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Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.
Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying of motor neurone disease, MItch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final ‘class’: lessons in how to live.
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Michelle is a broadcaster and businesswoman who is fast becoming known for her frank, passionate and down-to- earth attitude. A regular TV commentator, Michelle also presents The Pledge, Sky News’ popular weekly debate show.
Growing up in Hull, Michelle overcame significant adversity to show a flair for business at a young age. She excelled in the technology industry and achieved an impressive six-figure salary aged 22. She has a strong track record of consulting at blue-chip organisations, helping them transform using technology.
She made her mark in the media by winning Series 2 of BBC’s The Apprentice, beating off competition from 14,000 people, to land a top job with Lord Alan Sugar. In true entrepreneurial style, nine months into her role with Lord Sugar, Michelle got itchy feet and left to focus on her own business interests.
For the years that followed, Michelle launched a number of online deal sites, offering customers the best prices on a variety of popular consumer products. In 2007 Michelle’s autobiography, Anything is Possible (Amazon: UK | USA) hit shelves, and charted her journey from an estate in Hull, overcoming various adversity to the point of winning The Apprentice and beyond.
In 2007 and 2009, Michelle ran the London Marathon to raise funds and awareness for the NSPCC, a children’s charity in the UK. In the UK general election in June 2017, she stood as an independent pro-Brexit candidate in the Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle parliamentary constituency. She came fourth out of seven candidates, with 5.5% of the vote.