When I told my great friend Lindsey that I was off to meet Andy Cope she said, “Oh my God, not the guy who writes those brilliant Spy Dog books?” and I said,” That’s the one but have you read his inspiring and funny “A Brilliant Life” and “Being Brilliant?”
I gave Andy’s “A Brilliant Life” to both my kids Will and Molly to read as it’s a really thought-provoking, upbeat, positive and funny little book with great wisdom and a big important message.
It’s based on a workshop called,” The Art of Being Brilliant” that has achieved fantastic results across the world and gets kids thinking about the sort of life they want to create for themselves. He writes about HUGGs (Huge Unbelievably Great Goals) and gets kids thinking about how to stay positive in a negative world.
As you know, I’m passionate about getting coaching into school as I think teenagers who know where they are going in life are more hopeful, focused and happy and that’s why I wrote my “Living the Dream” CD and workbook using my coaching strategies, techniques and skills to inspire kids to be the best they can be, whatever that means to them and a way to walk step by step towards that compelling and exciting future.
That’s why Andy and I met up to see how we could help parents, teenagers and teachers be even more brilliant than they already are!
I’m also really excited and delighted to have been asked to contribute to Andy’s new and exciting project to inspire young people called “Giving The Gift” where I have been asked to write just one piece of advice as a gift to a 15 year old. My daughter is only 16 so this is a subject very close to my heart.
If you had to offer a 15 year old one piece of advice …..what would it be?
I’d love to hear your advice so post up at the bottom of the blog to contribute and pop along to the very wonderful “Giving The Gift” site to find out more.
I’m really looking forward to having fun exploring how we can inspire, motivate and unlock everyone’s true unlimited potential and really share Andy’s enthusiasm and his vision of all of us “being ourselves, brilliantly”
And as a HUGE Winnie the Pooh fan myself I love Andy’s quote at the back of “Being Brilliant”
For those moments when you think you can’t:
“ Pooh, if you ever need me and I’m not around, you must remember this:
You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and cleverer than you think.”
A. A. Milne