Sunday, March 23, 2014


 On Friday I visited the Andrew Carnegie BIrthplace Museum in Dunfermline...I was so impressed with the place, the organisation of it and the range of display....I saw the room he was born in, the bed he slept in and the humble beginning for Scotland's greatest entrepreneur and philanthropist.

I read about his great philosophy on success and committed myself to again study his is an speech he gave to Students

Andrew Carnegie Address to Students of the Curry Commercial College, Pittsburg, June 23, 1885. 

It is well that young men should begin at the beginning and occupy the most subordinate positions. 

Many of the leading business men of Pittsburg had a serious responsibility thrust upon them at the 
very threshold of their career. They were introduced to the broom, and spent the first hours of their 
business lives sweeping out the office.
I notice we have janitors and janitresses now in offices, and our young men unfortunately miss that salutary branch of a business education. But if by chance the professional sweeper is absent any morning the boy who has the genius of the future partner in him will not hesitate to try his hand at the broom. 

Starting at the bottom and working our way up......

Thursday, May 16, 2013

#entrepreneur #mindset

Met some new friends today people who understand the entrepreneurial mindset and people who are working for change....

"Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us." - Wilma Rudolph

Monday, March 25, 2013


Winning is determined by what happens before the game.......#preparetowin

Monday, March 11, 2013

#HRH ‘Opportunity through Enterprise’

HRH delivers the Commonwealth Day Message - ‘Opportunity through Enterprise’

"Great achievements in human history have a number of common characteristics. From climbing the highest mountain, to winning a sporting competition, making a scientific breakthrough, building a successful business or discovering unique artistic talent – these outcomes all begin as a simple goal or idea in one person’s mind."

Thursday, January 10, 2013

#Airdrie #Attitude

Yesterday I was at St Serfs school in Airdrie and worked with all pupils (and teachers) from P5/P6/P7 - The theme as always was Attitude and Ambition - set our sights high and go for it......

Monday, January 07, 2013

New Year - New #Opportunity

@entrepreneurme: So great to have time off during Christmas and New Year but thank goodness it's Monday 7th Jan and back to work...onwards and upwards

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

#entrepreneur #simd #scotland

When I started entrepreneur me I had a grand idea....
"Encouraging Ambition and Positive Attitudes for Social Change"
Social change meant alot to me, I could see we needed change and I saw entrepreneurship as a means to improve the lot of individuals and communities...

Initially I had resistance from my key customers "entrepreneurship" in schools , no thanks teachers would say, are you talking about turning all our young people into money grabbing capitalists !!!no thanks, school is not the place for that - we teach kids the important stuff (the curriculum)

Anyway The Scottish Government policy "Determined to Succeed" came along and schools bought into the message -- entrepreneurship is not only about business, learning entrepreneurial qualities like Positive Can Do Attitude, Ambition, Risk, Opportunity Spotting, Dreams/Desire, Resilience, Goals/Achievement etc matters

Well here we are 10 years on.....

- lots of young people have learned entrepreneurship from me (over 135,000 UK wide)and we have today the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation- terrible figures and tragic that here in Scotland this is happening...families living in unemployment,poverty, hopelessness, we are awash with alcohol and health issues including low mortality,we have high crime and prison numbers growing, we have the level of individual debt at a record high....

So have we failed, or have we tinkered at the edges ?

For me I put it in the failed category - it really is unacceptable that this is happening in a modern Scotland - so much still to be done and entrepreneurship is the answer

Beginning with the number 1 entrepreneur quality "Self Responsibility" - Let us remind ourselves for things to change we must change and for progress we need inspired young people and communities.

My vision is a better Scotland ....

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Think and Grow Rich

As a self employed person ( aren't we all) I am a great believer - I am also a great believer in Think and Grow Rich and how our thoughts and actions create our futures......

“If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t.
“If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will—
It’s all in the state of mind.

“If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

“Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!”

ps (Or Woman)

Friday, October 26, 2012


"It's not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbles or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. 
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause. And who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat." --

Theodore Roosevelt


Mark Twain’s advice......

“Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

Today is a great day for refreshing our wildest dreams, you know the ones that make us excited about the future and put a smile on our face and passion in our hearts....

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mountain People #attitude @frankdickcoach

There are two types of people in this world, valley people and mountain people.

