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"Today I have the wonderful Nicholas. Who's just finished grade? Twelve twenty nine teen at Brisbane Grammar Nicholas Nicholas is a son of a very good friend of mine and a very talented young man who has a lot of wisdom to share. So we're going to interview Nicholas today in hopefully that Any any of you that have got kids going through school especially those this year that are going to finish grade twelve. We want you to play this to them. And here's some great insights from a young man has done remarkable remarkable things and we'll go into some Even more remarkable things Nicholas walk into the shot. Thank you for having me Yeah yeah this is really cool. I love to shed some of my wisdom now. Great great to have you so again. Keep a relaxed. It's easy it's all good. Kids have been interviewed. I I'd like to keep this all unscripted as you know there's nothing in front of us I'm just GonNa ask you some questions. Don't be nervous to speak from the heart and remember that it's all about trying to help people Better themselves especially. There's a lot of parents that listen to this and a lot of kids now going through obviously grade twelve and doesn't matter what they've gone through grade twelve it also helps anyone wanNA school So tell me you finished grade. Twelve twenty nineteen. How does it feel first thing that comes to mind? I kind of lost actually like I've done really well and and I can pretty much do what I WANNA do. But I've no idea like what path when I go down in life. I have no idea what I'm passionate about yet. I've just really vague idea. Yeah that I want to go into business but I don't know like whereabouts. It's very yeah and that's okay right and one of the things I tell my kids and my kids are eleven. Nine nine is you know You don't have to have all the answers you don't have to have all the answers and it's so refreshing to hear somebody just finished grade twelve. Say I don't know exactly exactly where I WANNA be. But you have an idea businesses. Obviously something you're passionate about and you interested about Tell me go back to school tummy. What's one of the most challenging things that you remember from school? I guess like the the hottest thing to me was learning how to study like when I went to the grandma I was like a straight say student. I'd no idea like what I I needed to do to get to like is and then I guess like a lot of hard work and a little trawling Aragon neither and that was the hardest thing for me coming from like a state school that was like a big lead and then the that's that's the biggest jump. Yeah now that's great and yet my son's very similar obviously not as old as sure when Ali went from a private school Holy Spirit and went to church in grade one And of course now in year twelve years later view he found exactly really something he went from being top of the class. The bottom of the class and And he had to work very hard and of course you've worked very hard because let's say that Nicolas is achieved amazing amazing Results at grammar in the top ten percent of this country which is obviously very proud for himself Obviously himself must importantly and then overseas family family as well and I think number one from Nicholas's If you do the work you get the results And it doesn't matter what you start it's where you finish. And he came into grandma being says Kennedy Grandma In the top two percent in the country run. That's exactly right like I was in the bottom twenty eight percent of my cohort and I guess like that really acted like as a dry to me. I really wanted to improve so I I studied like four hours a night for like four four years and then I like sort of gradual progression in Mike Reid's feed at how the system worked and then I ended up doing extremely well. And that's a I didn't inspiring so tell me what drove you to study those four hours because there's so many people in this world today that the results won't do the work and one thing I love about you Nicholas. You've done the work and that's inspirational and a great message for people is you. Don't get the results without the what. What drove you? What were you thinking when you said I have to do that with because this is a lot of people out there that are not prepared to study for hours? I guess like demanding that I was driven by was just really wanted their respective my peers. Like I was at the bottom like a felt like I was a nobody like when I was at primary school like I felt like us being noticed like aboriginals good but then I went to grammar and I'll just like the bottom and I guess like it eventually really got to me. I was like I can't do this anymore. I wanted to make something of myself. I'm here so I worked really hard. And then eventually started getting ceramic awards. And then Ozzie proud of myself awesome and and you know and and I think the key message out of that is very simply you had a vision yet vision of what you want it to be and what you want to achieve and you did the work and side enough. You need to do the work. Tell me what's a highlight view in your Schooling ruling is you know twelve years of school. It's now thirteen years. You didn't have to say this now. They do but You know e- what was the highlight fear. The highlight for me was really doing sport. Whoa like I found that? It was a great way to manage stress so I did. I did cross country and swimming. I did about twelve hours of training a week and that really stopped me from burning out and it like kept my mind's clear and stuff and I made a lot of friends through that as well so I found that to be really like good for me mentally. Yeah awesome awesome. Tell me how important friends at school my friend because I talk about it with the kids at the people in that circle that you keep telling me how did they firstly high important where they and how did you go about choosing the right people in your circle They really like the friends that I picked will like extremely smart and they were like a lot smarter than me and I guess that sort of setup that I wanted to be and I constantly try to improve to get to that level and then because of that I worked. I decided to work harder. And I got their advice and seek their advice and I'd say having a good group of friends extremely extremely important if you want to do well and Jim Collins says the famous Jim Collins says you the some of the first people you've got around you. Things are talked about in oversee the flash caused sees you are prodigy the people that you keep your Angie that company because it's all about mindset you have to have this positive mindset constantly to be the best that you can be and remember that whilst you can be in a competitive if situation Like Cherchi like grandma in skokie there in competitive situations all the time and that comes with a lot of stress comes with a lot of issues and the rest of it. The true focus should be on how they think about themselves and how they want to be the best semi. How did you deal with the pressure? of what comes with an elite school Manley just through sport. Lack is related endurance. Sports like swimming and cross country. 'cause like I found on that they really take your mind. The work like physical pain. Like if it about everything. And you'll really focused like breaking your pay bay and instantly takes your minded the stress of like trying to do well. I guess going to competitive school. A lot of people are trying to get up in the ranks and that that sort of like it can get you like mentally and I think doing sport is like the biggest cure for that and not losing it. People just like being humble and then not like like going crazy some great advice as the said Nicholas is a very was young man Nicholas Tummy message that you would give to people at You doing great twelve this year. What would what would be some of the learnings that you would say? Because I said Iowa said that wisdom comes with experience experiencing g can be was your a lot wise and the people going through grade twelve this year. What what messages would you give? The people that are starting told this year I'll say like work is in everything on like in twelve. I like completely shut out a lot of family and friends to do well and I regret doing a lot because like I got really lonely in a bit depressed like three twelve and that sort of sodomy so I guess if there's one thing to take away is definitely where cod but don't like shut other people out. Yeah great message there. Isn't it because you do need people around you and you still need to have. I always talk about Nicholas Professional personal and family and it doesn't matter whether it's Great Levin Grade Twelve whether it's university whether it's business whether it's everything and it's messages I've missed in the past and not learnt from I've let now but didn't didn't listen to in the past. was you still need that balance of personal professional no and family. So I'm going to finish our interview and you've been amazing and short listeners. Love this but I want you to think about one thing you want to achieve. Personally the one thing you want to achieve family and one thing. You don't shave in terms of business in your bitten. This year will obviously be something like university What is one thing that you wanna do and achieve so when we were sitting here in one year time what does twenty twenty look? What was the number one successful thing in terms the family suddenly and in terms of professionally which is work schooling? I think I need to look closer with with my family like I feel quite disconnected from the now just finishing it twelve like. I didn't even know how old my sister was turning. And she's like birthdays tomorrow. Thousands of weird and then so I guess like I would really want to spend more time with them on the stand the more"