Thursday, 5 December 2013

Willard White and work ethic

Recently I attended my sister's graduation. I went to support her and be with my family. I was not particularly looking forward to the ceremony as I knew I would only see my sister for a split second on stage. 

However there was one particular speech, by the President of her college, that inspired me and really made me think. The President was Willard White, a Jamaican-born British operatic bass-baritone. His voice, tone and presence were incredible. Some of the audience even laughed when they first heard him say 'Good afternoon', as they couldn't believe how deep his voice was! 

One of the main things he spoke about was how even though he has become famous and is at the top of his profession, he still makes mistakes. He just said 'don't let them know'. It is so true, no matter what, many many people out there still feel like they aren't good enough or feel like a fraud in their jobs. Two mottoes always stick with me for work: 'Fail to prepare, prepare to fail' and 'Fake it to make it'.

Here is the best video I could find of Willard speaking, enjoy.

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