Everything You Should Have Learned At School But Didn’t is a brilliant compilation of inspiring stories contributed by Neville Gaunt and his friends in Pakistan and abroad.
This book contains real life examples of people who candidly illustrate how their “CAN-DO” attitude enabled them to face adversity and challenges with confidence and wisdom, and came through the other end, fulfilled and successful.
Whether you are a student at school, college, or university - a manager, a professional or an entrepreneur or a social activist, this book is for you.
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Books are not only the source of awareness, but are the pathways to observe the journey of other people's experiences, achievements and celebrations as a partner."
This book is dedicated to all the children in the world. We owe them the best future."
This book will help the youth understand the journey of being a successful professional entrepreneur through the leaders, thinkers and philanthropists motivational stories."
Are you a can-do person? Most people will respond «of course I am» with an annoyed frown. But are you actually?
This book, which features contributions from friends of Neville, goes deep into a huge variety of subjects from vision to values to networking to failure to success to... you name it. These are subjects that ought to be taught in school!
IMHO, Neville Gaunt's book gives more value than business courses costing thousands of £."
CEO, healer, artist, Earth House
This book is a real eye opener to all the skills we didn’t learn growing up. Every chapter is a great learning opportunity in how to acquire those skills."
Sales , Expert Empires
Neville Gaunt and his co-authors have diagnosed the problem,identified most of the "elephant in the room" and delivered a working model of what needs to be done to the state education system and those who work in it to ensure that the citizens of the future can operate effectively in a changing world.
The book is a tour de force and an indictment on the current education system in the UK,the USA and parts of Europe. Apart from the fact that we are being surpassed in academic terms by countries like South Korea,Japan,Singapore and Finland the state school systems do not teach students how to think or remain competitive in a demanding world.
At least 3% economic growth is required for full employment so today's student cannot expect to get a job where growth is lower. They will need everything that Neville Gaunt and his co -authors write about in the book plus at least 1 useful language. These according to the UK's security services are Mandarin,Arabic and Brazilian Portuguese. Being a "Can Do" and thus competitive person will require constant learning and the willingness to upskill all the time. The book makes that point but I think people will also need to learn how to speedread and learn in a somnambulent state because the amount of data doubles every 3 years(Source:University of the West of England). It may be that the "Singularity" enables us to insert nanochips into people's brains containing the information we want them to learn as per the first Matrix film and what Google's Chief Futurist and CTO now calls Transhumanism or "augmented intelligence". That said Neville Gaunt's prescription is more practical for a bigger proportion of the working population and those people who are going to have to see the world as the place in which they seek to become self employed. The book does not address the findings of the MIT survey commissioned by President Obama during his time in office. That survey said that 83% of workers earning $20 USD per hour or less would be replaceable by AI,machine learning,AI ,3D printing and robotics by 2030. What's useful today will not necessarily be useful in 5 or 10 years time so without ensuring that the education system is fit for purpose and that people continue to learn what is relevant we are in trouble.
Director of Non Financial Due Diligence, Transaction Focus Ltd ,job title Director of Non F
E-book - a guide book which help me to explore my Vision to real Action. Lots of knowledge and amazing content which helps me out to find many ways to grow rich and make me stronger.
Thank you ! I recommend this to every entrepreneur!"
Entrepreneur , Amazon
I started reading the book, my first impressions after the first 2 stories was being so keen and interested to go through each of the 25 stories of the book thoroughly (taking into account Mr. "Neville Gaunt" advice in the "PREFACE - How to use this book - read each chapter carefully and more than once... etc.". Till this point in reading the book, I felt like I am renewing my own mindset approach.
I admit after more than 16 years in the management field, I had discovered that my not yet achieved success and dreams are still there and will never die, moreover continuous learning and studying the experiences of the pioneers of management and leadership are the real treasure.
Another point I would like to share about (The value of failure & Back Yourself) is proving that I was on the right path, but the obstacle of my higher management helps in delaying the success I desire. Thanks for giving me the space to express my feeling.
Thanks for your time.
Best Regards Adel Hafez"
Former Director, Management and Quality Specialist, N/A
(Feedback 1) For all my peers, who are young like me, "Everything you should have learned at school but you didn't" / EYSHLASBD, is a different look at the education system that currently prevails in our world. A critical proposal that aims to make us reflect on how we learn and whether the general idea of education is really the most appropriate to get the best out of ourselves and work on what we really want.
