Personal Development

One of Mike’s favourite poems is “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost; it could best be described as a reminiscence about what might have happened in other circumstances. So, If you feel that it has resonance for you and that you want to change your life in some way, then perhaps you should read, Lessons from a Chequered Life, Mike’s third book.

This tells the story of someone who, following the death of his mother, was fostered as a child, signed into the army at 15, been married, worked in architectural practice, been divorced, a single parent, full time student, community activist, barman, cleaner, pizza chef and unemployed before joining the voluntary on a job creation scheme. There he rescued a number of charities from closure and made them successful; for which work he received national commendations. 16 years ago, on leaving the last of these, he set up his own consultancy. This journey has included all sectors of the economy from dogsbody to Director and includes being sacked and unemployed. He has also renovated five properties and, in his mid 50’s, ran the London Marathon on two occasions as well as having bouts of depression and a breakdown.

Following bouts of self destructive behaviour and a series of failed relationships, he went into therapy. As a result, he has now been happily married for over 20 years with a young daughter and three grandchildren, all in their teens and 20’s. Now at an age when most of his peers have opted for cardigan and slippers, he has embarked on his sixth career alongside a wife who has embarked on her fourth. He likes to think that he is living proof that it’s never too late. All you have to do is try.

Alternatively, you could just contact Mike for a chat. What you won’t get is empty promises about what you can do. What you will get is practical help so that you can do it.