‘Hire somebody who’s smarter than you are’
Q what’s the best piece of business (or life) advice you’ve ever been given? AIF you say you’re going to do something, do it. Don’t complain, explain or use an excuse. Just do it. It’s great advice. Qwhat piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business? Asame as above. Whenever I hire someone, I’m effectively buying peace of mind. If they say they’re going to do it, I need to know they will, so I can sleep at night.
Q what was your best business decision? ATO set up Stellify Media with Matthew Worthy. He’s smarter than me in every way and much better at all aspects of this job. If you’re looking around for a business partner, make sure you find someone smarter than you are. It’ll make your life much easier. QIF you weren’t doing this job, what would be your other career? A I’D be a writer. I used to write comedy scripts for radio and episodes of kids’ TV shows, and one day I hope to go back to it.
Q your last holiday and where are you going next? A MY last holiday was a week in the sun with my wife, Jane, and son Fintan. I think it was in Mallorca. I’m pretty sure we’ve already booked for 2019 though.
Q what are your hobbies/ interests? AI love reading — I’ll read anything you put in front of me. I make a point of going to the gym a few times a week. I spent years training in martial arts — Aikido and Wing Chun — before work and family took over and I’m planning on getting back on the mats in 2019.
Q what is your favourite sport and team? A I don’t follow sport. I only use it as an excuse to go to the pub with my brothers. I like having a beer while a game is on in the background.
Q IF you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book? A the Tao of Pooh. It explains Taoism through the stories of Winnie the Pooh. It’s beautiful. Also, The Princess Bride by William Goldman. These books will brighten your day. Check them out.
Q how would you describe your early life? A blissful. I grew up in New Barnsley Park in west Belfast, surrounded by amazing people. My parents taught me that I could do anything I wanted. My four older brothers looked after me. They’re still looking after me to this day, if I’m honest. Even my neighbours were brilliant. There was such a sense of community where I lived .
Q have you any economic predictions? ANO
one knows what’s going on. No one. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. Everyone is preparing for the worst. The one thing I think we can rely on is that it’s going to get worse before it gets better. I wish I could be more upbeat about it. Qhow
would you assess your time in business with your Stellify? A it’s
been a fairly steep learning curve, but I wouldn’t change a thing. Q how
do you sum up working in the media/ TV sector? A this
is the best job in the world. It’s hard work, it’s stressful and it’s intense, but it really is brilliant. I can’t recommend it enough.