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Postponed – Brunel Book Talk: Life Lessons from an engineer, an explorer and a statesman

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Life Lessons from an engineer (Isambard Kingdom Brunel), an explorer (Roald Amundsen) and a statesman (Theodore Roosevelt)


There are many great people in history, but only a handful who have achieved big endeavours in two completely different fields of pursuit.


Three notable ones were:

  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of tunnels, railways, bridges and ships
  • Roald Amundsen, the first to sail the Northwest Passage and first to reach the South Pole.
  • Theodore Roosevelt, creator of US national parks and the Panama Canal.


In this talk, Brad Borkan, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, explains how Brunel, Amundsen and Roosevelt dealt with hardships, overcame obstacles and silenced the many naysayers who exclaimed, “It can’t be done.” Focusing specifically on Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Brad will reveal lessons and strategies from Brunel’s life and work that you can use to improve your own modern-day life and career.

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