Aug 18 2017
Last month we had the absolute privilege of chatting with speaker, author and educator, Phill Nosworthy. Phill, Co Founder of the latest learning and development program, Switch L+D, spoke with us about his passion to find meaning in business, some of his career highlights, the importance of impact and his top tips for long term success. We were left feeling inspired and I know you will be too! Happy reading!
We first saw you speak at a Kick Start Smart event and were captivated by your passion and energy to see change in the everyday workplace. Can you tell us about this thirst to find meaning in business and when this passion to help others do the same came about?
I’m not sure that there was a thunderous moment for me. Some people experience that, but for me, finding my way as a professional has been something of a constant evolution.
Personally, I think the idea of ‘finding your way as you go’ can be a real comfort to many people. It is true that for some people, ‘finding their thing’ is like getting hit with a bolt of lighting – but for most it will be a constant chipping away to find and reveal their deeper passions and purposes in life.
The point here is a willingness to constantly evolve. Muhammed Ali said that “the man who at 50 is the same man he was at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life!” This simply means that we SHOULD change. Imagine for a second that I was still running on the goals that I had for myself when I was 16! That would be crazy. It’s far better to constantly check in with yourself, and ask – who am I now? and who do I want to be now? and how have my experiences shaped me and changed me? and what does that mean for how I need to show up each day?
My dad is a Baptist preacher and pastor, and a really extraordinary one at that. So I grew up surrounded by people who were incredibly invested into the lives of others – and that obviously left a mark on my heart and on my mind.
I grew up with a deep drive to work in a way that married purpose and impact with the ability to build a beautiful quality of life for my family. And nothing has changed about that as I’ve grown older – I still obsess about helping people find meaning in what they do, and to get what they go to work for. You see, people spend so much time at work – and so whether by default or design, work is the biggest lever people have to pull on to create an incredible, fulfilling, and adventurous life that they are proud of.
What would you say are the key things to consider in the pursuit of finding fulfilment and enjoyment through what you do?
Funnily enough – one of the biggest challenges people have at work is trying to rationalise our collective obsession with happiness and the real life realities of going to work. Everybody wants to be happy – of course! And it’s a beautiful emotional state to find yourself in. But like the tides, happiness comes and goes. And some people are very confused about that – they think that they have to be happy ALL the time – and get really troubled when they aren’t. They think to themselves that something must be wrong.
I feel that people have been sold a bit of a lie that life is ALL about being happy. There is definitely more to it than that. Take for instance me and my role as a Dad – one that I love with all of my heart. My little girl is, quite frankly, THE best thing that has ever happened to humanity – in my opinion of course! But as much as I love her, it doesn’t make me happy to get out of bed at 2 in the morning when she is teething and needs a little help! There is NO happiness in that equation, but my god, you wouldn’t find me anywhere else.
Why? Because there is so much more to life than just being happy. The aspect of life that we are calling out here is the meaningful parts of life. And they sometimes overlap with what makes us happy – but not always. And it’s important for people to know that. In fact I think a great life is one that enjoys happiness when it comes, but vigorously chases meaning all the time.
My team and I have worked over the years to search out the science and arts of creating a meaningful life – one that we love living, and one that satisfies the deepest needs of our hearts. We took in a lot of academic literature and research along with looking at the core tenets of myth, and faith and inspiring movements over times and we found that through them all – seven core pillars of meaning started to show themselves time after time after time. Let me share them with you. If you want to create a deeply satisfying and meaningful life, you’ll want to double click on these areas:
Mastery: People want to get good at something. No one really likes not being good at something. So take the time to invest yourself and your attention into one thing. This is sometimes tough right now in the way that we work – but if you can adopt a ‘craftsman’ approach to your work, and not try to rush everything all the time, and take the time to grow your skills and your mastery of something – that’s very important to achieving that sense of meaning that you are after.
Second is Autonomy: You want to create a sense that you are the master of your own life and destiny. No ones likes being or feeling trapped. Make decisions as often as you can that create more freedom for you.
