“The world is more malleable than you think.
And it’s waiting for you to hammer it into shape.”
I was lucky enough to get a ticket to U2’s final night at
their Dublin concerts – last Saturday.
Needless to say it was a fantastic night in front of 10,000 fans.
Something struck me as I watched Bono, Larry, Adam and The Edge
work their magic on the crowd…
I had a flashback to a memory where I was around 10 years of age
and was crammed like a sardine into my parents’ Ford Cortina as
my mother drove us home from school.
Over the radio came this new song which literally
shut all 6 of the kids in the back (health & safety wasn’t a priority then…).
The song was ‘Pride’ by U2.
I remember that was the first time I became aware of this Irish band who
as it turned out had global ambitions.
Maybe like you, I feel like I’ve grown up with U2 and their songs
match key moments and memories in my life.
And there are nuggets of inspiration to be had from their story:
– A BIG vision
– A phenomenal work ethic
– A determination to get through the tough times
– A ‘whatever it takes’ mindset
– An appreciation for home but an international mindset
– A focus on making a positive difference
– A focus on excellence
Each of the band members are like you and me – flawed humans.
And it’s easy to criticise when there lives are in the public spotlight.
But as one group they stand for the idea that ‘anything is possible’.
Especially for a young man from Kilkenny, Ireland.
And that’s what I love them for the most.
And the above ‘checklist’ is worth reviewing for us all.