Clive Branson is happily married with four sons and three grandchildren, however, the last few years of his life have been more troubling than ever.
From losing his father to Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia to being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and Stage Two Prostate Cancer, Clive has continually overcome adversity and is a true inspiration to all lucky enough to hear his personal story. Now available to hire as a passionate mental health speaker, Clive shares his personal battle with his own mental health and how we should surrender our vulnerabilities rather than protect and hide them.
Take a look at one of Clive’s most recent talk: Encouragement V’s Pressure that has been recorded in a form of a blog!
Encouragement V’s Pressure - Clive Branson
Even though it was an awfully long time ago, I do actually remember being 15 years old. Further education was definitely not part of my “plan”, I badly wanted to discover this thing called real life. However, despite my confidence and enthusiasm, I had absolutely no idea who to listen to, and which path to take.
Now, my wife and I are blessed with having four sons, and our youngest is 15. He is currently experiencing the build up towards taking his GCSE’s, and deciding upon his next move.
Obviously we want to encourage, motivate and inspire him, while gently applying the hand of guidance. However, this well intentioned strategy can very easily morph into applied pressure. All too often, these young people are lead to believe that they are fast approaching a precipice, where they can then fly like a bird, or fall to the depths of despair!
Experience, wisdom and a lot of mistakes have taught me that this next chapter of any 15/16 year old child is exactly that, the next chapter. Definitely not a do or die, hard wired success or failure moment. It is not reckless or irresponsible to open our children’s eyes to the fact that we live life on life’s terms. Of course they should understand ambition, commitment and the ability to reach goals. But equally they must understand that coming in slightly short does not carry a resounding full stop. Failure, mistakes and vulnerability are all opportunities to learn.
I am living with a life limiting disease, so the realistic lens is firmly applied to my view of the world. My determination to share my profound story and associated experiences so far, is absolute. The intention is to actively demonstrate that we have hidden reserves of resilience and fortitude, that can lead us towards overcoming adversity, and in turn adopt a positive mindset.
The children I speak of, in my humble opinion, are in need of realistic encouragement, motivation and inspiration. And definitely not deafening, dream crushing, and bluntly applied pressure.