James Hacon has said yes a lot. A relentless seeker of amazing experiences, James said yes to visiting 30 countries before age 30. Now aged 32, he’s since said yes to visiting 100 countries before age 40 (he’s on 52). “To qualify, we must have stayed the night, eaten local food and met a local”, reveals James with a smile. From Norfolk to London, via Cornwall, James is now CEO of successful consultancy and though leadership group Think Hospitality. Always driven by a strong word ethic and sense of achievement, James was running his parent’s restaurant at 15, had already sold 3 businesses by 18 and was running music venues at age 19. Behind the success though lie battles with mental health, something James works hard on as he opens up on a history of family child abuse and his escape from it. The coping mechanisms he uses are the yin to the over-achieving yang that has delivered him so much success. In this revealing podcast, James talks passionately about the unhelpful stereotype of the ’24/7 hustle’ culture that has become associated with entrepreneurship , the importance of taking breaks and how he writes poetry to help deal with anxiety. We talk about owning your past, coming back stronger, purpose and straight talking. James speaks with an honesty rarely seen amongst business leaders as he reveals a side to himself that many are afraid to show. James has always said yes to life and its opportunities, as he makes an exclusive reveal in this very episode. Time to say yes to this enlightening podcast…

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