There is no underestimating the importance of the right piece of advice at the right time.

The best I’ve ever had was from a friend of both my parents when I was eighteen. His name was Nathan and he was a photographer. I was still writing a lot of poetry at the time and Nathan told me to do my best and be my highest self.

It was a time when I really needed the encouragement as pretty well everyone else in my life was telling me that – ‘poet’ wasn’t a real job. I’m older now, so I know that those who tried to save me from poetry were just worried about how I was going to sign on at the job centre. What they didn’t realise is that people will always need bar staff.


However, I recently heard a piece of advice that I intend to carry for the rest of my life. I don’t know who’s reading this today, but if you need it, here it is:

“Never accept criticism from someone you wouldn’t go to for advice.”

You’re welcome.