Rob Goddard is an internationally known business adviser, mentor, author and keynote speaker. He works with professionals on a one-to-one basis and runs workshops on personal and business development issues.
In 2012, he was a depressed entrepreneur and at his lowest ebb, he decided to end his life by throwing himself from the top of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Stress, anxiety and loneliness had taken its toll on him and he even wrote a death diary, so he has something to leave behind after he killed himself, for his loved ones and four children.
At the top, he reached for the door to the outside fire escape. It was locked. That locked door became not only his life saver but an image he has held onto for the rest of his life.
If it wasn’t for the locked door he never would have experienced all of the wonderful things that have happened to him, he is a very successful businessman and renowned speaker about stress, work and life balance, travel and love. But a locked door does not cure a person’s desire to kill themselves. The cure for that was his friend Alex, who listened.
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 and the second biggest killer of people between 15 and 29. Three times more men commit suicide today than women and nearly 6,000 people in the UK die by suicide each year. It’s time for men to talk, share with and listen to each other, to learn how to manage depression while creating strong careers and personal lives.
The new 2nd edition of Rob’s book Suicide to Success has just been published. The book addresses the issue of male suicide and encouragement to find someone to talk to about their feelings. All profits from the sale of the book go to a charity that fights male suicide.
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