WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF BUSINESS ADVICE OR CAREER ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
I think two really good bits of career advice that I really like is that everyone needs someone in their life they can turn to and rely on. Just making sure the people around you who are supporting you on your journey are absolute rocks and particularly that one person you can go to ask, ‘can I pick your brains?’ or ‘run this past you?’
The second one would be, if you really want to achieve something, go and do it and don’t care what other people think or care about what the societal expectations are. If you want something become obsessed by it, let it engulf you, go and enjoy the process of making that work. I’m not suggesting become a hermit and never see people and disregard the social life but also don’t get caught up in always going for beers or going out. It is important to take care of the little things, look after yourself and look after your body. In my case for sports, I need to make sure I get a good night's sleep and limit alcohol consumption and eat well, so taking care of those little things. Don’t be scared to go full boar on an idea, rip off the band aid and go for it, that’s when you learn the most about yourself. You may come up short, but you’ll learn a considerable amount more having poured your heart and soul into it.
*In conversation with Alder & Green in October 2022.