This week in the Iggy & Burt Studio we have discussed what was the best career advice we had received, read or listened to. What started off as a conversation about careers, evolved into life advice that has stuck with us over the years and we wanted to share it with you.
Whether from a notable figure or a star TV baker, these life tips will inspire you to be the best version of yourself.
“Be bold! Be unashamed of what you believe in and what you stand for. Your thoughts and opinions are valued and needed.”
Benjaminia Ebuehi, Great British Bake – Off Semi-finalist 2016, find her delicious recipes here.
"Listen to people’s stories, listen to what’s going on in the other places – actually really take the time."
CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward interviews people from around the world and is a journalist in one of the world’s most dangerous countries. “There’s a tendency sometimes where you’re waiting for the person to finish their sentence so you can ask your next question…stop that and throw the question away. Listen to what the person is saying and have an organic conversation with them. You will suddenly find – if you really open your ears and your mind to what's going on in the world, what people are saying, and get a sense of people’s characters – you will find that the world is an unbelievable, fascinating, and exciting place. It’s just about working hard and listening to other people’s stories. It’s the greatest privilege there could be.
"Happiness is Common but Human Dignity Is Not"
Mark Manson, NYTimes Best selling Author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**ck, left his life behind in 2009 to travel around the world for 5 years, moving through 55 separate countries. One of the main takeaways he had from his experience was that, “the human capacity for flexibility was surprisingly flexible… happiness is important, but it is also common and can be found in most situations once your mind adjusts to your surroundings. You can find happiness in any slum or in any mansion, on the beach, in the mountains, or in the middle of the desert.”
“What is rare in many parts of the world is human dignity. You know, people who aren’t treated like animals – used ignored, beaten, mutilated, silenced or suppressed….we are so fixated on feeling good all the time, it seems we sometimes forget that there are more important things in the world than being happy or entertained.”
“Never believe your age or gender is an obstacle to achieving great things. Surround yourself with family, mentors and friends who will encourage and challenge you to be the best you can be. And when things get tough, learn to encourage yourself and celebrate your successes and take time to enjoy the journey of life – it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”
Ruth Yimika Awogbade, Founder and Editor of Magnify magazine
"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived; it is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead."
Nelson Mandela didn’t just offer life advice through his words. He lived a life that was a source of inspiration that affected a nation and continues to leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.
"We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better. "
In 2008 J.K Rowling gave a commencement speech at Harvard University, which has since been published called Very Good Lives. The authors speech about failure and imagination has since become Harvard's most viewed commencement speech.
Before she became the billionaire author she is today, there was a time when she was a newly divorced single parent. “I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded and I was a jobless alone parent and as a poor as it was possible to be in Britain without being homeless.” Laying down a foundation for the future hopes and dreams.
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