42 of 365

Did you see the apprentice final live last night?  Carina Lepore won.  She wins a £250,000 investment into her business from Lord Alan Sugar.  Over the whole process she has always come across to me as perhaps the most down-to-earth and authentic business person.  And I was very glad that she won.

The runner-up Scarlett Allen-Horton was quite a formidable opponent.  Clearly more confident in the pitch – at least from the edits that we saw in the episode.

Carina pitched her artisan bakery in South London and her plans to expand it into a national chain.  Scarlett’s business idea was a recruitment company aimed at female engineers and manufacturers.

The apprentice is an entertaining  TV program.  I am influenced a lot by the personalities of those involved.  Warming to some like Thomas Skinner and feeling much less endeared by other like Lottie Lion.

During the show last night the final two candidates had to pick their teams.  Carina picked Pamela Laird first and Thomas as her next team-mate, whilst Lottie was picked last.

If you had to pick your team now – from your work colleagues, classmates, or friends and family – who would you choose and why?

Make a list, it might surprise you!

Thanks for reading,


41 of 365

Today I made an extra special effort to get up earlier than I normally would in order to write.  In the 40 previous blogs posts I have created in 2019 (sequentially numbered “1 of 365” to “40 of 365“) I have followed a set formula.  My formulaic approach is to simply write about whatever comes to me of interest and time-box the writing in order to get on with the rest of my day.  I see no reason for this approach to change even after a break of over 4 months from writing.

During that break, in the UK, there has been a terrorist attack on London Bridge and a general election, the Premier League has started (Liverpool F.C. have a healthy lead) and I’ve been back at work in my day-job working on data strategy tooling for a financial institution.

So what can I tell the world ?  What is my message to my audience today?

I’d like to share this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson:  What is success?

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate the beauty;
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch
Or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded!

This was shared with me and my colleagues by a senior manager at work at the start of the week upon reflecting on the successes of the year.  I hope you have enjoyed reading it.

Thanks for reading