Two years after the financial crash of 2008 I was still licking my wounds both financially and psychologically due to the closure of my online finance business.
During my time at IBM I suffered a flare up of my old back injury which got so serious that for several months it meant sitting at a desk, walking or standing in one place for a prolonged period was painful.
It took me months to recover from the sacking and losing my “family” at the publishing company I had worked so passionately to transform. So, when the opportunity came up to be involved with IBM (Big Blue), I jumped at the chance.
About twelve years into my business career I found myself in a rather tricky position, pinned up against a wall with my publishing business owner punching the wall next to my head in utter frustration.
The success from my British Airways (BA) roles was great but the entrepreneur in me was itching for new challenges. I knew I could have a marvellous career at BA, and I was being offered more and more senior roles, but I felt deep inside that the predictable corporate career path wasn’t for me.
My first entrepreneurship experience emerged from a significantly low point in my life as a young man in my late teens.
I had just left home in Glasgow, Scotland to come to Loughborough university in England.
As a young manager 25 years ago working for British Airways at London’s Heathrow Airport, I was about to take the biggest risk of my career.