Career Choices ...!
Today is a very proud day for my family. My son (William Pittendrigh Equestrian on Facebook) starts his own business, as a Riding Instructor/Coach to both horse and rider.
We have just returned from the British Show Pony Championships, where he won The Gold Cup and the Premier Division in his section. He is 19 and his horse 6.
William did not go to university. He got his GCSE’s and went off to Equestrian College where he finished an extended diploma in Horse Management, gaining a distinction star and star pupil awards.
We could have pushed William into university, but we chose to allow him to follow his passion, horses.
Our belief is that if you can find something you love and you are able to earn a comfortable living, you will never work a day in your life.
I witness huge peer pressure and expectation put on families.
In my experience, my career advisor at school said the best I could hope for was to be a secretary, so off I was sent to do an HND in Administration. I couldn’t have hated it more. No one ever took the time to brainstorm what I really might enjoy.
I'm a creative, and knowing what I know now, I would most probably have been an interior designer.
The majority of people who come to me for one to one career life coaching are people who dislike their job and only followed that career path because it was expected of them.
Is it better to live comfortably or exist in luxury?
"Sarah is everything a successful entrepreneur should be, creative, tenacious with a clear vision on how to develop her business. She never ceases to impress me with her energy, attention to detail and most importantly, is always comfortable leading from the front with her hands on management style..."
Nick Holmes - Former MD at Rockliffe Hall, Non Executive Director positions at Gisborough Hall, Swinton Estate and Ramside Hall
"Having set up my business when I was 23, Sarah's advice and experiences in the wedding industry were a vital part in the success of my Simply Bows and Chair Covers franchise. As a franchisor, Sarah has always been on the other end of the phone to help me with my dilemmas and pass on her experience and business advice..."
Joanne Smith - Simply Bows and Chair Covers Lancashire
"Sarah was asked to support the wedding product here. Right from the first meeting she was professional, personable and down to earth. She found out as much information as possible, including attending events to get a feel for our product first hand and give her the best insight..."
Ruairidh Taylor - Hotel Manager, Gisborough Hall Hotel
"I hope our paths cross again before too long because I think you’re a brilliant example to budding doubters like me and a flipping great individual too! Thanks again for the inspiration you are and always be aware that folks like me, who’ve had the good fortune to meet you, are better for it..."
Alan Green - Corporate Photographer
"Sarah is an extremely good listener and will look at projects from all angles and give help and advice from her perspective.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Sarah as a mentor and indeed will be back in touch with her soon with regards to my next business venture..."
"I was so inspired by Sarah’s story, where she had been, what she had endured and the phenomenal success she made Simply Bows and Chair Covers I just knew I had to be a part of this great business model.
I have now been running my franchise for the last 4 years and I love it. Sarah is very supportive, knowledgeable and I know if I need advice she will always be there..."
Adele - Simply Bows & Chair Covers, South Wales
"I joined the team at Simply Bows & Chair Covers Northumberland in 2015, this was a big step for me but Sarah gave me some good advice and lots of support. This was the best move I made and I have not looked back. Thanks to Sarah's guidance and time that she has invested in me, I feel stronger and more confident not only in my work but in life in general..."
Debbie - Simply Bows & Chair Covers, Northumberland