Purpose is the third pillar. People need to feel that what they do is for a reason. And whether your faith and beliefs give that to you, or whether it comes from a strong sense of determination and a decision you’ve made for yourself, having a sense of purpose – something that shapes your decisions and gets you out of bed in the morning is really important for living a life that counts.
Next are the three big C’s:
Connections: Do life with people you love and trust and constantly include more people into your world. We are a social species. So more time with real people and less time with screen people.
Contributions: Giving to things that you believe in and that matter to you is central to a meaning making life. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but it does have to cost you something. Find something important to you and give to it – time or money or your expertise. A meaningful life always looks to give.
And Challenges: Happiness tends to rise out of times of ease, but meaning is manufactured in challenging times. So set goals that stretch you and enjoy the challenge of it all.
And the final pillar is Legacy: Legacy is about your work counting and leaving a lasting mark on the world. We want to be remembered for doing great things and being a great person. Big or small, it doesn’t matter, what does matter is whether you leave a mark.
Can you tell us a little more about Switch and why you started it?
Around 4 years ago now, I was the Head of Partnerships and Business Development for a very significant behaviour change firm, Change Labs. We designed large scale change programs for governments and large corporations that applied the engine of their business to big, embedded social challenges like health, and financial literacy. It was incredible work and I loved it. But one morning I woke up and felt something that I had not felt in the past 7 years that I had worked there – and it was this : ‘it’s time to leave’. And in the way that I see life, as an adventure, I had the guts to listen and finished up and stepped out on my own. I tell people I left my dream job for my dream job.
In February 2014 I got started in my own practice – Switch, and in the years since have been privileged to work with some incredible teams and organisations all around the world. Companies like Microsoft and Universal Music and ING Bank.
Our work is in advising the careers and leadership styles of people. We work to make sure that people are good at what they do and get what they to to work for. That takes the form of research and speaking to big and small groups on things like personal mastery, personal branding, knowing how to inspire and lead teams and how to be an effective communicator and coach.
We’ve worked in maybe 25 countries now, across 40 cities and are very proud of our work.
We really love what we get to do.
Through Switch Inc you’ve been able to speak into the lives and businesses of some incredible people. What have been some of the highlights?
Oh man, that’s tough. It’s all a highlight really, getting to work with such wonderful people. And for us, what matters most is that we are working with people who are hungry for growth. If I’m sitting with three people in a cafe in Istanbul or speaking to 3000 in a conference centre in Brisbane – what matters is that people are hungry for and chasing after their own version of greatness.
But of course there have been really cool moments too. We’ve hosted sessions at Soho House in LA and Barcelona with CEO’s and entertainers that I’m not allowed to name and athlete’s that earn more in a week than I have in my career.
We’ve held sponsored parties at The Standard in West Hollywood and at The Apollo in Sydney. I’ve been lucky enough to speak in 40 cities around the world – in places like London and Prague and New York. And from a coaching perspective, I have been able to coach award winning actors and entertainers and world champions.
But through it all, I would have to come back to our client Microsoft for whom we worked to support and advise their global talent program for early-in-career high-potentials. To be able to work with, what I consider, the world’s most significant organisation, and with their brightest young talent and help them understand HOW to build a career that matters, is a gift beyond measure.
For someone who is still in his early thirties you seem to hold so much wisdom. What life experiences would you say have developed you into the person you are today?
I know this; that I can’t give what I don’t have. And if I am going to be of any value to anyone, my biggest task in life is to be sucking in high quality insights so that there is a deep reservoir of knowledge and know-how to be able to connect with the challenges people are facing.
So for me that means I’m relentlessly curious. I’m always reading, always learning, always challenging myself and trying to be as divergent in my thought process as possible. It means deliberately seeking out world-views and books that are bigger and different than my own. And thats because I’m way more interested to in growing my mind and my worldview, than just confirming stuff that I already know.
For me, the best personal growth strategies are reading, having challenging conversations, listening and being able to share my opinion with people who will disagree and challenge me on my assumptions. Sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves is to listen, I mean really listen to somebody’s idea and not try and convince them of ours.
