Wise business advice from my very own Dad.

If I’ve learned one thing as a Misfit Entrepreneur it’s that experience is everything.

When I started out I had no clue what I was doing, I blundered around making mistakes and learning from them.

Now – nearly 10 years later, I don’t have many new problems to deal with.

Experience has left me better able to deal with most issues and I know that I’m a far better business person than I was a few years ago.

So imagine having 40+ years of experience. What kind of wise old goat genius must you be?

That’s why today I’m talking to Derek Toon, yes another Toon. The truth is, he’s my Dad!

I’m lucky enough to have a Dad who’is interested in what I do and willing to pass on sage advice when I need it most.

He’s helped me enormously with my business and I think he’ll help you guys too.

Tune in to learn:

  • What lessons can entrepreneurs learn from big businesses
  • When you ran your own business, was there anything you regret wasting money, time or energy on?
  • What Dad found was the most transferable skill in his career
  • How do you think business has changed in the last 40 years?
  • What’s the best piece of advice my Dad ever gave me
  • What Dad would tell the young Derek Toon
  • What Dad has learned from me about business
  • What  Dad would do differently if he had the chase to raise me again
  • If there’s anything you regret not doing, a chance not taken in business or life?

With contributions from Daryl Ansell, Carly Hopgood, Taryn Musgrave, Jenny De Lacy, Rebecca Carroll Bell, Maria Doyle and Jennifer Crawford.

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About Derek:

Derek Toon, my Dad, hit the big 70 this year, the son of a miner he was the first in his family to go to a Grammar School and the first to go to University.
He studied the first software degree course in the UK back in the swinging 60s at Leeds university, where I followed in his footsteps 25 years later.
Starting out at a technology company called ICL, he had various jobs and set up his own technical translation company in xxx. He’s also worked as a consultant, and finished his career as a Town Centre Manager in the North East of England, helping local businesses boost business.
Now retired he spends his time writing stories, taking photographs and doting on his grandchildren and his favourite dog, Pompemousse.

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