Day 37- Gavin, 23, Shetland

Gavin, is a 23 year old from Shetland, who is now living in Edinburgh. Gavin accepted into the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy in Manchester at the age of 18, which started him on the journey to creating his own business, Blue Cliff Media, a social media agency which he now runs out of Edinburgh! Gavin is now an international speaker and multi award winner, and even has his own vlog-


Which young Scot inspires you?
I don’t have one or two people that I look up to but it’s everyone I meet day to day. I think the good thing about being an entrepreneur and running your own business is you get to meet so many people and so many inspiring and amazing people that you can draw inspiration from all of those people and take the little nuggets that you want to take and bring into your own life.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I was very lucky to grow up in the Shetland Islands which is as far north as you can go in Scotland and growing up, in the summer, you got bright skies all night so it never really gets dark in the summer. I remember me and my friends would be out playing football until one or two in the morning.

I’ve also lived in Edinburgh for three years now and I’ve just totally fallen in love with the city.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like older people to have more perspective on what young people want to do and it’s not just about going down that traditional route of school, university, job; there’s different career paths, different things that you can do now. I think older people should encourage young people to do whatever that young person wants to do whether it’s the traditional route or not.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date is probably my vlog which I started at the end of 2016; the vlog for me started as a bit of a hobby, just filming my days and filming fun stuff that I was getting up to, which has now been seen by millions of people over the last year and has continued to grow.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I feel really grateful for what I am able to do right now; I am able to wake up when I want, do what I want, meet inspiring people that I want and meet inspiring people every single day. I speak on stages which I love to do, film videos which I love to do, so I want to just carry on doing what I’m doing but on a larger scale. So that would mean growing the business, get more views on the vlog and at the end of every single video I always say ‘Have fun, be happy and I’ll see you next week’ and I think if the vlog starts to grow and I start to inspire and make people happy, make people smile then I think that’s a really cool thing to do.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
If I was to give one piece of advice it would be find something that you love to do, work hard at it and have fun along the way!

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