Valley people seek the calm and comfortable ground of shelter, safety and security. They may talk about change but do not want to be involved in it, especially if this means breaking from the routine of what has worked okay up until now. Their concept of achievement is not losing, so playing for the draw to them is all that’s needed. Their concept of fitness is being fit to survive. They are the people you meet who sentences begin with; “I would have”, “I could have” or “I should have”. They are the almost people, who have many explanantions for not making it themselves but only one for those who have – LUCK. 

Mountain people have decided that valley life is not for them and seek to test ambition on the toughest climbs. They know that there is a rich satisfaction in reaching the top and the fight that is needed to get there. They live for the test of change and enjoy the resilience required to bounce back from the bumps and bruises that come with the mountain territory. They not only talk about change, they deliver it. They take the risk of winning because to them there is no such thing of a risk of losing. People can lose without training or practice, it comes quite naturally, so where is the risk in that? They know achievement is not always reflected in a gold medal but is always measured by the excitement of knowing just how much further their best shot takes them, when they take the risk of winning. Achievement is balanced on the finest of edges but they know that. Whatever the outcome of the contest, they are always accountable for the result. They are winners and they know it.

This has been written for mountain people, people like you. 
It is about people who succeed, who achieve, who win and who intend continuing to do so. Each of us has mountains to climb, they may not all be Mount Everest, but they are still your mountains. They can arise in our family and social life, in our business life and in our personal life. You know what yours are!

I wish you all the success you deserve, not only in climbing your next mountain but in climbing all the mountain ranges where your ambition and dreams will surely take you.

Extract from “Winning” by Frank Dick @frankdickcoach 

My work has been about encouraging Mountain people- or better yet to encourage others to join me on the mountain - certainly that's where the adventure is.....Matt

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Does a #positiveattitude really matter?

An old man sat studying just outside of the gates of an ancient city.

A traveller approached him saying...

“Old man, tell me what are the people like in this city?” 

The old man looked up from his reading and said...

First tell me what the people were like in your home city?” 

“The people in my home city were a miserable lot, greedy and mean spirited; they are why I left to wander the cruel world. I have vowed never to return to that horrible place.” 

The old man sadly looked up and said...

 “Sir I am afraid you will find the people in this city to be much the same.” 

The traveller shook his head in disgust and passed through the city gates.

A few minutes later another traveller approached and bowing to the old man

“Venerable one, may I ask you to tell me of the people in this beautiful 

Again the old man asked

“First tell me what the people were like in your home city?”

The young man smiled and said

“It is a place much blessed, the people are kind and generous, I look forward to the time when my travels carry me back home so I can tell them of all the wonders I have seen.” 

The old man smiled and said...

Sir I am happy to tell you will find the people in this city to be much the same. Welcome.”

This story, attributed to the writer Kahlil Gibran and is a great illustration of the outside world being a mirror of inside thoughts.

This morning I was with 60 young people who have had challenging starts, poor educational attainment and if I'm being blunt hold poor opinions of themselves and others. My mirror says love them, give them the tools to make a change and help them see their unlimited potential.

Monday, October 22, 2012

#attitude in #wishaw @Airdrie_FC

Just back from Coltness HS where I was starting Monday by giving £25 to a young person who over the last six weeks had been demonstrating a "Positive Attitude"

I met all of S5 pupils and had a giggle with them - I do like to mess with their brains, you know ask them.....

"who this morning is ready for action, fully focused on the day ahead and ready to achieve"
"who is thinking big today - forgot yesterday and is determined to succeed"

This is the first day back after holiday and well the reaction I got was like I had landed from Mars !!

Anyway, I gave £25 to Mark McRoberts who wrote a great Positive Attitude story....Mark is a goalkeeper who has not always had it easy - he has been released by clubs and keeps working hard on his game... at the moment he is playing at a good level and has plans and Ambition to go further......

Whilst there I learned from Mark that he plays with Airdrie FC (U17) - my local club and the team that many years ago I suggested could play European Football --- for me a great thought is success for Airdrie - the town and the football club.
I said to Mark that I look forward to seeing him between the sticks at Broomfield Stadium #attitudematters


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

#aldi #attitudematters @Aldi_StoresUK

This morning I make a visit to my local Aldi - I am not a regular visitor here, however I do like the variety of offerings and the chance to pick up a bargain!!

I get to the check out with my small basket and say to the lady behind till "Quiet this morning" she says "Yes thank goodness" Her words register with me and I think will I let it go, move on etc, continue with my day,usually I do.

