I’ve never done anything the ‘right way round’.
From a very young age I felt different from everyone. I was lucky enough to go to a private school in Edinburgh, which had both pros and cons for me. There can be immense pressure for any kid in school, however there is definitely added pressure when you know your parents are paying for it!
Despite what was expected of me, I left at 16; private school kids are meant to stay on to 6th year and go to university – this never appealed to me. To be honest, I think the teachers were glad to see me go, I was what might be described as ‘disruptive’.
The grand plan of ’16 year old Sam’ was to leave school and join the RAF as a Physical Training Instructor. I took a full time job as a filing room assistant and waited for the RAF assessment day…
To say I was stunned when I failed the aptitude test was an understatement!
I understand now why I wasn’t accepted (I may share that with you all later!) but at the time this was not a good situation to be in.
Less than four weeks later I got sacked from my job for falling asleep whilst filing (it really wasn’t for me, I can laugh about this now!) I believe strongly that things happen for a reason, I would have been terrible in the RAF and I’m still terrible at filing now!
What did this period in my life teach me? It taught me that we are all individuals, we are all different, and each of us has a purpose – a reason for being.
The experiences I’ve had are so important to the way I run my business now. It has influenced the way I deal with people, and especially my sons. I tell them all the time that its ok to be different, both my kids have ADHD and Dyslexia and one has Autism, so you can imagine how different they must feel everyday.
My point is, no matter where your strengths and weakness lie, each of us has something amazing to offer the world.
It’s OK to be different.
I encourage everyone I meet to find what’s different about themselves and see it as a strong point, not something to hide away. Find your strength, your uniqueness, and build upon it.
As my good friend Karen once said to me when I was complaining to her about feeling different – “Embrace the weirdness, Sam”, and that, is exactly what I did, and still do…
Here’s to being different, Sam xx