I genuinely think that I am one of those most annoying people that wake up every morning looking forward to my daily/work business day. Because I love every moment of every day, I really do!
Ever since leaving school at sixteen and a half, I’ve been blessed with this personal trait.
From 1987 to 1999, my passion for work was in the tennis industry, not only coaching, retailing, promoting and playing but building a strong team of coaches, running sporting holidays, UK and European tennis camps, local municipal sites and clubs.
Taking advantage of the late 1990s property boom and general mortgage facilities, I managed to build a strong portfolio of HMOs (Houses with Multiple Occupation) and worked on ‘flipping’ (buying then selling quickly) new builds and simple refurbs.
Then a mixture of creative flair, coincidence and a small dollop of luck led me to the ever expanding hair and barbering industry, allowing me to grow/manage a chain of shops across the South West of England.
Due to the success of this venture, I now have the time to spend looking for new business opportunities, whether it be in the hospitality or entertainment industries … or wherever.
I have a philosophy that when you are really busy, say YES to another idea because I always feel that one idea leads to another which leads to another. They all tend to cross-pollenise each other. Strangely, some of the best ideas have been when I haven’t even been thinking of an idea.
"Rise up, start fresh, see the bright opportunity in each new day"
How I Helped Turn a Stressed Executive Into a Successful Coach
I was approached by a very stressed corporate executive for guidance, who was overweight, tired and who felt everything in his life was wrong. He had a good income and enjoyed regular international travel. But he wasn’t happy.
He saw my lifestyle and said, “ how do I get that freedom?” He wanted to earn the same salary as he did in the City but change his lifestyle. We worked on big issues such as how to get a bargain by not just accepting whatever price was stated, he could find a cheaper alternative or bargain for a better price. And we worked together on small issues like learning how to eat more healthily, particularly by losing some of his bad snacking habits.
I helped him to see there was light at the end of the tunnel. He was not trapped in his corporate lifestyle; he had a choice. He gave up his job, took six months away, lost 2 stone in weight, changed his wardrobe and is now working successfully as an independent coach.
I instil self-belief, help people to see the positives, and visualise what they love doing. Life is about options and my mentoring helps people to identify not only what they can do but also what they would love to do and then achieve it.