Stop Not Till the Goal is Reached was officially launched on Monday 27th August by Rugby Union legend John Eales. It was a really fantastic evening. I had been asked to say a few words about how and why I became involved in the project. I have to confess I was very nervous. I spend most of my life in front of a computer screen and have not spoken in public for probably 15 years. But once I got over my initial nerves I actually enjoyed it – so that was a revelation. John Eales made a great speech making reference to the sad passing of Astronaut Neil Armstrong and saying that more people had walked on the moon than had walked on the Springfield land that Maha and Bob bought in 1992!
John also told the story about the need to be agitated. That great people, people who really make their mark on the world are never contented – regardless of what they achieve. Certainly that is true of Maha. And it’s a great point – we all need to find something in life to be passionate about and pour ourselves into that pursuit. John reminded us that the highest hope we can hold for our children is that they become agitated about something. Within reason, it almost doesn’t matter what they get agitated about so long as it captures their heart and imagination.
Most of all I was thrilled to hear feedback from people who had read the book. Normally I don’t ever meet people who read the books I write. Occasionally people will email and tell me how much they enjoyed it and those emails are very precious to me. One of the high points of the evening was being stopped by a lovely lady called Natasha who told me that over 100 people had recently received the book at a presentation Maha gave to the Variety Club. After the event she had followed up with the participants and received wonderful feedback about how they had loved Maha’s presentation and were enjoying the book – and one lady even told her it had changed her life. Those moments are why I’m a writer so thank you Natasha for passing that along to me. It’s so lovely to hear that a) people have actually read the book and b) that they loved it! It was great to be there and share those experiences – definitely worth the 26 hours of flying across the globe for!