If life gives you lemons, add gin
Life’s a Banquet is the unofficial but essential ‘guide book’ to negotiating your way through life – through education, family life and business, to relationships, marriage, failure and rejection.
Aged 21, Robin Bennett was set to become a cavalry officer and aged 21 and a half, he found himself working as an assistant grave digger in South London – wondering where it had all gone wrong.
Determined to succeed, he went on and founded The Bennett Group, aged 23, and since then has gone on to start and run over a dozen successful businesses in a variety of areas from dog-sitting to cigars, translation to home tuition. In 2003, Robin was recognised in Who’s Who as one of the UK’s most successful business initiators. Catapulting readers through his colourful life and career, Robin Bennett’s memoir is an inspiring tale.
GUEST POST FROM THE AUTHOR!
This is a list of helpful Life Tips I sent to my goddaughter on her thirteenth birthday.
A quite surprising number of electrical things can be fixed by turning them OFF and then ON again.
Always do what needs to be done immediately. If you’ve got time to think about it, you’ve got time to do it.
Never miss an opportunity to go to the loo (this one is basically the same as the last one).
Polite and kind ALWAYS beats clever, and will win you more friends, jobs… pretty much everything. Trust me on this (I’m relatively stupid).
Learn not to worry – everything sort of matters but no one thing matters that much. And the worst hardly ever happens anyway.
There are twenty-four hours in a day: sleep for eight, work for eight and play for eight.
Make friends with happy people.
If you don’t know what to do about a problem, it means it’s not ready to be solved. Leave it until the answer comes. You’ll feel it when it does.
Your parents are always on your side – which I admit is hard to remember at times.
Loving is a kind of giving.
PS Always be kind to animals, as I know you will. It is the truest measure of a person.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robin Bennett lives in Henley on Thames, Oxon. He is an author and entrepreneur who has written several books for children and books on the swashbuckling world of business. His documentary, Fantastic Britain, about the British obsession with magic and folklore, won best foreign feature at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards.
Robin says, “When the world seems to be precarious and cruel, remember that the game is to never give up – there’s everything to play for, and it will all be OK.”