Forest Gate former bodybuilder struggled before finding success

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 April 2016

Junior and Ann-Marie Stewart

Junior and Ann-Marie Stewart


Former bodybuilder and entrepreneur Junior Stewart worked for nothing before finding success with his own business.

When he lost his job, it took the former Forest Gate Community School pupil a while to find his 
feet again, before starting his 
own company Get Focused for Leaders.

Junior, 41, from Forest Gate, said: “I remember being sacked on the same day my wife, Ann-Marie, and I found out we were going to have another baby.”

The father-of-two, Junior landed himself a security job on film sets. “I remember, working on the set for Fast and Furious 6, standing in the middle of a field, doing a 15-hour night shift with rain pouring down my face and thinking ‘why is this happening to me’.”

Stewart, who previously held roles in sales and marketing, then formed his own leadership effectiveness company that saw him working 20 hours each day for the first 12 months without earning a penny.

“I had a revelation, it wasn’t financial freedom that I wanted, what I really wanted was more time.”

He started modelling his life as a bodybuilder and applied it to personal effectiveness, realising he could 
help company directors with this method.


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