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In the first of his weekly blogs, Danny Hobbs, our Commercial Director shares some positivity by highlighting what he’s grateful for!


We can all take lessons from this lockdown, as we all typically take a lot of things for granted without realising it. So, for my first blog here at StaffCo Direct I wanted to highlight a few things I’m grateful for, hopefully it inspires you to see a few more positives.


I’m grateful for the NHS, people who are risking their lives to save ours. Before COVID-19 I think many of us were all guilty of taking the NHS for granted, maybe complaining about waiting lists and not being able to get appointments.

Now we all clap for our carers every Thursday evening and I think that’s fantastic.  


We live in a world with video chat! We can Zoom call practically anyone. Staying connected is so important for your mental health and we have the ability to stay in touch with friends, family and work colleagues whether that be via social media, a simple old fashioned text or email or group video chats.

It amazes me how quickly our team and so many companies have adapted to working remotely and made use of the technology that is now at our fingertips!

This also means you don’t have to miss out on the pub with friends… virtual pub of course!


Businesses donating much-needed PPE, restaurants providing food to those in need, people sharing their talents free of charge to help others. Neighbors checking in on the elderly and those in need.

Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable

While it may not feel like it in the moment, a little bit of discomfort goes a long way in terms of personal development. Sure, no one likes feeling uncomfortable, but it’s a big part of improving your performance, creativity and learning in the long run.

Routines may make you feel at ease and in control, but what a constant routine really does is dull your sensitivities. Think about the times in your life when you’ve driven the same route repeatedly: after a certain number of trips, you start tuning out most of it… don’t you? Have you ever driven to the office or a regularly frequented place where you barely remember what happened after you got in the car?

If you don’t get out of your comfort zone, you might find yourself tuning out much of your life on a daily basis.

But when you go out of your way to experience new things, or when you let new things happen to you, your body creates brand new neural pathways that fuels your creative spark and enhances your memory.

Few people actually enjoy the feeling of being uncomfortable. The challenge is to get past that initial feeling of wanting to return to the norm, so you can grow and benefit from that discomfort.Once all this storm passes never forget that time you had to go to three different shops in the hope they had some Dettol or Toilet roll!

I read a lot and took this from one I am dipping back into during this period…

You can’t change the direction of the wind.

What you can do however is adjust your sails so you can always get to your destination

If you rely on motivation alone to do shit you won’t get much done.

You need to build up discipline and show up every day regardless of how you feel.

There is an opportunity to grow and learn from everything that happens to you.



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