Knocking for the right opportunity: How door knocking changed Reggie Nelson’s life

Stories closer to home leave a lasting impression, you can connect to it more knowing that it happened up the road or at your cousin’s friend’s school. The inspiring journey of Reggie Nelson does the same for us at Bettering Education.

Reggie Nelson was 17 years old when his life turned upside down. After the death of his father, his dreams of being a football player seemed irresponsible and he wanted to pursue a career that offered stability and a better life for his mum, his sister and himself. A year later after successfully getting into college, he wanted to ‘do something different’, something that would provide ‘results’, something his peers ‘wouldn’t think to do’. After googling the ‘richest area in London’, Nelson left his council flat and found himself in Kensington and Chelsea. Armed with a smile and a ready-made speech, Nelson spent the day knocking on doors. 

After 15 slammed doors and some polite declines, Nelson arrived at the home of Quintin Price, once the head of Alpha Strategies at BlackRock, the world’s largest investment company. Though Price’s wife, Elizabeth answered the buzzer, she was warmed by Nelson’s speech and invited him in.

“My name’s Reggie, I’m from East London. I just wanted to know what skills and qualities you had that allowed you to live in a wealthy area like this so I can extrapolate that and use it for myself.” 

Shortly after Price entered the room and spoke with Nelson – impressed by his intent, Price offered to mentor Nelson and arranged for him to attend a training day for undergraduates at BlackRock’s headquarters in London. Nelson was thrilled and described the training day as eye-opening. Being the youngest in a room of undergraduates encouraged him to work harder and smarter.

Several years later after the continuous support from Price and his family, Nelson graduated from Kingston University with an upper 2:1 in economics and Mandarin. Since then, Nelson now 23, has completed 5 internships, is a graduate analyst at Legal and General Investment Management and a mentor to young people wanting to get into finance. He also remains in contact with Price who has become ‘a father figure’ to him.

Nelson’s story has been shared far and wide and his tale of determination continues to be an inspiration to all. He’s taught that when one door closes another one opens… literally.

So keep pushing! 💪

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Instagram: @Reggienelson_10

Twitter: @Reggienelson_10

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