We asked business leaders from around the Humber region to share their life experiences, including wins, shortfalls and lessons in their careers to help young talent understand what it takes to get to the top. Find out below what words of wisdom they would give to their younger selves if they knew then what they know now.

A MESSAGE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF

Paul Sewell
Paul Sewell

Turning winning into a habit and always trusting your instincts - life lessons from Paul Sewell, Chair, Sewell Grouptaken from his recently published memoir ‘Half a Lettuce’.

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Adam Beardmore
Adam Beardmore

Push your own development, always consider your impact on others, and try to have fun along the way! - Building blocks for personal and professional success, from Adam Beardmore, Business Development Lead at Centrica.

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Tim Wigglesworth
Tim Wigglesworth
Gain respect from those around you, work hard to be the best version of you, and live in the moment
- guidance to help you reach your potential from Tim Wigglesworth, Chief Executive at Citycare.

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Jack Holbrough
Jack Holbrough

Don't be afraid to ask questions and never stop learning - advice to help you progress and get from A to B from Jack Holbrough, Senior Engineering Manager at Smith + Nephew.

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Helen Roberts
Helen Roberts

Believe in yourself, listen generously and make it count - words of wisdom from People Consultant, Helen Roberts as she reflects on years gone by.

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Alan Johnson
Alan Johnson

A look back to 2017 when Independent Chair at Citycare, & former Secretary of State and MP for Hull West and Hessle, Alan Johnson, wrote an inspiring letter to his younger self.

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Chris Zanetti
Chris Zanetti

Be open to opportunities knocking and take time to celebrate - a road map to achieving success from Corporate Entrepreneur & Director, Chris Zanetti, as he shares his winning strategy.

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Michael Smith
Michael Smith

Embrace change, work hard, and if you want that bit more, be willing to give more! - an inspiring insight into the path to success from Michael Smith, Managing Director at Cobus Communications Group.

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Jo Barnes
Jo Barnes

Be brave, work hard and stay true to your values - tips to help you on your journey from Jo Barnes, MD at SAS CityCare & Director at Sewell Group.

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John Stobart
John Stobart

Find your passion, always be adaptable and, if you're struggling, speak up - thoughtful tips to help you on your journey from John Stobart, Fundraiser & Events Coordinator at St. Andrews Hospice.

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Gerry Doyle
Gerry Doyle
Unlock your potential, focus on your personal development and find a work-life balance - advice for aiming high from Gerry Doyle, Senior Engineering Development Manager, Global Engineering - NPI at Smith + Nephew

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John Dowell
John Dowell

Remember that building incremental benefit is bigger than the big win - tips to help your professional development from John Dowell, Senior Director - Manufacturing, Smith + Nephew.

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Sam Tabbitt
Sam Tabbitt

Break down silos, build rapport and don't always compete, collaborate! - Key skills you should start developing right now from Samantha Tabbitt, NPD Programme Manager at Smith + Nephew.

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Runi Brownhill
Runi Brownhill

See failure as essential, find someone who can motivate you, and be anti-fragile! - words of advice from Runi Brownhill, Senior Scientist Manager at Smith + Nephew.

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John Magee
John Magee
Stop worrying, trust your instincts and be a sponge! - life lessons from John Magee, Centre Manager at Princes Quay, Hull.

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Resources

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