What is the most important thing that people should know about you?
With regards business? I’m uneducated, I educated myself. I left school at 14. I always respected my teachers but just didn’t understand the educational system and how someone who was a slave to it could teach me anything
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I’m actually terribly disaorganised, And I usually have about 50 new ideas floating round in my head. What makes me more productive are my incredible team who bring it all to life.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t wait, You don’t have to be 35 or 40 to have status in Business world now. Go for it, Do things that mean command respect regardless of your age.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Mainly, I never sit still, I always have new ideas and “Pivots” way’s to grow my business and diversify into other ideas.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business? Please explain how.
The main strategy and one people mess up all the time is that you are only as good as your team, I only have so many hours in a day and if you want to scale a business you need a team who you can trust and who “get it” The guys that can implement and roll out your visions and ideas. And you need to look after them, And pay them!
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
I grew too quickly, My first real successful business I was aged 28. It made me a lot of money very quickly, we made the fatal mistake of scaling it far too quickly and it wasn’t sustainable. It almost took me under financially. Always make sure you have safety nets at every expansion point and don’t over expose yourself with your bottom line.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
I could list 100 but if I had to pick one I guess it would be The art of war – Sun Tzu.. Business is all about strategy, It’s old methodology but still absolutely spot on for today.