How an airconditioning mechanic working in Sydney Australia became an award winning broadcaster in Britain. – Part 2.



Hope and Glory

Napoleon Bonaparte once said “The leader’s role is to define reality, then give hope”.

Isn’t that what we all need on a regular basis, someone to give it to us straight and then inspire us? Without a clear view of reality we can become deluded and make bad decisions or even worse, stagnate. Without hope, we just give up.

Hope is the most important gift you can give. I’ve often heard that the key to happiness is being able to live in the moment. Unfortunately that only works if the ‘moment’ is a good one. What if that moment isn’t up to much? No amount of living in it is going to help. If you’ve ever had a boring repetitive job you’ll know that the only way to get through the day is to mentally get out of that moment and let your mind wander to a better moment. Looking forward to something in the future is what keeps us going. We look forward to holidays, pay day and the weekend. People are happier on Friday afternoon than they are on Sunday evening. The real key to happiness is hope. If the future looks dark, hope disappears and with it, so does our happiness.

In 1992, I was still doing a weekly airshift at the community radio station ‘Triple R’ in Sydney. I wasn’t getting paid and wasn’t really getting anywhere. I was desperate to get a proper radio job. I’d sent demo tapes to every commercial radio station in Australia, there were around two hundred of them. Most didn’t reply but some sent a form letter (no vacancies, your details are on file). One letter was quite positive but as it started with “Dear Lars”, I’m pretty sure they’d listened to someone else’s tape. I was starting to think I’d never get a break.

Then I got a letter from Tony James, the Program Director at 2QN in Deniliquin. I had no idea where Deniliquin was but he said he’d listened to my tape and that although there was a lot of room for improvement, he liked some of what was on the there. He gave me ideas on how to improve. I made sure he heard those ideas on the next tape I sent him. He responded with more feedback. This went on every couple of weeks for months. The free coaching was exactly what I needed but more than that, Tony gave me a bit of belief. He defined reality then gave hope.

Armed with this renewed hope, I was able to make my next move. It was a reluctant long shot that my wife Julie pushed me into. The great thing about backing long shots is that for a relatively small investment, the payoff can be huge and it was. More about that in part 3.

Craic on!

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