When you spend 4 days on an island that Richard Branson has lived on for 30 years, with Amal and George Clooney, it takes a bit to process exactly what happened. It takes awhile to realise that it DID actually happen.
For the last few weeks as I have been reliving certain conversations and things that happened while on Necker Island it has sounded like I am telling someone else’s story.
It feels completely surreal.
If you had told me 10 years ago when I was doing clients hair and they were telling me about George Clooney and the trash in the magazines, that one day I would actually meet him, I would have laughed hysterically.
If you had told me even 3 years ago that I would be spending 4 days on Richard Branson’s island talking about world issues with billionaires, millionaires, movie stars and musicians, I also would have laughed hysterically and told you how wrong you were.
Necker Island was a life changing event for me and the people I got to share it with. I still haven’t fully processed it all but I can see the difference already with the way that I see the world. I can’t wait for what’s to come.
Now this is me on the OTHER side of this life changing moment in my life.
I want to back up to the me BEFORE I went to Necker.
I was freaking the FUCK out to put it mildly.
I first heard about this event from my mentors who were going to be attending. There was a small, very tiny chance that I may have been able to get an invite to attend, when I was asked if I wanted to go, my first instinct was to just say YES.
Which is what I have always done for every other opportunity that has come my way. I am a big believer in saying yes to everything.
They then told me how much it was.
I had that moment of “I can’t spend that much to just go see Richard Branson for a few days, it’s insane!”. Especially because I had a super short amount of time to come up with it all upfront.
I then stopped myself and thought – “Imagine what I could learn from Richard Branson and where that could take me?”.
I’m not going to lie, for pretty much the entire time before I got to Necker, I was having on and off freak out moments.
I was frightened about being the dumbest person in the room, even though I know that it is the best place to be as that’s where you will learn the most.
I was scared about being completely out of my depth, what if I had nothing to contribute?
What if I couldn’t partake in any activities or discussions that the group was a part of? This was a group of about 40 people so there was nowhere to hide.
What if I open my mouth and no words come out?
I was so incredibly anxious because it was SO FAR outside of my comfort zone.
…to me getting off the speedboat that took us to Necker Island from where we flew into.
As I stepped onto the dock and started walking towards the island I felt seriously at ease and excited. I had turned my anxiety and nervous feeling that I had worked myself up about, into excitement. All from a change into a positive mindset about what was to come.
Side note – Did you know that anxiety and excitement is actually the same thing? It’s just about the mindset that goes with the thought pattern, if it’s negative or positive!
As I was greeted at the top of the stairs at the entrance to The Great House, with a glass of champagne and the stunning views of Necker and the Ocean, I knew that this was exactly where I was suppose to be.
I had no idea what the next few days would bring, but I knew this was when the next chapter started for me. I was exactly where I needed to be to do that.
I had friends who had been given the same opportunity as I had been to attend Necker and they let the price hold them back from saying YES.
After they had been getting our messages telling them about 1000 times that they should have been there, the feeling of regret to them was massive. I know this as my friend wrote a blog post about it!
Over the next few days I had many meals and conversations with amazing people, including Amal and George (I’ve lost track of how many times I sat next to him) about what they are doing to change the world for the better. These people aren’t just talking about it – they are DOING it.
The most life changing moment for me from all of the amazing speakers was hearing of a man who had been on death row for 30 years for two murders that he DID NOT commit. He was exonerated 12 months ago and has had to adjust to the world as we know it today. That story is another blog post though!
I gained so much from those few days that going into it, I could NEVER have predicted.
I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to get out of my investment going in but I knew it would be something significant.
Sometimes the biggest gains we actually get are not financial. Nor are they the ones that we expect.
Had I been stuck in a fearful state and believed all the excuses I was giving myself about why I shouldn’t go, I would have missed out on not only the experience, but the things that are going to eventuate from it.
The wheels are now set in motion for the future.
The next time an opportunity comes your way, don’t overthink it, if you want it say YES. Turn the fear into excitement about what is going to happen!
To quote a great man that I am so inspired by..
when opportunities come his way that everyone else is against, he says