Singer Marc’s in­spi­ra­tional mes­sage

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SINGER-SONG­WRITER Marc Al­mond had some in­spi­ra­tional words for grad­u­at­ing stu­dents as he ac­cepted an Honorary Doc­tor­ate in Phi­los­o­phy from Edge Hill Univer­sity.

Al­though he has en­joyed world­wide fame and sold over 30m records, Marc told grad­uands true suc­cess comes from self-be­lief, cre­ativ­ity and hap­pi­ness rather than money or fame.

“Self-mo­ti­va­tion is the key to suc­cess in the artis­tic or mu­si­cal field.

“It’s char­ac­ter-build­ing and you will need this more than ever in to­day’s com­pet­i­tive world.

“Suc­cess is do­ing what you love, to be ful­filled by your cre­ativ­ity, to be happy. If suc­cess comes, en­joy it, then ap­pre­ci­ate it, but most of all be self­mo­ti­vated.

“Self-be­lief above all else will do the heavy lift­ing for you.”

He also praised the univer­sity, ad­ding: “I feel hon­oured to be here to­day re­ceiv­ing such a pres­ti­gious award from an es­teemed univer­sity recog­nised for its ex­cel­lence.

“I was so im­pressed when I was given a tour of this beau­ti­ful cam­pus.”

Marc’s ca­reer that has spanned a di­verse range of mu­si­cal styles from the elec­tro of his band Soft Cell to Turk­ish torch songs to Brazil­ian Macumb.

In 2010 Marc – who grew up in Southport cel­e­brated 30 years as a record­ing artist.

Marc Al­mond at the de­gree cer­e­mony

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