A day in the life of a Jersey entrepreneur – Tom Le Sueur
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What makes you spring out of bed in the morning?
Being able to come to a workplace where everyone has the freedom to express themselves creatively and take time to explore and learn new things. I love seeing my team grow and evolve by challenging them daily and working closely with each individual to help them reach their full potential. I am so grateful for the people I work with everyday, we are more like a family than a workplace.
What does your normal day look like?
Chaos (organised into a colourful calendar). Basically, back to back meetings. When I’m not in meetings I try to make the most of time by working on strategies and creative concepts for clients. When I’m not doing that I’m working on internal processes and projects. My days are often very long, so I try to break them up with activities, whether it’s lunchtime yoga, a swim in the sea or just a walk to refresh the mind. I love the diversity of my work and I don’t mind putting in the extra hours.
How did you get to where you are today?
Constantly learning and never settling for just ‘good’. I was willing to put my entire career on the line in order to pursue my own dreams. I had a very secure, well paid, enjoyable job, but I knew there was more fulfilment to be had. It took me a while but eventually I found the confidence to go for it, I made a plan and backed myself against the odds. If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect others to?
What couldn’t you live your life without?
Freedom. To create. To learn. To explore.
Which outsiders (professional services, investors, mentors, family etc.) have been most important to the success of your business?
Google- is the best teacher I have ever had. You can learn pretty much anything! Also, big Tony Robbins work has taught me a lot too. His book ‘Unlimited Power’ was definitely a big influence on my ‘can do’ mindset. I am also very grateful for having a supportive network of family and friends around me, making sure I’m looking after myself as well as the business.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome?
People. Business is easy, but human beings can be unpredictable, emotional and difficult to understand. Developing my communication, leadership and soft skills has definitely been one of the most important parts of my journey so far.
What advice would you give to your younger self before embarking on your business journey?
Start Small and begin now. There is never that perfect moment to begin your journey as an entrepreneur. I wasted crucial time in a ‘good job’ on a ‘good salary’ with a ‘good pension’ etc. If you are dreaming big, then don’t wait for that golden opportunity to land on your lap, it doesn’t happen. Start hustling today!
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