Always Send Thank You Notes......

Posted on 4th November, 2013

Today, I was privileged to be asked by the amazing Arrival Education to be one of their 'Power Hour' presenters, speaking with a group of 14 year old South London school students about 'success', what it means and where it comes from.


As a comprehensive kid from Croydon, whose parents didn't go to university, this is something I feel very strongly about. 


Via Kanye West, my granny the cleaner and the Greek concepts of hubris and nemesis, I finished by talking them through 10 'guidelines' which, on reflection, probably apply whether or not you're a teenager:


1)   Work hard. And then work some more.


2)   Don’t listen to the haters, the people who want to reduce you to the lowest common denominator. They’ll be irrelevant soon.


3)   If you have a choice between money and experience, take experience every time. The money will come.


4)   Look out for yourself. Talk yourself up. No one else will.


5)   Turn up for stuff, on time, and don’t take sickies.


6)   The world doesn’t owe you a living, but the only barriers to you making one for yourself are the ones that you put there.


7)   Apply to Oxford, apply to Cambridge. Whatever your teachers and your parents tell you, it is for people like us. And who cares if they say no?


8)   Develop a network. Give to get. And give plenty - time, expertise, whatever you can. You'll get it back by the bucketload.


9)   Set up a business.


10) Always send thank you notes.

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