Why I’d Like to be Starting Up Again Today

Why I’d Like to be Starting Up Again Today
By Pat Lewis, Chairman, Source One Consulting

Aged 16 and looking for my purpose in life, I left school with two O Levels and no formal business qualifications. I was hopelessly unacademic and very shy, so when I was presented with the opportunity to work in the Post Room at Fisons, I jumped at the chance.

I didn’t thrive at school and was hungry for an environment that provided stability and excitement. I soon realised that I had an energy and passion for work, and I think this is where my motivation to succeed first came from.

I discovered my real love was understanding business and connecting with people. So, when an opportunity in the office stationery and furniture market arose at the age of 20, I took the chance. I was helping with deliveries initially, but I really wanted to be a Sales Rep, knocking on doors. Was I capable? Well I got a company car, so hey, sure I was!

By 2002, I was working at an office interiors company. After being passed over for a directorship, I decided to start-up Source One, a company founded to create dynamic, innovative and flexible workplaces for SMEs.

The wonderful thing about being young and possibly naïve is that I was bold and fearless, giving no real thought to the consequences of going out on my own. At that point I had a family, but I knew I had to do this now. Was I capable? I just thought I’d give it try. I knew I could make it work, and with the right people in place to provide the knowledge and skills, I would succeed.

Building something is a passion of mine and in some ways, I wish I could start my business again, not least because the technology available today to help you was only very primitive when I started out. There may have been less competition back then, but technology can open so many doors and I believe there are more opportunities today than ever.

For one, it’s far easier to gain funding for a new business, enabling entrepreneurs to focus on realising their business goals and fulfilling their capabilities.

I believe that if you have a strong idea for a business which solves a problem and makes people’s lives easier and more convenient as a result, then you have a great shot at succeeding and can achieve anything. As my mentor, Stan used to say, “sell the sizzle, not the steak”. We all have the tools to be successful, so I encourage everyone to take a leap of faith.

I remember several significant people in my life doubting that I could achieve success, but that only inspired me. Running my own businesses had always seemed like the natural thing to do.

As a business, moments of connection, belonging and culture are extremely important and now success for me is helping charities and other new businesses to reach their goals. My newest project is only a few months old in the business of sport, talent and people management.

And am I capable? Well, yes, I am!

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Pat Lewis is Founder and Chairman at Source One Consulting. E: pat@sourceoneconsulting.co.uk T: 08456 031 585 Visit: sourceoneconsulting.co.uk

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