I have to admit this story is very inspirational, but also a bit on the heavy side. It’s about the power of second chances.
I’m talking to Jacob Hill, founder of OffPloy.org based in outside of Leeds in northern England. He gets jobs for ex-offenders. In fact, he wants to get 250 ex-offenders jobs by the July 2019.
This guy is a character and has entrepreneurial energy coursing through everything he does. Some highlights of his entrepreneurial pursuits include:
- He was selling candy in school as a teen until he got caught.
- Was running musical festivals after that until the local council shut him down.
- Met Prince Andrew at the age of 21 when he was recognized as Yorkshire’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year for his venture renting camping supplies at music festivals.
As you’ll soon hear, things took a turn for the worse after that.
Jacob discovered his latest work opportunity when he hit rock bottom. You see, he’s also an ex-offender and was only released last year. In fact, he’s still on probation. I’ll let him share the details of what happened.
Bu after listening to his story, I believe we all have dark times in life, some worse than others. I really do believe we all deserve a second chance and it we all owe it to ourselves to never stop trying to making ourselves better people.
The biggest lesson Jacob learned from all his business failures? He realized to be truly successful, he needed a sense of purpose and spending 9 and a half months in jail gave him the sense of purpose that previously eluded him.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Embracing discomfort.
- Self-awareness and self-reflection.
- Finding your purpose.
How Jacob Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: 5:30 am
- Ideal work environment: Alone in the office, a structured environment.
- Superpower: Time management.
- Regains focus by: Taking a walk.
- Favorite productivity tool: Focus Time App, a pomodoro timer.
- 90-day goal: Hire an administrator for his company.
“My ego was through the roof. I thought I was indestructible because I couldn’t take the fact that I ultimately failed.”
“Don’t solve people’s minor problems. Solve their headache problems.”
“I think going to prison was one of the best things to ever happen to me.”
Jacob believes in these action steps when it comes to finding your purpose:
1) Mashup passions: Find two things you absolutely love doing and see if you can connect them.
2) Make a quantifiable goal: Create a specific, measurable target and make yourself accountable.