“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” Paulo Coelho

Ambition is the theme this week which fits nicely into the work that I have been doing with our Year 13 and Business Foundation students, who have started the daunting task of choosing their universities and writing their personal statements for UCAS.

I am really lucky in my job, because I get to spend lots of time talking to youngsters from all over the world who are curious, engaged and engaging, whilst at the same time, unsure, nervous and unaware. We currently have about 25 different nationalities represented in our student body and talking to them is always a real pleasure. Many do not have English as their first language and the ambition that they show to leave home at such a young age, leaving behind friends, family and familiarity in order to achieve their goal of learning English and getting to a UK university is mind-blowing.

Ambition drives, or should drive, everything. From personal statements to choice of university, from classwork to homework and from long term target-setting to short term goals. If there is no ambition, there is no progress and without progress, nothing ever gets done.

Sometimes it is difficult to find the motivation to do something, especially if it is something daunting or if we have that fear of failure. That is when it is essential to find that ambition and go for it. I am a runner. Last year I ran 3001km. I would not have been able to do that without ambition. I set myself targets to achieve. On 31st December, I had 7km to go to reach 3000km. I had aching legs, a sore knee, a bad hamstring and sore foot, but I was determined to succeed and I had the ambition to go out and break the 3000km barrier. It was the hardest run I have ever done-but it was all in my head because on 1st January 2018, I went out and ran 16km without thinking about it.

Ambition should never have a cap put on it either by others or by ourselves-dream big, be ambitious and aim high. “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”

Have a great weekend wherever you are and don’t forget to pop in and see us if you are in the area

Best Wishes

Chris Randell