As someone who stays away from the broadsheets, (I find them difficult, long winded and energy sapping) the writing of AA Gill was something I was never really aware of. But three weeks ago, I received a message in my inbox with the subject line, ‘Sean you should really take a look at this!’. In the body of the email was a link to a video called, ‘Five Minutes With: AA Gill’.
Most of my colleagues, friends and The Codpast fans know I’m on a perpetual mission to find the next great podcast guest. My inbox is constantly peppered with emails with subject lines like, ‘Did you know x is dyslexic!’ or, ‘Potential Podcast guest?’ or, ‘Just met this great guy/girl, who does this great thing, who you NEED to get on your show!’ The quality of the recommendations I get vary in quality, but after watching this five minute video I salivated at the prospect of what an episode of The Codpast featuring AA Gill could present.
In this video AA didn’t seem like the easiest of interviewees, you really had to work for your supper. But these are the interviews I love doing. They do present a challenge but once you get on to a subject that evokes passion, it’s a case of light the touch paper and sit back and enjoy the ride.
After watching the video I did some more research into my potential guest, and sadly realised he been diagnosed with cancer. Knowing that cancer is more survivable than ever, I was still hopeful that one day I would get to record an episode of The Codpast featuring AA Gill. But as the news of AA’s death spread across the media, it was obvious that this was never meant to be.
On hearing the news, I looked back at some of the research I had done on AA Gill. Looking back at the ‘Five Minutes With: AA Gill’ video, I realised in those short five minutes, there were some real nuggets of truth that should resonate with every dyslexic.
1. Failure is the best path to success.
“Like most journalists, I failed into journalism”
Failure is unfortunately an inevitable part of life and as dyslexics we often fail more than most. But Failure does not need to be seen as a negative. I see failure more as a rudder that steers you towards a career or vocation that’s the right fit for the way your brain works. If you fail enough.
2. We should all find our own personal Switzerland