About

Hi, I'm Rob - I'm glad you're here.

I believe that we all have the capacity to do incredible things.

Over the past 10 years I’ve gone from a lost, unemployed graduate to working on the Senior Leadership Team of a FTSE100 Company.

I’ve learnt that Personal Development is about courage, bravery and taking chances.

I created this website to share what I’ve learnt to inspire others to take action to become the best version of themselves.


My Story

I left University in 2004 with an Economics degree and like many other graduates, I packed my bags, moved to London and set out looking for my dream job…

I applied for several graduate schemes, apprenticeships and work placements and was rejected from them all. I had no experience, no track record and no idea what I was doing!

I ended up working in a number of temporary jobs and placements in the public sector living in a shared house with 3 friends  making just enough money to pay the rent…

…and it stayed like that for nearly 3 years…

I wanted more… a career, more money, more recognition, more respect.

Fortunately, a Programme Director at the Royal Bank of Scotland saw something in me when I interviewed for an Assistant Business Analyst role (turns out he was only there because the original manager had to cancel at the last minute – sometimes you just get lucky). He went on to offer me the job that would be the platform from which I’ve built my career.

I started in the summer of 2008… Those first few years were tough… a real learning curve…. but I didn’t give up… (although I wanted to runaway several times) I found myself surrounded by clever, influential people who were happy to help…

So I watched, I experimented, I succeeded, I failed, I asked questions (lot’s of questions)… and I took the best bits from what I learnt and crashed them together to create my own style…

Fast-forward 10 years… I’m now the Partnerships Director at Direct Line Group (A FTSE100 insurance company), I’ve built a network of influential friends and mentors and I live in a beautiful house with my wife and 2 children.

I’m proud of what I’ve achieved…. but I’m not telling you this to show off, I’m telling you this because I want to inspire you. It’s not too late, You CAN make a different, you CAN get that promotion and you CAN achieve whatever you want… We're all capable of amazing things, sometimes it’s as simple as making a few changes to your approach or thinking a bit differently.

I’m not particularly gifted and I started right at the bottom… but I know from experience that with the right drive, motivation and a bit of a help it won’t take you long to develop new skills and techniques that will help you influence senior executives, inspire others, build your brand and become a trusted leader.

The lessons I’ve learnt and the advice on this blog can help you…

I’ve made mistakes – lots of mistakes, some of them so crushing that I wanted the ground to swallow me up… but I’ve always kept my nerve and have never given up.

I still learn new things everyday and use this website to share my stories and experiences.

I love to inspire people – success is infectious.

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