Every journey starts somewhere!
Every entrepreneur’s journey starts somewhere. It wasn’t until January 2018, when my dream of becoming an entrepreneur, became a reality.
From an early age, I dreamt of owning and running my own business. It wasn’t consciously about material things, money or status. In hindsight, I suppose it was about my independence and the challenge. Possibly, because I had to learn to cope with challenges and things that aren’t normally expected of a child.
At the age of 11, I created and published my own newspaper/magazine. It started as a hobby and continued until I was 16. Then, one day I woke up and decided I no longer wanted to be a journalist. I realise now, it was a way of expressing what I was thinking and feeling. It helped me avoid what was going on around me.
It taught me a variety of life skills and not just in a business sense. I learnt how to juggle school, manage stress and build resilience. I became a self-starter and I learnt to deal with life’s challenges.
About Steve Wyatt, Entrepreneur
By nature, and despite several life events, I’ve always been keen to help people and put other peoples’ needs first. On a personal level, this stems from childhood trauma and having first-hand experience of overcoming depression. With these life experiences, I’ve learnt that being heard and feeling listened to are the most important qualities and skills I’ve learnt.
When I was 18, I went to University and studied Business Studies and Politics. A strange combination and choice and not one I’d originally decided myself either. That’s another story in itself. Back then, going to University was about moving to London. Leaving a past behind and starting again. It taught me how to build and develop social relationships and friendships.
On a professional level, I have over 20 years’ professional experience, having worked in Financial Services, the Education and Consulting sectors. I’ve worked in large, global and complex organisations. I’ve managed business operations, delivered change and coached individuals.
Why set up a business?
Due to some unfortunate circumstances, I was fortunate to be able to take some time out and study again. Going back to study at the age of 41 was different. It was something I really wanted to do, but because I’d developed a lust for learning and life.
More importantly, I decided it was time to take the leap and make my lifelong dream a reality. It also meant I could take my time in setting up my own business; Maximum Solutions Consulting Ltd and here we are.
I started Maximum Solutions Consulting Ltd because I saw a growing need to support both people and organisations to Develop, Improve, Grow & Succeed through life and business coaching as well as business advice, specifically to start-ups and small businesses.
Maximum Solutions Consulting Ltd logo incorporates the mythical phoenix bird, which rose from the ashes and encompasses renewal, growth, change and transformation. This is central to who I am, as much as the business’s culture, values and brand.
Being my own boss was also key driver, since at the age of 43, I felt ready to lead my own business. I’ve acquired a lot of experience and skills and want to utilise it in a way that helps people and small businesses develop, improve, grow and succeed.
How does it feel to be an entrepreneur?
Becoming an entrepreneur is exhilarating, exciting and at times, frightening. It comes with a whole host of feelings, self-doubts, worry and stress. That aside, becoming an entrepreneur, put me firmly in the driving seat of life.
Being your own boss is a lot of people’s dream. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea and that’s ok. After all, it’s great that we have different likes, dislikes, wants, needs and desires. It would be a boring world if everything and everyone was the same.
For me, becoming an entrepreneur helped my confidence. It’s reminded me who I am and what I’m about. It’s made me feel lucky, even though I lost a lot before even taking the decision to set up my own start-up.
The start-up journey began
I sold my 1-bed London flat, having decided to downsize further. At 40, I wanted to be mortgage free, get a part-time job, go back and study and live a different life. One with less stress, one with more time to just be. A happier and more fulfilled life and a life for me.
I was in the process of buying an off-plan studio apartment. I exchanged contracts. It was a dream that seemed to be becoming a reality, but it was short lived. Thanks to a fraudulent developer. I lost an unspeakable amount of money, but due to legal reasons, I can’t say anymore. It shattered a dream of being mortgage free, living in a box a few metres squared.
When I first heard about the fraud, I fell to pieces. The process and legal case that began made me look at life again, about what I valued, what was important to me and what I wanted. I knew I was going to lose a lot of money and so I decided that whatever I had left, I’d use to fulfil a life-long dream. A dream also continues to help and support others.
Becoming an entrepreneur and opening a business, is a test of character, but what does it mean to be an entrepreneur and what are the differences between managers and leaders? If you’d like to read more about this, you may find this Forbes article interesting. Equally, I believe that luck isn’t found, it’s made. Yes, life can be hard and challenging, but it can be simpler. From time to time, we are all struggling, but that doesn’t mean you can’t become a better version of you. Live your best life, whether it’s through life and business coaching, counselling, your hobbies or something else.