In this age of craving for instant success, I become more and more convinced that apprenticeships and taking the time to learn is more important than ever. Instant success can be handled by a few people but those that crash and burn under the pressure of celebrity seem to be on the rise. I have no hard evidence for this general assumption but I think my hunch is correct. How many Pop Idol, X Factor winners and runners-up had their moment of glory before disappearing from view?
In a world almost devoid of patience especially amongst the young, the I-know-what-I-want-and-I-want-it-now approach to life and career is an unhealthy ambition.
I have become a huge fan of the TV series Breaking Bad and, like many people, I have been mesmerised by the actor Bryan Cranston as Walter White. Bryan Cranston has said that this is the role of his life and he may well be right. But he didn't just suddenly come from nowhere and land this plum job.
As his Internet Movie Database page shows - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0186505/?ref_=nv_sr_1
he has been working away in support roles, as guest star and jobbing actor for over 30 years.
To many, he might seem like an "overnight success" but, in reality, he served his time, honed his skills, learned his business and eventually hit the jackpot with a terrific starring role in a monumental television show.
The lesson for those young people desperate for the millions, the mansion and the Maserati is that you might get lucky like a lottery winner and have it all before you are 20. But, in reality, seeing working life as a career that needs time to develop could well be the safest and more secure route to a steadier and more satisfying life.
Just a thought.