My career has always been a battle. I came out of education with seriously bad grades and can hold my hands up and say I did well!
With the background I had, many would have got involved in the world’s dark side, such as crime, drugs, and prostitution. My formative years were living in Toxteth in the inner city of Liverpool. Where crimes were something everyone did, and there was a lot of fighting as it was the 80s when the Toxteth riots were in full steam. I remember people calling the police the pigs.
As a family, we kept a low profile and went to the small church in the area, but my parents had problems, a lot of them.
I had the perfect opportunity to get into crime and drugs from a young age. If I ended up going that way, it would have been because of peer pressure. Peer pressure never goes away, even when you get older, either. I think that’s why I like living in the city, as you get less of it.
I’ve always been good at not listening to people and questioning what is being said to me. I have a powerful mind and know what I want in life and go for it.
My parents kept repeating; I was thick and never helped me in my education. This is possibly why I’m the way I am, as when you have so many people bashing you down. The only way up is to reach for the stars.
It was a belief in myself that got me where I am today. It annoys me when you come across people with a good education, and they think they did it all on their own. But when you start talking to them, you find out their parents have lots of money, and they hire baby sitters, cleaner, tutors and so forth. So you did it all on your own, did you?
People from poverty don’t have many choices in life. As in, what they can do, and the types of people they can have as friends.
When you come across beautiful, well educated and confident people, they tend to be the ones with money. With my type of background, a person like me can not hang around with those types of people. That’s what I thought, but I do now!
Me as a professional
I hold my head up with pride, as out of zero odds. I have held down degree level jobs and have had the confidence to create my professional work to a high standard.
When an employer or client takes me on, they know I can get the job done. I won’t come across as a player or princess in any way.
I get my head down and meet deadlines. I also pride myself on my honesty. I have had this since my youth from going to church, I guess. It had its uses even if it did bore me to death!
Having an amazing education has its positives when you’re talking to another employee or management, but sometimes it means a person can be too comfortable in their position.
When someone is comfortable, they won’t take risks. On the other hand, someone like me is more ‘comfortable’ to take risks. As I’ve taken risks all my life, and that’s what has got me where I am.
Anyway, this is an unusual post, as it’s a little more personal than usual.
So don’t think this is all about me because it isn’t.
I’m mainly about business and making results.
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