‘I was so poor I grew up surviving on crisps for dinner, but now I run an £80,000 business’

Ted Lawlor has a business that is already worth £80,000, a mere few months after he set it up.

Ted Lawlor often sat in the dark because his mum couldn’t afford electricity or food as he faced a battle with depression that would leave scars on his face.

Ted Lawlor has a business that is already worth £80,000, just months after it was started. (

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A 24-year-old who was forced to survive on a packet of crisps and pieces of bread for dinner is now running a successful £80,000 business.

Ted Lawlor, from Bromley, often faced a ‘cold, dark and hungry’ childhood as his mum couldn’t afford electricity or food

Now the 24-year-old is a successful businessman who is already worth £80,000 – just months after setting up his own business, reports MyLondon.

Ted said: “I remember asking my mum what was for dinner and she was saying she didn’t know, when really she was hiding that she couldn’t afford to do what. whether it be.”

He was able to buy his dream car with the money he has earned so far.


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He had a “very close bond” with his single mother Jane, but said they would “collide” at times due to their financial pressures.

Ted asked if they could go to the zoo or the park but he was too young to understand why they couldn’t afford to go.

He also had an ongoing struggle with his mental health, which he faced throughout his youth.

Ted had a retail job in his freshman year at college in 2017 when he had “the worst year of my life.”

Ted had depression as a teenager that was so bad it left his face covered in scars


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He explained, “I felt like my body was shutting down. One day I woke up and I had a scar on my cheek.

“The doctor said the depression had crippled my immune system. It was so weak that every time I touched my face, a scar appeared.”

The 24-year-old remembers feeling desperate and angry and seeing no future.

He said he got to a point where he didn’t care what was going on and had nothing to hold on to and thought about attempting suicide.

He said: “This person in 2017 didn’t want to be here at all. There were days when I thought about how to end it – but luckily I was too scared to act on it. I

“If I hadn’t done things to change myself, I could have easily gotten myself into a whole lot of trouble. I would have been dead or in jail.”

Ted said he had nothing to lose by trying something. He said he always wanted to get into business but just didn’t know how to do it, citing a lack of positive role models.

Ted remembered looking out of The Shard window as a kid and dreaming of one day working in a similar building.


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He described feeling like he had two options growing up: the “dark road” of dealing drugs or the other road to going into business.

He remembered looking out the window at The Shard as a child and dreaming of one day working in a similar building.

Ted decided to start his non-profit media group, If only they knew which is “a hub for young entrepreneurial minds” and is now best known for its podcast.

He said it helped ease his depression, but: “I always felt like I could give up very easily.”

Ted described his relationship with his mother Jane, a single mother, as a “very close bond”


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It was an email of support from a former contestant on the hit BBC TV show The Apprentice that inspired him to keep going. “She saved and changed my life,” he said.

Following the success of If Only They Knew, Ted decided to go into business with his therapist Robert Hisee, who is something of a celebrity in his field, in 2020.

Ted had used manifestation techniques to heal from his depression and he wanted to share his insights with others.

He described the act of manifestation as “the process of creating a better life using the power of your mind” or “not letting the outside control the inside”.

Reflecting on where he was five years ago, Ted said: “You think about what could have been. I get chills thinking about it now.

“Things that bother most people now don’t bother me at all because I know what could have been – it could be so much worse. I’m so grateful – it feels so good.”

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