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Aim high: Davy Knowles’ advice to young people in the Isle of Man

Davy Knowles speaks at the Employability Conference at the Mount Murray Hotel, Santon

Davy Knowles speaks at the Employability Conference at the Mount Murray Hotel, Santon

Aim high and I may get there.

That’s the outlook of home-grown blues star Davy Knowles, the keynote speaker at a conference to help young people into employment.

Speaking at the Mount Murray Hotel and Country Club, in Santon, he said how lucky he feels to have grown up in the island: ‘It would have been easy to have been lost in the scramble of a major city.’

He then passed on one of the best pieces of wisdom that has ever been shared with him: ‘Preparedness meets opportunity equals luck.’

Davy, who lives in the United States but grew up in the island, urged young people to make the most of mentors, develop their people skills, be sure of their strengths and accept their weaknesses.

‘I remember my first visit to Nashville, Tennessee, on one of my first tours of the United States,’ he said.

‘Here I was, young, confident, with a record deal, touring America, absolutely living the daydreams I had so often slipped into. I walked into a bar there and saw a guitarist playing for tips who could have eaten me for breakfast.

‘You shake a tree in Nashville and a million great musicians like him fall down. I walked out realising there was more to learn. And there always will be.’

The Back Door Slam-turned-solo sensation continued: ‘So I vowed to never sit still.

‘To keep a hunger and a thirst for what I do. To strive for ambitious goals, at the very, very least I will learn, progress and win important, smaller victories on the way. Aim high and I may get there.’

 

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