The purpose of this isn’t to relay the story of a man who turns to gold everything he touches — Renouf has made plenty of missteps as well — but rather to champion the idea that it’s not too late for anything really. Paddy was 47 when he took a risk to start a business offering bespoke guide services, and the path to that point was littered not with what-ifs or maybes but unqualified yeses.
“I’d encourage people in every way to discover what it is they love doing, and pursue that,” he told me. “Realistically, if they can’t afford to abandon the day job then they should do both. But the idea is, dare to do it. Just say yes to everything. I’ve said yes to so many things that have led to so many things that wouldn’t have happened.”