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Alistair Tosh

29th Nov 2021

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IMI leads by example for International Men’s Day

To celebrate International Men’s Day 2021, the IMI are highlighting positive role models and promoting this year’s theme, Better Relations Between Men and Women.

Everyone has words of wisdom they live by, words that inspire them and that they try to embody daily. The IMI staff has answered the call for the quotes that have touched their lives most, whether they be from stirring poems, fictional characters or former heads of state.

As part of International Men’s Day 2021, Eoin Fehily of Coaching for Performance held a virtual session with IMI staff, during which he spoke of his own personal journey. View Eoin’s slides here


“Nothing beats kindness. It sits quietly beyond all things.”

Charlie Makesy, ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse’


“When times get tough, we don’t give up. We get up.”

Barack Obama


“There is no secret ingredient, you just need to believe.”

Kung Fu Panda


If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
– ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling

Dave Larkin

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”

John Lennon


“I wake up every morning believing today is going to be better than yesterday.”

Will Smith

To learn more about International Men’s Day, visit https://internationalmensday.com/ and lead by example going forward.