A Little History...
I have been working online 10 years plus building my brands and below is a little snap-shot of past work and adventures before my online business...
I was not academic and school did not inspire me but I had real curiosity and have always been a little rebellious and adventurous.
I realized i would never be able to stick to a 9 to 5 job or a long term career, so I set off into the unknown with a small rucksack strapped to my back and booked a one way ticket to the Greek Islands.
My work experience has been diverse, here is a brief outline of my work and travel adventures.
Previous to working as a salesman for Canon UK, I completed a 5 year apprenticeship in heating and ventilation.
The day i finished my apprenticeship and received my ‘City Guilds of London Certificate’ I was allowed to call myself a qualified trades person, i got an extra £2.50 per hour, that day I said I would never work on a building site ever again.
The building site culture and future income did not seem like much fun.
I was lucky that my cousin told me to get my haircut, buy a suit and come and work for him as a trainee sales executive for Canon UK. London.
It was a exciting period for a young man who had recently hung up his work overalls. Great money was the icing on the cake.
But once I looked around the office and deep into the eyes of burnt out salesman it was time to escape to the sun in search of adventure.
Past fun & work-life!
Apprenticeship Heating And Ventilation
Sales Area Manager For Canon UK Photocopiers
Manager Of villa complex on Greek Islands, Grecian Holiday Company
Area Manager Tytel Telephone Systems, Sydney, Australia
Owner Vintage Clothing Outlets Portobello Road,Camden markets,Music Festivals
Owner and Partner ‘Flax’ Men’s Fashion Covent Garden, London.
Owner and Partner Glen and Kitson’ ‘Bespoke Tailoring’ business.
Owner ‘Hotelcasacinco’ small boutique guest house Southern, Spain.
There have been many months just travelling in some wonderful countries and meeting beautiful people, also some crazy stories but I will have to save those for another time.
All the above and much more untold escapades spans a 25 year period where I experienced splendid highs and challenging lows.
It is important to know it was not always easy but so far I have followed my heart and done it ‘my way’ and I plan to continue in the same vein but as I am older and wiser I will listen to my head and heart in unison...
....but I must re emphasise nowadays with the internet, WiFi and a laptop it is much easier to design your days and live a life you desire.
Three Of My Favourite Quotes
“Failing forward” is the ability to get back up after you’ve been knocked down, learn from your mistake, and move forward in a better direction.” – John Maxwell
‘If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours’- Henry David Thoreau
"Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will".
- Nelson Mandela
I am now based in Italy for 10 plus years with my partner Arianna and my Incredible boy Alfredo and loving it!... And now work at my home office or local coffee bars...
Thank you for taking time out of your day,
Whatever path you choose to tread be sure to enjoy the journey!
Good fortune with your future plans,