Don’t You Dare Give Up.

Along similar lines to ‘A Letter To My 14 year-old Self‘, but instead of 14 year old self, this is more of a pep talk to my current self, when I need a bit of motivation or to pull myself together.


Pull yourself together Naish.

You’re where you want to be, and you worked your butt off to get here. You love life at Harper Adams, you’ve got some great friends, and you enjoy your course.

Of course it’s going to be difficult. You want to be a rural chartered surveyor for goodness sake! MRICS wouldn’t be worth the paper it’s written on if it wasn’t challenging and showing a degree of competency.

Sixth form was hard at first, wasn’t it? All of a sudden you actually had to write notes for yourself and read things and pay attention in class. But you got through that and you came out with three good a-levels. All those times you thought that you couldn’t do it, that exams were too hard and you’d never make it to uni – you proved yourself wrong.

Remember results day. You logged on to the UCAS website; terrified, apprehensive. You didn’t even think you’d be able to log on as so many people would be using the website that it would crash. But it let you log on, and took you to your home page.

“Congratulations, your place at Harper Adams University College has been accepted”

You were overwhelmed with happiness. All that work you’d put in; all those hours you’d spent revising, the days of work experience and the planning for your interview to make you an ideal candidate, had finally paid off and you were going to the place you wanted to be most in the world.

And now you’re there. You’ve achieved the biggest goal you’ve ever set yourself in your life, and you’re living at Harper. And there’s nothing you dislike about it, so you know you’ve made the right decision, set the right goals.

So, so-what if it’s hard work now? You’ve done bugger-all for three months over the summer. Get a grip and get working. Just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean it’s not achievable, you’ve proved that once already.

And are you or are you not stupidly proud of yourself that you just managed to value freehold and leasehold interests without using your notes for the first time?

Pull yourself together, Naish. And don’t you dare give up. After all, you’re GOING to be a rural chartered surveyor.


“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” – Dr Suess, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!



2 thoughts on “Don’t You Dare Give Up.

  1. I don’t need to say anything, you gave yourself the pet talk. But you are right. You’ve come this far and you are doing great. Stop giving yourself a hard time. :) We all know you can do it Mads. Now put some of that faith into yourself.
    Many hugs flying your way :)

  2. The best part is, one day you’ll look back and be so proud of yourself that you got through it and did so well. You probably won’t ever do anything as difficult again in your life so enjoy the challenge and well done!

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