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Welcome to Mind Your Own Business hosted by tech entrepreneur, CEO, investor, philanthropist and public speaker Lawrence Jones MBE. This podcast is dedicated to helping you achieve your potential and grow your business. You’ll find interviews with inspirational people as well as episodes in which I share my secrets on business, motivation, mindset, culture and leadership.

Mind Your Own Business Lawrence Jones MBE

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.9 • 179 Ratings

Welcome to Mind Your Own Business hosted by tech entrepreneur, CEO, investor, philanthropist and public speaker Lawrence Jones MBE. This podcast is dedicated to helping you achieve your potential and grow your business. You’ll find interviews with inspirational people as well as episodes in which I share my secrets on business, motivation, mindset, culture and leadership.

    Your Path to Success Starts with a Single Action

    Your Path to Success Starts with a Single Action

    Do you have dreams and ambitions that feel so out of reach you wonder if you are ever going to achieve them? Several years ago, I was in that very position. Then I heard a story that changed my life.

    If you have been listening to this podcast for a while, you will know that I am a huge believe in goal setting. But, did you know there is a scientific formula, which, when followed, significantly increases the chances of you hitting your goals and realising your dreams?

    Success or failure isn’t a matter of luck, of circumstances, or fate. Of course, that may play a small part but there are some simple guidelines that put you in the driver’s seat. These guidelines allow you to control your destiny, achieving your desired results in business, at home and in your relationships.

    In this episode I’m sharing the story that changed my world forever, and how I use the formula to achieve success in every area of my life. As motivational speaker Earl Nightingale once said: "People with goals succeed because they know where they are going."

    Key takeaways:

    Aim high, reach for something you are passionate about achieving. Money is secondary.
    Dreams don’t have deadlines. Don’t put undue pressure on yourself to achieve something within a certain time frame. Keep taking small steps towards the end goal.
    Are you wasting time? Can you do something differently to help you hit your goals?
    Think about why you want success? When you start making a difference to other people’s lives, success will follow in your own life.

    Host: Lawrence Jones MBE [1]

    Listening time: 50 mins

    Follow my blog and daily inspiration on Twitter  [2]

    Note, this episode contains strong language.

    [1] http://www.lawrencejones.co.uk/
    [2] https://twitter.com/Lawrence_Jones

    • 46 min
    Mark Webber: Formula One, Why 99% Need Not Apply

    Mark Webber: Formula One, Why 99% Need Not Apply

    Formula 1 is a sport of fine margins. Split seconds are all that separate the winners from the losers. Teams spend millions of pounds fine tuning cars to give them the edge and championships often go down to the wire.

    During his 12-year career in F1 Mark Webber drove in more than 200 races and won nine Grand Prix titles, landing on the podium more than 40 times. But what does it take to stand on top of that podium?

    Behind every race-winning driver is a team of thousands of people all doing their part to achieve outstanding performance; engineers, data analysts, mechanics, operations managers, strategists, lawyers and so on. Teamwork is vital, as is ensuring the right behaviour and culture.

    In this episode Mark shares the journey of his racing career from kart racing in his native Australia to his first F1 victory in Germany and the fierce rivalry in the Red Bull team between him and fellow driver, Sebastian Vettel.

    He gives his view of life in the fast lane; the dedication, focus and grit it takes to get to the top.

    Key takeaways:

    Your team are everything. Without their dedication and skills you cannot succeed.
    Focus is essential. A split-second lapse of concentration at 200mph can be disastrous.
    Pushing beyond your limits.
    Understand when it’s time to stop or change direction. No one can be at the top of their game forever.

    Host: Lawrence Jones MBE [1]

    Guest: Mark Webber  [2]

    Listening time: 50 mins

    Follow my blog and daily inspiration on Twitter  [3]

    Note, this episode contains strong language.

