Finding Your Path 2 - Achieving your goals & evolving with Joel Blake OBE

Finding Your Path

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In today’s episode, Herman is joined by the founder of The GFA Exchange and The Cludean group and the president of Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce, Joel Blake OBE. Together they discuss what it takes to be a founder, how to master your emotional intelligence, why you need to embrace the challenges you face in life and how evolution is everything.


Don't underestimate people because when you've got your own perception of people you don’t know the journey they’ve been on.

A good founder is somebody who has an idea and is willing to take action to bring the idea to life. Everyone has this view that entrepreneurs are reckless but in reality, they take calculated risks driven by a passion and a vision that started their journey.

Everything is about evolution, if you try to achieve your goals based on your current self, you're actually limited in your own potential, if you're not evolving, you're, you're not growing. You need to be willing to learn, transform and be nurtured.

You've got to understand the emotional intelligence of embracing growth and what that really means for you as an individual person, if you can master this then you can learn how to adapt to changes and the ups and downs of the journey.

Embrace the challenges on your journey and always aim to add value because if you can add value it means what you’re trying to achieve is possible.


“Being a founder is understanding the end goal and striving to achieve it.”

“I came out in terms of quantity to be supporting my community, but I've known that in order to support my community at scale, I may not be involved in my community as much”

“I'm going to have to transform, evolve and be willing to learn about the good, the bad and everything in between.”

“If you're not growing, all you’re doing is stagnating. I always felt that evolution was the way in which I was going to be able to achieve.”

“You have to adapt yourself to the journey and that's something that takes a lot of mental, emotional and physical challenges.”


Herman is the visionary behind ECNM’s mentoring vision and services with over 20 years of mentoring experience across the community, music, and the education sectors. Through his mentoring work, Herman has won multiple awards and he is passionate about making mentoring high quality and accessible for all young people.

Herman leads on business strategy, the development of strategic partnerships and pioneering new mentoring initiatives and innovations. Besides leading ECNM, Herman is a father of three daughters, enjoys watching Formula One, loves cooking for his family and is even known to write a rap or two.



Joel Blake is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of The GFA Exchange, an award-winning fintech startup for the financial services sector. Joel is the former President of the Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce and the Founder of FIN, an industry think-tank that works with baniking and financial services organisations committed to improving financial inclusion for underserved businesses.


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