In 1982 I was made redundant from my job as an export sales manager with a company in Sheffield that made paper cutting knives that cut through a ream of paper at a stroke! I moved to Norfolk having secured a job as District Manager for what was then called Group 4 Total Security Ltd.
In 1986 I left Group 4 and became self-employed in the financial services industry. In 1990 I set up my own partnership in a firm of independent financial advisers. Over 13 years we grew that partnership to be one of the top 10 firms in a network of over 2500 advisers.
However in 2003 my founding partner and myself no longer had a shared vision of the future and we decided to close the business.
In 2007 I found myself in hospital needing an operation to prevent my bowel twisting. The operation has actually been very successful. Somewhat to my surprise I found myself in hospital again in March 2009 needing another major operation to remove a band that had formed around my duodenum. My recovery was going well but then I hit the buffers with depression.
From experience I can tell you that it is far easier to get over two serious operations when everything between the ears is working properly than it is to get over a problem between the ears when the rest of the body is relatively fit.