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Former Midwich boss offering free mentoring sessions to schools and colleges in Diss

A former Midwich boss is offering free mentoring sessions and copies of his book to businesses, schools and colleges across the Diss area to help them cope during the second national lockdown.

Darren Lewitt is providing free copies of his self-help book Dream, Create, Believe, Achieve to businesses facing hardship as part of his #BounceBackWithDarren initiative, and has now extended the support to schools and colleges that are currently unable to afford professional guidance.

Mr Lewitt, who founded Diss-based IT company Midwich in 1991 before selling his share in 2015, began offering the e-book free of charge during the first national lockdown, alongside a free webinar session called ‘Maximising your 25th hour’ – both of which hone in on a positive mindset as a means to success.

Mr Lewitt is offering free copies of his book "Dream, Create, Believe, Achieve" (43128838)
Mr Lewitt is offering free copies of his book "Dream, Create, Believe, Achieve" (43128838)

“During this latest lockdown, we can choose to either be positive or negative,” said Mr Lewitt, who helped Midwich grow from a £10 million to £370 million company in his 24 years there.

“I would suggest trying to use it to reflect on your position, an opportunity to change your lifestyle.

“Deep down, change may have been on your mind for a while and this could be the catalyst you need to make that change.”

Following the success of the #BounceBackWithDarren initiative, the 55-year-old has offered the service to schools and colleges, while also introducing free-of-charge mentoring sessions, which are done online.

“During difficult times, it is important to surround yourself with supportive and optimistic people, even if it’s via technology,” added Mr Lewitt, who has appeared on national television multiple times for his voluntary work.

“You may have responsibilities for others, so try to be a positive sponge for them, too.

“Having a mentor or person you can bounce ideas off and who can support you and your family with some words or wisdom can be invaluable at this time.”

The former RAF missile technician urged people to be positive in the face of ongoing adversity – a common theme throughout his initiative.

“While we should always remember that this isn’t forever, that doesn’t detract from the fact that, right now, this is difficult,” he said.

“This is also the one life we’ve been given, one which throws up obstacles, which is always a challenge and which we all need to find a way through.

“It will work out, you just have to keep believing.”

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