Kennedy’s Confections is a family-run chocolate and confectionary magazine based in Kent. SME spoke to owner Angus Kennedy, who is also known for giving talks on the world of confectionary and eating chocolate for a living.
• What have been your biggest challenges? How did you overcome them?
I delivered a baby in an emergency, survived my dad dying of cancer when I was nine, survived an alcoholic mum (who died too by the way, the dear old girl). I’ve been bankrupt twice, on the dole several times; yes I lost the house when I was bankrupt. The more you are fearless about losing the more you are able to win. I have been there and done all the bad bits, I must say it’s getting a little tedious.
I am looking forward to good news for a change. Success is the ability to be happy while we are too busy failing at the daft things we plan. Think about it: sadness is waiting to be happy, happiness is being happy to wait. I think that we are all too focused on cash, or the lack of it, without realising what it’s doing to us. I am into realising my dreams now and moving on. Overcoming challenges is easy; it’s not the meaning that things have in life, it’s the meaning that we give to them. We are all here for a purpose, to learn, life is no prison camp, but not holiday resort either. I learned a lot in life and hope that soon I can learn from these less tragic and annoying things. But who said learning tolerance, patience and understanding was easy?
• What have been your greatest successes?
To keep smiling no matter what, to be with my five children and watch them open their presents on Christmas day, to have won at Henley and rowed for England, to have written eight books and to read my five-star reviews of my Amazon best seller (The Kitchen Baby). Above all to be in a position where I can inspire and motivate people and say look chaps, nothing actually matters, if I did it and failed so many times you can. I lost £30K – all my cash. Tough, so what? I have all that matters, the ability to make people smile, my limbs and loved ones still loving.