Friday, 15 September 2017

#WORK&WEALTH2017: What has pushed you the most to be mentally tough – and how did you handle it?

In honour of this month’s ‘Work & Wealth’ theme, we asked a few noted personalities to speak on those experiences that gave them the mental toughness required to survive in the challenging world of work.

ROSIE MURRAY, actress and broadcaster 
“Just my capacity for weathering storms. I believe in God; I have faith. I make sure that anything I take on I can manage it. My disappointments I turn them into appointments. I don’t take on what I can’t manage; that’s my way of handling challenges. I utilize all of my talents – I sing, I act, I play music, I bake, I do motivational speaking. I pull on all those talents. And I think that’s the way everybody should go about it. Don’t be one-dimensional; be diverse, be bold.”

DAVID TULLOCH, playwright and producer
“I think it was my personal acceptance that what I am doing is not a run-of-the-mill profession. It’s hard to create an income from the arts, so I had to condition my mind for what I’d have to do, the decisions I’d have to make, and you approach it from that angle, and give thanks for the small mercies. You have to know your strengths and weaknesses. Don’t swim in waters that you know you can’t swim in and give thanks even when there’s no water to swim in. You have to condition yourself to make ends meet. A lot of theatre practitioners don’t take this on as a profession because this is a career path that is extremely tough, and so they stay away from it.”

OSHANE GRANT, President of UWI Mona Guild of Students
“Most of it was not just me wanting to persevere, but having persons around me who pushed me. That motivated me and made me stronger because after a while I started to believe that I could change my life. I started to believe that I could do it. There were many times when I was tempted to go back to my violent past [Grant is a reformed gang member who hails from Darliston, Westmoreland], but after a while I was like, what’s the point? Being in that kind of environment gets tedious. So most times I just put on my happy face and focus on the shared joy of knowing that there’s more to life. I don’t feel like a man; I feel like a gentleman, which is much better.”

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