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Martin Riley

How would you describe yourself? 

Kind, thoughtful, empathic, reflective. I am an introvert with an extrovert trying to get out. I would also describe myself as a recovering perfectionist – and ex-knight in shining armour.

Please could you tell us who or what has had the most significant influence on your life? 

There have been many people, but I’d include Gil Dove whom I worked alongside in London for over 10 years – but he also mentored me in coaching. I would also include Joseph Campbell – he helped me understand the ‘big picture’ for the life journey – The Hero’s Journey. He gave me the picture on the jigsaw box, so I then knew where all the little pieces went.

What motivates you? 

Love. People. Doing the right thing and the things that matter.

Listen to Martin Riley of the Business Jet Engine talk about the importance of Mentorship


If you could compare yourself with any animal, which would it be and why? 

A dragon – they surf the deeper mysteries of life... or an eagle or black panther.. or just a friendly Labrador!

If you had a choice between 2 superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose?

Flying every time. It's why I ride a motorbike - it's cheaper than a plane.

When we can travel again, what international destination do you most want to visit? 

Greece. I like the scenery, laid back friendliness, fresh food – especially sea food, warm nights and a beach.

What was the last gift you gave someone?

A handmade bookmark 

Which artist (alive or dead) would you most like to have dinner with and why?

The Dalai Lama and Jospeh Campbell.

What advice would you give to those aspiring to make a living out of selling their art in 2021? 

Be true to your passion; your art, but listen to your clients if you want it to sell.

What key piece of advice would you give your younger self?

Chill out and don’t be so serious – especially about yourself! Find a mentor – as soon as possible. Failing that, learn from books!

Tea or coffee?

Both – but Coffee is King!

What is the most important thing to know about you?

I’m not perfect anymore – ha ha! ;-)

Please tell us one unexpected thing about yourself. 

I won a Blue Peter badge aged 8. I set a global trend in toothbrush design.

What are your aspirations for 2021?

To promote The Business Jet Engine model as widely as possible and an understanding of love in the business community!

Any final words… “So long, and thanks for all the fish.”

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