'Ireland has the wind at its back' - Leading author calls for us to channel 'Irish rebel spirit' to cast off Brexit concerns
Ireland needs to cast off concerns about Brexit and continue the forward momentum that has been generated over the past couple of years, according to leading author and public speaker Keith Ferrazzi.
Mr Ferrazi told independent.ie that there had been a tangible shift in the energy in the country over the past couple of years, but said that the scars of the recession were still evident in the mindset of some.
"There is an awareness about the struggle that the country faced in the recent past. Now that it's been overcome, people have a tendency to look for the next struggle on the horizon," he said.
"People need to see what has been achieved. Ireland has the wind at its back. Every moment of attention that's dedicated to focusing on the struggle is attention that is not spent focusing on the growth."
Mr Ferrazzi was speaking at Pendulum Summit, a two day business empowerment conference in the Convention Centre in Dublin.
He said that Ireland had a unique place in Europe as a "jumping off point" for American firms in Ireland and that the country was ideally placed to generate huge business in the tech industry.
Mr Ferrazzi said there was an affinity between American people and the Irish that should be exploited be Irish entrepreneurs.
He also noted that the Irish "rebel spirit" was something that should be utilised more often.
"The Irish have a great rebel spirit that comes out when things are at their worst. How about channelling that energy and spirit into how you do things every day?", he asked.
Delegates at the event believe the two-day conference will provide them with the ideal platform for innovation in the year ahead.
An estimated 6,500 people are expected to participate over the two days in the conference that is aimed empowering business people from Ireland and abroad.
Organiser Frankie Sheahan estimates that the conference will provide up to €20m to the local economy. The event is certainly littered with nationalities from all around the world .
Eoin O' Malley runs is the founder of TICN, an investor network hub that teaches people how to invest in the stock market. O' Malley's business is focussed on "demystifiying" the stock market for investors starting out and giving them the confidence and expertise to become successful investors in the own right.
O' Malley's now has networks in 52 countries across the globe, and says the summit has provide a unique opportunity to develop strategies for the year ahead.
"It's an ideal way to start the year. We are spending a couple of days here and then we are going to go off an spend a few days brainstorming after this. So there's a lot you can take away from it and it's a great opportunity to meet and to listen to new ideas."
Ana Rodriguez travelled from Asturias in northern Spain to attend the conference, and said she was delighted to have made the trip.
"The quality of the speakers is outstanding. They are the best role models out there for people like me. What they are talking about is very close to my heart. They grab you by the balls and make you want to take action. The fact that the event is in Dublin is also a double kick for me," she said.