I recently read Brendan O’Carroll’s autobiography, the creator of Mrs Browns Boys.
As well as being a rollicking good read through all the hard times he went through, via his words, Brendan’s Succeeding Mind comes through loud and clear.
“They could be anything they want. Just as long as they learned”
“What she taught best were human values”
“Mrs O’Carroll would remind Brendan to always look at the picture, not the crack”
“Her attitude was, the only thing you can give your children is individuality and the confidence to accept the responsibility to go with it”
“I realised very early that I couldn’t learn the way that others learned, so I developed my own way of absorbing information, perspective thinking”
“To be the very best at anything he turned his hand to”
“Manners are very important to me”
“Always doing the best I could. I had a good work ethic. But just as importantly, I had a belief all would be fine”
“Opportunity is a train that goes in a circle. And it keeps coming round. But it never stops. And the only way you can get on that train is to jump on it”
“If there was ever a Plan A, when I was at school or whatever, it never happened. I’m on plan J or somewhere, way down the alphabet”
“I’ve learned since in life that you get lots of chances. You’ve just got to be able to spot them”
“If you carry grudges, they way you down”
Brendan’s comedy may not be your type, but you can’t disagree with his mindset for he’ll end up being a success whatever he turns his hand to.
Someone’s Success or Failure, it’s in the words to see