WORD FROM THE WISE

IT’S NOT WHAT HAP­PENS TO YOU, BUT HOW YOU RE­SPOND TO IT, THAT COUNTS. IF YOU CAN’T DO ANY­THING ABOUT A PROB­LEM, PUT IT AWAY OR YOU’LL ONLY MAKE YOUR­SELF ILL

WKND - - Life Lessons -

scored by an in­di­vid­ual in a sin­gle game ( 98 points). That’s just two points away from top scorer Wilt Cham­ber­lain’s 1962 record high of 100 points. “So close, yet so far away,” rues John, sport­ingly.

With his basketball ca­reer over, and af­ter a few years man­ag­ing basketball teams, John re­alised ne­ces­sity was the mother of rein­ven­tion. Over the next 25 years, he took up sev­eral jobs, work­ing at var­i­ous ra­dio sta­tions, ad­ver­tis­ing agen­cies and even ran his own busi­ness as a sports pro­moter for a cou­ple of years in be­tween. But he was “bored” and con­stantly look­ing for a chal­lenge. “I did well, but I didn’t en­joy the work much. It wasn’t a pas­sion like basketball.”

The break he was yearn­ing for came in 2007, when he met a man named Dave Clarke. “Dave was a 43- yearold ad­ven­turer and fa­ther of two, who’d left his com­pany for a year to row 3,000 miles across the At­lantic sin­gle- hand­edly, de­spite hav­ing a bad back and no prior ex­pe­ri­ence,” he says. “I was work­ing on my NLP coach­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion at the time, and did a few free ses­sions with him ev­ery week to get his mind in the right place for the chal­lenge. And he made it — in 83 days! I was elated. Imag­ine a ca­reer do­ing this!”

And that’s how, when John was made re­dun­dant by his last ad­ver­tis­ing firm about five years ago, he de­cided to rein­vent him­self one more time and set up JD Mind­coach Ltd. “For the first time in a long time, I felt pas­sion­ate again,” he says.

Iron­i­cally, he had plenty of op­por­tu­nity to prac­tise the men­tal tough­ness he was now try­ing to mo­ti­vate

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