Who are The PopUp Team?
Amongst other things, they have been called Earth's Mightiest Heroes and A Ragtag Bunch of Misfits. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them... maybe you can hire The PopUp Team
Who are your biggest inspirations in life and business?
Having grown up in America, I am obsessed with American sports, mainly American Football. I have been really inspired by NFL Star; Tom Brady.
On paper he is this annoyingly good uber talented athlete who is married to a supermodel, is paid $100m+ a year to throw a ball and has the “perfect” life, in reality nobody thought he was very good and no professional team wanted to sign him, he had to spend a lot of time working his way up. He’s arguably the greatest American sports star ever, if not one of the best athletes in the world and he achieved it all through sheer hard work. Prior to discovering his story, I was convinced “successful” people were the lucky ones, I was a perennial underachiever at school and thought that was my destiny. Reading his story was a revelation and helped motivate me to realise anyone can achieve anything through hard work.
I haven’t signed any million dollar endorsement deals or married a supermodel since, but have gone onto achieve some cool things like finishing the Ironman triathlon (dubbed the hardest single day race on earth) and making over £1m in sales for PopUp, which is credit to my hard work not some innate talent I possess.
In business I am massively inspired by everyone at PopUp, the individual stories of participants who strive to create something out of nothing that makes it all worthwhile.
What song gets you motivated?
Natural by Imagine Dragons
What is your key piece of advice for small businesses at this time?
Unless you are a scientist working on a cure, you can’t do anything about the situation, so stop worrying and just make the most of it. In 2008 during the last financial crash I spent about a year out of work looking for a job, I never want to be in the position ever again.
Don’t be REACTIVE to the environment, be PROACTIVE. Life is a poker game, some of us have better cards than others, but the winner is he/she who plays their hand the best way.
Who are three people dead or alive you would invite to dinner?
What has been your biggest learning in the past year?
Certainty and Uncertainty and why people need them.
Learning how to give people the former has saved this company a lot of money!
What are some resources that have had the biggest impact on you?
Come back every week as we introduce you to a new member of The PopUp Team!