I am Steven Foster

CEO – One Golden Nugget

In an effort to improve myself I started asking people for their one piece of life advice which then turned into the Nuggets. The Nuggets then became the first book and 3,500 CEOs applied to be in it. We then launched a successful Kickstarter campaign and started building our Universe.

About Me

I have promoted Britain’s biggest raves, written hit songs and owned a record label that sold millions of albums. I’ve also fallen on my arse and had to clean toilets and sweep floors to keep my dream alive. And now I’m collecting and sharing wisdom.

It feels like a real-life game of Snakes and Ladders – I’ve pushed my way into shows like The X Factor and managed hit artists. I’ve travelled on Concorde, I’ve run marathons and cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats.

And now I’m collecting and sharing wisdom.

I have promoted Britain’s biggest raves, written hit songs and owned a record label that sold millions of albums. I’ve also fallen on my arse and had to clean toilets and sweep floors to keep my dream alive.

It feels like a real-life game of Snakes and Ladders – I’ve pushed my way into shows like The X Factor and managed hit artists. I’ve travelled on Concorde, I’ve run marathons and cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats.

And now I’m collecting and sharing wisdom.

But for all the many high points I’ve also experienced more temporary failure than is good for one person. There have been many, many periods in which I have made a complete hash of things when I’ve snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and flopped on the final furlong. I’ve tripped on the finish line so often I’ve questioned my own sanity.

If there was a lesson to be learned I’ve lived it, studied it, absorbed it, taken it on board and then ignored it many times over – even when I think I’ve understood it I’ve had to go through it again a few times to really know what it means.

And that is a great life lesson, right there – the situation that slaps you will keep repeating until you learn the lesson.

If there’s one thing I have realised over the years it is that with every challenging life situation there is always the seed of opportunity and the hope of brilliance within it. You just have to look for it and be open, which can be difficult when the shit is hitting the fan, but if you are ever going to be successful you must embrace this skill with open arms.

But for all the many high points I’ve also experienced more temporary failure than is good for one person. There have been many, many periods in which I have made a complete hash of things when I’ve snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and flopped on the final furlong. I’ve tripped on the finish line so often I’ve questioned my own sanity.

If there was a lesson to be learned I’ve lived it, studied it, absorbed it, taken it on board and then ignored it many times over – even when I think I’ve understood it I’ve had to go through it again a few times to really know what it means.

And that is a great life lesson, right there – the situation that slaps you will keep repeating until you learn the lesson.

If there’s one thing I have realised over the years it is that with every challenging life situation there is always the seed of opportunity and the hope of brilliance within it. You just have to look for it and be open, which can be difficult when the shit is hitting the fan, but if you are ever going to be successful you must embrace this skill with open arms.

My Journey

1990 – Aged 19

I read a book called ‘How to make money form the music business’. My Mum and Dad loaned me £1,000 and my entrepreneurial career began duplicating cassette demos for local bands.

1991

I was one of the very first Prince’s Trust start ups. They loaned me £5,000 to help expand the business.

1996

In just 6 years I had built a mini empire.
I was still duplicating cassette tapes, now 500,000 a month!
I owned one of the world’s most iconic dance music brands Dreamscape.
A clothing label, 3 recording studios and 2 record labels.
“Believe and you can achieve!”

2002 – Aged 31
>I’d lost everything and was sweeping floors in a factory for minimum wage. A wonderful humbling experience.

2004

I decided on a career change and became a songwriter, quickly signing a publishing deal with Universal Music.
This lead to managing acts on X Factor, writing contestant songs on both Pop Idol & X Factor and producing award winning TV adverts.

2008
Income was difficult to find in the music business so I setup a digital agency and started building a streaming music service called Jabang!

2011
Jabang! didn’t work and I lost everything again.

2013
I focused on sharpening my marketing skills with some of the world’s leading brands.

2018

I formed One Golden Nugget.

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