Over the next couple of weeks, thousands of young, talented individuals here in the UK will be waiting anxiously for their GCSE and A-Level results. For those not familiar – the high school and college grades that dictate if you advance your education any further.
I had always been pretty advanced academically and it was the natural next step to go to Uni.
Except for one major issue… I HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WANTED TO STUDY. Or even if I wanted to study at all.
I’d grown up in a theatrical family and had always really liked the idea of doing back stage production type work but you didn’t NEED a degree for all that.
So I took a gap year, worked (hard – always) and got a job as a junior PA in a PR firm (think Devil Wears Prada). Long story short, my work experience was what later got me a place at uni – go figure?! A little backwards.
Within 6months, the novelty of the 9-5 had started wearing thin, aged only 18. So I decided I’d utilise the latter part of my year out to connect with family in Australia and do a bit of travelling before eventually going to Uni and quitting two years later with zero belief it was going to benefit me to stay.
And so it began… All that happened from that point is bulleted in my ‘About Amy Taylor‘ page but in short, a series of events led me to spend the majority of my twenties in and out of various jobs, globe trotting and, dare I use that awfully cringe phrase… trying to ‘find myself’!
In doing so, I found lots of friends, amazing places, incredible memories, learning a LOT about life. And, interestingly enough, have never had a problem getting a job and making money. Enough said.
I take my hat off to anyone who makes the decision to get a degree and who knows what they want enough to go and do so at such a young age. I still don’t really know what I want to be “when I grow up”. I just tend to follow my gut when things don’t feel right.
The notion of the rest of my life being dictated by a set wage and restricted time freedom is one of those things that just doesn’t feel right.
The following Mission Statement on the SFM website sums it up perfectly for me and is why I’m loving every minute of being a part of their vision.
So, if you haven’t seen it before, I hope you enjoy it!
Most people live the life they think they have to live. They are unfulfilled, overworked, stressed, and stuck in a system that exploits them instead of helping them achieve their highest potential.
They get the education they think they need to get; the job society says they should want. Unfortunately, most lack the life skills required to be self-made and self-reliant.
Our vision is to wake up millions of people to realise the tremendous potential that lies within; to show them how to harness and exploit this potential in the new, digital economy.
In doing so, they will transition from reliance on their current job or occupation, to a life of freedom and self-reliance. They will do good in the world by creating wealth and abundance not only for themselves, but also for their communities and beyond.