The power of purpose | Philip Smith & Warren Mauger | TEDxStPeterPort

22/07/2015 14:05:40

Warren and Philip talk about The Power of Purpose and the role purpose plays in being the best you.

In 2014 they took on a life changing challenge running 7 marathons in 7 days and will use some of their experiences from that journey to talk about the critical role that purpose plays in our lives.

Their challenge was not about running despite overcoming the physical and mental challenge but WHY they were doing it and how that drove them forward and pulled the community together.

In 2015 they are running for 48 hours on treadmills with the aim of raising £100,000 for charity and helping inspire others to aim higher.

Philip Smith is the Managing Director of CBO Projects and also one of the founders of This Is EPIC, a Guernsey based charity that empowers people to overcome extreme poverty. Their work focuses on empowering community driven change and providing a help up rather than a handout through informal financial services called Village Savings and Loans Projects.

In 2014 Philip took on a challenge of running 7 Marathons in 7 Days, having never run a marathon before this ended up being a life-changing experience, not only for the people that benefitted from the money raised from the 2014 challenge but also for Philip on a personal level. It was a realisation that each and every one of us can do more both physically and mentally than we think we can. "When you create a cocktail of purpose and challenge you begin to discover what each and everyone of us can achieve in our lives and how much of a positive impact we can have on people around us."

Warren has worked with a wide variety of people and businesses, from local to some of the largest company’s in the world.He has also been Chairman of the business support organisation Start Up Guernsey and is a Director of the Guernsey FA.

Warren decided he wanted to do something worthwhile that made a difference to others in the world and on meeting Philip Smith they agreed to take on 7 marathons in 7 days. Neither could have predicted the impact it would have on both themselves and the community. Warren is now using running as a tool to help change people lives.

By his own admission Warren was not a good runner so taking on 7 marathons in 7 days pushed him far outside his comfort zone. By having a clear focus and purpose he achieved more than he thought possible and the lessons learnt are not to do with running but setting big goals and putting a plan in place to achieve them.

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