This morning though I said "Would you not be better thinking I hope it's busy"
"No"she said "I'm tired"
I say "but if it's busy you might get a bonus or extra hours"
She replies "doubt it"
One last chance I say "If its not busy the company might pay people off - you might lose your job"
They will never get rid of me I've been here 10 years - she says......

Sometimes I get reminders that #attitudematters
it doesn't mean she wasn't doing her job/she was
it doesn't mean she was unpleasant/she wasn't

It is a sign of an undercurrent of mediocrity - settling for less - just do enough to get by.....Enterprise of course is the opposite......and as some in Scotland would say "We've done it" .............never!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

#craiglevein #enthusiasm

This morning I had one of my early (7am) morning with Matt Presentations

I focus on the big "e" of Energy and Enthusiasm and work with the group to highlight how important it is in a service business ( or any business) for that matter to have workers that come to work excited, motivated and awake.

Someone made the comment that this is the time for our National Football coach Craig Levein to draw on all his leadership skills and inspire the country.



Tell us....


and most importantly be an example through his voice and body language that the dream is very much alive....

Belgium v Scotland tomorrow 7.45pm

We can.........Don't look so worried Craig

#attitudematters - The negative things we say, and shouldn't!

Thursday, October 04, 2012

#Methill @fifechamber

You may be familiar with The Proclaimers song and the lines - Lochaber no more, Sutherland no more. Methil no more etc The song is about Scotland's Industrial decline and though not an expert on this I can say today in Methil there are signs of Industry and Investment.
A new £300 million (not sure how you could spend that amount) Green Energy Business Park has opened and promises lots of Green Jobs and before you say so, its not jobs for Martians but jobs for local Fifers.....

My Visit to Kirkland Community High was good, In the morning I met a great bunch of S5 pupils and delivered my attitude matters workshop......they enjoyed it and I was delighted to leave them with my positive Can Do messages.
In the afternoon I met a group of S4 pupils - slightly more difficult to work with however full of life, creativity and enterprise.

During my lunch session I hosted a mini debate about Why some think Success whilst others drift by.... interesting insights from pupils.....

Tuesday, October 02, 2012


Please find a document of my recent work with Bellahouston Academy

Monday, October 01, 2012

Go #Coltness #entrepreneur

I have just been to Coltness High School in Wishaw and met with the whole of S5 - I reminded them of the challenge I set two weeks ago re "Attitude" and encouraged them to aim high - wake up and go for it.

I was lucky on way out of school to be able to pop into an S2 french class - great happy young people, who listened to me explain "entrepreneurship" - it really is easy in 20 minutes !!!! and guess what the French don't have a word for "Entrepreneur"

According to the French dictionary "Entrepreneur" means someone who is a Builder and a Doer. Yes  a builder and a Doer, I like that.....

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, September 28, 2012

@PJEA_Stow - Peter Jones Enterprise Academy

Last night I attended the launch of the PJEA at Stow College in Glasgow. I had a great time meeting lots of entrepreneurial friends and mixing with the new students.

I was very pleased to catch the Can Do attitudes in the room - young people and some not so young who realise entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking is the way to achieve personal success and create a vibrant Scotland.

Well done to all - I look forward to visiting you all again to see your progress.

Best wishes and remember

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. 
Abraham Lincoln 


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

#attitude #airdrie

After delivering my Attitude Matters workshop to all S6 senior pupils at Airdrie Academy I presented them with a challenge.... write me a story, here’s the starting few lines...

There is a young person with a great Positive Attitude, someone Ambitious and going for it. This is their story...........

I suggested to them the story could be true, could be about a family member, could be about themselves or even if they want about themselves with the name changed. They could also write total fiction, make a story up from their imagination or even write about a celebrity they know and something that’s happened to them.
I suggest one side of A4 paper and give 15 minutes for the task.

Here are just a few of the stories, I received over 70.

There is a young person with a great Positive Attitude, someone Ambitious and going for it. This is their story...........

A sixteen year old girl growing up in the 1970’s where her passion for learning and to develop her knowledge made her determined to fulfil her dream.

“Mum I got 3 A’s and 2 B’s, I’m going to be a teacher said Joan.

“Well done but people like us don’t become teachers we work in offices, teachers are the rich people who have grown up with a silver spoon in their mouth” replied Joan’s mum.
In hearing her Mum say these words Joan’s dream was crushed, she forgot all about her idea of being a teacher and left school the next Friday.

