When I left school I wanted to work in advertising which, at the time, was very cool and prestigious. My friends all told me it wasn't possible as I didn't have the qualifications. That didn't stop me. I wrote letters to managing directors of adverting agencies in my area asking them how they got into advertising themselves.
The ones who replied, invited me to come in and meet them and they told me that they too, didn’t have lots of academic qualifications and what really mattered was to be smart, creative in my thinking and tenacious - just as I had demonstrated by writing to them.
Soon after, a position came up within an advertising agency, so I applied for the job knowing that although I didn't have the desired qualifications, that I had the courage and more importantly, the approach that would fit in the industry. I demonstrated this at the interview and secured the job, the career and a wonderful lesson about what it really takes to get somewhere.