As a 17-year-old lad with only one ambition at the time (to own a nightclub), I took a significant step towards that goal by becoming the assistant manager of the largest nightclub in Southwest England at that time.

You see, getting the role in the first place was as a result of a little influence I had already started to build, albeit unknowingly. As a student I had organised a few large parties, and even turned a profit. This got me known, even beyond my crowd or target audience.

At the time I was studying at college, but I was struggling to concentrate; always distracted by thoughts of getting out into the big wide world and making some money.

This hadn't gone unnoticed. One of my teachers realised I was close to leaving my studies. ...

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