I was using credit cards to pay for the renovations, and cash advancing from the credit card to pay for the mortgage repayments for 6 months! This was a horrible time but taught me fantastic lessons such as, the importance of risk management, leverage, debt, and diversification. Which I am sure will prove to be the most important in my career. Fortunately I was able to sell the property at a great profit, and my IT business got the contracts. However for 6 months it was very difficult! I’ve also been flying on a private jet with a multi-billionaire, while he spent the entire flight on phone calls, screaming at his stock broker, geologist, and architect.
Are there any people in business that inspire you? Anyone who starts their own business inspires me. The level of self belief required to take the plunge in to a new business venture is awesome. No matter the outcome, generally people grow stronger from the experience. Overnight success stories generally take 10yrs to create!
What words of advice do you have for the youth of the world who want to take on a career with the sort of ambition that you have shown? I would recommend to youth of today to learn a computer programming language. Start by buying a book on the basics. The opportunities for people with programming skills are endless and will only improve. Daniel Weston favourite short poem I recite to myself is “Believe in yourself, and in your plan, say not cannot, but I can. The prizes in life we fail to win, only if we doubt the power within.” I also frequently ask myself, what is my aspiration, inspiration, motivation, and dedication. I think that if we can answer these honestly to ourselves, then we can create a path of where we want to head.