     

    [1] http://www.lawrencejones.co.uk/
    [2] http://www.markwebber.com/
    [3] https://twitter.com/Lawrence_Jones

    • 55 min
    Impact Over Income?

    Impact Over Income?

    Businesses can solve the world’s problems. But, whilst thousands of businesses are working hard to change the world and add value to peoples’ lives, there are still too many companies that are fixated on solely making money. Of course businesses need to make a profit, just as we need to breathe to live, but it’s the motivation behind that which matters most.

    I strongly believe businesses need to start with passion; a desire to make positive change. When you create something that helps people and makes an impact in their lives, that impact will help keep the sales flowing.

    When my wife Gail and I started UKFast 20 years ago, we set out on a journey to make a difference, to create a hosting provider that genuinely cares about its customers. The reason? I didn’t want anyone else to experience the terrible customer service that I had been subjected to when I tried to host a new business. My passion for that is what drove me to start UKFast and is what continues to drive me today. Making money was, and still is, secondary to building a business that provides exemplary levels of care and support.

    If an entrepreneur makes an impact, their influence continues beyond their lifetime. Steve Jobs, Henry Ford and The Body Shop founder Anita Roddick are just a few amazing examples. Forget about the money, behind every great business there is usually a passionate entrepreneur chasing a dream to change the world.

    In this episode I share my thoughts on the ethics of business, as well as some more personal insights, as I answer more of your questions. They include:

    You’ve made millions, why do you continue to go to the office every day?
    Have you seriously messed up? If so, what did you learn from it?
    Have you ever wanted to quit?
    What one person or organisation do you admire?
    What would be your specialist subject on mastermind?
    Name your favourite movie character.

    Host: Lawrence Jones MBE [1]

    Listening time: 50 mins

    Follow my blog and daily inspiration on Twitter  [2]

    [1] http://www.lawrencejones.co.uk/
    [2] https://twitter.com/Lawrence_Jones

    • 41 min
    Sunseeker: Exploring New Horizons

    Sunseeker: Exploring New Horizons

    The most successful entrepreneurs share certain traits, among them are the abilities to explore new horizons and accept risks. I am often asked about whether it’s possible to start a business in an area you know little about. Whilst it’s not exactly textbook – most business experts will tell you to start with what you know – it is absolutely possible. It takes passion, commitment and hard graft to launch any new venture. But in an unfamiliar arena, it’s vital to surround yourself with knowledgeable people who can help steer you in the right direction.

    This episode is recorded at the Monaco Yacht Show, on board a Sunseeker 131. Why? It has always been a dream of mine to own a yacht, but for a boy from Wales, living in landlocked Manchester, it had always seemed out of reach. This year my dream became reality. But, rather than spend an exorbitant amount of money on a boat just for pleasure, I am preparing to lift the anchor on a new business venture to explore new horizons.

    It’s been made possible thanks to the amazing team at Sunseeker. In this episode I chat to Christopher Head, group sales director for Sunseeker London Group. A boy from the East End of London with a passion for the sea, Chris began an apprenticeship in marine engineering at the age of 16. He now runs 40 Sunseeker offices around the world. He shares his journey, the importance of developing and nurturing relationships, why the little details matter and the need to go above and beyond for your customers.

    Key Takeaways:

    What do you need to build a business in an unknown area?
    The power of a great brand
    Managing a business through recessions
    The importance of developing and nurturing relationships
    Never be afraid to have big goals. Dream big, they may well happen!

    Host: Lawrence Jones MBE [1]

    Guest: Christopher Head, Sunseeker [2]

    Listening time: 50 mins

    Follow my blog and daily inspiration on Twitter  [3]

     

    [1] http://www.lawrencejones.co.uk/
    [2] https://www.sunseeker.com/en-GB/
    [3] https://twitter.com/Lawrence_Jones

    • 48 min
    An Overnight Success…30 Years in the Making

    An Overnight Success…30 Years in the Making

    There is no such thing as an overnight success. Although some businesses may appear to come from nowhere and grow to dominate a marketplace, the reality is often very different. Behind the scenes there is often failure, sacrifice and hundreds of hours of hard work.

