An interview with CEO Jamie Talbot
“Success is not about who you know or even what you know. Skills are extremely important but to have huge success, it requires great character, determination and grit, and the willingness to do what most people aren’t willing to.”
What is your background
I am from an extremely normal and humble background. I’ve always grown up seeing my parents working hard, my father being self-employed and my mother working within the NHS and counselling department.
I studied Business at Lancaster University and chose to continue down that route after graduating. The problem was that I had a lot of theoretical knowledge but not much practical which is what is needed in Business! So having the opportunity to get into this Industry gave me the training, skills and opportunity I needed to fast-track my career.
What inspired you to run your own business?
A few things, firstly understanding how tough it is for people in the job market, I wanted to provide a unique and fulfilling opportunity for hungry and driven people who want to be successful within their careers, as I know how daunting it was when I finished university! Then from a young age, I understood the differences between working for yourself as opposed to someone else.
I believed that building something for yourself rather than someone else was a lot more motivating and self-fulfilling, with the ability to create my own vision and goal, rather than following somebody else’s
What motivates you?
I would say that there are three main things that motivate me – Success, Freedom and Control.
I think the hunger to be successful is a huge driving force, as what is the alternative? Success brings huge financial rewards, travel opportunities, the freedom to make choices, and the ability to help others around you.
Freedom is extremely powerful as it allows you to live a fulfilling life full of adventure and experience new things constantly. The only catch is you have to work hard to create that first!
Being in the industry that I am in and running my own organisation allows me to be in control of everything- where I want to expand to, how quickly we want to grow, never having a threat or worry of redundancy or hour cuts. Being able to control the speed and direction of your own career, I think, is one of the most motivating things.
What made you choose the name Roar Ambition?
Obviously, it’s a play on words. The raw character is what you need In order to be successful. Combine that with the roar of a lion. Lions are the king of the jungle and dominate their environment. That is the goal of why I started the company- to dominate and be the best. The ambition speaks for itself – someone needs to think bigger, expect more and push themselves to achieve greatness to have a greater chance of success.
Our Company culture comprises all of this and I believe we provide one of the best environments around for people to have the opportunity to learn, grow and be successful themselves.
What are the company goals for the next 5 years?
Huge expansion! We want to open 5 more offices in Liverpool, another 20 around the UK and within the next 2 years, we are expanding to the U.S.A starting with New York.
Australia is the destination after that, and within ten years we want to be on every continent. We have a motivated team to help achieve these goals but need people with a similar work ethic and ambition to help with our expansion and are excited to travel to these places as well.
What advice do you have for recent graduates looking to start a career or someone looking for a complete career change but they don’t know what to look for?
Look for a company that is willing to provide world-class training as we do.
Find a company that is willing to invest in its people and help them develop, as well as providing an opportunity so that you can grow at a fast-pace to further your career.
Make sure you look for a company that is expanding but not fully developed as this will help your chance to grow within the company, it will also provide you with more opportunities, satisfaction and rewards!
What tips would you give to someone who wants to be successful?
Establish your own goals for yourself, want it more than anyone else, be willing to do more than anyone else and think bigger than anyone you know. Make sure you surround yourself with like-minded and ambitious people, as you’re a product of your environment so make sure you’re part of a good one!