Turning Points

inside mechanics of a clock displayed in formaldehyde
Southsea clocktower

Our lives are full of turning points, waiting for us to notice them and act on them.

40 years ago this week, I left home for the first time to study at Portsmouth Polytechnic. I was incredibly lucky to study something that still interests me today, at a time when you could get a full grant and pay off your overdraft with summer work.

I got a degree. Just as important, I gained some independence, confidence and had my horizons well and truly widened. It’s often forgotten how education is as much about developing a person as it is for jobs, salaries, etc.

Those three years planted a lot of seeds for the rest of my life and proved a turning point. We don’t always recognise them until after the event. We can live with purpose, be ready to spot opportunities and create our own turning points.

The picture on the left of Southsea, where I lived for most of those three years, is by Sohaim Siddiquee.

Paul Tran sitting on a bench next to a sculpture of Robert Burns

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By Paul Tran

Paul Tran helps people think and do things differently through training, facilitation, coaching writing and music. He enjoys spending time in nature, on beaches and mountains.