What’s your top tip for achieving success?
The number one tip I would give is probably to be a “Yeah, sure!” kind of person.

Having that mindset and the confidence in yourself to be able to say yes to whatever opportunities come your way has landed me in so many amazing places, experiences and conversations.

Secondly I think being endlessly curious and always asking questions has been a big one for me. Again I’ve learned some really unique combinations of skills through just learning to love learning, and asking questions.

More tangibly I’d say Twitter has been super helpful. It gives anyone the ability to join conversations with leaders in their industry, share their thoughts and look for opportunities to help or get involved too.

I think those are three things that anyone can do to start levelling up immediately!

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My number 1 lesson is to not compare myself to other people. It's basic but true. I think the world is so often set up to pit people against each other "if someones doing this at a certain age then I should be doing this". It forces us to make bad decisions. At school, at university, on grad schemes we're graded and compared to our peers but I've forced myself to let go of that mentality.

There's always someone who will be younger, prettier, smarter, more successful than me, so why allow that negative energy into my life?

I make decisions based on what I want to do, live life to the beat of my own little (weird) drum and fundamentally am happier for it. When you're pushing yourself to try new things you're opening yourself up to a lot of rejection, criticism, people knocking you back. You can listen of course, but fundamentally there's nothing wrong with living life on your own terms. If we start to think about the world as winners, losers, better or worse, we start to feel unsatisfied with what we have and lose our sense of community. Life's tough enough, why add more things to worry about to it? 

James Frewin

Design and Social Media Expert with Google for Startups, Backed VC and YSYS.