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Banish those New Year blues with UEL student's book of inspiration

Business student Nathan Buckman publishes collection of inspirational sayings

If the thought of another year and going back to work is already making you blue, grab a copy of an inspirational new book by University of East London (UEL) student Nathan Buckman. 

Nathan, 25, has just written his first book – The Briet Side: The Little Book of Wisdom – a collection of inspirational sayings. 

“When I was at school my grades were poor, but I knew I had to change things,” said Nathan. “When I got to college, things got better. I worked hard and got the grades I needed to get into uni.” 

He spent the summer after his first year at UEL researching and writing the book. 

“I’ve read a lot of motivation books, things like Business Nightmares by Rachel Elnaugh, Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and The Way I See It by Alan Sugar. 

“I took the best bits from these and other books, plus the reflections I’d developed over the years, and brought them together.”

He explained that the title for the book came from his stage name, Brietling, which he uses when performing his own hip-music at nightclubs and open mic nights across London and Essex. 

“I do find myself dropping in some of those pearls of wisdom when I’m writing my music,” he said. “I think the hip-hop lyrics, like the book, can inspire.” 

Nathan, a native of Tottenham, is now in his second year studying for a BSc (Hons) in Business Management at UEL’s Royal Docks School of Business and Law at UEL, and has just completed his second book. 

He said, “I’ve called it True Colours as it’s my take on the modern world we live in, so things like politics, society issues, religion, and culture are considered.” 

Nathan said the book is due be published sometime between March and April next year, and runs to 200 pages. 

And what is his advice as we head into 2017?

“The only short cut in life is doing nothing,” he says. “There are no short cuts. If you don't want to work hard, then don't work at all.”

The Briet Side: The Little Book of Wisdom can be purchased online at Amazon