Our latest Knowledge Guild event was a great success on Monday as our attendees enjoyed an evening of inspirational talks.
Run in conjunction with the Speaker’s Corner, and entitled ‘The Path to Achievement: Extraordinary Lives’, guests heard from three people who have achieved extraordinary feats.
Hosted by TV presenter Clive Anderson, our speakers included Miles Hilton-Barber, an amazing man who having lost his sight in his early 20’s has since gone on to sledge across Antarctica, running ultramarathons through the Sahara and climbing 17,500 feet into the Himalayas. Miles told the crowd: “Everyone has two lives, you start the second one as soon as you realise you only have one.”
Next we heard from Cathy O’Dowd, who was the world’s first woman to climb Mount Everest from both the North and South sides. Speaking about her amazing adventures, Cathy told the assembled crowd “It takes a crisis to realise how bad your plan was” and that “when taking a new path, keep the objective in sight but be flexible with your plan.”
Finally, we heard from Liz Johnson. Liz was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three, yet overcame her challenges to become a Paralympic swimming champion, getting a gold medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.
Liz said: “A weakness doesn’t define who you are but shapes who you are going to be.”
This is just a small flavour of what was an amazing night but to find out more search the event’s hashtag #knowledgeguild on Twitter.
We regularly host these events with the Speaker’s Corner so be sure to check back for details of the next event.