quote-marksLouis Barnett

Managing Director Louis Barnett Chocolates

“Crazy is be stupid, be silly, be weird, be whatever, because life is too short to be anything but happy.”

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE A MAVERICK?

“It comes down to a mindset and interestingly most mavericks will recognize another one within probably 10 seconds.  It comes down to the factors of perception of the world around them.  Do you walk down the street and look where you’re going as in do you pay attention to what’s around you.  Do you pay attention to what’s going past you, the cars, the people, the houses, the architecture, the building, the history.  All those factors that come into enjoying the journey not just the destination.  I think that’s one of the key things so often with mavericks it’s down to perception and like the guy who advised me to try cooking spaghetti in orange juice, he was a maverick because he’s just looking at the world and challenging what the preconceptions are.”

LOUIS’ BIO

Louis Barnett is Managing Director Louis Barnett Chocolates Ltd  and Louis Barnett Ltd.  He started his business at 12 years old, now 21. Entrepreneur, dyslexic & dyspraxic. A world Chocolate ambassador, speaker & published author.  He was awarded the Lord Carter award for his outstanding contribution to the food and drinks industry.

WHY LOUIS WAS INTERVIEWED

I read Louis’ letter in the book Dear Entrepreneur – Letters from those that have made it and are making it happen / From this book I contacted a number of potential mavericks. Louis was one of 2 people that responded from all the people I contacted and was more than happy to be interviewed. Louis is interesting, fun and quirky.

HOW ARE CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION RELATED TO BEING A MAVERICK?

“Creativity is what really sums up the mavericks approach as opposed to anything else.  It’s the creativity of what they’re proposing, it doesn’t matter what industry they’re in.  People perceive the creative arts as art, design, fashion but actually it exists in everything in every single industry.  I’ll give you an example of a maverick.  He’s been in music producing soundtracks for big blockbuster films, documentaries, for TV series’ and he’s now done a whole project and is now recording lots and lots of music for people who are chefs, designers, artists, sculptors.  So he’s actually making music to the sound of pistachio sorbet.  Innovation is creativity in a very instinctive way; innovation is creativity within a specific area.  So it’s innovation in technology, it’s innovation in a product, innovation within a flavour, it’s just another form of creativity.”

IS THERE ANYONE WHO’S A MAVERICK THAT INSPIRES YOU?

Heston Blumenthal the chef.  Richard Branson the English businessman and investor.

KEY LEARN FROM INTERVIEW

Growing the life you want.

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