Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Guide to Life

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Guide to Life

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Byline: JAYNE GOLDSTONE

DO you ever catch yourself observing someone, wondering what brought that person to where they are today? It might be people in the street going about their business, someone serving you coffee in a caf, a person in a bus queue, or even someone you are distantly acquainted with? Sometimes we encounter individuals for fleeting moments in our lives that we might quickly dismiss as insignificant encounters, because we haven't made a connection, but for those as curious as me, what if you were missing out on absolute gems? Since moving to the North East, a region that I am now fully integrated in and that I love with a passion, I have met some very ordinary individuals on the surface, but digging that little bit deeper, I have found that there are people all around us who are extraordinary in the way they live their lives and in the things they do.

Take a guy called Gavin. I met Gavin very briefly a few years ago at one of my BNI meetings. I'd heard mixed feedback about Gavin, and on the negatives, that he sometimes came across as off-hand and a bit stroppy. I know that I pre-judged him because of the things I'd been told, something I very rarely do, as I like to make up my own mind about people from my own experience of them. Having got to know Gavin over the past few months, I know that he is an incredible guy - bright, gifted and very creative as well as being a deeply caring person.

In and amongst his many talents, Gavin has created a website called Uncle Gav, (worth checking out) where he offers all sorts of advice and support. Considering that he is only 25, I bet most people who meet him will never know the depths of this man.

Gavin also works with a great guy called Justin, another amazing individual who has more integrity in his little finger than most people have in their entire body. He and his team work really, really hard to provide outstanding service. I wonder how many people appreciate these facts? …

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