If I could tell you just one thing…

People talk about work and play as if they are separate things, with one being there to compensate for the other, but all of it is life, all of it is precious. Don’t waste any of it doing something you don’t want to do. And do all of it with the people you love. 

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This was my response when my friend Richard Reed, who knows a thing or two about entrepreneurship himself, asked me for my best piece of advice.

My golden rule in life is to have fun. Life’s too short to waste your time doing things that don’t light your fire. Do what you enjoy, and enjoy what you do. Trust me; great things will follow. 

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It's no secret that I like to play as hard as I work. I've always lived the 'work hard, play hard' philosophy, believing that it's one of the best ways to achieve balance. I've never really thought of work and life as separate. My work is my life, and vice versa. 

If you can find a career you are passionate about, working hard doesn't have to be a chore. We spend roughly 80 per cent of our lives at work, so it's important that we find jobs that we love. If you think of work as a chore and dread turning up every day, maybe it's time that you consider a career change.

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Also, most people spend more time with their colleagues than anyone else in the world. With this in mind, it makes sense to turn professional relationships into real friendships, or better still work with your loved ones.

I was thrilled to see my advice featured in Richard’s new book: If I could tell you just one thing… Scanning through the delightfully illustrated pages, I found so many wonderful pearls of wisdom from remarkable game-changers, from Stephen Fry to Andy Murray, Sir David Attenborough to Martha Lane Fox. If you’re looking for inspiration or useful life lessons I recommend you pick up a copy. 

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