04 Jan The First Five Years…
Five years ago today we started on a journey with a new company when OR Training & Personal Development Ltd was incorporated on the 4th January 2013.
It was one of those exciting, terrifying and exhilarating moments in life when you find yourself alternating between telling yourself
‘We’ve actually done it!’…
and then asking yourself
‘What have we done?!‘
The journey ever since has certainly lived up to its initial billing!
I can’t say it’s always been easy or plain sailing and as anyone who has ever taken that big deep breath and then jumped off the precipice into the unknown of starting their own business can tell you, at times, it’s hard to know whether you’re flying or free-falling.
There have been challenges and difficulties and mistakes aplenty. There have been tough times and digging deep and lots of late night soul searching…
And there have also been incredible experiences and learning and opportunities to work and collaborate with the most amazing people doing the most extraordinary things and it’s been such a privilege to play a part in that.
One thing I have absolutely learned on the journey so far is that no-one builds anything on their own.
At least, nothing worthwhile.
We have been so fortunate to have worked with the most wonderful clients, students, associates, partners, individuals and organisations right across Ireland and the UK.
All looking to make a positive difference in their own unique way and often completely unsung in the work that they do. It has been an honour to be able to share in those efforts and to make our own contribution, too.
I am so proud to say that as OR has grown, our Graduates and Associates are now out there making a positive impact in areas as diverse as Business, Education, Health, Sport and Politics and we work with some of NI’s most recognisable organisations in the Public, Private and Community & Voluntary Sectors.
I would like to say a huge thank you to all of you who have helped, supported, worked with us, offered advice and even cheered us on when we really needed it…
we couldn’t have done it all without you.
I wish you all the very best for 2018 and for all the adventures that the next five years have in store!