Come and meet… Matt Hoddinott

Our Q&A with netwalk leader in Stony Stratford, and co-founder of The Dot Life…

What does your morning routine look like?

I try and get up and go for a run most mornings, or at least spend an hour getting myself prepared for the day ahead. I don’t mean the usual washing and dressing routine, but getting my head on straight, yoga, running, watching the sun come and some meditation.

The best piece of advice you have received?

It just is….

Who was your last email from?

My last email today was from LinkedIn telling me about a reply to a message that I’d sent to a designer/colleague working on the old Olympic Park. I haven’t spoken to him in a while and I was just checking in to say hello.

What’s your ‘to-do’ list looking like today?

I hate to do lists!! I go from having endless lists, to working on the theory of doing what feels right, next. Today has been busy getting some materials ready for shipment to India and agreeing terms of trading with our customer. There is different expectation amongst different cultures, and the time difference doesn’t help either.

What part of your day do you look forward to the most?

I love early mornings, the blank canvas ready for you to create an amazing day. But I also love the evening time with my family, and the work time with my colleagues. I am really fortunate enough to work with people I choose to work with and so for the majority of the time it’s a really fun, vibrant atmosphere, and so the whole day is pretty good.

What motivates you?

I enjoy working, so it’s not really hard to go to work. I chat a lot for a living, and that’s more fun than a chore. I’m not particularly financially driven, but I do have goals of where I’d like myself and my business to be in X years time. We have family aspirations too; most of them revolve around travelling, experiencing and exploring. The laptop lifestyle is the goal – working from wherever I am, whenever I choose.

Who is your role model?

I had a managing director in a previous job who is now a close personal friend and client. He is my inspiration. I also see inspiring things in many of my family and friends and associates. Many of TheNetwalk.Life’s members are inspiring too - from ex-football players who are motivational speakers brought about through life-changing events, through to artists, business owners, financiers and people in the mental health industry. Everyone has something to offer and inspire you with.

Where do you go to get away from it all and unwind?

Asia if I can, with my family. If not, anywhere with my family. We have a rail ticket in our home which, although cheesy, says “We don’t know where we are going, but as long as it’s together that’s fine”. It’s a first class ticket too which is nice! My family call it a “Magical Monkey Tour”

Favourite destination you’ve ever visited?

Singapore. I was blown away by the Asian Island Nation to be honest. The mix of cultures, cleanliness, safety, discipline and opportunity. But, I also like the developing Asian countries, and the Old Hong Kong before SARS etc.

If you could steal someone’s job for a day, who’s would you choose?

It sounds a cop out, but I’m really happy as I am.

What’s your greatest fear?

Being forgotten.

What is your earliest memory?

Playing on the Green Line in Cyprus not long after the 1974 invasion.

What is your favourite smell?

Dawn; the cleanliness of a new day.

What is your favourite word?

At the moment, Love. It sounds so “flower power” and hippie but it’s such a powerful word full of compassion, beauty, fun and life.

What is your favourite outdoors activity?

I’m a runner, albeit a very slow runner, but I enjoy a trot early in the morning as the sun comes up, out in the countryside.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A pilot. My family thought I would be a vicar – I’m comfortable enough with my spirituality but quite flaky with my beliefs.

Which book changed your life?

Can I have two… Alexander Frater’s Beyond The Blue Horizon is my favourite book. It’s such a beautiful book about air travel in years gone by from London to Brisbane. The one I’m writing will change my life, when I’ve written it, it’s a work in progress!

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