Honestly, I often think about that mindset. When people absolutely dedicate themselves to something, eventually it turns out to be good. When you focus on something and study it for so long, you eventually become a master of it and I love that aspect of life. That’s what I tell all my staff now: when you’re uncomfortable, keep doing it and you eventually become very good at it. I learnt that from the likes of Gary in particular.
That doesn’t have to be in football either. If you haven’t watched the documentary Free Solo, watch it. It’s about Alex Honnold freeclimbing El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Until the end credits, I don’t think I exhaled. You’re living vicariously through him and thinking: f***, don’t drop! But that’s something you can only admire: someone training themselves and training their bodies so much to the point that they become a master of what they’re doing and they accomplish incredible things.
That can be through anything: business, family life, whatever path you want to take. For me, what I’m doing now is my craft. I want to reach the pinnacle of the food industry, be a pioneer in circular food businesses and I’m dedicating myself to it.
I’m about as far from playing at Old Trafford as you can be, but the journey to where I am and the road to where I want to be started with what I learnt in my time at United.