Ispire | Henley Business School

Wednesday marked the first day of a new chapter in my learning, in that I attended my first day of the MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change at Henley Business School, which I will be studying for in a part-time capacity over the next 3 years.

It was an early start (4.ooam alarm call!), but as you can see the travel was worth it for the view as I arrived. I also know the knowledge and experience I gain over the 3 years is going to enable me to give even more value to those who I coach, train and mentor moving forwards, and the early wake ups will be well worth it.

Woop-de-woop you might say, we all have to get up early sometimes. But this links nicely to an area which is often overlooked by the aspiring professionals I’ve coached over the years.

We all have dreams, aspirations and goals in life. Things which we’d like to earn and own, positions we’d like to be in, people we aspire to be like and mirror their achievements.

For those we look up to it can be easy to think they achieved their dreams, aspirations and goals in life easily, with little effort.

Well, sadly, that isn’t the case.

Achieving them came from hard work, personal sacrifices and sometimes a bit of ‘right time, right place’ luck.

Mark Zuckerberg set up Facebook with a vision to connect the world. He knew this couldn’t be achieved over night, and the work required to build a platform and organisation that could deliver on that vision will have cost him more than a few hours kip to say the least.

The same can be said for Sir Richard Branson, David Beckham OBE, Warren Buffett and other great leaders and achievers.

They have worked extremely hard throughout their careers, sacrificed luxuries and gave more than they received in the early years. But that hard work and dedication was needed in order to achieve and exceed their goals in the long term.

Now, I’m not saying it takes 24/7 hard work, the all work and no play approach. Far from it (you’d burn out if you did that).

What I’m saying is it’s important to recognise in yourself that there will be many times in your career when you will have to give more than you think you are receiving.

But, if you can recognise how that extra effort is going to help you achieve your longer term goals and ambitions, then you can feel positive in how you approach that ‘extra’ effort.

If you want something enough, work out how the result of tasks/projects/jobs relates to your long term goals, and aim to positively go that extra mile to achieve it.

Mark, Sir Richard, David and many great achievers have, and you can too with a bit of thought, planning, and managed dedication.