My completed manuscript of Didnt Anyone Ever Tell You? Its All A Game is now a published book and I am absolutely thrilled with the final result. A book for mentees, mentors and Antoine of any age who seeks to be the best version of themselves that they can be.
110,311 words. 50 Chapters. 6 in depth profiles of remarkable people who never seek out the spotlight. 5 revised versions before today. 40,000 words edited out. 16 months exactly in the writing. At least 2000 hours invested. 277 useful adjectives supplied in Appendix 2. 100 inspirational quotes sourced, reduced to 50 for each chapter heading. 71 people specifically acknowledged as making a material difference to me in my lifetime. 1 lifelong ambition to be a published author about to be realised.
This book is perfection, I only wish Andy had written it, and I had read it, years ago. The quality of the writing, the theories he describes, the games I should have played, exceptional in every way. Inspirational in its content, readers are taken on a journey, a journey that makes so much sense, thank you Andy, I loved this book. One more soon ?
by Joh Reed
Most enlightening and informative book.
I resinanated with so much bring back many memories.
It's been my pleasure to have known and met those dedicated people in the book, their contribution to the community being exceptional.
I most certainly would recommend all ages putting this on their reading list.
by Anthony Ruben
A very well written, and articulated book. I believe asking the reader to view there life as a constant and evolving Game is very clever angle to approach this subject. Snakes and ladders is a wonderful way to view life. Thanks to The author for writing this book in an easy to read manner, that’s not heavy and requires re reading of chapters constantly. Have I learnt something from reading this, yes defiantly, and has it refreshed some previous knowledge, yes it has. I will definitely be keeping this book close at hand for moments of need.
by graham hewitt
If you're a manager of people like I am, you NEED to get this book! I manage 13 young people and also personal assistants too due to my disability. If you want to show young people how to behave in an interview, construct a solid CV and ultimately become the very best version of themselves, which every manager that manages young people should want for their team of young people, then you have found the ideal book. Even if you feel lost yourself, this will put you on the right track. An absolutely amazing book, that everybody should have the pleasure to read!
by Ceri Davies BEM
'Didn't anyone tell you . . ' is an easy read book but it is packed with some very deep and penetrating truths to provide guidance and inspiration for living and succeeding well. The fifty chapters cover a wide range of life events and and principles.
Some people will read it from beginning to end but I could not resist picking out chapters to dive into and then seek to apply. I did not agree with everything but I found everything thought provoking and helpful. For me it provides a great framework for articulating and navigating some of the most challenging aspects of modern living. It is not just about business and work it is about much more.
by Stephen Dunster
I absolutely love this book...it’s like having a mentor in a book that you can turn to when needed. The endless chapters which seem to cover every topic or challenge you may face professionally are excellent and well thought out. I also personally love the stories that are featured covering the lives of some incredible people doing amazing and much needed work in society. Andy provides practical tips whilst also drawing on his own personal experiences of navigating this journey called life in a honest and humbling way....I would definitely recommend to any young professionals and experienced professionals.
by Amrit Sandhu
Born and bred in the Black Country, Andrew is a proud family man with a 35-year career with Lloyds Bank behind him. He says that he was fortunate to undertake management roles within Retail, Commercial, Corporate and Private/International Private Banking, before formally retiring in May 2019. In that respect, 'I think it's someone elses turn now' he reflects.
The greatest privilege he felt that he had during his career came in the latter years where he was seconded to Business In The Community, one of the Prince of Wales charities, as a Business Connector for Dudley. This gave him a belief in and a passion for "giving back" and connecting others to improve the lives and well being of as many people as possible. I will always try to help anyone who asks, he says with feeling and passion.
This led to Andrew to assist with the many projects including social enterprises and his favourite area developing younger people. He became a founding Board Member/ Vice Chair of Directors for the Stour Vale Multi Academy Trust and acted as a Mentor to the CEO from Jan 2017 to Dec 2020. He still mentors several people and will be seeking other voluntary roles in 2021 that will enable him to further help and inspire the coming generations.
In the meantime his the focus is on getting his book Didn't Anyone Ever Tell You? It's All A Game!
out there, and the good news is it's going to be published in August 2021! Life is like a game of snakes and ladders, full of quick wins and unavoidable traps. Through a combination of personal anecdotes, interviews and pieces of advice, I'll show you how to play the game to your advantage and ultimately become the best version of yourself.
Whether you're a mentor, mentee or on a journey of personal development, there will be something in this book for you.