Rise & Grind with Downtown in Business – Wednesday 16th September

I recently attended a Rise & Grind breakfast event organised by Downtown in Business. Held in Liverpool’s fabulous Richmond Hotel, I enjoyed the event because I was able to network and socialise with new and familiar faces, and listen to a wonderful talk from the event’s speaker Michael Finnigan.

Michael is the CEO of Impossible 2 Inevitable (i2i), an organisation that works with companies and individuals worldwide in helping them fulfil their potential. In addition, Michael has worked with many prestigious clients in the world of sport. These include Jimmy White, Darren Clarke and Andrew Flintoff amongst others. You can find more information on what Impossible 2 Inevitable can do for you here.

The essence of the talk was about how anything is possible. Michael talked briefly about his background and some of his experiences of working with well known clients. One that struck a chord with me, was his story about working with Jimmy White and how he boosted the snooker star’s confidence and self esteem, to the extent that Jimmy went on to beat Stephen Hendry for the first time ever in 1998. As I listened, I was entranced and mesmerised by Michael’s storytelling, which was so charged with positive energy, that it got my own enthusiasm burning brightly.

Other words of wisdom that I picked up from Michael included:

  1. You are never too old to set a new goal!
  2. There are no limits to what you can achieve.
  3. Be the best you can be and don’t let anyone put a limit on you!
  4. Set yourself a small goal for the first time and once you have achieved that goal, set another one.
  5. Create a life plan for yourself and write about where your life is going, and what it is to be like when you are 50.

Michael’s talk impressed me greatly, as his passion made me think positively about how anything was possible, and that there are no limits to what anyone can achieve in life and in business. The best compliment I can pay Michael is that afterwards, I left the event feeling ten foot taller. Thank goodness I didn’t bang my hand against the ceiling!

To conclude, I would like to express my thanks to Michael and to Frank McKenna and everyone at Downtown in Business. In addition, my thanks also go to the staff at the Richmond Hotel for an excellent event, held in such beautiful and stylish surroundings.


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