Sir Bruce Forsyth’s Guide to Career Success

This week we’re taking inspiration from the king of the Saturday night gameshow Sir Bruce Forsyth. Now 88 the ex-Strictly host made his TV debut as Boy Bruce the Mighty Atom and has worked on some of the nation’s favourite shows, from Sunday Night at the London Palladium to the Generation Game and Play Your Cards Right.

So here’s Bruce on the power of finding a job you love, playing to your strengths and failing in public.

On the benefits of finding the right work for you:

“On stage, I think I’m 35. Working takes over my whole body and I become a younger man – that’s why I won’t stop.” Tweet: “On stage, I think I’m 35. Working takes over my whole body and I become a younger man – that’s why I won’t stop.” http://goo.gl/g0rUwL @Angel_HR_UK #MyUSPMonday

​Although, he always loved his work he has never been complacent:

“When a performer doesn’t get nervous, that is when you have to give up.” Tweet: ““When a performer doesn’t get nervous, that is when you have to give up.” http://goo.gl/g0rUwL @Angel_HR_UK #MyUSPMonday

Bruce may have always wanted a showbiz career but it meant accepting he wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea:

“Some people hate the sight of me as soon as they see me on television. They loathe the look of me, and I accept that from the days of variety. I would walk on and some people would open a newspaper and think, ‘He’s first on, so he can’t be any good.’ I accept that.”

But, no matter the criticisms he has always maintained his own code of ethics:

“When you’ve been brought up in variety, I think timing is always important in your life. If I’m ever late for anything, whether it’s personal or business, I always apologise.”

A song and dance man at heart Bruce’s TV talents meant gameshows became his main role:

“I’m the leader of the pack which makes me such a lucky jack!” Tweet: ““I’m the leader of the pack which makes me such a lucky jack!” http://goo.gl/g0rUwL @Angel_HR_UK #MyUSPMonday

But he always gave it his all and knew when to quit:

“On the Generation Game, for example, I could have fun – I was allowed to be ‘Loose Bruce’. …A presenter on Strictly isn’t the real Bruce.”

He’s never too proud to take a proactive approach to his career – contacting Have I Got News For You to see if they’d like to work with him:

“A few days afterwards Hat Trick Productions rang and said they thought it was a wonderful idea and more or less wrote the show around me and I found them such a wonderful team to work with and it proved such a wonderful success for me. It was amazing the way it happened.”

Although the consummate professional he doesn’t take himself too seriously:

“What’s the Alan Bennett quote? ‘If you can boil an egg when you’re 80 you’re a national institution.’” Tweet: “What’s the Alan Bennett quote? ‘If you can boil an egg when you’re 80 you’re a national institution.’” http://goo.gl/g0rUwL @Angel_HR_UK #MyUSPMonday

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