16 years have now past and Joan is now all grown up with 2 children of her own and is also pregnant with number three child, she had spent the last 16 years working as an assistant for company managers but has recently moved into a new job in Caldervale High School.

I’ve decided to go back to University and become a teacher” she said to her partner.

Joan had thought about this for a long time and she knew it was the right thing for her to do, she never blamed her Mum for making her leave school but instead envied her as she
knew it was just the sort of person her Mum was. When she retold her Mum of her plans, she replied with the same reaction, that teachers were superior beings...

I am delighted to tell you that Joan did go back to University and qualified as a teacher at the top of her class, I am also so proud to be able to call Joan my mum. She is my inspiration to follow my dreams and I have never told her that but hope this will be sufficient to show how much my mum inspires me - Thanks Mum

Written by Jordan Rankin
S6 Airdrie Academy
(Typed as Written) 26/9/2012

There is a young person with a great Positive Attitude, someone Ambitious and going for it. This is their story...........

This is my story my name is Amy Louise Waddell, I’m 16 years old. When I was just 10 I was given two hearing aids and diagnosed with severe deafness in both ears.

Every day is a struggle for me as I have to try harder than others to concentrate and take everything around me in, as well as trying to understand everything.
Simple tasks can be very difficult and because of my hearing loss I find I can’t do many things, but I’ve learned that just because I have a disability ( a word I hate as I feel like it’s stating there is something wrong with me) I can’t let it hold me back, in many ways it has made me even more determined to push for my goal, my dream of becoming a designer.

Even though I face these difficulties they make me who I am and I’m positive I will achieve just about anything I put my mind too.

I may have some days when it gets me down however I just remind myself it’s just life and we all have to get on with it and make the most of it, the only person you would really be letting down is yourself as you are not going to reach your dream without believing in yourself. You are the only one who can make it happen, others can help but no one is going to believe in someone who doesn’t believe in themselves.

So I have learned to be happy with myself and push on to achieve my dream as nothing – not even a disability can hold you back. If you set your mind you can achieve anything!!

Written by Amy Louise Waddell
S6 Airdrie Academy
(Typed as Written) 26/9/2012

There is a young person with a great Positive Attitude, someone Ambitious and going for it. This is their story...........

Every morning she wakes up, swallowing her pill to make her feel normal. She stares at herself in the mirror and gets changed into her school uniform, fixing her tie and buttoning her shirt, she pulls her hair into an acceptable pony tail for school but leaves her face bland of make-up.

She makes her way downstairs and gives her disabled father a kiss for she does not know when it will be her last. She eats her toast before brushing her teeth and checking she has everything.

She starts on her way to school, listening to her music full blast to drown out everything.

Once at school she is ready, she enters her classes with friends, taking down all notes and absorbing information like a sponge absorbs water. Once back at home she gets to work on homework and study.

This girl is me.

Every day is the same but I know I am going places. I am going to make something of myself, for me and my family. I may not be the skinniest or the prettiest. I have a disabled father I must take care of but I’m me I don’t need make-up, I have a smile, that’s all I need, I’m happy being me. I love me and I will work as hard as I can to get the life I deserve.

I have hardships but I am lucky for what I have. I can get through everything. I can survive.

Written by Caroline Logan
S6 Airdrie Academy
(Typed as Written) 26/9/2012

Matt Stewart

“Positive Thinking won’t let you do everything - but it will let you do anything better than negative thinking”

Monday, September 17, 2012

St Andrews High School and @StAndrewHospice

There is a young person with a great Positive Attitude, someone Ambitious and going for it... This is their story....

This is the normal introduction I give to young people - make up the story now I say----- it could be true or it could be pure fiction ......look what happened at St Andrews High

Liam Dougan in S6 wrote....

I am a young person with a great Positive Attitude, someone Ambitious and going for it...This is my story

A few months ago I decided to climb Ben Nevis for a charity- St Andrews Hospice - with my school.

When the day came I couldn't have been more excited. Climbing Ben Nevis was one of my life long dreams.

It was a very hard goal I had set myself but I wanted to do it so bad. So I went for it.....The climb started off enjoyable and relatively easy, though this was soon to change, I was half way up the mountain, 2000 ft up in the sky and I began to struggle severely. My energy was draining rapidly, I was loosing that urge to keep fighting. I had no adrenaline, I thought to myself that I had to keep going, had to keep moving or else I would fail. Hours passed like eternities and the pain in my legs was becoming unbearable. I wanted to give up so bad, but I knew I wasn't a quitter, so I dug deep and fought through the most pain and scrambled onwards.

