Everyone starts somewhere
Why Amplifying Success is so important to me
If only new beginnings were always easy. . .
When I started what felt like my professional career, I was just 13. Yes, I wanted to play music, loud music and DJ to anyone who would listen. It wasn’t long before I had convinced my friends to follow me, and within weeks, I had started a new trend that was new and exciting at the time (early 90s). Being lanky and looking a little bit older than my actual age, it was pretty easy to soon find a venue and start promoting myself.
Within a few years, I had grown from a wannabe DJ to running my own record shop, promoting a nightclub night and generating a brand for myself. By age 16, I had decided that playing other peoples’ music was fun, but my true calling was to produce music. Spending the next two years learning to program electronic music, I started a Degree in Sonic Arts with the vision of becoming a music producer and a mission to bring my sound to the world.
At age 20, I landed a job managing a small music production house, writing music for TV, Film, and Radio, recording singers, rappers, orchestras and even a guy that played the electric saw. Following several years of long days, late nights and many hours of winning contracts, networking, influencing, delivering to tight schedules, branding through music and being a creative on demand, I had had enough.
I had grown from a wannabe to a professional, earning a living from the skills, talents and passion from my early teenage years. I, however, craved something new, something different. Added to this, I had found the love of my life (a woman who I am proud to say has been my wife, friend and mother to my four amazing children all these years), so I decided to completely change the direction in my life by starting a new career with a massive Tech Company which coincidentally meant uprooting my life to move to a new country.
As you may have figured out, by age 24, I had already had an 11-year career, a successful one earning more money than most at my age and a career that was led with passion and purpose.
Why this? Why now
Having spent the next 20+ years working for multinationals, boutique consultancies, start-ups, scale-ups and everything in between, I recently had a realisation, an epiphany, one of those moments that make you stop, reflect, and wonder why. I asked what almost 31 years of success means if it's just about a paycheck, if one's purpose is internally centred and if everything you have done is focused on you and a narrow group of people surrounding you. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved every bit of my career so far and have helped elevate many others while delivering value for the firms, partners and customers I have served. But what if there was more to be offered?
During my corporate career, a few key things stood out.
It’s tough to find leaders that blow your mind.
To succeed in most roles is about how well you are supported internally and externally.
Growing professionally takes a lot of grit, determination, guidance and help.
Thinking of these critical elements, I wanted to bridge some gaps I have often seen in other peoples’ journeys.
Having grown professionally while leading many teams, managers, managers of managers, ICs, partners, vendors and anyone who’d have me, I found that I had left an impression on those around me. An impression that inspired, encouraged and supported many of the wonderful people I’ve worked with while seeing them make magic happen, personally or professionally.
Back to my moment of clarity . . .
The common theme that had excited me over the years had been playing to an audience, seeing people feel good, helping people do better and amplifying success.
Why I am building a community
“Imagine if we empowered each other to reach new heights and achieve extraordinary results.”
It may sound obvious and somewhat simple, but you will know from your journey thus far, be it early in your career, seasoned and experienced, or maybe you are just about to start; only some people are enablers on your journey. There are blockers, micromanagers, managing uppers and every type of person standing in the way of getting to where you deserve to be. Seeing this through takes navigating and finding the people that champion, advise, listen and remove the roadblocks on your journey.
Knowing what it takes to Amplify Success, I decided to translate the many years of leading, being a creative, technical lead, problem solver, data fanatic, storyteller, coach, confidant, advisor and fellow human and share this with you. Including tools, templates, tips, tricks and experiences, I want you to have access to what my teams and I have found practical and helpful over the years. Many of these things you can Google/Bing or ask Chat GPT; however, many of the results you’ll discover will skim over the detail and only show you the “what” and “why” but won’t teach you the “how” or the “when” and will miss how it could go wrong.
I’ve also met a couple of people along the way who happen to know some stuff, who may have been down the road you are embarking upon. Between them and I, we might help save you time, add clarity to your decision-making, or even teach you something.
What will also help us is that by starting a community, we learn from each other, share experiences, and give feedback on the new things we try. That’s the power of supporting each other and empowering one another.
I have shared a little about my journey here. Now I want to join your journey and help in amplifying your success. If someone had told me all those years ago, “Hey, come with me and learn some stuff to help you make more informed professional choices”, I’d be all over it.
If you value anything from what you have just read, consider joining Amplifying Success.
Over the next few weeks . . .
I will be posting newsletters documenting the beginnings of setting up our community.
I’ll be seeking your input in helping define the direction of many aspects it may take.
As our community grows . . .
Expect to gain first-hand stories, access to use cases and interviews to broaden your understanding of critical themes like;
Optimising and Scaling
Data and Decision Making
Tooling and Technology
Access tools and templates that have helped me and many of my staff over the years. These are also tried and tested.
You can learn stuff and grow as you Amplify your Success.
If you made it this far, it’s now your turn to make a decision. Mine was easy, and if you want to make my decision to help others worthwhile, consider subscribing. While I build out this community, it’s free to join, and I will share a newsletter week or so. By signing up, you will show your support, and I would be delighted to know you value the idea of Amplifying Success.
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