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Fail Upwards

For those of you looking for inspiration. When I was 18, I wanted to be a fine artist. So I applied to seven art schools all over the UK. Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Exeter, etc. But I got turned down by all of them. Then my sister told me to apply to art school in New York. Out of desperation, I did. And I got accepted, and I got a scholarship. And when I went to New York I switched to advertising. And it changed my life. But, if I hadn’t been turned down by those seven art schools, it never would have happened. After four years in New York I came back to London. I knew nothing about UK advertising. So I made fifty Xerox copies of my portfolio and sent it to the first fifty names in the Yellow Pages. I got forty nine rejections, out of fifty applications. Only one person offered me a job. John Webster. I didn’t know who John Webster was. He’d only just been made ECD at BMP. I was the first person John hired. And I wouldn’t have taken the job if it hadn’t be