Succeeding at failure…

…Acceptance in all things is the start of new beginnings… I have said this before and I will say this again. I consider myself a failure. I feel I have failed in my career, failed as a husband, failed as a boyfriend, failed as a person, a brother, a son and maybe even a human being at times. Others see me as a success. I find it hard to accept that. I know the failures. I know my errors. I am ‘cursed’ with exceptionally good long term memory, so can remember every… Read More

The generation game of thrones…

When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground There are hundreds if not thousands of sources online that talk about how different generations respond to different stimulus, how they work and want different things from life, and how they approach society, the world and life in general. I don’t want to cover old ground with subjects that are covered by far more experienced and knowledgeable people than I am. I want to give a crash course into conversations that happen every day and conversations that have happened to me… Read More

Being left alone with loneliness…

Feeling alone in a room full of people is a terrifying experience. Recently I have had a lot of people talk to be about loneliness. This encouraged me to look back on conversations and thoughts I had during 2017 when I was at my most recently memorable lowest point. Through pain we find ourselves… Whilst I was having a tattoo done during the middle of the 2018 my artist and friend, Bob, introduced me to a term called serial monogamist which I had never heard before. This really struck home with me… Read More

Being more and less social…

I fully appreciate the irony of sharing this article on social media… Do you remember the days before Facebook, Instagram and Twitter? Do you remember what came before that? Myspace? MSN Messenger? Do you remember a time when an ‘argument’ over some trivial fact wasn’t able to be answered by just asking Google¬†on your phone? It was a different world… ‘Connectivity’ through social media and mobile phones in general has provided many great benefits to society, but it has also caused many problems that are coming to light slowly over the course… Read More

Learning to love again…

…Love really is all around us… As many of you will know from reading my articles and seeing my presentations I have gone through my fair share of heartbreak. I have spent time on self development and following a talk given by Daniel Burton on World Mental Health Day 2018 and a question posed to me at my most recent Breaking the Stigma presentation in Birmingham I thought I would share some of my thoughts. A simple questions… The question I was asked was this (paraphrased): As a young employee at a… Read More

Just talk more…

If you don’t have anything good to say…just say it anyway… This article will mostly be written as a bit of a retrospective of last week… Mostly… I will try to keep as many references to people anonymous as possible so as to not give more information than is needed, but ultimately, you know who you are, how we interact and it just is what it is. On Thursday I was invited to a meeting with a Company who wanted to discuss their strategic plans and financial model. Whilst I work with… Read More

Helping yourself to help yourself…

Your relationship with yourself will last a lifetime… I am not sure how to start this… Since I gave my talk, published my presentation, held an ‘ask me anything‘ and just generally; I have received so much positive feedback from so many different sources that I have been humbled in a way I never thought possible (especially after the very humbling experience that started all this!). The one piece of feedback that I have taken to heart however is one of people seeking to know how I cope with living with depression… Read More

Answering the questions…

Ask me anything… Following on from my recent articles, talks and general outward communication with regards to my story I was asked by someone to speak to their online community about my experiences etc. It’s important to note at this point, that my main recent interactions with this person were in relation to my 24 hour charity stream. I had very little communication with them ahead of this and this just sort of happened. Knowing that is was going to be online, I fully assumed there to be various ‘trolls’ who just… Read More

Just a guy who has a story and likes talking…

I promised I would share this after the fact. It’s now up to you to read it if you want. Slide 1 My name is Andrew Salkeld. I’m 34. I’m a Chartered Accountant. I trained at PwC before moving into industry. I specialise in corporate finance and business intelligence; ‘data and deals’. I work as CFO for a start-up based here in Leeds, helping them raise funding and developing their business plan. … My name is Andy. I’m 34. I suffer from depression. I almost committed suicide in 2017. It changed me…. Read More