You touched on impact before, can you tell us why you are so passionate about ‘impact’?
Impact is the result of how you choose to show up each day. Talent and experience are beautiful things, but in contrast to impact…. well, I’m more interested in impact, because we all know smart and experienced people who leave trails of human destruction behind them.
Impact is hands down, and by far the most important thing to consider in building a life and career that matters. And the answer to the quality of your impact is found on the other side of the question; ‘what happened because I was here?’ – were people made to be better, or was the energy and life and potential of the people I spent time with negatively affected by me being there?
Impact obsesses with the HOW of getting things done as much as it does with WHAT gets done. And it is created every time you interact with someone, in big ways and small ways. It means not being a prick when you order a coffee, it means looking people in the eye when you’re talking to them, it means building other people up instead of having to prove to them that you are so much better than them in the workplace. In small, daily ways, a deeply meaningful and impactful life is created.
Have you had many mentors in life? If so, who were they and what’s one piece of advice from them that you’ll never forget?
100%. Isaac Newton said “If I have achieved anything, it’s because I stood on the shoulders of giants.” Isaac Newton is probably one of the smartest people and one of the most extraordinary humans that has ever existed. So if Isaac Newton needs mentors, friends and help, the rest of us need twice as much. I think mentors are a really smart idea.
What i’ve learned as i’ve gotten older though is that I shouldn’t expect my mentors to be untouchable demigods of every subject area and challenge in life. That is utterly unreasonable. Instead, I’ve learned to seek out mentors for specific help and advice in something that they absolutely dominate. I mean, the very lifestyle of what makes an elite athlete so good at what they do, often makes them dysfunctional in other areas. So I’ll seek their help for health and peak performance, and not ask them about the stuff they’re no good at.
So for me, I unlocked the potential in my mentor relationships when I learned that I should have different mentors for different conversations.
We are big believers in learning from our mistakes in business. Can you remember any life/business lessons that you’ve had to learn the hard way?
Oh my god yes! I live in front of audiences! I have spoken in front of maybe 2000 audiences now. And there is literally not one session that I can look at and say I that I nailed it in every way possible. And that’s not hating on myself, as much as it is being growth minded and willing to do the work to get better.
Each day I’ve learned to ask myself three really simple questions that ensure constant development and growth: “What went well? What didn’t go well, and, What should I do differently tomorrow?”. Without those questions to drive personal reflection, I don’t stand a chance of growing.
Mastery comes from conscious reflection, and deliberate practice. So learning to love the passage of time, and using the experiences of our day to automate growth – that’s the thing that changes a regular day into an amazing opportunity for development.
Daily reflection can go along way to preventing year long ‘cock ups’ too. Monumental failures, i think often arise out of a failure to check in more regularly. It’s not a perfect technique! But god forbid that I would be habitualising a dumb decision for three months straight without ever asking myself the question ‘is this even working?’
Have there been failures? Of course! But I usually try and get them while they are still small. The bigger your feedback loop, the bigger the failure. So if I’m only checking in and asking my team, or even checking in with myself say once year or in an annual review – i’ll be doomed to fail! But if the ‘feedback loop’ is a daily , then the mistakes of today don’t have to be carried into tomorrow. I think people need very, very tight feedback loops.
For young entrepreneurs starting out, what would be your top tips for long term success?
One of the bigger challenges for entrepreneurs and anyone starting out in a new career is wanting success immediately. That inevitably leads to disappointment and frustration, because excellence, and the success that it triggers usually takes a little bit longer than you think at first.
Learning to think in slightly longer time frames, and giving yourself the ability to ride the ups and the downs of any meaningful quest will make the process far more satisfying and comfortable.
But people are impatient! They want it all now!
And they can have it – really, I mean that. I’ve found that most of the time, you will get what you are going for, if you are prepared to work for it and give it the time that it deserves to make it happen.
That, and actually taking the time to define what success means to you. So many people don’t. So they are paying a price – in the form of their time and attention to work and all the challenges and stresses that come along with it, but they don’t know what they are paying that price for.
