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The 4 Letter Word That Saved My Dad

“Love should be supportive; it should lift us and inspire us to be the best possible person we can be. Because if you can be the best version of yourself, your partner will benefit too.

That’s the cornerstone of a great relationship – wanting the best for and bringing out the best in each other.”

– Richard Branson

6 years ago my mother, Mary, asked myself and my siblings to come to the family home in Kilkenny, without our families.

My father had been ill and had recently endured several operations, so we feared the worst.

When we arrived, they told us that Dad (Jim), had been told to get his affairs in order because he only had a few weeks to live. As you can imagine, that was a very emotional weekend. And the following weeks were challenging as we waited.

But 6 years on, my Dad is still here. He confounded the doctors who have been amazed at his resilience and spirit.

But he had a secret weapon.

The love of my mother.

She has worked tirelessly to look after him, and without doubt her unconditional love has been the fuel of his resilience. They recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary – which seemed impossible 6 years ago.

And over the weekend, my own family pitched a tent in their garden to celebrate those 50 years with them, albeit socially distanced – and for that I am so grateful. It was an amazing couple of days.

Life and business is a full contact sport. S*** happens.

But the best people I’ve ever worked with all had love at their centre.

Love for the people in their organisations.

Love for their customers.

Love for making a positive impact.

Love for the people closest to them.

(I’ve met plenty who only had love just for money, but it actually held their success back.)

The great thing about love is that it’s only one thought away. And regardless of your circumstances, you can bring more of it into your work and life.

High performers, in any field, who enjoy what they do all have love at their centre.

Where can you cultivate it this week?

Best,
Shane

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