    It took Steve Jobs two decades to become an ‘overnight’ dot com billionaire with Apple. It was a similar story for Microsoft founder Bill Gates. He founded the company in 1975, but it was 11 years before Microsoft went public, making him an overnight success worth $350 million.

    Thirty years ago I was a musician. I built up a business renting grand pianos to hotels across Manchester. It was only after selling that business I saw a gap in the market for internet hosting. Could a musician make it as a tech entrepreneur?

    UKFast is now 20 years old and it’s easy to walk through the doors into a unique space with a gym, slides, sleeping pods and a big team and assume it’s always been this way. But remember, every startup has to start somewhere!

    In this episode, I share the reasons why each and every step in your journey is important to help you hit your goals, even the seemingly backward steps. I was, and still am, a failed musician. When we started UKFast two decades ago, in the bedroom of the flat we were living in, I could never have imagined where we are today. It’s been one hell of a ride!

    Key takeaways:

    Learning to deal with failure
    Don’t try and go it alone, understand the importance of collaboration
    Every business has to start somewhere
    Understanding the power of a brand
    Concentrate on the effort and the output will come
    Remember building a successful business is a journey

    • 59 min
    A Billion-Pound Ambition

    A Billion-Pound Ambition

    This podcast is dedicated to answering your questions. From business related queries like ‘How do you handle a bad boss?’, ‘When is breaking the rules okay?’ and ‘How do you re-energise the team?’ to more personal questions about my hobbies, and the questions I usually avoid answering!

    Knowing how to deal with a bad boss is one of the biggest challenges faced by both employees and business leaders.

    Ultimately, people do not leave bad businesses, they leave bad managers. In fact, a recent poll of more than a million workers in America revealed that 75% of workers who voluntarily left their roles did so because of their boss, not the role that they were in.

    When you invest in your leadership layer, it filters through the entire team, which ultimately could make or break your business. I have seen examples and the consequences of both. In this episode, I share those experiences and my advice on how you can handle a bad boss as an employee, and how to avoid being a bad boss as a leader.

    During this episode I also share the hardest lesson I’ve learned in business, a topic I usually avoid. And, I tell you why I want to make a billion pounds, I bet it isn’t for the reasons you may think!

    This podcast answers your questions head on.

    Key takeaways:

    How to handle a bad boss
    How to ensure the rules you set aren’t broken
    Why it’s vital you find the ying and yang of business
    Discover the greatest motivator to re-energise your team
    Why I’d have a long conversation with my younger self!

    If you have any questions that you'd like me to answer, please drop me a line on any of my social channels.

    Host: Lawrence Jones MBE [1]

    Listening time: 30 mins

    Follow my blog and daily inspiration on Twitter  [2]

    [1] http://www.lawrencejones.co.uk/
    [2] https://twitter.com/Lawrence_Jones

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
179 Ratings

179 Ratings

Pip1foxy! ,

An overnight success

Really good podcast, lifted my mood after a horrible day. Brilliant insight into what can be achieved with passion and drive! Set your own goals and stop comparing yourself against others. As a start up myself I have took some many of your tips on board and feeling wiser everyday. Keep up the good work 👍

Mysecretsmile ,

Superb podcast!! Lawrence provides sound advise everyweek!

My fav podcast of the week!! Been captivated since first hearing the Avalanche one - it’s been a pivotal moment for me since with major changes taking place. Lawrence talks sense and gives sound & logical business advise. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing and giving back each week Chris B (Belfast)

TeddyKenny ,

Listen and Learn

I’ve been listening to Lawrence’s podcasts for about 18 months now and find them so motivating. He talks so honest and open and I gain a lot of business support from him from afar. He genuinely means to get in touch if you need to and he will help if he can. ** Top Genuine Bloke **

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