Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Learning lessons

For most of us our aim in life if is to be good at what we do whether it is being the President of a large organisation, a playgroup leader, an author or a student. The majority of us strive to be good, not necessarily the best but good enough to put us above our peers. As a business leader you want your business to be the best and offer the best service to your customers, the playgroup leader who strives to make the children happy and the parents confident in your leadership, the student who wants straight grade As and the author who wants to have the best seller.
When I write a book I have to like the story first before hoping that the reader will like it too. How can I expect people to read and like my book if I don't like it? How can I expect people to believe in my characters if I don't believe in them?
I'm not brilliant at writing books by any stretch of the imagination and will probably never see my name up there with the world's best sellers, Agatha Christie, Barbara Cartland, William Shakespeare and J.K Rowling. Val Wood's book The Doorstep Girls has made it onto The Guardian paperback book chart at No.9 a fantastic achievement which I can only try to emulate. However they all started somewhere and were not born the best, they had to work at it just like I will try to. It is the most highly paid compliment that I have ever received when someone says they enjoyed one of my books.
I take my hat off to people who work hard to be good and I learn lessons all the time from my girlfriend who pushes the boundaries of being epileptic to run her own business and along with athletes and politicians changes people's misconceptions of what Epilepsy is.

Life is a lesson and I learn all the time. My dream is to have 10 books published. I so far have three published and a few more in the planning stage.

Having the compliment of people enjoying my books is like a compulsion to write more, and write more I will !

Thanks, keep reading and I'll keep writing.



  1. It has been said before more than a few times that great leadership is a product of will. You are not moulded by it by fate, or even arrive at it by skill, but it is something that you drive yourself at, and push yourself towards. Your reasons may vary, but the principle of it is the same. In any way, I'm so glad to have stumbled upon your blog. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Andrew! All the best to you!

    Jay Hastings @ London Business Games

  2. Thank you Jay - All the best to you too.