1. Stand tall. Never let someone else get you down, never let someone else tell you that you’re not worthy or not clever enough or not good enough! You are an amazing person, no one can ever tell you different!
2. Family is the most important thing in the world. Whether you are related by blood or by choice, your family are the people you choose to spend you time with. Love and nurture them because they are the people that give you strength and the platform to reach up high from.
3. Never be afraid to fail. We can’t always win at everything and failing is as much a part of life as success is. You often learn more from failure than you do from winning and any day you learn something new is a good day.
4. Always strive to learn new things. Education doesn’t end with school or university, you should strive to learn something new everyday. Whether it’s an understand of quantum physics or a new recipe for making cupcakes, everything you learn will be valuable at some time or another – either to you of someone else!
5. Have the career you want. Don’t be swayed by people who tell you that money is the only measurement of success and don’t spend your days doing the thing that others have told you to do. You will spend a lot of your life at work, so be happy what you are doing! Money won’t make you happy on it’s own, so make sure the job itself it worthy of your time. A job which benefits others will never make you rich, but is more likely to make you happy, and who doesn’t want to be happy!
Did these lessons work? You’ll have to ask my children I guess! I like to think they have. One of them has a job he loves and in fact left a better paid job to do it, the other one is training to do a job which will mean that everyday she makes some else’s life better. They are passionate in their loyalty to friends and family, have failed, lost and learnt from mistakes with grace and dignity. They constantly surprise me with the amazing amount of knowledge they have and how they strive to learn new skills all they time and they stand taller than anyone else I know – whether it’s on a political point, a cause for social justice or just because they are proud of they achievements, they know their worth and never let anyone else diminish it!