Podcast  —  April 16, 2019

Ep12. The Challenge of Entrepreneurship After Winning “The Apprentice”, Being In Business With Lord Sugar + How Confidence Gets Results With Dr. Leah Totton

Hello Guys, Today I welcome onto the show Dr. Leah Totton.

Dr. Totton was famously the winner of the 2013 season of BBC One’s The Apprentice, and her subsequent step into the entrepreneurial world as she went into business with Lord Alan Sugar. Dr Leah began her career as an NHS doctor and turned her focus to aesthetic procedures when a member of her family had a terrible experience with unsafe botox injections. This inspired her to not only to open her own cosmetic clinics but to educate the public, being a spokesperson for safety and advocating improved integrity within the cosmetic industry.

From humble roots in Northern Island, Leah grew up determined to focus on achieving well in academic to be able to achieve her dreams of becoming a doctor, but her drive was also financial gain, and dream of having control to better her life for herself and her family.

I chat with Leah about her experience as a doctor and stepping into the world of the ‘celebrity’ on The Apprentice, what drives her professionally and her take on being the best version of yourself.

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Dr. Leah Totten

YOU'LL LEARN
  • The entrepreneurial drive to want to step from an NHS A&E department to not only train as an aesthetic doctor, then stepping into the limelight by applying to take part into The Apprentice.
  • The desire to make positive changes and educate the public to the dangers of cosmetic procedures.
  • Her own surprise at winning in The Apprentice, and how she believed her success came from her ability of staying calm while under pressure instead of her experience or knowledge.
  • The struggle and humbling experience of starting a business from scratch, even with the platform and assistance given from Alan Sugar.
  • The ruthlessness and cutthroat nature within business, that continues to shock, and the importance to develop a thick skin to deal with criticism.   
  • The importance of keeping a foot in the door with the NHS and still enjoying that element of her work.
  • Acknowledging the fact that she works too many hours, and that personally, she continues to have to focus on improving her own work-life balance. Making a conscious effort to have one day off a week, and trying to stay off her emails after 9pm in the evening.
  • The link between, taking care and looking your best and improvements in performance, drive and confidence.
  • Expanding her business and having the confidence to be a woman and feel confident in her own skin, appearance and her capability.

 

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