Adventures in Awesome Living

by Sunil Bali, Chief Energy Officer, 27-11-11

I suspect that you may not have heard of George Buckley and probably don’t recognise him, but have used his products:

Born into abject poverty in Yorkshire in 1947, Buckley had a very tough childhood.

His parents abandoned him at 4 months old, and then his grandmother gave him to neighbours. He ended up at a school for the handicapped, crippled with anaemia and a limp, where he was easy prey to a paedophile and was raped.

Buckley left school at 15 with no qualifications but with a determination not to let his past steal his future.

He got a job as an electrician’s apprentice, took night classes at the local college and after many years studying, eventually gained a PhD.

In 1978, Buckley took a risk by going to live in America, saying he couldn’t stay in England because "I was born to the wrong parents, went to the wrong schools, attended the wrong university and have the wrong accent. So I’m going somewhere it doesn’t matter."

The risk paid off.

Today, Sir George Buckley is the Chairman and CEO of 3M (Post It Notes & Sellotape) – a $27bn operation – and is in charge of 80000 employees across more than 65 countries.

In a recent interview Buckley said, "I discovered in life you can
choose to be a victim or a victor. I chose to be a victor"

Shift happens.



Not until the pain of the same is greater than the pain of change will you embrace change – Dave Ramsey

The great use of life is to spend it doing something that will outlast it – William James

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining – John F. Kennedy

Logic will get you from A to B, but imagination will take you everywhere – Einstein


To your success,