The men who inspire us.

To commemorate International Men’s Day, a handful of the staff at TCC have chosen to share stories of the men who have left an indelible mark on their lives.

International Men’s Day was initiated to raise awareness about men’s issues, celebrate positive aspects of masculinity, and promote gender equality. The day, which is observed on November 19th annually, provides an opportunity to highlight men’s contributions to society, family, marriage, and the community.

The idea behind International Men’s Day is to foster a positive dialogue around men’s well-being and to encourage a broader understanding of the roles and responsibilities of men in various aspects of life. The day is observed globally with events, discussions, and activities focused on men’s health, positive role models, and the challenges faced by men in different societies.

Please continue reading to learn more about the men who have inspired TC Communications staff.

Matt Rowland

Creative Director

My vote for International Men’s Day would go to Volodymyr Zelenskyy. With the war on Ukraine, Volodymyr stepped into the spotlight to be the embodiment of resistance. How many times a day has he thought to himself to just give in? How many days has he woken up wondering if it is his last? He has gathered the strength of a global army and support without begging.

Personally, I think Mr Zelenskyy is the epitome of the William Shakespear quote:

‘Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them’.

Sophie Gibbons

Creative Artworker

My Dad is my inspiration. Not only is he my dad, he’s my best friend! He has always faced life with enthusiasm and a smile on his face. He has taught me to have a positive outlook on life and the importance of helping others. He was sadly diagnosed with terminal asbestos cancer this year but has faced it head on, with the positivity that he’s shown me throughout his life. He is truly inspiring!

Jordan Taylor

Senior Account Manager

An inspirational man in my life has to be my grandad. In his prime he was a strong leader for his company, who recognised the value in teaching his children and grandchildren to be hungry for more in life. Not only was he superb in business, he was also an amazing husband to my nan. A real superhero in my family and a truly inspiring man. And boy does he love blasting out Frank Sinatra when he has had a Guinness.

Jonathan Montague

Senior Creative Artworker

Marine Gunnery sergeant Artur Shvartsberg as an inspiration, both for fitness (completely vital for good mental health) and just how he conducts himself.

I’ve been aware of him for about a year, in that time I have been inspired by his work ethic, his discipline, the integrity of his content (all free, he posts his workouts in full to be totally accountable), and also the community that has been built around one of the most hated but effective single body movements anyone can do…the burpee.

‘The Wolfpack’ and ‘The Wolfettes” as they are known are a worldwide group of committed burpee and calisthenics practitioners that take a regular trip to ‘Rep City’, inspired by Ironwolf. By doing high repetition callisthenic workouts there is a shared suffering. Burpees will humble you and all practitioners know that dark space where the next rep seems all but impossible, but still you lean forward, and execute. The feeling you get after a long burpee session cannot be matched.

My regular burpee and calisthenics sessions have got me into probably the best shape of my life and taught me that enduring suffering on a regular basis will give you a mental steel that will carry over into other aspects of life.

As the Ironwolf says… “Reps = Reputation. Get some!”

Tim Leney

Managing Director

My dad, David Leney, is my inspiration this International Men’s Day. He was a skilled Concorde pilot, navigating various aircraft before ultimately becoming captivated by Concorde. His remarkable experiences included transporting the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to the opening of the Barbadian parliament in 1977 and a harrowing incident in 1989 when a piece of the aircraft’s tail went missing during a flight.

My dad’s sense of humour and dedication to his role were evident throughout his career, spanning 15 years of flying Concorde. He leaves behind a legacy of professionalism, camaraderie among Concorde crews, and a deep affection for the iconic aircraft.

Verity Maskell

Digital Account Manager

Two men who have inspired me daily are author, Mark Manson, and entrepreneur, Steven Bartlett.

Mark Manson: Why Personal Relationships Are More Important Than Career Goals

I read Mark’s book ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck’ when I was going through a difficult time. It really challenged my perception and offered a humorous, more light-hearted way of viewing difficult times in my life. I particularly like this quote from the book:

“Everybody wants to live a carefree, happy and easy life, to fall in love and have amazing sex and relationships, to look perfect and make money and be popular and well-respected and admired and a total baller to the point that people part like the Red Sea when they walk into the room. Everybody wants that. A more interesting question, a question more people never consider is: What pain do you want int your life? What are you willing to struggle for?” Because this seems to be a greater determinant of how our lives turn out.

The Diary of a CEO with Steven Bartlett (Podcast Series 2017– ) - IMDbI also listen to Steven Bartlett’s podcast religiously and really admire his openness and honesty when interviewing, as well as the information he makes available on his podcast. I love his interviews with specialists around health and nutrition and think it’s so valuable to make available to everyone.

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