Posted 30 October 2009
Harper Adams students this week learned about “How to become a millionaire” from self-started businessman John Bowler.
Mr Bowler, who is one of the largest producers of Lion Code free range and organic eggs in the UK, is a self proclaimed outspoken and controversial speaker. At the latest Harper Forum, he grabbed the attention of a busy lecture theatre with his no-nonsense, straight to the point approach to the evening’s topic.
He said that far too many people expect something for nothing and that “everyone makes life too complicated”. To become successful it takes dedication, time and effort.
Mr Bowler had a list of tips and advice which he felt were the key to success and becoming a millionaire. He said he could go on all night but some of his advice included: mix with positive people, chose your mentors in life wisely, think outside the box and be different, chase quality of life and be fearful because when you are fearful you are moving forward.
“Don’t be afraid to have a go, make mistakes and don’t be scared of failing, because that’s when you learn. It is better to have tried and failed than not to have tried at all,” he told the assembled student.
His audience was interested to know more about how Mr Bowler had made his millions and become as successful as he is. He pointed out that he had fallen into egg production by accident but he always worked hard and had a goal in life. He loves business and loves making money.
John Bowler has more than 150 contracted producers of eggs, which he has helped set up in business and one student asked “Why set other people up in business and not just have the units yourself?” Mr Bowler replied that he could employ people to manage all of the units but if people invested their own money they were usually more attentive and the business was more likely to be successful.
Mr Bowler pointed out that money does not make you happy and you will never be successful if you do not enjoy your job. Get rich quick schemes never work. You need to have a plan, work hard, a burning desire to succeed and if you also have a job you enjoy, money should be a by product, he said.
The next Harper Forum, on Thursday, November 12, will see Director of JSR Farming, Philip Huxtable, talk to the students.
By Harper Forum Reporter Carla Coghlan