I reached the 4000 feet mark and now only had about half an hour to go but was beginning to slip in and out of consciousness, I had to think of something to keep me going. I closed my eyes and thought of the people I was helping in the hospice and I ventured the last couple of hundred feet to Ben Nevis summit.

I was overwhelmed with all sorts of feeling, mainly pride and happiness, because of my ambition, I had accomplished a hard goal of mine and helped other people in a small way. A feeling I will never forget.....

Well done Liam

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Airdrie Academy

There is a young person with a great Positive Attitude – someone Ambitious and going for it.

This is their story..........

A girl with little confidence and little motivation is trying her hardest to achieve in life. She did her highers in 5th year but was unsuccessful and deeply disappointed in herself. Sixth year then is her last chance to achieve at school.
With the failure of her exams it suddenly came to her attention that she had to get a grip. Don’t let silly things such as typical teenage things boys, parties, friends, facebook, social life, get in the way. Focus and you will achieve in all you do.
The pressure and worry of this year is a terrifying thought and in a way brings her down and makes her want to give up. Why carry on when it’s so difficult? But then she remembers to achieve in all she does she has to work. Things are never just handed to you. She goes on to study every night.
In the future she hopes that all of her work will pay off and hopefully get into a course at college for Dental Nursing, she has always been interested in Dentistry – she know with the right attitude she can achieve

“Positive Thinking won’t let you do everything - but it will let you do anything better than negative thinking”


Where has all the passion gone.... I know,

Who really gives a **** about youth unemployment -- listening to #government "we are working hard etc etc" leaves me with the feeling of anger at the complacency of the suits.

I have never been more sure about the requirement now for all of us to be #selfstarters

No shades of grey - Just red hot positive bright futures.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Attitude Matters

I was recently presenting "Attitude Matters" to 380 senior pupils at St Andrews High School in Coatbridge - I gave them a challenge finish this story.....

There is a young person with a great positive attitude, someone ambitious and going for it. This is their story.....

Stupid, Silly, Not Cool. These are some of the things Lucy used to be called. She decided she had to leave her group of friends, she had fallen into the wrong crowd and was tired of standing back and watching her friends underachieve. Lucy had always known what she wanted to do but admitting that to her "friends" would have been uncool.

October 10th 2011 was the day that Lucy's life would take a new start, the day she was going to kickstart her future, Focus Focus Focus she kept telling herself. After years of people telling her what she couldn't achieve, she wanted to prove them wrong.

August 2016 - As she sat in her seat she looked across to her Mum and Dad, they were smiling from cheek to cheek, she had done it, she had got her degree, looking down at her wrist she smiled as she seen "I CAN" inked onto her skin - she had gone from troubled teen to a successful young lady. Much more tan her friends had ever achieved.

Lots of lessons from a young girl 16's story - Lucy and her friends - they were holding her back - telling her what was possible for her - and they were wrong - Lucy could and did achieve much more......

Monday, September 10, 2012

Attitude Matters

As part of my Attitude Matters workshop - I mention to young people that it is not normally the physical that holds us back usually it is the "mental" you know that little voice in our heads that tells us....
  • You cant go to Uni
  • You will never pass your exams
  • You couldn't start a business etc - you know that sometimes resigned voice that says don't even bother - what's the point
 - well the Paralympics had proven Attitude Matters and CanDo means CanDo no matter what.

Today - I am thinking for myself, all the things I have told myself - things that I have said are not possible for me - maybe in my job here at entrepreneur me or even beyond - yes we all have to deal with limiting thoughts and rise above them.

Friday, September 07, 2012

East Lothian Learning Festival

I had a great day today at Musselburgh with East Lothian Councils learning festival, I met lots of great people and listened to fantastic speakers - highlight for me was Don Ledingham of East Lothian council and listening to the culture of what they are all attempting to achieve - innovation and the ability of all to come up with ideas and make them happen.
Great talk from Steve Munby Chief Executive of the National College for School Leadership - he had some really brilliant ideas
If you can check out Twitter @ellf12

Btw - I met lots of teachers that knew of my work and introduced "Ollie" to them - he was well received.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Airdrie Academy

Today I was at Airdrie Academy working with around 140 S6 pupils.