And you know what the right price to pay for a mystery is?
Me neither! For most things in life, you know the right price to pay, only after you get your head around what it is that you are getting for that price. If you define what you are ‘paying the price’ for, then any price will be worth it to you, if you make it worthwhile.
But as it is, so many people have very little idea about WHY they are actually going to work.
So define success for yourself! Because only you can make the ‘price’ you are paying worth it.
We saw that you, your beautiful wife and daughter recently took a sabbatical in Barcelona. How important is finding that work / family life balance to you?
Balance is a great idea, but I personally don’t know the equation for it! And that is simply because if I was trying to balance the amount of hours I work with time with my family, then we’d all need to rewrite the calendar and fit more days in the week, because there aren’t enough hours in the day to equal things out.
For me, it is far more about understanding the seasons that we are in. Because as the old mystics would say – there is a time for everything under the sun. A time for working and a time for rest.
We all know people who when they are at work, can only ever think about holidays, and then when they are on holidays stress and think about work! So learning to be present – to work when you are at work, and being with your family when you are with your family is highly important if we are going to do life well. Because for most people, there is enough time, but perhaps the way we are using it is the issue.
But yes – for us, a month in Barcelona this year was amazing and important. For a couple of reasons. The first is alignment. Imagine me, travelling and teaching other people about meaning and living a life that matters, and not actually doing it for myself! As it is, I spend around 120 nights a year on the road internationally, and while that is soul satisfying work, if it came at the expense of my family and the people that I have committed my life to? Then I’d change it immediately.
As it is, people are sick and tired of hearing people who know the right stuff to say but aren’t the embodiment of their conversation. So it is about walking the talk.
And then, really, it is about getting huge amounts of time with the people I love most in the entire world. My daughter is 17 months old right now. And time with her is sacred, and it is flying past at the speed of light. There will be more time to write and speak and grow the business, but right now, every time I blink she changes and gets more awesome, and I don’t want to miss that. So for us to get 33 days in Spain together, sunrise to sunset, I know will be something that my 50 year old self would thank my 33 year old self for having done.
Finally, your hopes for the future?
What I see for myself when I’m 40, 50 and 60 – I have no idea how to achieve it. It’s so big and so audacious that it freaks me out to think about. And that’s how I know it is something worth chasing. Because life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all right?
For more information on Phill or to gain access to a decade’s worth of work advising leading brands around the planet through one of Switch L+D’s incredible online courses, visit: switchld.com – You won’t regret it!
Aug 15 2017
Trust in the journey. Believe in yourself. And work damn hard.
Nothing in life comes easy, am I right? Life comes with so many ups and downs and so many tough moments. It’s the same in business. They say it takes about 5 years to become an overnight success. Well, let’s be honest, it’s probably longer. I believe that it’s in the downs and the difficult times though where you are really made. It’s through those times, you have a choice to either step up and tackle whatever comes your way OR retreat and let the situation take over your business.
I, by no means have ‘made it’ in business – I honestly don’t know if anyone ever reaches a point where they can say that they have – but, I have been through many of those challenging times and they have been key to developing me into who I am today. I am wiser for it and I am better for it. They have made me a greater business woman and I am so much more prepared for what life throws at me. The entrepreneurial road is a tough one. You have to put your trust in the journey. Yes, I know, what a cheesy line but it’s true! You have to trust in the ups and downs and know that it is building you as an entrepreneur and building you in business to be the best that you can. Think about how much you’ve learnt from each mistake you’ve ever made. Count that as a blessing, knowing that you will never be in that position again… Not intentionally anyway 😉
Belief in yourself and belief in your purpose is key to getting you to that next level in business. Confidence is something that we as entrepreneurs are often blessed with but I think it’s more than that. I think not only do you have to have confidence in who you are, but more importantly, in what your purpose is. Now, that might sound super cliche but not knowing your why or where you are headed in life can seriously hold you back. Not one person on this earth was born to live a mediocre life. We were called to dream big and to live big!
