More lessons in life (and Business Analysis) I’ve learned from my son.

Andre Nelson
10 min readNov 30, 2019

“You cannot make people learn. You can only provide the right conditions for learning to happen.” ~ Vince Gowmon

Since I last wrote on this subject, my son has had another birthday (hurrah for cake!), developed an obsession with Toy Story 4 and Bluey (which is brilliant, by the way).

Honestly, this is one of the greatest TV programmes ever.

I’ve gone even greyer, and he’s still partial to getting up in the middle of the night to get into his parents’ bed. By getting into, read: taking over. Seriously, how does someone so tiny take up so much room?

This is not indicative of just how much of my side of the bed he is hogging.

Since his nighttime impersonation of a starfish has essentially annexed my side of the bed yet again (but never ever his mum’s), I figured I’d get up and write down a few more lessons this little one continues to teach me about life, the universe and business analysis. Bear in mind, it’s 4:47am so some of this might not be particularly coherent due to sleep deprivation.

  • It’s okay to rely on other people: As independent as our son might be, he’s still only two years old and is very much reliant on us to help him everyday. While he can unlock his mum’s phone, find the apps that he wants and order £30 worth of takeaway food online with little effort (true story), there’s a lot he isn’t able to do without help from a responsible adult. For example, he can’t cook for himself, change and launder his own clothes or do many basic things necessary to keep himself alive and healthy without his parents assistance. While I know that’s an extreme example, there are some relatable elements here that I’ve learned from. Chief among those lessons is understanding that business analysts often need to rely on others for help on a day to day basis. While our situations are (hopefully!) not life-threatening, we can, and often do face circumstances…



Andre Nelson

UK-based Consultant & Business Analyst. Believer. Dad. Oft-frustrated lover of Arsenal FC. Helping the world to better understand Business Analysis.