After some quick thinking (spontaneous stupidity some may call it). I decided to leave home in Edinburgh Scotland and got on a train to London some 450 miles away.
The first thing I secured was an apprenticeship in motor vehicle engineering.
You grow up fast when you need to secure accommodation and work. Whilst putting myself through college for seven years...oh and training seven times a week.
Back then there were no grants or financial sponsorship in my sport. My parents worked hard to keep the lights on, so I had to figure out how to pay for it all myself...needless to say, I survived.
By the age of 21, I had worked my way into middle management in charge of a department in a medium-sized company.
My challenge was to make my department the highest revenue and quality of service. I loved it and thrived on the stress, demands from the company, customers and employees.
Over the next few years, I grew within the company as the company grew in size taking more senior roles. My success led to getting noticed in the motor industry. Large PLC's approached me to work for them, and manage their motor dealerships.
The one thing that was constant throughout this time was my love of building a team. Delivering the best customer service and marketing the business at every level.