My Story (so far)

By far the biggest influence on my chosen path is my Grandfather, who was a successful entrepreneur in the 1960’s & 70’s.

A classic rags to riches story my Grandfather sold his concrete pipe manufacturing business during the late 1970’s and went on to buy and sell many different business.

I was always encouraged to think like an entrepreneur.  This “anything is possible” philosophy has shaped both my personal and business life.

This has been put to the test in my personal life when in 1999 I suffered a drug induced psychosis then again in my business career when in 2008 after 30 years of trading the family business was liquidated.

Both these experience, although painful for me and my immediate family, made a lasting impression that gave me empathy and insight into the ups and downs that can unexpectedly arise in a persons life.

As part of my journey I felt that I had something to offer and wanted to use my experiences to help others. 

In business, I studied the insolvency process and began to work with highly skilled and effective turnaround experts and entrepreneurs. This helped to turn a negative experience into a positive one!

For the following 5 years I went on to buy and sell businesses in all sectors. I specialised in helping businesses that were struggling to pay their bills on time or manage their cash flow effectively.

On my personal journey after a few years of trying to prove I was indestructible I decided in 2002 enough was enough and gave up drugs, alcohol and even included antibiotics, aspirin, paracetamol and caffeine. Although I will be honest at this point and admit, caffeine is now part of my daily routine.

I strongly believe that those two lowest points in my life presented themselves as massive opportunities. It didn’t happen overnight but I took action after the pain of not doing something became more painful than the fear of doing something.

I had the chance to re-evaluate my life twice, during those dark moments.  I decided that I would not look back with regret or into the future with fear. 

Following several successful exits from business I had bought for £1 (peppercorn payment) I begin a new chapter in 2015 when I started work at The Richmond Group. With net assets of over £200m and working directly with highly successful entrepreneurs James Benamor and Sam Wells I was excited by the ambition and clear RG mission to disrupt industries and grow their tech based business portfolio.

Working with the team that grew Amigo Loans from a start up to a billion pound company I knew this would be a massive opportunity, and a different challenge to my previous roles.

I spent 2.5 years working on several different projects, in several different roles, within FinTech, EdTech and PropTech at RG.  What struck me most was the focus and determined aggression to make things work, even if it meant changing the entire business model overnight! (we did this twice)

In 2018 I began looking for new investment opportunities and started working with new clients.

I will invest my time and money into companies that have the potential to change the world.  The money I invest is the same as anyone else’s money but it comes with the benefit of working with me directly to grow, maximise your multiplier then exit your business.

In late 2018 – early 2019 I started to reflected on my own health and wellbeing and that of my family.  I took some time out and realised that helping other people gave me an enormous amount of satisfaction and a sense of purpose – particularly helping individuals that were suffering physically as well as mentally – from a poor diet, lack of fitness that had a direct impact on their health and wellbeing.

It seems that any bump on life’s journey hits us on two levels so with that in mind I naturally began thinking about a more holistic approach.

Just like I had in my own life, I knew just focusing on one thing, (diet or fitness or career or family) although easier to change one at a time didn’t bring the life revolution and lifestyle benefits I wanted.

So although I am still on my own transformation journey I am able to offer lifestyle and wellness mentor with or without business and career consultancy.

Please feel free to email, text, whatsapp, facetime or call me anytime for a chat and we can find out what is the best way that you can achieve your chosen result –

jonny@ jonnywalthall.com

07769 695872

 

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