My start was delayed whilst around 40 young people attended a remembrance service of an ex teacher who passed away last year - a memorial tree was planted in the school grounds and some words of reflection said - it was dignified with an tone of loss,sorrow and respect.

I had my usual can do messages and boy did the young people listen and respond to them - "Yes I Can" was the cheer and "I am a Winner" was the message. The young people caught my enthusiasm and will now move forward in this important academic year with Success in mind.

Well done to them.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Buster the Dog

Buster the dog

 Last night I met Buster again. Buster is a Labrapoodle dog, quite big with lovely brown curly hair.I hadn't seen him over the summer and to be honest I hadn't even thought about him.
Buster and I you understand have a casual relationship i see him with his owner during my boy Nathan's football matches - you know a dog at the side of the park, I would throw the ball,give him a pat on the back, talk a little to him (doggy speak) and enjoy his doggy presence.

Well last night, I saw him or I should say he saw me first. He came bounding over,running at a great speed,he leapt up "HELLO MATT" he circled me (about 20 times) his mouth open and little whimpers of joy coming from his mouth, he then leapt in the air some more this time swirling his body round like a dancer whilst excitedly growling and small barks.

Boy was this a nice to see you welcome.

I thought about us humans and how we don't quite have that level of intensity - What if I was to adopt Busters routine? not suggesting I should bark or whimper (might get strange reactions) but what if I was to greet everyone like I had really missed them - Gave them a positive smile- Said something nice to them and lay on the grass for my belly to be rubbed (only joking) but seriously Buster taught me a lesson and reminded me again Attitude Matters


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Positive Recognition

I have been asking school teachers and parents to give Positive Recognition to their young people for showing Great Positive Attitudes - the young people are busy demonstrating this at home and in school... here is an email received today

I want to give some positive recognition to my daughter Claire. She is one of the strongest people I know. She has remained positive throughout the last 12mths 
despite being very unwell and experiencing the side effects of chemotherapy. Despite the fact that she is aware her condition is serious, she has remained positive and is determined not to let her condition beat her. She returned to school in April of this year when the medics thought she would be unfit to do so for at least another 4mths. She managed to sit some of her exams and still passed them. She hasn't lost her sense of humour and remains upbeat. We are so proud of her. She helps around the house when she can and is a shining example to us all.

Attitude Matters

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Something to Remember

Written by senior school pupils at Beeslack Community High School Penicuik

There is no point in waking up in the morning with regrets.
Love the people who treat you right and forgive the ones that don't
Everything happens for a reason.
If there is a chance-take it
If it changes you-let it
Nobody promises it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

Emma T and Laura A

Attitude Matters

A Primary school pupil aged about 10 drew this for me - A person with a positive attitude and and a person with a negative attitude - note the differences - I am working to stay as often as possible to be on the positive side!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Dreams and Determination

Living the life of a self employed person presents many challenges.....sometimes we are alone,sometimes we are surrounded by others telling us how marvellous our work is and then we get times when the phone doesn't ring and we feel perhaps there are easier ways to make a know take a job, get security (whatever that is!) One could always play it safe and just give up........ Of course as an entrepreneur, a builder of better, that phrase giving up doesn't exist. We persist until - I have just met with a young man running his own company, up to his ears in debt - unclear strategy - massive self doubt - not sleeping - wife left him - bank hassling him for money - on the verge of giving up (however) here's the best bit he has enthusiasm (despite everything around him)and is determined the current now will not break his vision of a better tomorrow........        “If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” Henry David Thoreau Keep going John - I am with you Matt

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Cartvale School - Govan Glasgow

I have just finished a short talk at Cartvale school in Govan - my theme as usual was CanDo attitudes.
I met a group of young people from across the city.
Govan and the school and the young people really impacted me - so much i could write now but firstly so very good to meet real Glasgow people with real Glasgow challenges.
I am now having lunch at the Pearce Institute at Govan Cross. Reflections to follow...

Airdrie Academy

I attended the annual prizegiving at Airdrie Academy last night - held in the recently renovated New Wellwynd Church it was a great night of celebration. Lots of achievements and a real tangible feeling of "Can Do" - I was happy to donate an award for a young person who had this year shown a great Positive Attitude and is Ambitious for their future... two girls were awarded success books from me..

Well done Hannah Stirling and Stephanie Gill.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Kirkland’s headteacher outlines the path ahead

Kirkland’s headteacher outlines the path ahead for students - Local Headlines - Fife Today

Ronnie Ross's words from the annual school awards night - from my many visits to Kirkland I know Attitude Matters in the school and they are working hard to improve educational performance.

