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From Bailiff to Decorator | Trade Legends PODCAST | 056

About this Podcast Episode

We sit down with Russell, a decorator and former bailiff, with an extraordinary story of career transformation and a mission to make a difference in the lives of fellow tradespeople. From his high-pressure past as a bailiff to his current role as a successful decorator and mental health advocate, Russell’s journey is one of resilience, determination, and the power of second chances.

Russell’s experience in the world of debt collection was filled with intense situations and close calls, but it also taught him valuable lessons about human nature and the importance of empathy. When he finally made the transition to decorating, he discovered a newfound sense of purpose and satisfaction in creating beautiful spaces for his clients.

However, Russell’s true calling extends beyond his work as a decorator. Moved by personal experiences and the staggering statistics surrounding mental health in the trades, he has embarked on a mission to raise awareness and provide support for those struggling with mental well-being. Through his newly launched podcast, Russell aims to create a platform for open conversations, breaking down stigmas and encouraging others to seek help when needed.

We explore Russell’s incredible journey, the challenges faced by tradespeople in the construction industry, and the importance of prioritising mental health. Whether you’re a fellow decorator, a trade professional, or simply someone looking to make a positive change in your life, Russell’s story is a testament to the transformative power of perseverance, compassion, and the courage to speak up.

00:00:00 Introducing Russell
00:17:41 Working as a Bailiff
00:30:28 Getting back to the Decorating
00:38:21 Setting up the Mental Health Podcast

Guests this week:
Russell Payne @TheTalkingTradesman

Mark Tiff @MJTiffPlumbing

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