In this episode of The Progression Puzzle, we welcome the visionary Damian Horner, co-founder of Real Vision, to piece together his progression puzzle.
From an early age growing up in a working-class household just outside of Leeds, Damian always had a passion for advertising and communications. Through sheer determination and hard work, he managed to throw open the doors and find his place in the industry.
Damian's career has always been characterised by his ability to think outside of the box. It is this thinking which catapulted him to the top of the industry very early on in his career. However, once there, he found that the environment stifled his revolutionary thinking which he passionately believed is the key to success.
Since then he has followed the opportunities that life has presented from publishing to gaming and everything in between. Damian's latest adventure is Real Vision, a disruptive financial media platform. The aim of Real Vision is to democratise information within financial services to allow everyone access to the information needed to make well-informed investments.
Hosted by Michael Barrington-Hibbert, this conversation is an honest look at how to seize every opportunity with both hands. Through Damian recounting his journey from childhood to now, there are key learnings for anyone who wants to develop their creative thinking and live life to the fullest.
00:04 - Introduction to The Progression Puzzle
00:59 - Introduction to Damian Horner, co-founder of Real Vision
01:57 - What is Real Vision and your role within the organisation?
03:57 - How did your career progress to founding Real Vision?
05:26 - How did you find your path coming from a working-class household in Leeds?
06:56 - What was your childhood like? Did you feel like you 'fitted in'?
12:36 - After school, where did your path take you?
14:34 - What did you learn about yourself taking an unconventional route through University?
16:36 - How did you find your way into advertising?
20:12 - Do you think coming from a working-class background held you back in the early stages of your career?
22:11 - When did you realise that you might not be suited to a corporate environment?
26:44 - What made you finally take the leap of faith and decide to not return to the corporate environment?
29:19 - How do you switch off at the end of the day?
34:53 - What have been some of your most significant professional successes and failures?
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