Hi, my name is Robbie; Robert to my mother for the last 40 odd years whenever I am in trouble; and trusts me even in my forties I still manage to get myself in trouble with her. But to everyone else, it's Robbie.
Where do I start? Well, I consider myself the luckiest guy in the world. Not that I have won the lottery, nor do I drive a fancy car. I live in a modest apartment and work a 9-5 job; OK an 8-8 job, but who is counting. What I do have is a beautiful wife, an amazing little girl, a loving family, a few awesome friends.
What I also have is a drive to continuously learn, grow and move forward, because I am a firm believer in what Tony Robbins said, that if you don't have a goal, move forward and grow, that you die.
And I want to live…
I grew up in a loving family where manners and morals were the rules of the day. Showing respect for my elders and living by the golden rule of treating other people how I want to be treated. My parents, who have been married for 50+ years, have tried their best to ensure we had a balanced life with a spiritual foundation and that has served me well to this day.
I always had a passion for travel, as most do, and experiencing new cultures. I try never to travel to the same place twice and have a goal to see a new world wonder every year. Next on my list is trekking through Patagonia and running a marathon while there. Ouch! I consider myself semi-educated with two degrees and paying my way through life as a General Manager for a great company in the UK.
Where did it all go south? Well, I thought that I pretty much had everything sussed and on a route towards my set forward plan, BUT my life recently changed in many ways. I got diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on my wedding day; not many people can say they had an ambulance for a wedding car.
Being diagnosed with T1D changed my life in so many ways. Not only do I have to inject myself four times a day
with insulin just to stay alive; having to learn about nutrition, carb counting, and no more Red Bulls; but it made
me realize how quickly life can change. One day I was getting nervous about my wedding speech; the next I was
in the hospital with 4 drips in my arms being told that with a blood sugar level of 33 I could have gone into a coma
if my wife of 1 hour did not make me get in the ambulance that day.
Diabetes saved my life! Paradox right? But I have always taken the future for granted and my recent experiences have taught me just how precious life really is. It has given me a new thirst for knowledge, a drive to be a better me in all I do - constantly learning. It made me think for the first time about insurance. What if something does happen to me, what will happen to my new wife and child! It makes me think that, at 47, what I can still do with this body that I am in, how far can I push it, but now in a healthy way. Also, what knowledge do I need to obtain to be a better leader for the
team at work?
Doing research and looking for many answers made me realize how little I know and what I did know, how quickly I forgot and therefore need to be reminded. With the plethora of information out there; what is valuable to me and my goals and what not and how can I sift through the malaise to find what I am looking for. That brings me to the reason for this blog…
SO WHY START THE BLOG?
I don’t consider myself a guru at anything. My newly found objective in life is to know a bit about a lot of things and not a lot about one specific thing. It goes against some methodologies that one needs to specialize in a specific area, but that is not for me. I am working on a personal mission statement and at the moment am a bit stuck as it just reads "I aim to ___" The space to be whatever is important to me. My aim can be to be grateful for something, to be contributing to a stranger’s life, be a great father, husband, employee, boss etc. Every day many of the same things, but every day something new; every day to have a challenge, to dedicate my life to learning, to go to bed wiser than when I woke up, to never retire and always improve.
I realise now, that time is my most precious asset. Therefore, how I spend my time, becomes my highest priority. Now, knowing how quickly life can change; my biggest fear is a life unlived. So, spending my time purposely has become my obsession.
The aim of this blog is not to see how many 'Likes' I will get or how many followers or feedback posts I have. That is vanity or ego. If one entry helps one person think or do something in a more positive way than before; that is great and help me towards my 'contributing to other's goal.
My main aim is rather a sanity check; to have a reference point for my own self-development, a one-stop-shop I can refer back to time and time again of things I read and found interesting; experiences I had and want to share, video clips I've seen and want to archive, new habits I want to create.
I believe for something to become a habit; one needs to be reminded of it constantly; think of it constantly, doing it constantly and eventually it will become a habit. I hope this blog might help you in establishing some new positive habits as well; therefore encourage any response to any entry to start a healthy discussion or debate.
Our best days are still ahead.