You don’t know how long someone has been on the path

I got up at 5am in Brighton two days ago to be on the road to get to an early morning set up and kick off for a personal development programme at a school near Reading.  Leaving Brighton there was not much traffic around.  By the time I was on the M25/M4 junction at nearer 6.45am, there was plenty.  It got me thinking that you don’t know where fellow road users have come from.  You don’t know if they have been driving for 10 minutes, or if they have set off in the small hours and have been driving non-stop.  I think it’s a bit like that when you meet someone.  You meet them in a particular moment, but you don’t know what path brought them here, how long they have been on it, where the holds up took place or how plain sailing the ride has been.

About Jack Butler

Jack Butler is a social entrepreneur, coach, workshop leader and speaker. His latest venture provides full spectrum human development through coaching, programmes and other development resources for leaders and entrepreneurs. He founded Future Foundations (, a leading youth personal development training organization. He is a professional member of the International Enneagram Association and a former fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Jack was the IAB 2007 Young Entrepreneur of the Year runner-up and took a double first class degree in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge. Jack spends his time between London and Brighton in the UK and Boulder, CO and the Bay Area in the US. In his spare time, he enjoys physical challenges (3 Peaks Challenge 2010, Tresco Marathon 2006) and supporting The Simultaneous Policy Organisation ( He is a Partner in Passion and Purpose of the Grubb Guild, a voracious reader of personal, cultural and spiritual development, and likes to inquire, journal, travel and write.
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