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Tuesday 27 September 2016

'It's only when I became a bit more worldly, did I feel confident enough to share my ideas...'

Michael Bradley

Published 28/06/2015 | 02:30

Michael Bradley, CEO of Solar 21 & Director at Green Room Investments
Michael Bradley, CEO of Solar 21 & Director at Green Room Investments

'When you leave college and secure your first job (at least in my case), you're eager to impress and eager to fit in. Starting in the workplace can be a daunting prospect - and adopting a 'head-down' attitude can be alluring in an effort to just get on with your work and not rock the boat in any way.

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"If there's one thing I could have told my younger self way back when, it would be to be less afraid of stepping forward. Trust your instincts. Be more confident in your approach.

"And never be afraid to challenge the status quo. How else will a business or a person grow and develop, unless someone has the courage to step forward and identify when things are not working?

"I remember in my first few jobs I used to sit in meetings with lots of ideas swirling around in my head - some good, some not so good - but I never had the courage to voice any of these opinions. Instead I'd leave the meeting thinking: 'I wish I would have said x, y or z.'

"It's only when I became more experienced, a bit more worldly, did I feel confident enough to share my ideas with peers - even with those colleagues above me on the corporate ladder.

"In time, when I gained more experience, I decided it was time to actually challenge other people. Not in an aggressive or discourteous manner, but in a way in which I could express a differing or opposing viewpoint.

"I believed that in so doing, we could better serve the project we were working on, or the service we were providing.

"I think lots of people struggle with the 'keeping the head down' syndrome. And I empathise. But I have since developed my own business - Solar 21 - on the whole basic premise of offering investors an alternative, essentially a better way of doing things…

"This is also the premise of my latest venture - Green Room Investments, which is launching in the coming weeks. We recognised that there have been leaps and bounds in terms of innovation and affordability within the 'green' sector - all of which have helped renewables to become an attractive investment opportunity.

"So, in summary, I think what I really wish I knew before I started is that it's ok to make a few mistakes along the way - don't be afraid to get it wrong sometimes."

'It's only when I became a bit more worldly, did I feel confident enough to share my ideas...'

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