First off, Happy New Year Folks.
I realise I haven’t blogged for a while- my apologies. As the festive season seems to start in November now, I became waylaid with social events and work and forgot all about you. I’m terrible, I know. Shame on me.
But, fear not. Sealey is Back.
So with the start of a New Year and all the hopeful promise it holds, I took a lovely opportunity to take all my experience and knowledge of this industry and pass it on to a young, new generation who, like the New Year, are also full of hopeful promise.
I had a great education and was lucky enough to go to a pretty amazing school and be taught by some pretty incredible teachers. The things I learnt, I experienced and took with me into adulthood put me in pretty good stead to head out into the big wide world.
It’s good in life to give back- especially when it comes to the next generation, so I was very privileged to be asked to return to the seat of my education, Portsmouth Grammar School, to speak to some of the older pupils about my work, this industry, how it is to be in the ‘real world’ where you have to be a professional in every aspect of your business and share my experiences.
I was delighted to be met by 15 or so students who wanted to hear what I had to say. They listened, they asked articulate and informed questions and were an utter delight to speak with.
I hope I left them with some knowledge, hope and inspiration, and that whatever they do in life, that they remember my parting words.
Life’s short. Shorter than we think. And it’s imperative that we all do what makes us HAPPY in this short time we have on Planet Earth. It’s important that we don’t focus on making our parents, our relatives or our friends happy, but do what makes your own heart smile, what makes you get up everyday with a spring in your step and makes you feel alive.
I am a firm believer that if you LOVE what you do, it makes you happy. And if you are happy, you will invariably work that bit harder, excel further and ultimately make a living out of what you love.
It took me 10 years after leaving school to learn this. I did all the things I thought I should do, mostly to make other people happy and make them proud, but it wasn’t making ME happy.
When I started doing what my heart craved, I started becoming me. I started becoming truly happy.
Those pupils in my career talk last week might become actors, voiceovers or TV presenters. I might have scared them off the business completely and they might become Nobel prize winning scientists, novelists and political campaigners instead. But whatever they go on to do, I hope that it makes them happy every day. That it fuels their fire and makes them a living that doesn’t necessarily make them a fortune, but provides them with a lifestyle they love.
So, if you get an opportunity to Pass It On, please do. It’s feels good to help the next generation- and if we can help that generation be a happy one, then maybe the world will turn out OK in the end.