June 2017 Letter

Hello Again,

Well, it has been another action packed month, full of new beginnings and exciting changes. I’m working hard to keep everything balanced and making sure I don’t neglect things that I’ve committed to. So in the spirit of learning and personal development, I have a lot of interesting articles to share, that may be of some interest to you.

How I Use Ambition Mapping To Navigate The Labyrinth Of Life - Zak Slayback

"When you’re playing with a magazine, you can throw the game down and walk away, but when you are playing in life, if you walk away, you stay the course with the path you are on."

Apple CEO Time Cook’s Secrets to Success and Happiness - FEE

“Measure your impact on humanity not in lights, but on the lives you touch. Not in popularity, but in the people you serve.”

The Essential Education: If You Had 10 Years To Learn Anything, What Would You Do? - Scott H. Young

"So in this I’d like to engage in a speculative fantasy. If you had ten years, with the ability to support yourself on a modest stipend, how would you give yourself the best self-education in the world?"

You Don’t Know What I’m Going Through (and vice-versa) - Jaquelle Crowe

"Compassion says: I see your life, but I know I don't have the whole story."

Top Investors Share What They Love (and Hate!) About Your Startup Pitches - Foundr

"For many entrepreneurs, there will come a time when they must stand up in a boardroom filled with investors, and convince them all that their startup pitch is so clever, their plan so tightly crafted, that it is worthy of a stack of cold, hard cash."

What It Means To Be Educated - Blake Boles

"We leave school, and few of us go back. We forget the bad experiences and glorify the good ones. And then, after 10 or 20 years of adult life, we decide that it’s time to send our own kids to school. But if we are to clearly assess the reality of school, we must see clearly. And to do this, it helps to listen to those who have worked on the inside."

Professional Side Projects VS Resume - Praxis

97 Actions You Should Take To Become The Person Companies Want To Hire - College Info Geek

Yes, It Is A Virtue To Reject Charity -

"Don’t craft your life around the idea that everyone or anyone is morally obligated to help you when you encounter misfortune."

12 Ways To Repurpose Your Content To Generate More Leads With Half The Work - Allie Decker (Foundr Magazine)

"Content is the present and future of marketing. It’s the spearhead of inbound marketing, and it’s a strategy that continues to beat out traditional marketing efforts in both efficiency and effectiveness."

I’m 17 - Kate Simonds TedTalk

“Think in years, work in months, and live in days,” as leadership expert Peter Voogd puts it.

As always, I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to throw me a line.

Yours Faithfully,


The Search For Self-Worth

Are you happy with who you are? Are you content with your life?

'Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is believing you're worthy of the trip.'

Yes, there’s always areas of our mental, spiritual, physical and emotional selves that we are working on improving, but they shouldn't compromise our feelings of self-worth.

'Based on how you see yourself you will conclude what your worth is and how valuable you are.'

Self-worth often takes a journey of self-discovery and reflection to find, and sometimes it may be buried under years of hurt and criticism. It could take a while before you find it, but keep searching, don’t worry, it’ll be there.

'Your value doesn't decrease based on someone's inability to see your worth.'

It’s a word that’s often tied in with self-confidence and self-love. They’re almost a trio of sorts, and I think that they’re all interwoven together in our core identity. It would be difficult to have one without the others, and I believe that it’s important to look after all three areas.

‘I went from zero to my own here.’ -Roar, Katy Perry

Last year I came to realise that I often lacked confidence in my ability to achieve and complete things. Over the past few years I have been faced with many challenges, exams and assessments, and usually wasn’t very confident beforehand that I would pass and be successful.

Whenever I approached another bridge my head would fill up with self doubt, and I would question whether I was even supposed to be there. I’ve felt like an imposter in my own life. I didn’t think it wasn’t a question of confidence, but a question of how I see myself. I then started focusing on exploring my self-worth, and how it affected my approach to challenges.

Self-worth is defined as 'the sense of one's own value or worth as a person.'

Tips to build self-worth:

  • Stop comparing yourself to others
  • Challenge your critical inner voice
  • Acknowledge that imperfection is something all humans share
  • Practice self-compassion towards yourself and your experiences
  • Take part in activities that are meaningful to you
  • Act in line with your values and ethics

I used to wonder why I let my inner critic be in charge for so long. I think it may have been because it was easier to take failure when I didn't think I had a shot. It's a lot harder to give a challenge everything you have, and then not be successful.

I’ve now decided that I'm not really living as my true self, if I don't hit every challenge with all the strength I have. Then if I don't succeed I have the assurance that I gave it my best. To me that’s an indicator that I’ve found my self-worth, and have confidence in who I am as a person. I understand my strengths and weaknesses, and am happy with who I am.

"I think self love is the most important kind of love. With it you don't have to rely on anyone else to validate you as a person, and it's the kind of love that when nurtured, allows you to blossom in all areas of your life.” - Kate Campbell

Best Wishes,


Lessons From High School

High School was an experience in itself, but the lessons I learnt that were most important were all from outside of the classroom. Although I spent most of my days learning English, Maths and Science, the best aspects of school occurred through the activities and events I got involved in.

In many ways I felt school didn't prepare me for life, but learnt what I needed to from other areas of my life.

Here are some of the standout lessons that I learnt during high school:

Lesson #1: The things that make you different, are the things that make you stand out.

Lesson #2: Things often happen for a reason, although you may not see it at the time

Lesson #3: Self-worth and self-love come from within

Lesson #4: Don’t push away your friends and family when things get hard

Lesson #5: Creativity is always important, don't let school kill it

Lesson #6: Sometimes teachers have pretty awesome stories, if you're willing to listen

Lesson #7: Having a little courage can open you up to a world of new opportunities

Lesson #8: Everyone feels just as confused as you do about their future, stop stressing

Lesson #9: People generally want to help you, you just have to ask

Lesson #10: Don’t discard someones advice and ideas just because they are younger

I’ve been thinking a lot about high school recently because I had a long conversation about it with my friends. This topic has also had quite a regular appearance on Quora, and it looks like an area people want to know more about.

The lessons above were the ones that stood out to me the most, and the ones that I still remember now. Everything we do in life leads to lessons and stories, but sometimes it takes a bit of reflection to figure them out.

What lessons did you learn from the high school experience?

Best Wishes,