A couple of months ago, our CEO, Seb, was asked to give a presentation on entrepreneurship to a group of 14 and 15 year old kids. As he was preparing for his speech, it got him thinking about what his parents used to say in their conversations at the dinner table that inspired him to work hard in order to be successful. For example, Seb's father, John, always used to say, "Never give up,” and “If you are going to do something, do it properly, or don’t do it at all” both of which have always stuck with him, and which we've overheard him tell his own kids from time to time.
We were interested to find out what kinds of advice some of our most brave, original and enterprising friends grew up with, and so we asked them to share it here. Below, some gems you might want to try out at your own dinner table.
CEO, Arsenal Football Club
Founder, Charlotte Olympia
Co-Head of Global Mergers & Acquisitions, Goldman Sachs
Co-Founder, Summerill & Bishop
Racing car driver and winner of the Indy 500
Senior Partner, Kleiner Perkins
Headmaster, Wetherby School
Co-Founder, Astier de Villatte