Hello and welcome to the very first blog from Thought So Simple.


So, for the very first time, here is the blog of Mick Blacker……………..

Stickability :  According to the Oxford dictionary the word is:-

Noun. A person’s ability to persevere with something; staying power: the secret of success is stickability.

I first heard this word when I think I was around 11 years of age at High School. It came from the lips of a teacher who at that time I hardly knew, but went on to know very well and greatly admire. He was one of those teachers whom we can all have recollections of, had a great influence on us as individuals, either because they were simply a great teacher and or because they were very simply influential on our lives. The teacher I refer to, (his name was Albert), at the time of hearing the word ‘stickability’ he was giving a fellow class member something of a lecture about “staying with it and not giving up”. This particular topic was actually the learning of how to play a brass musical instrument. I remember thinking at the time, why would you give up? If the going gets a bit tough, so what? This word has never left me at all and strange as it may sound, I recall that memory in the music classroom quite regularly. The whole ethos of stickability, the idea of staying with it to achieve a goal is paramount to achieving anything at all. Without it, ideas fade, good intentions wither and finally the whole thing is forgotten, only to be possibly remembered at a later point in life by the individual who now choosing, remembers the idea with vigour only to again dismiss the idea because, “I am too old”. “I should have”. “Things were against me”. “The time was wrong”. Any of the above will fit the bill because they are all as lame as each other. It could also quite easily be “I ran out of sugar”. They are lame simply because they are excuses.

The word that I think  ‘stickability’ relates with is persistence. Any activity, be it business, hobbies, learning to driving or life in general requires persistance to succeed, and so it is hand in hand with stickability. Staying with it to see the job done. I believe it was former US president, Richard Nixon that said, “You have to experience the lows of the valley’s to experience the thrill at the top of the mountain.” Brilliantly sums it up really.

Patience is very much a ‘stickability’ driven  approach.

In life, sometimes a situation requires that you say or do nothing rather than taking action. In other words sit on hands time. This can be  a frustrating time to say the least, when you are in the process of a project or activity that ‘goes off track’ for whatever reason and your progress and patience is tested sometimes to the limit, because you know what you are doing, you can see the end result but it is not happening right now.  The times when you could scream, throw  in the towel. These are the times when the substance of you as an individual comes to the fore and the ‘stickability‘ kicks in so to speak to inspire, motivate and spur you on to continue with what you set out to do in the first place.  This is where stickability is the largest part of ability. Ability in any endeavor can be learned over time, but stickability has to push through to get the ability better and better to succeed. This is the experiencing of the lows of the valleys‘. These are the times that you need to experience and really must do  to begin to appreciate the ‘highs‘ of being at the top of that mountain that you set out to acheive in taking that first initial step. It is only then that you can look out from the top of that mountain and reflect back on the journey that has brought you to that very point.

This is stickability.

So to sum up our first musings:-

Have a very strong reason for what you  have chosen to do, have patience, apply persistence, keep reminding yourself why you are doing the task set out and above all stay with it because your ‘stickability‘ is in there in you.

All of the above then equal one word ……….‘Stickability’.

Hope you have enjoyed the first edition from me. Until next time, I offer my best regards to you.









From early days at High school, working for myself had an appeal that has never left me. Self employment is in my DNA. “Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds". - Napoleon Hill. • Doing what you love is a passion because you just do it regardless. - Mick Blacker. I first read Napoleon Hill’s classic book "Think and Grow Rich" around 1991. Never has a book had such an impact on my thinking. The philosophies detailed within are so relevant today as they were at its first publication in August 1937. The other major influence on me has been listening to the now timeless classic...” The Strangest Secret”, by Earl Nightingale. . I have worn many ‘hats’ throughout my business life. Carpenter & joiner by profession. Started along with a business partner a shopfitting business in 1981 with £50 cash and a credit card. Built the business into a Ltd company. • Costed, designed, presented and project managed shopfit & refurb projects up to £1.5M in value. • Property developer, industrial,commercial, residential. • Financial trading. (Passion for end of day UK stocks trading).Trading from home has led to the formation of Trade So Simple with my two fantastic sons. • Joint presenter of the Trade So Simple 'introduction to trading' seminar. • Joint presenter of the Trade So Simple 'spread trading the FTSE course'. • Love meeting people and talking about ideas.Seeing any project go from an idea to reality is a wonderful thing. • Blog writing. • Making the coffee.

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