Energised by a "can do" speaker

Posted 29 May 2015 by Jane Mathieson

Alan Radbourne, author of My One Pound Challenge spoke in Manchester last night. Photo of author in check shirt

His talk raced through his challenge year- how much could he make £1 grow? Could he reach £20K? He reached £5k in 3 months, £10k in 6 months and by the final day had made it to approx £19, 600. One last job via a contact took him just over his £20k target.

The message that came across strongly from this energetic young man, is that it can be done. Careful money management and lots of hard work (which he didn’t labour- no pun intended!) saw his income rise steadily. He turned his hand to all sorts of jobs and gave careful thought to what could be tried in the time available.

Clearly he had some advantages, the greatest of these being a wife with a steady income, prepared to pay all the bills for a year. This was done to keep the “profits” from the challenge clearly visible. But earning a steady income himself, Alan could obviously have contributed to the household if domestic expenses became desperate. His challenge was purely personal. He hadn’t signed a contract with anyone.

He had a ready market for his cleaning ‘offer’, in fellow students and landlords of student houses, which saw him off the starting blocks quickly. But he didn’t stick with this work,  despite it sounding like a business venture which could have developed. His entrepreneurial flair saw him trying lots of different ventures through the year- buying & selling on ebay, refurbishing a camper van, car dealing, painting and decorating. He seemed ready and able to turn his hand to lots of jobs, clearly not afraid to give things a go.

I won’t share all his anecdotes- you need to hear him yourself, visit his website and read his book for those. Although he has returned to student life for the time being, his extra-curricular ventures continue: writing and self-publishing his experiences, marketing himself and his ideas.

Wherever his PhD takes him, I sense that Alan won’t settle for a predictable future.

Alan will be giving more talks in NW Libraries during Adult Learners Week in June. See our events page for details of these dates

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