Alastair Wallace Younger Self

Alastair Wallace, senior partner at Thomas & Adamson writes a letter to his younger self:

Success if not being afraid to surround yourself with people who are better than you.  

Dear Alastair,

You’re probably wondering what the point of school is at this point. Don’t worry. School grades will not define you; hard work and perseverance are what will make you. It may be that you feel living in Pitlochry is limiting you, but you’re being exposed to the best experiences of your life, and you’ll be amazed at how life will bring you back to Scotland.

Don’t underestimate how much dad will inspire you. At the moment, you’re used to helping around the hotels and answering to him. But just remember the moment when he had that work accident and lost his pinkie but still carried on working in the septic tank hoist you were helping with! And how scared you were as the two of you drove to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. He is not a man to be messed with!

I know it seems like work is all mum and dad do, but they’re in the hotel industry so it’s a 24/7 business. You get the two weeks before the madness that is Christmas and that’s the way it is!

Stick in at golf. You’ve been playing for six years, so you’re okay. You may not be Seve Ballesteros – you’ll find out who he is – but you can hold your own! You’ll eventually end up being a junior coach at Milnathort, and one day you’ll see one of your sons triumphing with a golf sponsorship at Gleneagles. All your exposure to sports at this time will see you through to some of the best experiences of working in teams that will hold you in good stead.

Before we get to your future family, let’s remember you’re thinking that you want to be a pilot. Yes. You do. You’ll progress as far as joining the Royal Navy after they hold a presentation at school. You will get as far as getting to do a flight test at Biggin Hill. Just before you’re about to finish the induction routine to start at HMS Sultan, you’ll shift focus.

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