There are three things that Simone cannot live without; one is speaking, one is basketball and one is playing the digeridoo. These days a successful entrepreneur, podcaster, three- time author and motivational speaker, his business – GTEX – turns experts into authorities by providing a framework business model to enable passionate entrepreneurs and solo-preneurs to get their voices heard and make income as well as impact. It was not always thus. “I am a very driven person. I am all in or nothing.” Simone explains the pivotal moments in his life and how they shaped him and still do. After his parents split at 14, Simone was determined to take responsibility for himself and help provide for his mother. An all-in detour via hospitality saw him go from waiter to managing a Michelin starred restaurant aged 19. A self-initiated stint living out of a backpack and effectively being homeless for two years led to an activist phase, helping to set up Occupy London, outside the London Stock Exchange. Today he is paid up part of the capitalism that he used to rebel against. “It’s an interesting paradox that there I was shouting “screw capitalism!” and now here I am running three businesses” he laughs. Whilst creating change and making an impact has always been a core theme, Simone has changed his approach; “I was living in a world of conspiracy theories. Activism is about destroying and I realised I prefer to impact through creating something positive, something new.” Simone’s passion is infectious as he invites us all focus on the positive and explains how what you focus on expands. If you’re an entrepreneur looking to explode your business, then this podcast is for you!

Smash The Box is a personal development business. Everything I do is with the aim of inspiring you to find your purpose so you can make your mark on the world. One way I do this is by sharing people’s stories. Inspiring stories that the world needs to hear. Stories of breakthroughs, of adversity overcome, of achievements, successes, of setbacks and turnarounds, of realisations and lightbulb moments. This audio experience is a natural and perfect complement to the existing services of Life Coaching, Leadership Coaching, Breakthrough Workshops and Inspirational Talks – all of which forms something quite unique and special. If you are looking to find your purpose in life, in work, or both, then don’t just think outside the box. It’s time to Smash The Box!