Who Inspires You

  • By: Marek Kubiakowski
  • Sat 18 Jan, 2020

In this talk, l’m going to tell you about an explorer, Baz Gray; whom l happened to meet last week.

Baz had faced the most horrendous ordeal, whilst crossing the South Pole; but the actions he took throughout his journey could be used to your advantage at work and the months ahead.

Baz was and will be an inspiration to me, there is something wonderful about meeting such a person and be able to shake his hand and say well done; you have achieved your feat and you’re not stopping.

I want to share with you three points:

  1. what this man had to survive during his journey across the South Pole;
  2. why he did it: and
  3. then pick up on three points that inspired me and hopefully will inspire each one of you.

This explorer endured absolutely horrendous conditions completing a 745 mile solo trek to the South Pole. Heavy snow had made the middle section of his trek the toughest period of his life.

His mental strength was forged from 25 years of life experience and the hardship of serving in the Royal Marines.

There were multiple dangers during the trek:

  • huge crevices that would appear at any time, one slip and that would be your last,
  • running out of food
  • exhaustion
  • frost bite.

He needed to do 15 nautical miles per day , and on one day he only did two.

He travelled for 39 days completely unassisted, using skis and dragging a sled in temperatures reaching -20C.

There are three key points that stood out for me during his speech:

  1. Inspiration
  2. Be prepared
  3. Failure

Let us look at them in order and consider alternate ways of dealing with them effectively.

Inspiration- who inspires you?

You need to know what inspiration means to you.

For this explorer his inspiration and reason for doing this was to re-create authentically the 800 mile ocean crossing of Earnest Shackleton in the 2013 Shackleton Epic expedition from Elephant Island to South Georgia and scaling the mountains to reach the safety of Stromness Harbour.

What is your inspiration, is it public speaking, become a better communicator? You need to understand what inspiration means.

It is someone or something that gives you ideas for doing something or someone that people admire and want to be like.

Be Prepared- this may come in different guises:

  1. Baz had to eat 10,000 calories each day, covering an average of 19 miles per day whilst dragging an 85kg sled
  2. It could be that you need to be ready for physical challenges: exercise more, diet more, sleep more, drink less alcohol, stop smoking
  3. Maybe you need to push yourself to achieve, but there may be lots of opportunities to quit
  4. Don’t expect people to be the same as you

What are you prepared to do in order to be successful in your career.

I am prepared to never quit on my goals.

Failure- it is not the end, put it behind you and don’t look back.

It may be a temporary setback.

What do l have to do avoid failure?

For Baz “going through that period was the toughest period in my life mentally, but something always tells me to keep going - it’s that mental resilience “.

For me it would be to stay persistent until l become a great speaker.

What are you going to do to avoid failure?

To recap l told you today about inspiration, preparedness and failure.

We all need inspiration in order to want to improve, achieve and possibly succeed.

Like Baz, try to find what inspires you and act on this inspiration.

To deal with preparation we must take that decision to do whatever it takes in order to achieve your goals. If we look at it in the context of communication skills, you have to prepare, be prepared and  practice your speeches.

To be prepared, is the route to conquer.

Failures can help us to become more resilient and move on from the past.

With our commitment to the three points, we will not only survive but thrive in the exciting times ahead.

What are you going to do tomorrow in order to get inspired? Who will you turn to, that will inspire you, in whatever you wish to achieve?

Thank you

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