I had the good fortune recently to attend two events at which the famous Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk was present.
Orhan Pamuk with British film director Grant Gee (Photo: Robert Pimm)
The second was an event to mark the closing of the rather terrific !f Istanbul Film Festival.
What struck me about Orhan Pamuk was how 100% committed he was to the moment. Talking to Grant Gee with an audience of several hundred people in an Istanbul cinema he was charismatic and lively for sixty minutes. A day later, in the unpromising setting of a gathering of people in near darkness and loud music, he engaged constantly, talking about projects and ideas.
All this struck me as a masterclass in hard work and focus. Even if you are a Nobel laureate in literature and have sold 13 million books, you still cannot take anything for granted.
If, by contrast, you are an unpublished wannabee author, you should wonder; and learn.
PPS I was delighted to find that Grant Gee, like me, studied geography at university. How the British education system connects to the world of work is a mystery; but connect it does.