I have always been fascinated by what makes people tick.
We are all different, with our various hopes and ambitions, and of course these may change with each of us, as we grow older.
Our own family may have their wishes and aspirations for us too.
I remember as a child I would say ‘I can’t do this’ or ‘I can’t do that’ and my father would reply: ‘there is no such thing as can’t!
We are not all cut out to be top sportsmen and women, captains of industry or brilliant academics, but the ability to achieve is inherent in us all.
Provided we are reasonably fit and well, the sky is the limit.
We just have to want success strongly enough.
If some of us fail and fall by the wayside, then it may be we just did not try hard enough, or have been unwilling to pay the price.
Nothing worth having comes without pain and effort, as I’m sure our World Class Olympians and English Cricket Team will verify.
As I think back, I know my old dad was right and ‘can’t’ should be struck from the language.
Surely it is far better to say ‘I can’, and ‘I will’.
Of course success comes in many forms and I don’t believe anyone can truly claim success until their life has reached its final conclusion. Then it is down to posterity to make a judgement.
Winston Churchill’s tremendous presence gave our nation strength to see us through the grim years of World War Two and yet incredibly, voters cast him aside later, in favour of Clement Atlee, for Prime Minister.
It seemed the British public wanted to forget those six years of misery, sweat and toil, and to rebuild their lives in a new spirit of socialist reform.
In 2002 a BBC nationwide poll declared Winston Churchill was the greatest Briton of all time. It will have to be another inspired leader to knock Winnie off his perch.
Look around you, is there anyone else just waiting in the wings?