There’s More to Life Than Just Making Money

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 21st October 2015.

I’m a big believer in being grateful and with my family, career and the opportunities life has given me, I'm thankful that I've been fortunate in life’s lottery.

And it’s that feeling of gratitude that drives me to give something back to people in perhaps a not so fortunate position as me.

So with that in mind, let me tell you about my mentoring work with a young businessman and how it links in with my day to day job.

In January 2010 I became involved in a project called The Bright Ideas Trust (BIT). BIT is a charity which helps young people, primarily in and around London, who may not be in employment, education or training and who want to start their own business.

It was created by Tim Campbell MBE. Tim was the first winner of BBC’s The Apprentice show and ‘hired’ by Lord Alan Sugar. This was in the days when the programme was seeking out people with business brains and acumen and less like the 'reality' show it's now become.

Over the years I’ve got to know Tim and he’s an absolute gentleman. I agreed to be a mentor, sharing my knowledge and experience with the young people who approach the BIT for business help and advice.

At one of the regular meetings they hold I got talking to a young man called Derin Cag. Instantly, I liked his enthusiasm and willingness to listen and learn.

Derin has established a business called Richtopia.com, which is a principally a website aimed at providing entrepreneurs with informed articles and opinion on a wide range of subjects. Wider expanded ideas to offer more services via the site are being explored and there are a number of things we're discussing. 

He hasn't had some of the advantages other young entrepreneurs may have had but he sure does have a desire to achieve.

We got on well and now meet on a monthly basis to talk about his business, set goals, monitor progress and evaluate what’s working and what isn't. It’s not dissimilar to what I do with clients.

I’ve made it clear to Derin that if he has any questions at whatever time of the month in-between our meetings, I’m only a phone call away. Again, just like I do with my financial planning clients, I’m always at the end of a phone.

Tim and Derin are booked to visit the Pinner & Northwood Business Club as our Guest Speakers in January and it’ll be our pleasure to host them.

I was asked by a friend why I got involved with the BIT? It goes back to the beginning of this article and in particular where I’ve always enjoyed trying to help young people.

That stretches back many years and includes my involvement with youth football. By running a club and as a coach I always thought it was more important for youngsters to become decent, responsible young people than it was for them to develop into incredible sports people.

There are so many challenges in life, we need to learn how to deal with these and never stop learning. From winning to losing and understanding how to cope with both simulate so well with business and life in general.

And the same applies for my volunteering with the BIT.

Derin might not become the next Lord Sugar but with the help of the BIT and hopefully my mentoring too, he’ll find a strong foothold on the road to success.

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