Things I wish I'd known


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I gave a presentation at my old high school on the topic of "things I wish I'd known back then". It was part motivational, part educational. The slides don't tell the full story, but hopefully they'll be useful to someone.

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  • Things I wish I'd known

    1. 1. I wish I knew…<br />Will Critchlow<br />Founder, Distilled (2005-)<br />Alumnus, St. Aidan’s (1991-1998)<br />
    2. 2. This is my best friend – we met playing basketball at St. Aidan’s in 1991<br />
    3. 3. This is my brother – he left St. Aidan’s in 2001<br />
    4. 4. Somehow, we’ve grown a decent business<br />
    5. 5. It wasn’t always this way – back in 1997, we made £800 and got sued.<br />
    6. 6. In 2005, we made a go of it – we made £36,000 in revenue and learnt the value of getting things in writing<br />
    7. 7. Overnight success takes years<br />It’s really easy to stop here<br />
    8. 8. We didn’t make a business plan – we got talked into college, then “sensible jobs” – which earnt significantly more than the business initially<br /><br />
    9. 9. Can I have some advice please?<br />
    10. 10. Stop worrying what others’ think. Things don’t always work out great for the cool kids<br />
    11. 11. Hang out with people who are smarter than you: you will come to resemble the people you hang out with<br />
    12. 12. Business friends rock – you don’t get a network at “networking events”. Just like you don’t make friends at “friend events”<br />
    13. 13. No, you can’t have a pony – you aren’t owed anything. Make your own way. Lead without permission<br />Not yours<br />Idea unashamedly from:<br />
    14. 14. Curiosity is your best asset – I learnt Python and Django to (help) build our video store. It made $15,000 in its first month<br />
    15. 15. NBED How to get hired – example of Ed<br />Anyone can get hired – don’t scatter-gun CVs. Choose where you want to work and impress the hell out of them<br />A guy younger than you lot made this to impress us<br />
    16. 16. “For everyone who comes in here talking about the team they are going to hire, there are three others out there that did hire people”<br /><br />
    17. 17. Read these books:<br />
    18. 18. “You need to make cold calls every single day otherwise your business will wither and die”.<br />We didn’t. It didn’t.<br />
    19. 19. Once you leave college, it’s not cheating any more – attribute sources, but copy away. Give yourself unfair advantages<br /><br />
    20. 20. From here on out, do something you love– if you don’t, you’re “doing it wrong”<br />
    21. 21. I hope I’ve given you some useful advice. Remember as you make your way into the world that most people don’t know what they’re doing<br />“Never compare your inside to someone else’s outside”<br />
    22. 22. Will Critchlow, Head of R&D<br />Feel free to give me a shout with any questions or for any further advice you need.<br />
    23. 23. Credits<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />