After following a non-traditional route Gary Quinn found himself working with The Irish Times, a role that he explains he fell into almost by accident.

In the past 12 years, he has worked across digital, print and video and he is now editor of the Irish Times Content Studio, which creates and publishes brand stories. In May 2017, Gary and his team collected a Global Media Award in the Best Native category at the International News Media Association Awards in New York for a project with Audi called The Ice Swimmer.

Gary discusses the amazing feeling of winning this prestigious award in the podcast, as well as many other topics in this wide-ranging interview.

You can listen to Gary Quinn’s interview at this link.

Here are five key learns to take away from listening to Gary’s podcast:

1. The importance of having a goal. Gary mentions in the interview that he drifted along for many years and that it was not until he was nearly 30 that he asked himself “what is it that I want to do?” There are many young people who leave school and don’t know what the next step is, but you can take time to decide what exactly you are passionate about. Gary proves that you are never too old to achieve your goals.

2. Get yourself out there. Gary got into the Irish Times after meeting a woman at a book launch and this goes to show anything can happen once you put yourself out there and meet new people. You never know who you might run into, you could meet the person that helps you achieve where you want to go. Success won’t come through your living room window, so you need to get out there and show people exactly who you are and what you can do.

3. The role of mentors. Gary has been surprised at how ready people are to help younger people in their careers and he says that you should not be afraid to ask for help. The role of mentors had a big impact on Gary’s career and now he does all he can to help others in a similar way. It just goes to show what when you get the courage to ask for help, it is all there and things will get easier.

4. Boost your confidence. Being shy and quiet is nothing out of the ordinary, but most of time you don’t want to be this person. Gary was the exact same until his early 20s when he started to build his confidence. One of the best pieces of advice Gary was offered was “If you find yourself struggling to make conversation then just ask the other person questions.” So if you want to be more sociable and grow your confidence, try this method. It worked for Gary and, as he says, he could now talk for Ireland.

5. Give it your best shot. You can agree or disagree about Gary’s opinions on the Irish language but one thing to take away from this is that you should not dismiss anything just because you find it too tough. Whether it is studying Irish, trying a new sport or learning to drive – don’t give up. You can achieve anything once you set your mind to it but even if things don’t turn out the way you hope, at least you can say you gave it your best shot.

Do you agree with my take aways after listening to Gary Quinn’s podcast? Let me know by leaving comment below and I look forward to reading your thoughts.

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