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People  and Engineering innovation

This week has been all about the engineer - Yet what is an engineer but an innovator... It not just the innovation itself but having people believing in you and helping you move  forward with getting it to where it needs to be.

Just seen an article that reminded me that engineering innovation is all about the people you work with that help you drive those precious ideas forward .

An example of this is something from Dragons Den. Now the programme has been staple Sunday night viewing for years, with millions of us tuning in to witness the weird, wonderful and downright wacky business ideas that are pitched to the Dragons.

 And the hit BBC Two show has churned out a number of incredible successes.

 And one such entrepreneur who secured investment from Deborah Meaden in Dragon’s Den back in 2014, has become one of the show’s most successful candidates EVER.

 20-year-old Jordan Daykin engineering innovation  was a universal plasterboard fitting called “GripIt” which he developed aged just 13.

 At 18, he entered the Den and secured a £80,000 investment from Deborah. This makes him one of the youngest contestants to leave the Den having secured baking from one of the Dragons.

 Today, his business has an estimated worth of around £10 million and Deborah’s initial investment has increased more than 30 times – her share is now a whopping £2.5 million.

 Read the article on his engineering innovation journey here

 What’s even more remarkable about Jordan’s story is that he has no formal qualifications. He dropped out of school at 13 to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams, despite concerns from his friends and family.

 Jordan had a goal, a vision, an aim, and he worked hard to realise that dream. He knew it would involve a lot of hard work, but through implementation, graft, and working with the very best in his Dragon investor, he built a multi-million pound business.

 Who you hang around with matters. And I mean REALLY matters.

 They’re the people that can push you, empower you and teach you.

 But they’re also the people that can pull you down, suck away your time, and bring you down.

 The people you surround yourself with – both in business and in your personal life – really do have a huge impact on how successful you are.

 For Jordan, working with someone like Deborah will have had a profound impact on his mind-set and attitude.

 Surrounding himself with people who were on the same page as him, who were aligned with his goals, and who pushed him on, helped to get him to where he is now.

 Are you hanging around with the right people?

 It could make all the difference in your business.