(Feedback 2) For many young people like me, it seems that overnight we find ourselves facing a process of doubts and questions since we put classes aside and finished college. Getting out of our comfort zone is complicated, even more so if you don't even know that there are tools that can help you do it in a healthy way. That you can train your self-confidence and that together with an open vision of reality, you will be able to forge yourself as the professional you want to be, without leaving aside the important things about yourself. During my years at the University, I had the opportunity to develop critical thinking, my professors taught me to give my opinion by putting me in challenging situations many times. Of course, sometimes fear took over me! But I started to trust myself, as much as my professors did, and without realizing it I became an active student and started to question the "passive". I am grateful for that possibility and I am aware of how lucky I was to be part of an institution that focuses its vision on training professionals for the future for being critical with the reality of the world.
However, our educational system in Spain still has a lot of room for improvement. A world full of changes needs changes, needs other ways of understanding education. From an early age we learn a single story, as if it were the only one, we read and memorize and then replicate it. Without asking ourselves questions, without stopping to think about what we are understanding as "learning".
Now, I come across this wonderful book EYSHLASBD, at a time in my life when my personal and professional search is at the same level, and when I want to be the one to decide the what, how, when, and where of my professional future.
I highly recommend this book to all of you who, like me, have been or are students. Mental health, communication, critical thinking, and teamwork are just some of the topics that different professionals bring to the table through their own experiences.
Thank you Neville Gaunt for working and believing in a different education for the young people of the future!"
Marta Gil Riesco
Communication for Development, ENTREPS
This book is an excellent collection of narratives facilitating motivation and self-belief.
It also emphasizes that an education system should not be limited to academics only and must also promote social, leadership, and networking skills in the children and youth. These skills are core to be successful in the field of entrepreneurship, professional career, and even personal life.
Thank you, Mr. Neville, for this wonderful piece of inspiration."
Founder of the School, Stepping Stones International School
A feel-good read, especially during these pandemic times! What a beautiful compilation of life’s wisdom to pass on to the digital natives and future leaders!
Neville Gaunt, with this book, you have given the world’s youth as well as the 60 million young people in Pakistan, a wisdom-packed guide to tackle life’s challenges with empathy, resilience and strength to succeed.
What a beautiful gift to the future of our world! I love the sincerity and raw nature of all the contributors’ life stories shared with such empathy and resolve! Thank you, Neville Gaunt and FRIENDS, for bestowing such a hopeful and common-sensical vision to the World’s Children and our future leaders!"
CEO, FCC (First Continental Consulting - website under
I really appreciate Neville for his tremendous efforts towards the leadership skills. Really recommended for those who wanted upgrade their understanding of leadership.
A must read for students!"
Raveena Hera Das
Member, Karachi chamber of commerce
This is a fantastic collection of motivational stories contributed by Neville Gaunt and his friends. I recommend all ages to read it.
It's about what it takes to be happy, fulfilled and successful in life and most importantly to forge your own path. It demonstrates the additional talents we need to enjoy life to the fullest.
Dr. Khulood Almani
Assistant Prof., PNU
"Everything you should have learned at school but didn’t" is an inspiring book by Neville Gaunt and many outstanding personalities, a book I've been reading with a lot of interest.
What I kept in mind in the book is "My definition of a stranger is a person who we have not talked with for 5 minutes yet. Once we do this they become acquaintances and after an hour of conversation or interaction of some kinds, friends." because this reminds me a lot of how I first spoke with Neville and I felt lots of positive energy and an immediate appreciation from him towards me because I was trying to help a young student find a work experience opportunity.
Since then, Neville became for me someone I would reach out for any kind of advice, both on the personal level and professional level. Every single chapter of this book is a learning journey itself covering different topics and definitely something schools should teach more."
Yahya Mohamed Mao
Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Scientya.com
Thank you Neville Gaunt and to the collaborative team, for an amazing read. Simplicity in its approach, yet impactful in its learnings shared.
Highly recommended for all to read, share and adopt these "gems" in their personal, professional and social journeys."
