I often look at people and think \u2013 \u201cWow how did they get to do what they do?\u201d \u201cWhat choices did they make?\u201d \u201cWhat luck came along the way?\u201d Fundamentally I think we are all interested in what and how other people live their lives. I read with interest a Business Insider list of what \u201c21 highly successful people were doing at age 25.\u201d Trump had just taken the reins of his father\u2019s company, Hilary Clinton had just graduated Yale law school, Huffington was a reporter for the BBC & Mark Cuban was a bartender. I\u2019m in two minds as to whether\u00a0I would want a crystal ball to be able to see the future \u2013 would I want to know? Or is part of the excitement of life discovering new things and taking opportunities when they arise? I guess the real question is did they have a plan? Did they have a vision for their life? At 25, I was working for Apple. I saw my future as a businessperson \u2013 climbing the corporate ladder. The indicators that I might end up running my own show did not occur to me until I was in my early thirties. In my book\u00a0\u201cLive What You Love\u201d\u00a0I take about 70,000 words to tell\u00a0my younger self all the things I wish I had known about passion, persistence, positivity and purpose. The one thing I do not really talk about is patience \u2013 sometimes things just take time and experience before you get them right. In the startup world, people speak of \u2018pivots\u2019 but don\u2019t often speak of the patience required to really scale and build something\u2026 we all think that if our idea is great then surely it will be an overnight success\u2026 patience too is important in building your future. Last century, when my high school friends and I spoke of what we wanted to do \u2013 mostly we didn\u2019t really know. One friend went off to university to study science \u2013 yet she dedicated her life to fashion design. Her husband finished university with a law degree yet has given his life to the love of music, jazz, and broadcasting. Another friend of mine started her professional life as an investment banker yet for two decades has been a film producer and most recently was acknowledged for her craft at the Vienna film festival. All of them are highly successful people in their own right. At school, I remember my friend Jenny Ackland dreaming of writing fiction. She loved literature and the structure of great stories. I catch up with Jen most years and every time I have asked her \u2018how is the book coming?\u2019 \u2013 she has had a wonderful career as an educator, has started her own business \u2013 but still her passion for writing great stories sat behind it all. She wrote many stories, finally got an agent and how exciting for Jen that she published her first book \u2018The Secret Son\u2019. Of course, I read it because my friend wrote it \u2013 but I found I could not put it down. I got lost in the vivid, imaginative story and the journey of discovery for the lead characters\u2026 There are so many lessons for us to learn from Jenny\u2019s journey to being a published author; in fact they are the traits of highly successful people: \tNever give up on the dream. \tInvest in experience \u2013 practice mastery. \tLearn relentlessly. \tBe persistent but also patient. I take so much inspiration from my high school friends and university buddies\u2026 some just now starting a business after working for many decades in corporate life\u2026 In the world of instant gratification, imagine how rewarding it must be to dedicate 30 years to a craft \u2013 and finally delivering on your dream. Congratulations, Jen.