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Freewheel
Freewheel aged 57
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Enthusiastic , motivated , listener

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Male , 57

I have been in business for the last 25 years, started my own company, learnt the hard way of what to do and what not to do. Enthusiastic about the possibilities and pitfalls of work and life. Doing something for yourserlf is a daunting, frightening and often lonely prosect,. Having someone else who has been through the ups and downs can help. I have a strong belief in everyone reaching out, learning by being outside of their comfort zone and getting more from our short time on this planet.

Life experiences

Starting a business

I started an IT business from scratch, learning the hard way and gained extensive experience of the process and potential.

Makiing things happen

Luck isn't random, it is the product of planning and opportunity. If you want to make something happen, however small, it is possible with the right focus and vigor. Taking the plunge is the hardest part.

Making work fun

Starting and running a company should and is great fun, scary, daunting but above all fun. Making sure the smile never leaves is important, for you and your team.

Why mentor on horsesmouth?

When I started my company I had few mentors, no-one who I could really turn to for real objective advice (and criticism). Family and partners are well meaning but not objective. Fellow business people (often competitiors) have a different agenda. I learnt a whole bunch of things, seeing how people worked, what motivated them, how tough it was to get people to think differently, to change and raise their game. I get enspired by seeing people, in my position years ago, get that sparkle of excitement as they see the opportunity but don't quite know how to get there. If I can provide just the occasional nugget of experience that helps then great, I'll get something back in return.

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