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Life as a High-Achieving Student, Innovator, Entrepreneur, Athlete +++

Life as a High-Achieving Student, Innovator, Entrepreneur, Athlete +++


>>NAOMI: I find the earlier you get up, the
more productive you are, the better the day normally is. Sports itself, business itself, life itself
is really a mental game. The more you try, the more you persist, the
harder you train, the smarter you train, you can improve and kind of take it wherever you
want to take it depending on your own discipline. (City sounds) I think one of the coolest things about being
an entrepreneur is that you can create something and put a piece of yourself in it. And actually
then help impact the way in which people interact and what they do in daily life. The team I’m working with, we have a variety
– we’ve got some people who are much more experienced in the tech space obviously, others
who are more focussed on the brand and focussed on market, and others who are more focussed
on the product and customer validation. Being an entrepreneur each day is sort of
a new challenge, you don’t really know what that next phone call is going to bring. Sometimes
you feel like it’s either the best day or the worst day. And I get that real kick sort
of out of the challenges. (School bell sound) My role I guess is like a floating mentor.
And I find that a lot of them lack basic self-confidence. And I find that resonates with me. You know
I didn’t start richer than them, or smarter than them or faster than them or anything.
It’s just that I had that drive. One of the big takeaways I try and tell kids is that,
I honestly believe you can be anyone you want and you can do anything you want, but it’s
up to you to make it golden. (University corridor sounds) To be honest, I was contemplating not going
back to university. I just thought I’d defer and figure it out later, but my tutors are
very enthusiastic and engaging, and have a lot of expertise in industry. So I find that
the information they give us is actually very relevant and very fresh. I’m picking units
that sort of apply more to what I’m doing right now. I think the best thing about learning
is actually being able to implement it. (Restaurant kitchen sounds) Even though you think you can, you can’t work
seven days a week, or even six days a week. You need to have that down time. And I find
that friends are so critical. They’re a great support network. Sometimes when you’re having
that worst day or that best day and you want to be able to share a moment with. You need
those people around you. Those people who are successful, those people
who are sort of making a dent are those that not necessarily born talented, or any sort
of more privileged position than others, it’s just their drive as well and persistence. You know it’s hard to beat people that never
quit.

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