I AM THE UNTAMED ENTREPRENEUR
My name is Jim Hughes and I am the Untamed Entrepreneur; a personal and business mentor with a penchant for travel, adventure and shit jokes. I live a nomadic lifestyle with my partner Kim, exploring new places and trying new things wherever possible.
My life is designed around what’s important to me and what I love doing, with very little room for waste.
HAVING FUN AND HELPING OTHERS DO THE SAME...
As well as participating in extreme sports wearing fancy dress and being the centre of attention at parties, what I love more than anything is using entrepreneurship to help others reach the same level of happiness and fulfillment that I have! I mentor clients from around the globe from a wide range of backgrounds, but all have one thing in common: a burning desire to turn their passions into income and add more value to the world!
NOT ALWAYS SO...
I have a confession however…this ‘living life on my own terms’ thing, has not always been so. Not so long ago I was a tired, demotivated and disillusioned employee. The job that once challenged and raised me, had started to weigh me down. I was managing a $4 million a year engineering business only three years after cleaning toilets on mine sites. In many people's eyes, I was doing well for myself.
I, on the other hand, had a different perspective. Yes I had climbed the ranks and had somewhat proven myself as a manager of a small business but I was no longer passionate about what I did. I had stopped looking forward to the next day and began to understand what others meant by the ‘Monday morning blues’.
I had seen others around me live in a state of -at best- apathy and -at worst- disdain, towards their jobs and told myself this would never be me. It was time for some drastic changes in my life. Once I realized this, I devoted myself to uncovering my passions and purpose and figuring out how I could design my life around them.
But before we get to this, let’s have a quick delve into my past…I promise it won’t take long and I’ll try and keep it interesting.
I spent my formative years in the North West of England, attending school and University in Chester and Liverpool respectively.
Partly because of a lack of career ideas and partly because I was ready for some 'me time' after three years of studying upwards of 6 hours per week: I sought new, far flung pastures...
The place I chose for this new chapter?
The most untamed of all...Whistler in Canada (<< eyes left).
It was here I first discovered the true meaning of living ones passions (for more details on this chapter, read my Ramble). Every day was an indulgence in adrenaline, adventure and partying, accompanied by a backdrop of epic scenery.
Five years, and much damage to my liver, bones and wallet later, I set off yet again, this time with a more ‘mature’ motive. The destination was Australia where I went in search of some much needed 'proper work' experience, and to take life more seriously.
The time spent in Perth, Western Australia were in stark contrast to the hedonistic days of Whistler. My focus here was my career: building up my experience and testing myself in the real world.
Through a curious sequence of events -which should be a blog post all on its own- I went from cleaning toilets on mine sites to managing an engineering business that generated over $4m a year, within 3 years.
Despite the progression and its associated rewards however, I became acutely aware that I needed more from life. I no longer looked forward to the next work day.
Again, something needed to change...
THE PERFECT BLEND
And that brings me neatly back to where I set off…my devotion to finding my purpose and passions around which to design a business and lifestyle
Well, hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars in books, seminars, events, courses, mentoring and schmoozing later, I figured it out...and here I am. Living my dream of travelling the world and hopefully helping you find your purpose so you can pursue it like your life depends on it...after all, it does!