Brightonian investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist and football club chairman Tony Bloom has quite the spectacular resume. But like any other self-made man, Tony had his humble beginnings, his childhood dreams and what if passions. His success wasn’t achieved overnight. It’s an amalgamation of experience, grit, hard work, talent, persistence and risk.
Regardless of where you are in the world, your job or status in life, there are quite a number of lessons to learn from this man. We’ll take all day if we enumerate them all so today we give you five. Read up and discover what they are.
1. Ask for what you want then have the courage to pursue it.
We all have dreams but not all of us are willing to put in the hard work and risk it. After graduating at the Manchester University and landing an options trading job at Earnest & Young, Tony left his corporate stint just a few years later to pursue his itch in business and investments. It was a risk but one worth taking and today he’s reaping the fruits of it.
2. There’s a certain fulfillment to working on causes you strongly believe in.
In 2011, Tony Bloom established the Bloom Foundation, a charity with advocacies on poverty. He later co-founded the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation with his wife Linda. To raise both funds and awareness for the cause, he ran the Brighton marathon twice, first in 2011 and in 2015.
3. It’s never too late to go back to your childhood passions.
Football was something young Tony loved with a passion. He would often see matches of the Brighton & Hove Albion FC at the Goldstone Ground with his family. In 2000 and after success from his various ventures, he was able to invest in the football club and became a major shareholder. By 2009, he became chairman and accomplished groundbreaking projects such as the American Express Community Stadium and the American Express Elite Performance Centre.
4. It’s okay if you don’t end up practicing your degree.
Tony was quite the good student. He finished a mathematics degree at Manchester University but only practiced it for some years at the accounting firm. But then again, there’s nothing wrong with choosing a different career path even if it doesn’t fall exactly in line with your university degree.
5. Don’t let society dictate what you can or cannot do.
Tony Bloom’s road to success wasn’t one that came free of doubts. People questioned whether he could deliver but he proved them wrong. He listened to his dreams. He did not let others dictate his decisions. He chose them.