writing a chapter of your inspirational book, then you have to ask yourself if you’re writing fiction.”  Shannon L. Alder (inspirational author and publisher of 100 books) 

I have just published my latest book as I wanted to give something back. I wrote it because I want it to help people deal with the demons that hold them back. So much so that every penny of profit from book sales will be split between two very worthwhile causes.

The first is the plight of the homeless - something that urgently needs fixing. We need this sorted far more than we need self-driving cars. The second is depression, a disease that has taken over as one of the world’s major killers and has very much affected me and my family.

So, please buy the book – if nothing else, you are making a worthwhile donation.

We all have choices, and I appreciate you making the decision to read or listen to this book. There are a lot of good books out there and I thank you for choosing to share my adventure with me.

The profits will be shared between Young Minds and Centrepoint. Both very important causes. 

Neon sign with the words Do Something Great, by Clark Tibbs

Success is driven by belief

Raw passion and hard work are steadily becoming a recognised system and philosophy that has changed not only my life, but also the lives of those around me. I have written this book to be as accessible a read as possible and to help people navigate business and the art of selling today.

To help give you a glimpse of what I’m going on about, I have picked out my favourite chapter titles to whet your appetite:

Close when you open

Stay relevant

Building a great team

It’s ok not to be ok

Who will inspire you?

Language and positive thinking are so important

Motivation and incentives

All about the habits

Random acts of kindness, magic moments

Do the right thing

Is failing the best way to succeed?

Rubik's Cube, by Harrison Broadbent

Finding a solution

If you do not take advantage of the opportunities available to you, you will miss out and they will be taken away from you. That’s how life works, you need to be ready to perform as sometimes you don’t have the luxury of time to warm up first.

My son asked me recently whether I get sad. And I told him honestly, of course, I get sad, I just shift my focus to what will make me feel happy. If it’s a problem that’s making me feel sad then I focus on finding a solution.

Sometimes, many people feel sad for lots of different reasons or they don’t really know the reason, just that they feel flat and unhappy and that’s ok too.

I have times like this – I just focus on doing the things that I know will take me out of that state of mind.

I go for a walk, go for a meal with someone I want to spend time with, book a holiday or a treat. I find something or someone that I know will shift my focus. I don’t allow myself to stay down for too long.

Knowing that it’s ok not to be okay helped me deal with many things and situations. Nothing runs exactly the way you plan. 

A person stands facing forward, in front of a behind arrow. Photographed by Smart.

Learn from things going wrong

Life has a funny way of turning out, as long as you understand challenges, problems, and failures are only events. They are never permanent, and they can make you who you become.

You learn more from things going wrong than you could ever learn if things only went the way you imagined them to be. How we see ourselves affects how we treat other people.

If we feel ok, then our relationships with others thrive. 

Spray paint on the ground with the words You Got This. Photograph by Sydney Rae.

It's ok not to be ok

Today, I am comfortable in my own skin, I can mix and mingle with anyone from any background or experience.

In business, I have gone through every phase, so I can talk about what makes businesses tick, and what failure looks and feels like.

I no longer feel intimidated by anyone or anything and this all stems from this simple phrase: “It’s ok to not be ok” and the emotion it brings and confidence it allows me. 

Interested to find out a bit more? You can purchase the book over at Amazon