April 9

What I Learned From Adam

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Content warning: This email mentions topics such as bullying, harassment, and suicide so please read at your discretion.

Adam Blum

Recently, I had the privilege of attending the book launch of Adam Blum’s Easy Target. Adam’s journey, from relentless bullying in school to battling undiagnosed ADHD, struggling academically, enduring workplace harassment, to finding himself standing atop a cliff contemplating whether this was the end, and finally emerging triumphant, is nothing short of inspiring.

I first crossed paths with Adam in 2021 when he reached out to me via social media with a message that said “I’m going to work with you”. After a quick profile stalk and some to-ing and fro-ing, I agreed to a call, and it didn’t take long for me to realise the incredible strength and resilience within this young man.

To say I was blown away is a complete understatement. I remember telling him upon meeting that he needed to share his story. At that point in time he didn’t think it was possible. But look where he is now.

At his book launch, I watched as queues of people gathered eager to get a copy. There were tears, there were laughs, there was a lot of emotion and inspiration in that room. During the evening I couldn’t help but reflect on the profound lessons Adam’s journey has taught me.

Adam exemplifies that change requires courage.

Adam knew he wanted to change and despite the overwhelming odds stacked against him, he bravely reached out for help, acknowledging that he couldn’t navigate his journey alone. His vulnerability and willingness to seek support is something we all can learn to embrace more in our own lives whether we are struggling or not. Where do you need to ask for help this week?

Adam’s story underscores the notion that change necessitates hard work. 

It’s one thing to desire change, but it’s an entirely different endeavour to roll up your sleeves and do the necessary work. From penning down his thoughts to finding a publisher, every step of Adam’s journey demanded unwavering dedication and perseverance. Where do you need to be doubling down, focusing on the right work right now to achieve your dreams?

Adam’s experience highlights that change often comes with sacrifices.

As he embarked on his journey from his darkest days to where he is now, Adam encountered the painful reality of losing friends who were unable to comprehend or support his growth. However, in shedding old relationships, Adam made room for a new support network that embraced his growth and fueled his aspirations. Have you outgrown your current network? Is it time to consider what you need in a support crew? If your answer to this is ‘YES’ you might want to listen to this podcast episode I recorded on the non-negotiable people to have in your network.

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Adam’s resilience in the face of adversity serves as a testament to the power of grit. 

Despite encountering numerous setbacks and obstacles, he remained steadfast in his pursuit of a better life, refusing to succumb to despair or self-doubt. He dug deep, focused on his future self, his Adam 2.0, and tapped into his accountability team during the tougher times to get him back on track.

Adam’s journey illustrates that change is both transformative for oneself and profoundly impactful on others. As witnessed at his book launch, his willingness to share his story inspired countless individuals facing similar challenges to seek hope and support. The ripple effect of his actions continues to reverberate, sparking positive change in the lives of others.

Change is not easy, but it is achievable. 

So, if you’re yearning for change in your business or personal life, take a page from Adam’s book and dare to embark on your transformation journey. You can find Easy Target here.

If you are currently facing difficulties in your life, you’re not alone. There are people around you who want to support you, be brave and reach out.

If you are particularly struggling, need to speak to someone, or have noticed someone else in your life who is struggling please use the resources available to you through organisations such as Lifeline and  Beyond Blue.

Janine x


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