May seem strange to say this but Kirkland is a school that knows it can improve and even though they have great young people and great teachers they are not complacent.


Showing smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's achievements.
self-satisfied - smug - pleased - contented - satisfied

They have none of the we are doing well enough as we are attitude that affects some - their not burying their heads in the sand - they are very much aware of the good whilst striving to get better

Key question must be "how do we help them get better"

Monday, June 18, 2012


The last two days Matt and Ena have been in Fife with two secondary schools helping with Transition - we have had brilliant events with over 350 young people attending and being entrepreneurs for the day.... lots of friendships made  ideas galore and even a little profit from the participating youngsters.

Please see photograghs from Lochgelly High and St Columbas High Dunfermline.....

And a favourite quote from a young boy aged 11 .....

Thursday, June 14, 2012


I was with a group of young primary school pupils today and was delighted to see this bit of writing by a boy 11 years of age.........

Wrong spelling I know but wise words

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Beeslack Story Winner

There is a young person with a great positive attitude, someone ambitious and going for it. This is their story.........

A couple of years ago I began assisting with dance classes on a Friday afternoon. It allowed me to become more confident, able to lead and be better at dancing.

There were more classes I began to help with, it was during this period of helping with Ballet, Tap and Modern dance I realised it was something I wanted to continue throughout my life.

My helping continued and a year ago I was offered to share a class with another assistant - so I was promoted to Student Teacher.

In recent months, the school had their dance show - which inspired me to dance more and more. Seeing our class perform on stage made me realise how much I want to continue dancing, also dancing with younger students inspired me.

I've been dancing since I was 2 and a half - Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Musical Theatre, it has always been part of me.

After our recent dance show I looked into dance college and studying dance - but this would mean not going to university and not being able to continue helping and teaching at my current dance school.

After a discussion with my dance principal she assured me that if I want I will be able to continue teaching and once I've completed my grade 8 Ballet I can undergo a teaching diploma with my current school.

I have decided that I will try to get into University and continue most of my current dancing and if I still require a degree to teach in dance then I can go and attend dance college.

The decision to do this allows me success in my job and my education. I will have to work hard for a balance - but for dancing and my education I am willing to do so.

Linda Johnston

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

Woodmill Transition Workshop

We had a really good two days last week with around 220 Primary Seven pupils fromthe primary schools associated with Woodmill High School in Dunfermline.

Silence at 9.30am when pupils didnt know each other then bedlam at 2.30pm when trading finished.

Pictured is our Enterprise Leaders from Upper School - great young people with definate Can Do attitudes....

Enterprise Leaders @ Woodmill

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Aberdeenshire CPD

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Aberdeenshire CPD, a set on Flickr.

Some Photograghs from out Teacher CPD DAY in Aberdeenshire

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

North Berwick High School

I am just back from visiting North Berwick High School, where I worked with around 160 young people making the Step Up to high school.

Our brief was simple -- use Enterprise to encourage the young people to get to know each other, practice their teamwork skills and learn about business and trade whilst having fun.

We had a great day with the young people quiet at the start and buzzing at the end of day -- lots of profit made and definitely new friendships started.

Thanks to North Berwick HS for asking us and to the young people of Law PS,Direlton PS, Aberlady PS and Gullane PS for being successful Can Do entrepreneurs.

Pictured are the profit winners along with the team that won the teamwork and quality award.

Profit Winners

Teamwork and Quality Winners

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Entrepreneurs in Banff

The other day I was in Banff at Banff Academy working with around 160 young people making the transition from Primary to Secondary school.

It was a brilliant day - the young people formed their business - got some start up money and started to trade - and trade and trade

They firstly went to the supply store and bought some goods......

Busy Store

They then took the raw materials back to their business and started Manufacturing.

Once the products were Quality Control checked they were ready for sale -- Time to meet the buyers..

Pleasant Buyers !!!

Once a sale had been agreed it was time to display all the products each company had made....

Lots of Goods Sold

Of course when you make a sale it's a happy time - we've got a cheque(yahoo) - Better take it to the Bank


Lots of business done and lots of challenges overcome - and we even managed to make a profit - well done to all......

Profit Winners

And the Quality and Teamwork winners...

Teamwork and Quality Winners

Certificates for all.......

Thanks to Mr Dunn at Banff Academy and to the brilliant young