When I was a teenager, Ellen MacArthur was a great inspiration to me. Her autobiography “Taking on the World” where she describes the trial and tribulations of her childhood as she struggles to fulfil her dreams of sailing were particularly inspiring.
I sometimes feel a bit uncomfortable watching people talk about their past successes at conferences. Sure, the audience finds it exciting, but is this really what’s firing the person up? Explaining for the five hundredth time how they pushed themselves to do something five years ago? Do the speakers simply live to retell the story for the five hundred and first time?
Or is there something else that’s driving them now?
When Ellen spoke at Learning Without Frontiers Conference in London last week. it’s clear that she’s not there for the money. Nor is she there to blow her own horn about how amazing she is having sailed round the world and broken records etc.
Have a watch: