April 17, 2017
I was an idiot at school.
Actually, I’ll rephrase that, I behaved like an idiot at school…especially when it really counted: during my A Levels.
It was a long time ago now, but my inability to focus on what was required of me, my unwillingness to behave appropriately and my need to be ‘the big man’ got me into some ridiculous situations and ensured I underperformed in my exams.
For some people, going to a Grammar School would have suited them perfectly – and for some of my friends and peers it did just that.
The thing is most of my friends didn’t go to the Grammar School, they went to one of the huge comprehensive schools, followed by sixth form and then College (with girls!) but my parents thought it’d be better if I stayed on with the boys, in my ill-fitting blazer.
Nowadays, I visit schools and speak about my experience and behaviour as a former school student. I know now my behaviour was a matter of vision, inspiration and mainly ATTITUDE.
My mind was so focused on what I was going to do at the weekend, who I was going out with, what my hair was like and who my football team were playing in London that there was simply no room to concentrate on the investment I should have made in my future.
The reason I set up Innovative Enterprise in 2006 was to bring the Future to Life for young people and to be the person that was missing from my life at the time.