3 things I learned from ex-England rugby legend Lewis Moody

Left to right, Nick English, Alex Gregory and Lewis Moody

The luxury British watchmaker, Bremont, kindly invited myself and colleague David Keene to their Mayfair Boutique as part of the Adventurers Club series of events, where they bring an Ambassador or partner to share inspiring stories.

A crowd of around 30 guests including double Olympic champion, Alex Gregory MBE, were hosted by one of the founders of Bremont, Nick English and England and Lions rugby legend, Lewis Moody, who shared stories about the ups and downs of his rugby career and his current challenge. Lewis, an engaging and eloquent speaker, raised several interesting points, here are three that I will take away with me:

1) Stay humble. He earned more respect with me, not for sharing a list of his many successes, more so for having the humility to openly discuss his biggest mistakes and learnings from them with a crowd of strangers.

2) Address your weaknesses. His drive to work on his weaknesses was pivotal to his success. He told us about his worst performance and his honest self reflection of what caused it, what he did about it and how his team mates responded to his honesty.

3) Continually set new goals. Once his playing career ended, he found a new passion for charity fundraising and has set up the Lewis Moody Foundation to help provide amazing experiences to people battling serious illnesses. He shared with us his genuine joy and satisfaction at giving back through the charity, helping a 15 year old rugby fan enjoy a dream experience before he very sadly passed away losing his battle with cancer. Lewis has clearly benefitted from creating a new goal that excites him in the next stage of his life, and he will be just as committed to succeeding as he was in his rugby life.

I was fortunate enough to have a brief conversation with Lewis later on. He was friendly, approachable and authentic. It’s clear why he is one of the best speakers on the circuit. We talked about the challenges that sports stars have of transitioning into a new career when their playing career is over. Some make that transition easily, others can find it a real challenge. As someone who once dreamed of playing professional cricket, I’m aware of how that feels and am glad I realised early enough that I did not have the talent to make it to the top. I am also fortunate to be doing something I am passionate about now, that almost gives me the same pleasure as scoring a 100 or taking a “Michelle”.

I have to mention the Bremont brand our hosts for the event. Bremont is one of the most interesting British brand stories in recent times. The company was only set up just over 10 years ago and they have achieved an enormous amount of success in a short space of time. From listening to Nick English, it is clear that the founders have a great passion for research and development, quality and are committed to creating an iconic British brand that could be around for a long time. Their list of partnerships is impressive, from Boeing and Jaguar to the America’s Cup. I look forward to watching their progress more closely in the future.

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