Becoming X

Based on in depth interviews with some of the world’s most inspirational and iconic people, Paul Gurney shares the lessons on what it really takes to succeed in life and the implications for the future of education. The session will also offer an insight into the vision of BecomingX – the education organisation co-founded by Bear Grylls that aims to transform personal development and character education in schools and help young people all over the world to realise their potential.

Lessons learned and how to use it

If everybody could realise their potential, how would world look like

What it takes:

  1. Find out What it takes?
  2. Ability to reach everyone?
  3. Major manager strategic

“The reason it doesn’t exist is because it’s too difficult”
“you will fail” -> He did it 😁

Interviewed 40 celebrity people, influential, people doing amazing things (not just being famous). Most of them coming from tough backgrounds, disadvantaged. What are they doing and how did they get there?

  • Film – sharing real stories
    Repository of people telling their stories, how difficult was it, what they did
  • Schools– developing 1-hour lessons, strategies for schools to develop children holistically, creating experience with external organisations for children to see the world and work, but putting the teacher in focus too
  • Global – published the first 6 films resulting in millions of followers

Lesson #1

Everyone has potential

Lesson #2

It’s not what you know
It’s who you know

The most important attributes to work on:

  • skills
  • knowledge
  • attitudes
  • relationships


Knowledge is becoming less important
Relationships more important

Lesson #3

The most important and most frequent theme – resilience

Resilience is important for several reasons; it enables us to develop mechanisms for protection against experiences which could be overwhelming, it helps us to maintain balance in our lives during difficult or stressful periods, and can also protect us from the development of some mental health difficulties and issues. Some of the various benefits of becoming more resilient are listed below.

“If you knew what they knew, what would you do?”


Linkedin: Paul Gurney