Tim Smit Wants To Leave A Legacy Of Inspiration – How Will He Do This?

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Type of story: Inspiring easy to understand.

Duration: 3-5 mins

Most profound learnings:  We were lucky enough to come across the work of Tim Smit several years ago and have been blown away with his work and his message.

In this article, Tim is talking about having a willingness to take risks. I love this idea because I know from speaking to people and my own life experiences that the fear of failure is so debilitating. On the other hand, if you can face your fears so many new things can open up up in your life.

Article Source: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/conversations-of-inspiration/id1434529830?i=1000497706655

Summary of article: Sir Tim Smit is a British businessman, most widely known as the creator of the Eden Project. He’s a firm believer in environmentalism, social enterprise, and entrepreneurship, and his main goal later in life is to leave a legacy of inspiration.

Who is Tim Smit? Tim Smit studied archaeology at university, and after a brief career took an unexpected shift into the music business. He worked as a songwriter and producer, and received seven gold and platinum discs for his work. Having the confidence to make such a career shift shows his love of risk and entrepreneurial nature.

In 1987, Smit moved to Cornwall and became involved in The Lost Gardens of Heligan, which is a 19th-century style pleasure garden. It’s known to be one of the most popular in the UK. Smit also wrote a widely popular book about his involvement in the project.

Then in 2001, he opened the Eden Project. It’s a site that consists of several large domes that contain different biomes, including Mediterranean and Tropical. The Eden Project is internationally known and has contributed over £1 billion to the local economy.

How Tim Smit is inspiring others: Smit’s story is your typical rags-to-riches story; he was on benefits until he made his first money, which he invested shrewdly in a number of popular projects. In short, he rose to the top thanks to his own hard work.

But it’s more than that; Smit took risks. Some of these risks paid off, but some didn’t. Smit believes the British spirit towards entrepreneurship is wrong. As a country, the UK doesn’t like to take risks, but is also averse to failure. This leads to few people being willing to take the plunge into risk.

Moving forwards, Smit wants to use his status to inspire others into taking risk. In order to do this, we as a nation need to move past the idea of failure being bad. Smit believes that all failure is a learning experience, and it’s only by failing that we can assess what went wrong in order to not do it again.

Take the Eden Project, for example. Considering its popularity, it might seem unfair to describe it as a risky move, but it was. After all, a large dome full of plants would either be a big hit or a massive failure. The project took off because of its appeal, which isn’t something that could be predicted.

In short, Tim Smit believes we should all take more risks. Whether this is in our careers or personal lives, risks can pay off. Even failure provides a learning experience, and this is never a bad thing. We need to overcome our fear of failure, and the easiest way to do this is by failing. It’s only then that we can acknowledge it's not as bad as it seems.

Sir Tim Smit appeared on an episode of the podcast Conversations of Inspiration where he discusses his career. You can find the full episode here