Persistence and commitment pay off. Don’t stop moving forward.
Andrew Hamilton of Nottingham, United Kingdom has a Masters Graduate in Molecular Microbiology and confident public speaker for Oxfam and Toastmasters international. An experienced trainer and assessor who is passionate about people progressing through coaching and mentoring. A plethora of transferable skills which include being able to analyse complex information, to negotiating with people in sometimes challenging circumstances. Renowned for bringing an abundance of energy and enthusiasm to any situation. Engaging and can inspire a team to work together and deliver great results though communication and management skills.
Demonstrating a sincere commitment to achieving goals and surpassing objectives, Andrew Hamilton has shown professionalism throughout his career life. His impressive communication skills have allowed him to articulate the values and objectives of every organization he has been a part of. Andrew has remarkable inspirational leadership qualities in addition to a great ability to manage challenging behavior most effectively. Andrew Hamilton currently resides in Nottingham.
Where did the idea for your company come from?
I developed Andrew Hamilton Nottingham to help people pursue their life and career goals. Many people I help know where they want to go in life and often make leaps and bounds in their career and life with a few adjustments and refocusing in on how they will get there. Andrew Hamilton Nottingham was designed with this in mind.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
Every day is busy with a family work life and personal goals. I tried every day to make a little progress towards my long-term goals. Even one small step everyday will make huge progress over time.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I look at my dreams and decide how I want them to formulate in real life. Working backwards from that breaking down what needs to be done into manageable steps to bring a faraway vision to life.
What’s one trend that excites you?
There are many trends in learning and development for example, online personalised learning is opening up so many opportunities for all of us. Modern technology makes leaning fun with the use of gamification and immersion learning
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
Take one-step every day. I love the quote: “How do you eat an Elephant? One bite at a time”.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams even if it seems unattainable or unpractical; We live a long life and time it to pressures not to peruse your dreams even if you don’t archive them all.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
I love the outside, whether is going for a run, camping or swimming in a lake. I don’t care if it is raining or a bit cold as it often is with our British weather. Most people think I would have to daft to go canoeing in the winter and would prefer the warm dry inside but I can’t think of a better way to have fun.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Plan plan plan, I make to do lists set goals breaking them down to little steps so I can measure progress and move forward every day. Also, be prepared for things to change and adapt. Military strategists talk about the need for planning and preparing for every operation with the knowledge that as soon as the battle starts the plan ‘goes out the window’. By being open to opportunities through networking or being, open minded to new options an individual can adapt to the ever-changing world of work
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Persistence is key but what really achieves results is looking at each success and each failure and ask yourself why, what can I learn from that experience. That is the only way to get better even failure become positive learning experiences.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
Most entrepreneurs talk about lessons they have learnt from failures. I guess that is what makes a great entrepreneur, they take every even as a learning environment and don’t view failure as failure but something to learn from.
My biggest failure is working in an industry I took no pleasure, I was working long hours away from family for years. It took losing my job before looking into myself and really deciding what I really wanted out of life, what sort of person I wanted to be. Only after that was I able to peruse a career, which gave me satisfaction with work, life balance. Sometimes it is braver to cut your losses and not reinvest time, money and energy into a career or business venture and start afresh.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
If there is something, you are passionate about whether it is fashion, art or your favourite hobby. Start selling those produces online, it as a cheap and easy way stop start up a business and it will be about a product you are passionate about.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
I bought a bike for £100 recently and I now use it to cycle into work. Not only it saves bus or car parking fees but also it is the best way to start the day. With a 20minute ride in the morning is an easy way to get a bit of exercise and works better than a cup of coffee to wake myself up ready for the day ahead.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
As most people I love my smart phone, and to choose a favourite app is difficult. I couldn’t function without my email & calendar. It might not be very exciting but it is such a vital took for planning events working away from my desk.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
I recently read “how to be F*cking Awesome, by Dan Meredith. A great read with actually useful tips you can sue to live life on your own terms.
What is your favorite quote?
“Aim for the roof tops, even if you once get the first floor windows I, you’ve achieved something”
• Plan, break down your goals into small steps
• Be prepared to be flexible, if things go wrong. Learn from it and carry on
• Persistence and commitment pay off. Don’t stop moving forward.
• Read and never stop learning, try to achieve at least one thing every day
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.