At the time when I was losing my central vision my Dad heard an inspirational speaker. The speaker was Miles Hilton-Barber, a blind adventurer who makes his living as a corporate speaker. With my situation in mind, my Dad asked if I could contact Miles.
I was considering my career options at the time and hoping to return to the fashion industry. Having never actually met Miles and going through a tough time I was not sure about ringing him. However, I did pick up the phone and had a great chat with Miles who gave me great advice and encouragement. The piece of advice which I most valued was to consider my happiness when considering my career. He advised that I don’t consider my disability as a limitation but to work with it. He got me thinking that I could probably still go back to my job as a fashion designer but I began questioning how enjoyable I would find it. I was thinking of going back to it because I wanted to prove something, but what I was wanting to prove served no one, especially me!
That chat was many years ago but I have never forgotten his calm words and the sensitive way he challenged me. I was therefore really pleased to speak with Miles recently, not about me this time but about him.
Five Questions With Fizz!
- Which book have you read that had an impact on you?
Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson
- If you had power for the day to implement a change what would it be?
To overcome poverty. I’d have an unlimited bank account to provide the resources required.
- Who is your hero?
Ellen McCarthy, Mike Mackenzie, Caroline Casey
- What is your weakness?
Trying to do everything and helping everybody.
- What legacy would you like to leave for others?
To leave the world a better place through the people I have helped.