‘People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book’ – Malcolm X
When I was 19 I was removed from University and became severely depressed….then I picked up a book called Anyone Can Do It….
It was Duncan Bannatyne’s (famous UK entrepreneur’s) autobiography. I had always had a small interest in entrepreneurship so thought I’ll give it a read (it beat watching Jeremy Kyle reruns for the hundreth time!).
I read it in a few days. Reading about all the shit he went through in his life – his poor upbringing, going to military prison and his lazy twenties (he started his business at 30) – and to see what he became: I was hooked. It was the spark.
It didn’t matter what had happened to you – it was all about having a vision and creating your own life.
Doing what you love and loving what you do.
I went back to University the next year with a sense of purpose. I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I didn’t know what it meant really. I just followed anything with that word in it.
Books. Websites. People. And most importantly – events.
I began to network and meet other young entrepreneurs. I saw a whole world of possibility. 20 year olds travelling the world and living there dream. 18 year olds with best-selling books – it changed my perspective forever.
Returning to University I saw a huge contrast. There was a general perception that your life rested upon what grade you got. It was all about getting a job and just trying to make money. The passion, the drive, the vision – it was lacking big time.
Getting Off The Bench
During my second year I read another book that changed my life – The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin.
He explains that entrepreneurship is more than money – it’s about art. We’re all artists.
Art is our values, our passions and things we care about manifested into something tangible – an event, a website, music or an app.
And it is through our art CONNECTING and providing value that we can create a business.
I still faced constant internal battles. I couldn’t execute. I procrastinated. I was fearful. I had terrible habits.
So I started to read about personal growth. How I could improve my mentality. How could I turn ideas into reality?
Getting Off The Bench is a combination of two of my passions – personal growth and sports, I realised that I had all these lofty dreams and ideas but missed the crucial point – just playing the game.
I wanted to make it some big online media empire but spent so long bullshitting myself and others I didn’t do the work.
That’s when I realised I wasn’t alone. Many people go through these feelings. The feeling of being a failure. Feeling lost and incomplete.
I knew that is what I wanted to change – most importantly in my generation. To show them that it was possible and that passion and love for what you’re doing is the key to everything.
The game is changing.
People are creating. Young people are changing the lives of people who their art touches. Artists, entrepreneurs creative – whatever.
How did they start? They just started playing.
That’s my dream. To create and share content that will help young people develop themselves, start playing and sharing tips and techniques to turn that play into real fans who will pay you.
Beyond us as individuals our art is important to the people it can help. The joy it can bring.
Most importantly, when we shine our lights, others will see it and be inspired to do the same. That’s how I was inspired.
I’m not perfect. I’ve made bad mistakes. I’ve let down my family, friends and broken so many promises.
But that’s the beauty of growth. I’m going to get there one day.
I want to speak around the world sharing this message. I want to create products and events that help people change their lives.
It all begins with playing the game. So that’s what I’m here to do.
And hopefully the content I create here will help you do the same