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PowerList 2010
Let’s use the power in the list
he Powerlist is an extraordinary and exciting publication. it belief in what i could achieve and their refusal to accept my abilities
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is an idea which has come of age and for those of us lucky could or should be limited by my race or gender. i believe it is
enough to be included in it, a thing of wonderment. For vital that we provide such support and encouragement to future
many of the people featured in the list, the journey that has generations. this list can only remain powerful if talented people
brought them to the attention of others has been an extraordinary are inspired and encouraged by it, and by those who feature in
one. in the case of most, they are the first, the only or among the very it, to carve out their own successes in the future. the difficulties
few, of African or Caribbean heritage to have succeeded within their experienced in being the first, or the only person to achieve
discipline. something are something none of us would wish on those who come
if the list did not exist, the breadth and depth of the achievements after us.
of people of African or Caribbean descent would not have been i hope that those included in the list since its inception and those
widely known or properly understood and many who appear in who will be included in the future will accept the challenge of making
it might never have met one another. For me, the experience has their presence on the list a catalyst for change for others. inclusion is
been invigorating. i feel a great sense of pride in the achievement not only an honour and an acknowledgment; it is also a responsibility
embodied by the wonderful people included in each publication who to make sure we are not the last and the only people of African or
demonstrate, so clearly, my father’s mantra: “there is no such thing Caribbean descent to discharge the burden of our respective roles.
as can’t, until you’ve tried, tried and tried again.” it is crucial, moreover, that all communities see our contribution as
But, i also know that there are many, many more who could, a benefit to the citizens of our country as a whole and that they are
‘i’d like to invite each person in the Powerlist to commit
to doing three things to release the talent in others’
and should, be included in the list or who will be included in future inspired to be all that they can be.
years, precisely because of the inspiration already generated by the i would like to invite each person who has been included in the
Powerlist. if someone had told me that i would have been included in list, or who is reading it, to commit to doing three things in order
any of the publications of the list to date, i would never have believed to promote aspiration and to release the talent inherent in others,
them. i did not and do not see myself as exceptional, although irrespective of their background (and not limited to those of African
i have been inspired, encouraged and enabled to achieve some or Caribbean descent). sharing those ideas, whether with the
extraordinary things by people who did not themselves understand publishers of the list, or with the people included in the list, can only
how extraordinary they were. if i can achieve that, i know others, with bring more talent, more enthusiasm and an even greater potency to
far greater latent talent than mine, could, with the right combination the support and inspiration we provide to others. Having committed
of encouragement and inspiration, accomplish much more. to doing three things, i hope that people will deliver at least one of
i am grateful for the support and encouragement i received from them. if we do, i am confident a torrent of talent will be released,
my parents and family when i was growing up. i was fortunate that which will generate the change we all aspire to see in our world
they were my mentors; i received my family’s unconditional love, and the list will truly live up to the potential given by its title.
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