Yesterday I had the great privilege of being invited to talk to a group of great business and marketing students at Oxford Brookes University about my experience as an entrepreneur, and my time on The Apprentice UK.
Oxford Brookes University has over 150 years of history. They started out as a small School of Art in borrowed teaching rooms and have grown into one of the UK’s top modern universities with a local, national and international reputation for teaching and research excellence.
The Oxford Brookes group were so lovely, a mixture of both mature students and those straight from school, which made for such an interesting dynamic when I opened the floor for questions. It’s great to see young people with such confidence and so keen to learn, it makes everything worthwhile!
I spoke with Oxford Brookes about dealing with adversity in my youth, and what I believe has given me my drive (which has taken me a long old time to pinpoint!). I also passed on a few tips on dealing with trolls, and those who set out to put you down. Through putting myself in primetime TV, there aren’t many people out there who have had the displeasure of having to endure as much negativity from strangers as I have!
I talked about the importance of learning what feedback is constructive and worth listening to, and what is just offensive and unnecessary, is really important – you have to believe in yourself and your end goal, and not let anyone stand in your way. If you really want it, you can get it, whatever challenges you on the way.
Oxford Brookes students were an absolute pleasure, really engaged and I have no doubt they’ll all go far in business. Thank you for having me Oxford Brookes – looking forward to coming back soon!
If you attend or work for a University and would like to me to talk at yours, please do get in touch!