Hello, I’m John Mellis.
I can’t even really remember how it started.
I think I posted on LinkedIn about one of my podcasts and Neil Fachie commented on it.
From there, we messaged back and fore a bit and realised we had similar interests and likes in terms of the podcasts we enjoyed listening to, and what we got out of them.
Somewhere along the line, we decided we would record a podcast together.
The idea was to chat to high achievers, and discover what they believed their success was attributable to.
If we could find commonalities, like specific habits these people had adopted, or traits they shared, similar practices or behaviours, perhaps we’d be able to assemble a composite toolbox we could ALL adopt and use in our own efforts to become world champions in our own lives.
That’s what we agreed upon. Here’s where we differed.
Neil thinks success on that scale is down to one thing – hard work.
A few other ingredients require to be tethered to that, like a stubborn refusal to give in, determination on a scale scarce in nature – BUT, at its core, effort.
I, on the other hand, think other factors may come into play.
For instance – your genes, your affluence, your location, your opportunities. I believe that maybe it’s possible to be born, destined to become a high achiever.
We settled on the one thing we could decide upon – that we’d meet with high achievers from all walks of life, and ask them what they thought, in their own case.
The result is the 1% Club Podcast.
In later episodes Neil joins me on my side of the desk to ask the questions, but in Episode 1, he has to answer them.
Well, what’s the point in having a 14 time World Champion Cyclist at your beck and call if you can’t ask him about high achievement?!
He’s even got a golden pillar box from the Paralympics in London 2012.
Oh, and one other thing. He recorded all of Season 1 whilst simultaneously running a business with his wife Lora, as the pair of them trained to take part in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo representing Team GB once more.
I can honestly say, the making of this podcast has been a real journey.
Mostly motivational, at times hilarious, occasionally tragic, hugely humbling, ultimately uplifting.
Now, we invite you to join us on it, perhaps as a backdrop to the Paralympics themselves.
As we get set to publish Episodes 1,2 and 3 simultaneously on Monday August 23rd, please listen and follow us on Apple or wherever you get your podcasts.
And, feel free to share, and tell us what you think of the show, via the contact page or directly.
At the end of that week, Neil races for Gold in Tokyo.
Between the 23rd and then, why not listen to our Episodes with Neil, Dame Evelyn Glennie and Grant Stott.
Here’s a little preview of each.
Either way, we look forward to you enjoying the journey with us.