"Enthusiasm, courage and goals lead to success" "Enthusiasm, courage and goals lead to success"

27 Nov 2017 Ken Davy

By the time I left school at the age of 15, with no qualifications, I had been called a few choice names by my teachers and received many predictions about where my future lay.

I will not go into detail, as some of the language used was not suitable for a respectable publication, but suffice to say none of my teachers foresaw that I would achieve the title bestowed upon me earlier this month of Professor Ken Davy.

The University of Huddersfield invited me to deliver a series of lectures on entrepreneurship and, at the first session, the university’s vice-chancellor did me the honour of appointing me visiting professor of entrepreneurship.  

While the contents of that first lecture were nominally aimed towards entrepreneurs generally, much of the information I covered was applicable to all business owners, including financial advisers.

The most vital ingredient for any successful business is imagination. Only by allowing yourself to visualise exactly what you want, and focusing all your energies on achieving that vision, will it be successful.  

If your starting point includes a list of obstacles to reaching your ultimate aim, then you are already laying the foundations of failure. Once you have imagined what you want to ultimately achieve, there are three essential innate tools that you need: enthusiasm, courage and goals. Achieving your vision relies on a committed belief in its realisation, the bravery to take the difficult steps needed and the ability to set goals that will guide you along the path to success, step by step.

You will also need four additional qualities, all of which can be learned: knowledge, attitude, skills and habits. Your mind can be trained to take on any behaviour – consciously at first and then subconsciously – in a surprisingly short period of time, as long as you are prepared to put in the work.

None of these qualities are beyond anyone who truly wants to make their dream a reality; everything can be achieved if you are prepared to put in the effort. As my dad used to say, you can achieve virtually anything if you are prepared to pay the price.

I will end this column with the same words I used to end my inaugural lecture: if it is not impossible, it must be possible.

Ken Davy is chairman of The SimplyBiz Group 


Testimonials

As a SimplyBiz member I now am working with a company that, in my opinion, not only provides far better services than Tenet ever did, but in doing so they also provide better value for money on every service. I cannot tell you how good it is to speak to people who want to help rather than criticise. I could not be happier with my decision to become directly authorised and use the services of SimplyBiz.

Paul Morris
Metro Financial Solutions LLP

Read More

Latest News

"How turning a blind eye got us to where we are now"

July 18, 2018

It was not many years ago when it became virtually impossible for anyone to obtain PI cover at a reasonable premium. Such was the crisis that the then regulator, the FSA, turned a blind eye to the fact that over a thousand firms were trading without PI insurance.

Read more >

How to help clients create a lasting power of attorney - CPD article

July 16, 2018

Buzz Aldrin’s recent decision to sue his family for mismanagement of his finances has, quite rightly, reminded advisers across the pond that those appointed to make decisions on a client’s behalf need to be selected with the utmost care.

Read more >

Global markets are set up for stock pickers, say industry heavyweights at SimplyBiz Group Advice Show

July 10, 2018

Geopolitical changes are creating the ideal investment environment for stock pickers, according to industry experts speaking at the most recent Advice Show.

Read more >

"Hello, have you been mis-sold an accident claim?"

July 05, 2018

I am sure you will have been delighted to note that, at long last, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is going to formally regulate the ambulance chasers.

Read more >