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August is the month of A level and GCSE results and I’ve seen lots of posts on social media reminding students that their worth isn’t defined by the grades that they have received and that there are lots of successful people in business who didn’t come out of school with the best grades.

So, what advice would you give your business self if you could hop in that magic time machine and pop back and give yourself a pep talk?

The common themes that have come up when I have chatted to people about this are:

  • Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, meet the people, talk the talk, it’s not as scary as you might think

  • Don’t fear failure – if you don’t go for it you will always be left wondering, learn from it and keep moving forward

  • Keep those you trust and respect close to you – having a support network is key

  • Nothing is set in stone – plans are allowed to develop, grow and change

  • It’s OK to have a bad day – we all do whether we are employed or work for ourselves, dust yourself down and the next day is a new day

  • Ask for help when you need it – you can’t actually do it all (and you shouldn’t try to)

  • Take time out before you burn out – the world won’t end if you take a day (or more) off but you will benefit from the break and so will your business.

What would you tell yourself? I would love to hear from you.