What motivates you?

“What motivates you?”  – I question I’ve been repeatedly asked over the course of my career.

Many exaggerate, whether for ‘bragging rights’ or because maybe it just feels that way – but now when I talk about the fact that for over a decade I ran my company by doing 100 hour weeks – if feels like complete and utter madness.

So, what motivated me… I can tell you it wasn’t the usual suspects, for me instead it was my addiction and I say that in the most literal definition. A way in which I could escape albeit ‘mask’ depression and through generating wealth I was depleting happiness and health at an equal pace.

The purpose however of this post isn’t about what I spent a large portion of my life on, rather it’s what I now spend the rest of my life doing. I left the agency life and 100/hr weeks behind upon discovering I was going to become a father. Which since then has been the happiest I’ve ever been in my life, my depression will be with me forever I am sure of that however not a day goes by that I don’t look at my son and smile.

But when your son in a mere few months old and his mother, a woman who over the years put up with so much sh*t, stress, and pressures to allow me to grow and run my companies to the extent I did is diagnosed with cancer only a few months after giving birth – it puts the whole world into perspective even more so. Had I not decided to leave my workaholic life behind when I found out I was becoming a father, better believe I’d have done it upon hearing the test results.

Since removing the addictive drug that was ‘work’ from my life, I found myself almost transferring the addiction to other areas – namely health and fitness having completed recently a 40km bike race, 80km bike race, a 12km trail run and a half marathon for the incredible Safe and Sound Group.

The next stage however, is to thank Derby Royal Hospital and in particular the Breast Cancer Ward for their amazing efforts during this whole process. I haven’t picked a particular end date nor target, but I thought £5,000 should be a good starting goal and as such I will be doing a number of events over the next few months.

The next event I shall be taking part in is the HUUB Events Jenson Button Triathlon in Derby this July – if you can spare even a £1 it will always be appreciated – the greater the donation the bigger the impact you can help make and I am always grateful for those who can donate even the smallest amount.

Please, donate to such a wonderful hospital.

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2016 a year in review

After what has been nothing short of an eventful year – I recently posted the below on the business desk East Midlands news website last week when questioned on how 2016 has been.

What has been your highlight of the year?
For me it must be the birth of my son Henry in October, couple that with the transactional completion of getting out of the digital agency space and taking a well-earned break over several months before joining the RDS Global board of directors.

And your lowlight?
Moving away from digital agency world after a decade of hard work and fun to helping that transition work for all involved over to their new home.

How do you think 2016 will be remembered?
The year we lost some of the world’s best known entertainers, the political scene was flipped on its head and of course the year Steve McClaren came back to Derby county.

Hero of the year (business or otherwise)?
Personally – Jessica my far better half who has helped me in countless ways. In the business world however I would say Nottingham based entrepreneur Justin Johnson who in an early 2016 discussion helped to analyse where my attention and focus was at.

And villain?
Too many to name, but tend to reside under a single business address.

What’s your New Year’s Resolution?
Continue to develop and grow personally, professionally with RDS & my other ventures.

Post first appeared on thebusinessdesk.com

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Remembrance Sunday 2016

PR, agency, business, life and investing – it is all trivial really when you think about it.

Today is a day for remembrance.

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Safe and Sound Group – Fighting CSE

This weekend held at Shuttle Hall is the <a href="http://safeandsoundgroup.org weight loss supplements that actually work.uk/”>Safe and Sound Group gala dinner which I shall be attending. I have donated personally to Safe and Sound and through RDS Global – we are a sponsor of the evenings event. 8gbj8luu_400x400

Whilst I could go on about the work they do to fighting child sexual exploitation – I really do encourage you to simply visit the web site, read, donate if you can and support what is truly a wonderful local Derby charity with a big mission.

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World Mental Health Day (Entrepreneur Edition)

“I’m Fine”…….How many times have you heard that said?

Above: Commonly referred to as the black cloud or the monster in your head…

You can read about it online, you can listen to the radio or watch the TV and hear about ‘depression’ or ‘bi-polar’ and many other of the types of mental health problems that are discussed albeit still very much away from mainstream medias attention.

But what does it actually mean…

It means that for men in England and Wales aged 20-49 – suicide is the most common cause of death at present. Of course suicide is not a mental health problem per se – it is very commonly linked to mental distress however.

It’s always best to speak about what you know about…for me thats entrepreneurship and depression. Both of which have been the leading factors of my life story for as long as I can remember.

Entrepreneurs, those ‘crazy’ individuals who go all out in an effort to create and build something spectacular, to change the way we do things, bring something new to market or disrupt existing sectors are of the most common sufferers of mental health issues.

Starting a successful business is not something you just do, its something that you livebreathe and becomes your entire existence…there isn’t a 9-5 element to entrepreneurship. An entrepreneur tends to merge their own self worth and existence with that of their business and personal goals until there are no blurred lines – until work/life balance no longer exists.

Work/Life balance is bullshit.

Entrepreneurship in essence is an obsession. It stems from control over your destiny, the direction and details to grow and innovate…all at the hands of the entrepreneur. Add to the mix 3, 10, 50, 400, 3000 employees who’s livelihood is also in your hands – the pressure mounts up even further. Investor money burning every month, further pressure. Your friends don’t understand? Your wife leaves? The deal fell through? Cash in the bank burning too quickly? No one to talk to?….thats right, no one to talk to….because who else could possibly understand? 

Why are 1 in 3 entrepreneurs suffering with depression?

Simple – its expectations. From others and most importantly from their self. Because of course….you’re not where you thought you would be by now are you?

I started on my entrepreneurial path very young – several little ventures along the way until starting my previous company over ten years ago most effective weight loss supplement. Which grew and grew, made more and more money, both the business and I were one and the same. To those ends we made a lot of enemies (people hate to see you succeed), we did incredible things in the community and for charities, we seen and heard at every event and publication. For ten years the business ran successfully – but depression rode along with me EVERY DAY. That black cloud that follows you around no matter what you do, “smile for the camera” – great another piece in the paper meanwhile in the back of your mind depression keeps chewing away or the million other times of the day when you just want to lock yourself away and escape. Best sales month every? Who cares….Landed a fantastic project with a new client? Great, but it wasn’t big enough….Hired 2 new staff to boost development…yes but X Y and Z.

Eventually I found my ‘divider’ – the piece I needed to separate life and work….when I found out I was to become a father. That gave me what I needed to step down, walk away and breath for the first time in over a decade. Get away from expectations and the 120mph life.

The cost of entrepreneurship is high, when we see so many of our brightest entrepreneurs committing suicide (Jody Sherman, Ovik Banerjee, Matt Berman, Aaron Schwartz and so many more) you have to step back and take stock as to why this is happening and what we can do to help.

World Mental Health Day & What you can do

It began in 1992 as an initiative by the World Federation for Mental Health – a global organisation who every year with a different theme aim to bring attention and awareness to mental health issues around the globe.

As to what you can do…that varies on an individual basis….but most importantly….speak to someone….anyone.

Find a way of dividing your time between work and life….a hobby….thats what they used to tell me…find a hobby to distract you. Easier said than done when you are obsessed with work. But find something that can ease the pain.

Take care of your mental state, your body and your family – every piece is crucial, look up Brad Feld – a well known VC who suffers with depression who talks openly about it, or Jerry Colonna – the entrepreneurs ‘therapist’ that suffers and helps those who suffer get through the hard times.

Drop me a message, an email a tweet, whatever…entrepreneurship is hard.

Read more here about World Mental Health day and how you can support: http://metro.co.uk/2016/10/09/world-mental-health-day-what-is-it-and-why-is-it-important-6181925/

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