I have chauffeured my daughter and several of her rowing friends to and from their training this week. Their training schedule is relentless and is an eye-opener for what is required to succeed in sports even at the J15 level. And this is the pre-rowing camp training, a bit of a warm-up before the real training begins!
It has also been enlightening for me to listen into their conversations and what they talk about during their journey back and forth. It has been comforting in some ways to be reminded that teenage sons and daughters do talk a lot of sh1t when they are in a group. It has me thinking about what advice I would give my 15-year-old self, other than don’t worry one day you will be able to grow a beard 😊. Listening to this group of rowers reminded me of two things I would like to pass on:
don’t say anything about another person that you wouldn’t be happy to say to their face
your friends will talk a lot of bullsh1t, you need to be able to smell it and call it out. Have a bullsh1t button to hand
These two pieces of advice clearly would go a long way in ones’ workplace and perhaps if our politicians had received it and followed it, we wouldn’t be in this Brexit mess.
What advice would you give to your 15-year-old self?