What does success mean to you?
Success, to me, is watching The Cadman Group – a group of over 30 different companies – flourish under my leadership.
If you say this is an unattainable goal – I say dream bigger. I’ve been privileged to experience much success in my life, but it wasn’t undeserved. Through The Cadman Group – I’ve been able to combine my business sense, work ethic, and a healthy dose of passion to create a company that’s worth $100 million dollars.
And I want to help you do the same. So, I’m releasing a 15-part series on how to build an empire, in hopes that you will take what you learn and go on to experience this level of success on your own.
But before I start with Part One, I want to tell you a little bit more about me and where I come from so you can draw your own inspiration from my story.
I grew up in a small, beautiful, town in Suffolk, England. “Born and bred – strong in the arm and thick in the head!” is what they say about the people who come from this part of the country, if that gives you some indication of my upbringing.
My life-long obsession with buying and selling, acquiring, and outsourcing started when I was about 8-years-old, when I used to outsource my chores to my friends.
My father was a property developer and I started to work for him when I was only about 11 or 12. He would get me to clean off the bricks he used for his buildings and would pay me 10 pence a brick. I’d round up about 4 of my mates and get them to clean off the bricks for 7 pence each, and keep the rest.
I was always looking (and still am) for a better way to do things, and a better way to cut a deal for myself. When I was 13, my father bought an English pub and I would get a pound a day for re-stocking the shelves. So what did I do? I sub-contracted that out, too, of course! Then I got a paper route to make more money on the side.
Learning My Strengths
As you can see, I’ve always liked organizing, planning, and running a company. However, I’ve never been attracted to getting heavily involved in the work of a business, or “getting my hands dirty,” so to speak.
I knew that greater things were coming for me. From a very young age, I felt as though I saw things differently than most people. For example, when I was 17 and still in high school, I picked up my things from class one day and walked out.
It wasn’t because I was a bad student. In fact, I was a great student. I found exams very easy, I got straight-As in all of my classes, and I was playing field hockey for my school team.
But as I sat there, listening to my teacher lecture me, I simply decided that they were no longer clever enough to teach me. So I walked out and walked home. I was overtaken by the bus, but I didn’t care – I was in a deep reflection. These moments are something I’ve found to be critical to my success.
I never went back, and I never graduated high school. (I did, however, go back to school to get my MBA but it remains uncompleted. For personal reasons, I had to move back home to help my family).
After that fateful day I left high school, I worked in my dad’s pub 16 or 18 hours a day. I saved up, put all of my money into policies, and went traveling around the world for two years. From travelling through India by train in the Maharajas’ car (a car reserved for Indian royalty) to living off the land in a German commune in New Zealand – I really did see it all. The lessons I learned while traveling – mainly, just to talk and be kind to people – have remained relevant to my current success.
Paving My Road to Success
When I came back from my travels, I got serious about my aspirations and The Cadman Group. I have a gift for seeing things differently and a knack for capitalizing on opportunity – I never envisioned it as a “get rich quick” scheme. It was a way to use my mind and other people’s labour to make money, while I was sitting on a boat somewhere, watching the bank fill up.
So to be absolutely clear, I never got anything from anyone. My parents, both extremely hardworking, made me start from scratch the way they had. Despite this, I still held a belief that I was destined for success. I always had high aspirations and knew I would never be able to settle for anything less than a $100 million dollar company.
So to find out how you can, too, build a $100 million dollar company – be sure to follow my 15-part series. I’ll teach you everything I know from the nitty-gritty beginnings, to how to sell your company for a huge profit. Read on to learn how to reach the level of success you’ve always aspired to achieve.