Kilting for Quid; Kilting for Kids

John Lothian

John Lothian

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Simon Puleston Jones, CEO of FIA Europe – In Pursuit of Happiness

“Try to find someone who does things right that you really aspire to be over the course of your career.”

Simon Puleston Jones, CEO of FIA Europe, gives advice for balancing personal life with career life. Jones begins his presentation with an acronym for “DREAM”, discussing how happiness and achieving your goals is related to Diligence and drive, Relationships and recruitment, Education and ethics, Adjustments and appreciation, and Mistakes and mentors. He stresses that your career should be something you truly enjoying waking up for and how some perks such as fancy cars and large boats can be outweighed by having a family and raising children. Jones shows that happiness is not about materialistic possessions, but rather the relationships you build with others and the experiences you have throughout your life.
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You may be asking why we are rerunning the above video from last fall’s MarketsWiki Education event in London. The answer is twofold. First, Simon Puleston-Jones delivered one of the best talks we ever had the pleasure of publishing, and one well worth repeating. Second, we want to give a glimpse of the guy who will be donning a kilt at this year’s IDX Gala Kilt Challenge.

You may recall that at last year’s IDX dinner, FIA CEO Walt Lukken put on the kilt for Futures for Kids, and helped the organization reach a milestone – £2 million raised for the charity since its inception. He then passed the magic sporran to Mr. Puleston-Jones, who on June 10, 2015, will take his place among such illustrious Kilt Challenge alumni as Clive FurnessSimon RostronJeremy Grant and, of course, our own John Lothian, who did the honor in 2011.

Though Simon has just passed the halfway point in his quest to raise £5,000 by the 10th, there is still a long way to go. And consider the sacrifice:

“My Welsh ancestors may well turn in their grave to see a son of Wales wearing a Scottish kilt,” says Puleston-Jones, “but it’s well worth their ire as I strive to reach the goal.”

Regular readers of the John Lothian Newsletter know how much this organization does for a host of children’s charities across the globe including, most recently for the victims of the Nepal earthquake. Please check out the FFK site, and give generously, in the hope that today’s children may participate in the DREAM that Simon Puleston-Jones speaks about so eloquently in his video.

Click here to learn more about Futures for Kids

Click here to donate via Simon’s JustGiving page

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