This is when I hit rock-bottom, a pivot point at which I decided to turn my life around. I studied hard until I was 18, got into a relatively good “red-brick” university (the University of Reading, pronounced “redding”), and ended up with a first-class honors degree in electronic engineering. I also went on to get a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford, one of the top universities in the world, and to become a world-class computer processor designer and architect. I’m the inventor of at least ten patents in the field. All of this is not to brag (well, maybe a little), but to show how significantly I was able to turn my life around, and so qualify what I am about to write next: persistence is the most important skill that you can acquire. Now I’ll explain why.