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passion , focus , self-belief
Today, I am in the fortunate position of being a "business angel". That is someone who invests their own capital in your business in exchange for a percentage of the company. Yes - I am a real-life Dragon's Den.
I also run to very successful start-up businesses. The first is a company which provides interim and gap management services to public sector and not-for-profit organisations. The second is a motor media company which provides professional road test reports and other motoring content to local and regional publications.
On the way, I have also been involved in two previous start-ups and turned around four loss-making businesses. I have also been a Special Adviser to four Cabinet Ministers at the Dept of Trade
I have been my own boss since I left school at 16, and have spent the last two decades or more learning from others.
This learning has culminated in a philosophy which I now adopt, but which is constantly changing. Basically it identifies six areas within an organisation that, if equal emphasis is placed on them, will be sure to help that organisation grow in a sustainable and balanced way.
That philosophy is called (unsurprisingly) the Six Pillars Philosophy. In case you are wondering, the Six Pillars are:
1: Strategic Leadership
I am fascinated at how successful people became successful. In particular, what drives them, what keeps them focused - in short how does their mindset differ from the norm.
There are three qualities which stand out for me - and one of those is innate (in other words, it cannot be taught). And that quality is Passion. If someone isn't passionate about their own business, why should I be passionate about helping them?
The only two qualities follow passion. These can be developed overtime and steadily build as experience builds confidence. However, they are nevertheless essential qualities, and these two additional qualities are focus and self-belief.
So, there you have it - passion, focus and self-belief. Three qualities that successful people - particularly entrepreneurs - demonstrate in abundance.
If you have passion, and an inkling of focus or self-belief, or you want help developing these two particular qualities - get in touch.
Young entrepreneurs are our future. They are the future engines of growth for this and the global economy.
However, many would-be young entrepreneurs (typically 14-24) are often put off and never reach their full potential because either they are considered dreamers - or because they just do not know where to turn to for help.
So, if you are a young entrepreneur - whether you are already trading or aspiring to be one, and you feel I can help contribute to your future success - please get in touch with me.
Similarly, if you are a teacher who is engaged in a 'business in school' activity and you would like to engage the services of a battle-hardened guy with business experience, please don't hesitate to get in touch if you feel I could make a contribution.
Having been involved in running and growing businesses since I left school at 16, I feel I have a huge amount of experience to share. I have made some blinding mistakes which I hope to help you avoid - but I have also made some great business decisions which I hope could help you with yours.
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