178: Geoff Thompson: From The Factory Floor To A BAFTA Winner
Welcome to the Steve Jobs based Join Up Dots Free Podcast Interview with Mr Geoff Thompson.
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Todays guest, joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a fantastic fella who I have wanted to have on the show right from the very first days of Join Up Dots…..Mr Geoff Thompson.
But like all new things that you start, I felt I needed a platform and an exposure that was worth his time, as he has a fantastic story that so many of you will resonate with.
He is a chap who grew up in quite a working class part of the United Kingdom, known as Coventry, and was a self confessed sensitive child, who struggled with many parts of being a kid that so many people breeze through.
The transition to senior school was particularly difficult for him, and in an attempt to find some courage that he could take back into his school-life, he commenced a martial arts course.
However, the positive idea to empower, unfortunately had quite the opposite effect, as one day the martial arts tutor abused him, and quite simply changed his life over night.
And from that point, Geoff Thompson’s life spiralled into a world of violence and anger.
And for over a decade he built a life based around the punishment he could dish out particularly around his job as a nightclub bouncer.
But then his life changed again, and he realised that he had to take control, and reclaim his own personal power.
And with the publication of his first book detailing this part of his life, he moved into a world of creating, positive reinforcement and inspiring the world to take control of their lives.
He has since written forty books (published in 21 languages), five multi-award-winning films, three stage plays (he was invited into the prestigious Royal Court writers Group) and hundreds of articles, many published in national magazines and broadsheets, and his autobiography ‘Watch My Back‘ has been adapted into a major motion picture Clubbed.
So does Geoff think that he would have become so successful in this arena, if he didn’t have something to fight against?
And what is the advice that he would give to himself if he had a chance to go back in time?
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Mr Geoff Thompson
During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Mr Geoff Thompson such as
How he totally believes that it is in all of us to be great, we just have to make the decision to be so…..and then work, work, work
How he was kept in place by work colleagues who told him he wouldn’t amount to much, and now can’t even remember their names
How he took control of his life by writing a list of everything that he was afraid off, to build courage into his life by beating them one by one
How he realised at the BAFTA’s that even successful people have doubts as to how they got in the position that they are in:
How he believes in his heart that no matter how successful he becomes he is still in an apprenticeship and will never stop learning.
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