The day I founded PulseLearning, 17 years ago, I wanted to create a team that would be the very best in the world at what we do. Today, that ambition remains and I never take for granted the privilege we own in being such a valuable part of our Clients’ business and to be synonymous with the expertise they seek.
I am so proud of our team. The caliber of our people is second to none; they are the smartest, most committed, most loyal and most creative people I know. When decisions are difficult, they make the right ones. When the right things to do are the hard things to do, they do the right things. They bring a real sense of purpose to the work of PulseLearning, all the while protecting fiercely our credibility and the trust we share with our Clients and Partners.
I create and I coach. Ideas are my lifeline and they nurture me. I hope to always be the learner above being the learned; this is my energy and my flow – it is my Pulse!
That same pulse beats for Cycle Against Suicide, which began as a simple idea in 2012 from my appearance on RTÉ’s Secret Millionaire television program. In the years since, that idea has developed into a Movement, a Community, and a Family who, shoulder to shoulder, are striving to break the cycle of suicide on the island of Ireland.
Outside of work and Cycle Against Suicide, I love learning new skills. I don’t have to be the best at everything I do but I have to bring my best to everything I do. To me, it is not about finding purpose in what I do, but bringing purpose with me. This ties well with my life philosophy of making S.H.I.T. (Some Highly Impactful Things) happen!
Heroes are difficult to pick. Previously, I would have said that mine were Nelson Mandela and Muhammed Ali; both noble heroes. However, as I go on in life, I find my heroes in the ordinary, normal people who see the bigger picture and get on with things. Principle-driven behavior, quietly doing the right thing, and post-heroic acts of simple kindness impact me more than glorious feted deeds. This corresponds with my road map in life that “It’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help.”
Jim Breen is the founder and an Executive Chairman with PulseLearning after holding the CEO position for 17 years. He also founded the internationally acclaimed Entrepreneur Experience fueled by his passion for nurturing and mentoring emerging entrepreneurs and innovators. Being invited to take part in The Secret Millionaire television program has seen him start a nationwide conversation on mental health issues along with the birth of his brainchild – Cycle Against Suicide, a Movement now in its fifth year.
In his own personal history, Jim has participated in numerous challenges from Ironman to multi-week ultra-marathons; international rowing to winning the British and Irish Senior Intervarsity Boxing championships.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.”