Mr Motivator's guide to hard times

The price of success is perseverance, says this TV pioneer. 

by Michael Costello

If you're of a certain vintage, you may recall Mr Motivator - recently awarded an MBE - for his high-energy, Lycra-clad fitness sessions on breakfast show GMTV.

But TV's first black fitness instructor - real name Derek Evans - did not have an easy run to success.

"The very first job I went for, when I was 17, I walked in and the guy said 'who are you'? I said I'm Mr Evans. He said 'why didn't you tell me you were black?' I said because you didn't say you were white and walked out. That was the first," Evans tells the Workplace Evolution podcast below.

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