There is not much difference in aiming to be a pro athlete and being a successful entrepreneur/investor. Our guest for today is English professional footballer Mark Little, and together with Jay, he discusses how similar the worlds of professional sports and business are. Aside from this, Mark also shares some moments from his football career, some tips for those who feel like they’re unproductive during this lockdown, and his interesting jump into the investing world.
You have to act smart if you want to maintain the success you’re enjoying. Tune in now to The Business Mentor Podcast to learn more about Mark Little and his big successes!
- Being a pro athlete requires discipline and resiliency. There is too much pressure in the world of professional sports. You have to be dedicated to be able to endure it. For example, everyone should be mindful of not only their schedule but also their teammates. Sacrifices are going to be made. Not every athlete, just like any entrepreneur, get to spend their ‘free’ time in leisurely activities.
- The shift from the world of sports to entrepreneurship might look like a disaster for the traditional-thinking people. But it isn’t. According to Mark, there isn’t a difference between being a rookie player and an aspiring entrepreneur. Every step should be thought through. One mistake, then the domino effect happens—you’ll need to take a pause then plan your next best move again.
- We all have different priorities. Conversely, the gravity of your problems might not be as heavy as someone else’s. It’s best not to assume anything. If we are compassionate and understanding with one another, then it’s more fulfilling to achieve our successes.
- Always put the work in. Nothing will ever happen if you wait for a miracle, fate, or a helping hand to DO it for you. For example, mentors are there to guide you and teach you valuable knowledge—but that’s it. If you don’t apply the things they impart, then your mentorship will go nowhere.
- “You have to go ‘through’ these tough times to grow from them.”
- “When the economy is good everybody is flying.”
- “I wasn’t that clever… but the thing that did for me is consistently showing up.”
- “The only way you’ll wake up to this is to fast forward.”
- “I’m gonna get ten million times further and quicker from listening to someone who knows more than me than doing it alone.”
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ABOUT THE GUEST
Mark Little is an English professional footballer who plays or Bristol Rovers as a defender. Aside from this, he is also a business man and investor.
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- Mark Little Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/litts_2/
ABOUT THE HOST
Jay Dhillon is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist based in the UK with a proven track record of growing businesses from start-up to success- and helping others do the same. From humble beginnings, Jay grew his first business from 0 to 500 employees and three locations, racking up sales of over £30 million – all with no investment other than a slight amount of savings. The business went on to acquire major clients such as Landrover, Jaguar, Toyota, and New Look, to name a few.
Its immense success inevitably brought about outside interest, and at the age of 33, Jay eventually sold the company to a London investment firm in Doyen Resources. Today, Jay owns several businesses in different sectors and helps entrepreneurs achieve success.
A calling to give back and help others led to Jay being chosen for the highly coveted role as a Prince’s Trust mentor, where his achievements were marked by a personal invitation to Buckingham Palace to meet Prince Charles.
After helping several young entrepreneurs to succeed as a mentor for the Trust, Jay’s burning desire to bring his wisdom and knowledge to a wider audience ultimately triggered the concept of The Business Mentor Podcast.
Jay feels that anyone can achieve success in business with the right advice and mentoring and is now sharing his knowledge with his growing audience via his podcast.
In the UK alone 95% of businesses fail within the first five years and Jay aims to reduce that number.
Backed with the hard-earned knowledge and experience from his time in business, The Business Mentor Podcast will share Jay’s personal business lessons as well those of other successful entrepreneur guests who share their wisdom and secrets on the show.