Inspirational Lemonade Maker: Miles Hilton-Barber

Inspirational Lemonade Maker: Miles Hilton-Barber

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.

Read my inspiring talk with Miles here

Five Questions With Fizz!

  1. Which book have you read that had an impact on you?

Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson

  1. 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.

  1. Who is your hero?

Ellen McCarthy, Mike Mackenzie, Caroline Casey

  1.  What is your weakness?

Trying to do everything and helping everybody.

  1. What legacy would you like to leave for others?

To leave the world a better place through the people I have helped.

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