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Andrew Thorp

Founder, Speakeasy Groups

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Have you reinvented yourself, or started a movement?

Seth Godin, Sir Ken Robinson and Derek Sivers all talk about the potential we have to effect the change we want and start something that attracts attention and gets followed. I believe this too, but I'd love to hear from people who've done it. What was it you changed, and why? What struggles did you have and how did you overcome them? And what lies ahead for you?

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    May 20 2011: We had a terrific meeting in Manchester (UK) this morning. It's a concept called MojoLife and 4 of us co-founded it to help people find their purpose and passion. There are so many people bumping along the bottom (as Sir Ken would say), unfulfilled with their lives, looking for work, feeling flat or kind of at a cross-roads. They've lost their spark, but we believe that when people 'find their thing' they come alive. All the co-founders went through some kind of life-changing experience but have now found their purpose, and we're attracting new opportunities all the time (eg to present the concept to our Prime Minister in July!).

    We invite people with great stories (especially of reinvention or new starts) to join our meetings and share their journey, and this morning we heard from an extraordinary lady, Shari Royle, who lost half of her face in a horrendous car accident. She now runs a funky promotions company in South Manchester, but also campaigns for people who've suffered facial disfigurement.

    I guess our message is you CAN move your life in a direction of your choosing, but it takes courage and support and not a little inspiration to find your path.

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