I’ve been turning down quite a few speaking invitations recently. Not because I’m too busy. Not because the organisation or person inviting me didn’t seem interesting. Just because I didn’t feel that I was the right person.
I left school fifteen years ago and have been incredibly lucky to have had some amazing adventures since then.
But let’s get real.
I’ve not banked lots of money. I’ve not built large and successful companies. I can show you dozens of people who have done both, and encourage you to invite them to share their stories.
If I’m honest, I’ve managed to a pick up a very small number of clues, and am still working the rest of it out.
1. Get some sleep.
2. Get some exercise.
3. Get some peace and quiet.
4. Write to people out of the blue and ask them if you can come and see them.
5. Write some goals down.
6. Resend emails to busy people.
7. Read some business books.
8. Try to be nice to people
9. Try to be helpful.
Most of all, I have been lucky to meet some phenomenal people. Ask me to give a talk about building an effective network. That’s something I feel confident sharing.
This is the week that A-Level results come out. To anyone who has managed to get what they wanted, a massive congratulations. To anyone who hasn’t, it will be OK, even if it seems pretty grim at the time. It really will be OK.
I’d have liked to have a quick look at my list of things when I finished my A-Levels.
What about you?
What would you like to have known on the day you picked your results up?
What clues have you seen?
Pass them on in the comments- – anonymously if you want.
You never know who might be reading.