SuitCase Media is my new business and building on junglemoon.co.uk... I am also partner in a corporate coaching business, ThincDifferent. The rest you can get from my websites.
Rob spoke to Mark on the phone the day after the launch party and ended up talking for ages about how life is too short not to be spending it doing stuff that is important to you. Read his story. He practices what he preaches!
I am a photojournalist and cover mostly adventure and sports events. I run http://www.junglemoon.co.uk/Junglemoon/Photographic_Workshops.html" rel="nofollow">photographic workshops and http://www.junglemoon.co.uk/Junglemoon/Speaking_%26_Business.html" rel="nofollow">speaking engagements for business. I am also currently involved with Lego Serious Play (http://www.seriousplay.com/" rel="nofollow">Lego For Business) as a training tool and building this on the side of my work.
What else? Large amounts of coffee in the morning, a run at some point in the day - all around checking my social marketing stuff, http://markgillett.wordpress.com/" rel="nofollow">blog, twitter and http://www.junglemoon.co.uk/Junglemoon/Junglemoon_Images.html" rel="nofollow">website. I send out regular pitches for articles and stories depending on what I am covering. Sometimes I'm off to do a shoot, sometimes shooting for my blog. I am capturing as much of Paris as I can right now and working on a book.
I owned a tennis school for many years, and worked in the Middle East. I have always been in performance sport hence the coaching now. I have also run expeditions mainly to the deserts of Oman and the Sinai and those are ongoing for when I am inspired or need to go see some sand!
When I was growing up my aunt was a missionary in New Guinea and Burma. I used to get stamps and photos sent to me and ever since then I wanted to travel.
I left home at 17 and just went. First to Cornwall, then London, then Portugal, then the Middle East. Whilst there I travelled in Asia a lot too.
Errr!? I knew I wanted to see the world. I was a tennis player and knew that could be my ticket. I used it well and ran a successful tennis business and travelling at the same time. My training has just been lots of practical stuff. I also taught scuba for a while…
My tennis funded my stuff, but then I found that photojournalism and expeditions made money too. I now work in those areas mainly, also with inspirational work with business and people/individuals.
Best thing: Making it happen! It's just so rewarding when you do what you enjoy. I wake up wanting to do what I do… I love it.
Worst thing: It does not always pay and that can be worrying, but I could not do anything else.
Wow! That’s tough… My father once said, "go do what you want to do and do it well. If it does not work out, it does not matter".
This was when I wanted to quit further education to travel and run a tennis business... just as my father did. Too many parents try to control the outcomes of their children. This is plain wrong. Your job as a parent is to educate, prepare and let go. Perhaps be there for support but let go…
Google is great. If something interests me, I google it.
I don’t read enough books so I rely on people and the world around me for inspiration. It’s a beautiful world.