Laura Hamilton is an entrepreneur and English television presenter; well known for hosting the popular Channel 4’s television show 'A place in the sun’. Alongside this she is a travel writer, property expert and the Founder of Lord Roberts on the green.
At The Legacy Globe we are collectively working alongside each other to leave lasting legacies which will empower future generations. How do you feel that your upbringing has shaped you?
I grew up in an extremely supportive family who have allowed me to follow any path that I wish without judgement or criticism. Growing up my mum always explained both, the positives and negatives of every decision, and then let me make my own decisions whether she herself believed them to be right or wrong.
This most certainly made me feel empowered. A lot of people ask me where my drive comes from, I feel that it is from my parents, who both just get on and do things and make things happen.
You are building an inspiring legacy through multiple avenues, from being an incredibly successful TV presenter, property investor and additionally founder of the restaurant 'Lord Roberts on The Green.' Do you have any tips on how to multi task successfully?
Funnily enough, growing up my mum said to me “Laura it’s always good to have a back up career”. I guess I took that as having a few different careers. I knew in my heart I always wanted to be a TV presenter. I did not know that I would additionally move in to the property sector or own a coffee shop. However, I am the kind of person who when I see an opportunity or I am faced with a challenge, I like to grab it with both hands. I have been told so many times by people around me that I would not be able to do something or they have questioned how I would do something. These types of comments just drive me forward and make me want it even more.
As an entrepreneur what drives you and motivates you?
When it comes to my TV career, it is out of my control. When you own your own business you are in complete control and I like the balance of having both.
As much as I am not bothered about material things, I am motivated by financial freedom and being able to have some amazing experiences with my children. I want them to grow up learning how to be financially independent and to understand that nothing is free in life, you have to work hard for everything.
How important do you think it is to give back as part of our legacies?
Over each year I like to support and give my time back to a number of charities. This year I hosted Pink Ribbons Breast Cancer Ball, Demelza Children’s Hospice Winter Ball and over the festive season I am volunteering for Crisis for Christmas. Giving back is a massive privilege for me. My children have actually asked to help me volunteer over Christmas, so I am glad they see it is a wonderful thing to do.
What does the word legacy mean to you and what legacy do you want to leave?
Legacy to me means what my children, or anyone around me will learn from me and also the memories and stories they will be able to share about me when I am gone.
I want to inspire my children, instil drive in them, teach them to be good people and make them realise that success is not built on just material things. Life is for living. We only have one shot at it!