Recently I received an email from television presenter, Diana Bunici. I first met Diana when she presented a children’s show on RTE (like the BBC) called Elev8. She’s always been very interested in books and I wasn’t surprised when she told me she was putting together her own book. Her book, The Pursuit of Awesome: Stellar Musings and Advice on Achieving Your Dreams was published this month and is a fantastic read. It’s packed full of advice from writers, actors, sports people, designers, broadcasters and business people, from Derek Landy, to Rory McIllroy, Evanna Lynch (Luna in Harry Potter), Cecelia Ahern and Hozier.
The advice includes:
‘There’s only one way of getting what you want in life and that’s my throwing yourself into what you want to do and making it happen.’ Radio presenter, Rick O’Shea
‘Ignore what’s hot right now. Have fun. Slice off a big piece of yourself with everything you write and put it on the page.’ Derek Landy
‘You are the director of your own life movie, the author of your own autobiography, the artist in control of the paintbrush and indeed, the blank canvas. Splash those colours proudly. Life’s too short to stick to a palette of black and grey.’ Diana Bunici
She even allowed me give teens some advice:
‘You may be young, but you can do whatever you set your mind to. Don’t let anyone put you off, or say you can’t do something – you can. Believe in yourself.’
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? I’d love to know!
Yours in writing,