Well who’d of thought, I’m now over 11 years post accident and, I’ve finally been able to create my new normal.
For the majority of my working life I’d been in sales. When I was 19 years old I left selling push bikes for Harry Hall Cycles in Manchester. I left Harry Halls to join a remanufactured toner cartridge company called TBS Cygma near Oldham, I then worked for ISA International in Bradford, then QC Supplies in Wakefield, both selling computer consumables.
At the age of 25 I made the transition to selling computer software.
From that day forward I never looked back, I’d found my niche. Between the ages of 25 – 35 I’d had various jobs in software sales, selling all kinds of different software applications, slowly but surely climbing my way up the ranks.
By the time I was 35 years old, I’d reached the dizzy heights of being the Sales Director for a company called TeleLogic, selling Change and Configuration Management software, to very large software development houses.
In about July 2009 I’d made the Sales Director for IBM Rational, through the acquisition of TeleLogic. You could argue that I’d found my new normal.
What I’ve been able to do whilst creating my new normal now is, use my experiences prior to my accident and, put them to good use.
I’m public speaking because, I’d already been delivering countless presentations throughout a pretty illustrious career in sales, all with the same things in common, to sell something and to ultimately earn more commission.
“Whereas, I’m now presenting to motivate and inspire hundreds of people to be the very best version of themselves”.
See the fundamental difference…?
Sales is probably the only job where, you can look at yourself in the mirror in the morning, I used to do it whilst having a shave, and say (I’m going to give myself a pay rise today).
Arrogant I know but, that’s how it was.
I’ve returned to cycling, due to the fact that I’d already been a top cyclist in my late teens early twenties.
“I’ll never be able to walk unaided again but, I sure can cycle”.
Well, I’m reaching the point where I can ride the wheels off my trike.
About 18 – 20 months ago I bought my first recumbent trike, an ICE Sprint from a shop called D-Tek, at a place called Little Threatford in Cambridgeshire.
In 20 months I’ve gone from being able to cycle 6 to 11 miles round local parks, to now regularly cycling 70 – 80 miles in just one day with Ian out on the open road. In fact, my brother-in-law & I are capable of cycling over 100 miles in a day. However, we haven’t so far because, due to the time of year each time we’ve tried, we’ve run out of daylight hours.
This is a rather long winded way of saying that I’ve certainly found “MY NEW NORMAL”.
- Public Speaking to the masses and, cycling;