I was never very good at school, in fact I was very average, I was average at art, average at woodwork, and very average at every sport I tried.
When I left school I was an average shelf stacker, an average salesman. Even when I started my own business I was extremely average, so average in fact that I gave up self employment after about 15 years because I was so average at the paperwork I neglected to pay my taxes!
When I entered the job market in order to pay my back taxes, I found out I was an average veranda installer, and an average granite worktop fitter. When I decided to become a full time academic-I wasn't in the least bit surprised to find I was an average student with average grades.
I'm an average looking, coming in at an average height, average husband, and an average father to boot. To cut a long story short, I was nothing special. The only thing I seemed to excel at throughout my life was mucking about, I seemed to have a laugh wherever I went, I courted laughter, in my world if I couldn't have a laugh while working, then the job wasn't worth doing.
If I was to carry on with the swapping project, I would have to have to push it as far and as high as I could, and Kyle Macdonald had already proven you could take a swapping project extremely far. I wanted to go as far as I could, I wanted to go to France to collect my moped and then to go beyond!
But in doing so I didn't want it all to get too serious, I wanted to spread love, make friends, and swap as many things with as many different people as I could, while having a good laugh. I was excited about the amount of stuff as human beings we all hoarded in garages, spare rooms, and attics, and I wanted to encourage people to swap their unwanted items in the spirit of love and laughter. In short for once in my life I wanted to reach the pinnacle, realize my potential, see the zenith, I wanted to swap to the top!
20-11-2017 I buy a simplesite website and register the name swaptothetop. I start typing up the entire journey, in words and pictures in the hope that a website will reach a larger audience than Facebook.
27-11-2017 I've just registered the domains www.swaptothetop.com and www.swaptothetop.co.uk, now we're in business, now we're going world wide!