1 moment of madness – my life changed forever.

I don’t even like football. Why on earth did I read the back pages of the newspaper that day? It had an article interviewing a football manager. One question – one answer. It got stuck in my head.

What’s your biggest regret?

Never going to university.

Context is needed. No one in my family had ever been to university. I had no qualifications at all when I left school. I worked in dead end jobs. University is not anything within the realms of reality for someone with my background.

I adopted the regret. It wasn’t a real regret. It was a moment of madness.

I liked rugby. I had a clear ideal. I wanted a university that was within 10 miles of Twickenham, home of rugby. I wanted the university to look “like a fairy-tale.”

Research. If I could live for free to take GCSEs, from A Levels onwards I could have a student grant. I went to my mother with the proposal.

“It’s my biggest life regret not going to university. If I can live at home for a year without having living expenses, I’m on my way to my dream.”

In fairness to my ever-patient mother, she took my fake regret in her stride. It was as if she knew me!!

What does it take to succeed when chasing your dreams?

Year 1 – GCSEs at college.

Year 2 – A-Levels start, student grant kicks in but it’s not enough. I take on 4 jobs.

A typical weekday. Up at 5am, open a newsagent at 6am and work until 9am. Get changed; grab breakfast in the car on the way to college. 9.30am-5.30pm College. Get changed, grab tea in the car on the way to the theatre. 6pm-9pm work in the theatre. 9.30pm – 11pm study.

Weekend: 9-5pm job 3. 7pm-11.30pm working the bar, job 4.

Year 3 – A-Levels, still 4 jobs, multiple collapses with exhaustion.

But… I find THE dream university and attend the open day.

I apply. This will have been 3 years of hard graft to just get this far. I am 100% driven and committed – never has my focus been so razor-sharp.

The decision. Rejection.

Overcoming limiting beliefs and even more barriers.

My reaction. Unacceptable response from the university. I have worked too hard. I am going to that university. I write a letter to tell them they can either accept me this year and get it over with or I will be applying every year for the rest of my life because I am going.

A new letter arrives. The university have amended their decision and I have a place. My tutor says this is unheard of and I must be mistaken. It’s in black and white.

On my 24th birthday, I walked through the gates of the university I had dreamed about attending. I graduated 3 years later with honours – and my whole life changed forever.

A dream. A plan. Focus and determination. Not accepting “no” as the answer. Having a mindset of unlimiting belief.

Helping your achieve your dreams.

Dreams are possible. I help people find their paths and achieve their dreams because I know how to make the seemingly impossible a reality.

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I first worked with Will whilst I was a junior member of a teaching team. I worked closely with him for around three years and he became a true mentor to me. During this time Will helped encourage me to discover my own leadership style and he mapped out what it takes to be successful. I highly recommend Will for life and career coaching.

Will is a professional, natural leader who manages to make you feel at ease. He manages to be both emphatic and encouraging, whilst also managing to challenge you to find your own answers. Will’s approach is totally non-judgmental and the sessions are really focused on you and on what you want to achieve. Working with Will has allowed me to address challenges I was facing and he brought a wealth of resources and practical tools to help me set goals, clarify my values, and explore avenues right away. Even though I left teaching 5 years ago, I still seek out Will for his help and guidance and I appreciate his versatility as a thought partner, ally, and coach. Our sessions are always productive and efficiently run, which is perfect for someone who is juggling many priorities! Will brings great communication, professionalism and quality to his work and I highly recommend him as a life/business coach.
- Jamie T (Leadership Coaching)

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I am so glad I found Mapleleaf Vision! Will has been super supportive and understood exactly what I needed to help me to redirect my focus. I now have fresh enthusiasm for what lies ahead.
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Will at Mapleleaf vision fitted me in for a last minute decision-making session that I needed to make ASAP re. a job offer / career change. He was friendly, professional, and really knew his stuff! He unpicked things that I could never have done on my own. I’m so grateful to him & will be highly recommending him to everyone! Where there is a ‘Will’, there’s a way! Thank you, Will. You truly have a gift.
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