The book is a wonderful gift to the world. While we think we know everything (if we have advanced degrees and we are of a certain age- we just don’t) this book taught me so much. I believe it is the first step to a major overhaul that our corporations, schools and governments need to approach around life skills. Well done all!"
SVP , Appgate
A publishers review by Annamarie Buonocore “Everything You Should Have Learned At School But Didn’t” by Neville Gaunt & Friends is a compilation of personal essays about learning life’s lessons.
In recent years, there has been an emphasis on skill rather than school, and many billionaire entrepreneurs and CEOs emphasize the importance of practical rather than academic processes. It is widely publicized that education systems in many societies fail to teach students real-life skills such as money management, tax preparation, and basic home management. These skills have colloquially become known as “adulting.” With many young adults struggling to master these skills after graduating high school, college, and even graduate school, it has become widely debated whether or not students actually need calculus and ancient history and if we would be better off bringing back home economics.
This compilation of essays by authors all over the world attacks “adulting” head on! These seemingly basic skills cannot be mastered until issues that lie much deeper are addressed. These issues include conflict resolution, remaining calm under pressure, working in teams, and outlining a vision for one’s future. Without a solid understanding of these more esoteric and emotional issues, one will never be able to achieve true autonomy.
The book features essays by highly accomplished authors who have overcome challenges to achieving their goals. These essays provide real-world examples to the upcoming generation and give them a foundation to prepare for what lies ahead.
While the target audience is students in Pakistan, the book has a universal motif that can apply to youth throughout the world. It addresses a Silicon Valley theme and makes it relevant to the developing world, evening a playing field no one thought imaginable. That is just how powerful these essays are. They raise critical questions about education systems everywhere and empower a new generation of entrepreneurs, educators, and global thinkers to address the emotional and business challenges that the world currently faces.
Every student and critical thinker should read this book, whether they make sales decisions in Silicon Valley or farm in Pakistan. Annamarie Buonocore Magazine Publisher San Francisco, CA"
Annamarie P. Buonocore
Publisher, Inflights USA
Great book Neville Gaunt! I really enjoyed the chapter on networking. So many other great sections. What I like most is the composition. You can set aside 5 minutes a day and read a section like a short story. And then close out for the day with the few questions left behind for reflection. #skills #learning #futureofwork.
There’s a lot of wonderful content out there Zafar Aziz Osmani. It’s the bite size learning that makes this one stand out. Micro moments that you can action on after each investment of time. I went back around to the fear chapter a second time. Right now it’s an obstacle that many are struggling with, some unconsciously as we navigate so much change. Thanks for being a part of bringing this to the community."
Global Head of Social Media , Mercer
A read that adds value because its succinct and full of practical messages for everyone particularly for youth. So true what you learn in the book adds to what school taught you. It's the very practical side of life. School teaches us knowledge but this teaches how to use that knowledge so you can meet the challenges that life tends to bring.
Once read you can reread by opening it up each day and reading the chapter that appears. A good way to receive your message for the day."
CEO, Soul Inspired Leadership
Dear Neville, Your effort in creating this book is really commendable. We as humanity really require to build the leadership skills in our younger population so that they can grow into great leaders and go getters. Most important aspect is this book of knowledge is available absolutely free and can be downloaded using any device from your website. This gesture is highly appreciated and I am sure many youngsters will leverage this opportunity to become wiser human beings. Sincerely, Chandra Kant"
President & Cofounder, Akulmach Technologies LLP
A very impressive book that reflects on the mind of an aspirant who can best understand how to improve their next life step to achieve their goal. The creator, the authors and contributors deserve praise"
Teacher, Government education department
Great Book. I would recommend everyone to read this book for all age groups. Keep it up with more stories and editions. Masroor Cheeda"
Partner / CEO, Cheeda international & Co
“Everything You Should Have Learned at School But Didn’t” completely lives up to its name. As I read each personal story, I found myself in them at different points in my life. I wish I had this book when I was younger as the advice therein is simply fantastic. As an experienced leader and manager, I often gave advice like this to my developing staff. I even found a couple of new things and reminders of some things I’d learned but probably don't follow as I should. I recommend this book for everyone!"
Senior Solutions Architect - Government & Healthca, SAS Institute