So this is the full on disclosure. I’ve not really been able to mention this formally until we actually launched properly on the 1st of October.
As I mentioned earlier, I left JWT in Manchester around March 2012. Because in advertising everyone wants to know and gossip is rampant, the decision was mainly financial on their side and career-driven on my side. When I wrote ‘No more JWT‘ I didn’t quite know how the world would react to the news because some people are casually horrible to me (“What were you doing there anyway? Why aren’t you running your own business?!”) while others are incredibly supportive. Both are very useful.
On my birthday this year I met the people I now work with. I find it odd to say I work for a start-up because I never knew it’d be ‘my thing’. But two things I know:
When someone asks ‘Do you know Russell?’ the answer is ‘Yes!’
When a spaceship lands in your back yard, do you get in? Yes!
So here I am at London Strategy Unit, of whom you’ll hear a lot more about in the future.
It’s been a journey and when I say journey I really mean everything from drilling holes into furniture to being part planner, part PA, part cleaner, part manager of my own projects. Some stuff has gone horribly wrong and I wish it was me spilling something on myself on the job but it’s worse. Anyway, you learn a massive amount of things some people never touch on or hear about.
I leave every day with my head buzzing full of things I have done, could do, should be doing but the madness keeps things interesting. It’s not the easiest of things but it was the decision that made me realise I’m not so bad at making decisions about my own life.