10th February 2021
Danny Bent, founder of One Run Global, has been voted one of the 100 happiest people in the UK, and one of the 50 most inspirational people in London. He is an award-winning author and journalist, Guinness World Record holder, and celebrated adventurer and community leader.
Danny is a regular guy with a highly irregular passion for life and humanity, with stories to light up a room. His unbridled energy has led to him representing Great Britain at Triathlon, raising over $500,000 for charity, cycling from London to India, being a finalist on BBC’s Ultimate Hell Week, writing a best-selling book and creating radically inclusive communities wherever he goes.
Danny is the keynote speaker at this year’s Active Sussex Network, which is being held virtually via zoom on Thursday 25 February. His session entitled, ‘Happiness of being you’, comes with lessons for life and business.
Q. What sparked your initial passion for bringing people together and getting people active?
My family were always keen runners, so being active was a big part of my life growing up. It has brought so much into my life in terms of friendship, love and the amazing communities you make through being outside and being active – it feels selfish to even consider that I would keep that to myself and not facilitate other people in feeling this way too!
Q. What is the biggest life lesson you’ve learned through your experiences?
Humans are infinitely more powerful than we give ourselves credit for. We all have voices in our heads telling us that we have limits or that we’re not capable of something, and these voices are formed through our experiences as children and adults in society.
But, these voices are only coming from you. YOU have the ability to stop listening to those voices and strive beyond what you think you are capable of. And we are even more powerful together than we are on our own.
Every risk with the potential for greatness is worth it in my eyes.
Q. What advice would you give to Sussex activity providers, volunteers, education providers and other sports partners to help build inclusive communities in their own work?
There are ways to make people feel like they are part of a tribe, rather than purely part of an organisation or a company, and that’s down to leadership. You need to be interested in the people, connecting people where possible or necessary, and being committed and consistent 100%.
And also, creating a culture – be true to who you are and that will allow you to create an authentic culture that people want to get on board with. If you try to create something that doesn’t align with who you are then you’re going to fail drastically. The only thing you can be truly magnificent at is being yourself.
Q. What do you want delegates to take away from your session?
The biggest thing I want people to take away is realising the power that each one of them have at their fingertips, just by being who they are, and the potential they have for good in this world.