This one is going to be tough. I’m not even sure exactly where to begin!
My mum and dad have always been the top two people I go to for advice, and no matter what I’m going through they manage to give me the best advice which always informs my decisions and actions. I have a bank of 24 years of advice from them, and if it’s one thing I’ve learned: they’re never, ever wrong. Not once. And whenever they’ve been right where I’ve believed I know better, they’ll always say: “You can’t put an old head on young shoulders.” True story.
Another piece of important advice was given by a colleague who left my company in 2013. He stood up and gave a farewell speech which we still speak about today as if it’s the single most important thing anyone has ever said, and it’s resonated with all of us. He said: “Opportunities are given to those who take them.” He revolutionised our thinking and it’s repeated so often and has become part of our culture (I can only wish to one day have such an impact on anything with a one-liner). The essence of what he said is something I try to apply to all aspects of my life.
Don’t sit back and wait for anything to come to you. Go out, make it happen. Don’t accept the status quo, make it better, make it happen for yourself. Good things don’t come to those who wait, good things come to those who go out, work their asses off and make it happen for themselves. Up-skill, learn, grow. Don’t be ok with just being ok. Be fearful of mediocrity.