Making the Right Career Move

Making the Right Career Move

Nicola: I then was offered a fantastic job by an amazing entrepreneur, and the way I went about getting that job was directly caused by reading that book. He was an incredible entrepreneur, and he said that he would always rather employ failed entrepreneurs between gigs than employ salespeople — sorry, not salespeople. Employee-mentality people. Because, he said, you get more out of entrepreneurs in the 18 months they stay with you than you get out of employee-mentality people in 10 years. So, I had a fantastic time there. He put me onto performance-based pay. I learned what it was like not to have a ceiling on your earnings. Because, one of the problems when you’re employed, of course, is you look at your wage slip and you think, “Get bigger, for God’s sake. Get bigger.” Of course, it never does.

Evaldas: You never get rich by just selling your time.

Nicola: That’s right, so he really showed the power of performance-based pay, commission-based pay, and all that stuff, and he was brilliant and he just gave me complete latitude. He gave me a brief. I mean, the first thing I had to do for him was to turn a seller into a 1950s cafe with food, and a chef, and music, and a Wurlitzer jukebox, and decoration on the walls. Then he said, “I want you to launch this to the press, the London Press,” and I said, “What’s the budget?” he said, “Well, the usual sort of 2 and a half pounds.” So, I ended up doing things like getting Vidal Sassoon to do the hair for free, and my sister and her bandmate sang in a jazz band and they played for free, and I got all the models to do it for free, and I got the clothes lent for free. So, I pretty much did do it on 2.50 pound.

Evaldas: Wow.

Nicola: Yeah, it really sort of showed me what I was capable of, really, that employer.


Evaldas: Yeah, so being pressed to a corner really makes you creative and find ways how to run.

Nicola: Yeah, and that’s why I made my first website because we’ve got hold of a book. I can’t remember how we got it now. But we got hold of a book called HTML 4 the World Wide Web by Elizabeth Castro, and it was great because it showed you not only what HTML code to use, but what the page should look like afterwards. And I’ve been to art college, and I’ve never found anything as creative as putting little bits of code on a page and turning those into pictures on a website that the rest of the world could see. I was captured, completely captured.

Evaldas: Internet really helps to create things out of nothing.

Nicola: Exactly, exactly.

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