There was a long time for me when I would question what I had to offer and it wasn’t until a mentor spoke into my life and highlighted the things that I am actually pretty great at. He showed me not only my strengths but my weaknesses too. He explained to me that our weaknesses are only our strengths pushed too far. For example: if you are a confident person, pushed too far that could be seen as arrogance, or a creative person pushed too far might be messy and unorganised. It’s about focusing on your strengths but being very much aware of your weaknesses at the same time. This was pivotal for me and it was at that point that I really started to see my full potential. Realising those strengths and knowing your passions can help you begin to see what your purpose is. It’s about knowing who you are, believing in yourself and your abilities.
We can’t just sit back and expect everything in life to fall into our lap. We have to go out and strive for it no matter what comes our way. Building a business, a successful one at least, takes hard work. It takes blood, sweat and tears – sometimes quite literally. So while trusting in the journey and believing in yourself are all good and well, you’re not going to get anywhere just sitting around. It takes action! A lot of people wait for that perfect moment, but in all honesty, there isn’t one. You’re always going to encounter set backs and hurdles no matter when you start. Courage matters most when you have purpose – put those strengths of yours to good use. Create something amazing today. And if you need any advice along the way – GET IN TOUCH 😉
Aug 11 2017
Earlier last month we had the incredible opportunity of speaking with the Managing Director of Xero, Trent Innes. I first heard Trent speak at Kick Start Smart last year and was so inspired by what he had to say and his passion for mentoring that we just had to get in touch. Trent has some great advice on nailing those numbers and turning obstacles into opportunity. Be inspired!
Can you start by telling us a little bit about you, your background and how you came to be the Managing Director for Xero?
I’ve been the MD at Xero for about a year and a half now but have been at Xero for 4 years. I have been here through tremendous and amazing growth going from when I first started we only had about 50,000 customers in Australia and we have now got over 446,000, so it has been an amazing ride. We have grown individually in people as well, when I started we were between 40-50 people, we now have well over 350 people. It’s been really good fun! My career before that? I started as an accountant in the early days but I quite often felt I wasn’t very good at it, which isn’t the truth, I sort of found a lot in technology at the sametime and I think when you combine accounting and technology together, you can do some really cool and amazing things. My career after that was very much always around technology but technology from a business sense, combining the business and technology worlds together. So I had a number of different roles during that phase. I did some consulting and technical based consulting and then I found my way into sales and marketing when I was at Microsoft. I was there for about 8 years and ended up running a division before making my across to Xero.
Why do you believe it is so important to get the numbers right when starting out in business?
I don’t know if it is just when you are starting out, I think you always need to be across your numbers. I think it’s really important throughout your career or throughout your journey to make sure you understand your numbers. I think one of the biggest failure rates we see in business is people having an amazing idea, but then when it comes to actually implementing that idea, they can’t quite get their head around the numbers. So if you’re not good at it, I think it’s really important to surround yourself with somebody that is very good at it. Whether that be in the early days, an accountant or a bookkeeper or even a friend that might understand numbers. You meet lots of great creative people who are awesome but you still need to make sure you have someone around you that can understand the numbers to make sure you understand where your opportunity is but equally you understand where the money is going as well.
Have there been any really tough obstacles that you’ve had to overcome or any lessons you’ve had to learn the hard way whilst being at Xero?
I think there are always massive obstacles. If I stopped having obstacles I’d do something else, it would be getting too boring. So I think the key is turning an obstacle into an opportunity and generally that’s an opportunity to actually learn or develop a new skill or alternatively to bring potentially someone else into the business who actually has those skills to get around that obstacle. To give you a specific example; the biggest obstacle I’ve faced during my time at Xero is managing high growth. Managing a high, fast growing company is not necessarily that easy. It’s a good problem to have but I’m always really conscious and aware that the things that were really, really special that got us to where we were in the early days; how do we maintain those when you go through growth. If you add more people or more customers, how do you make each one of them feel as special as when you had one person or one customer? I think that’s probably the biggest obstacle and opportunity we’ve had.
Why do you believe it’s so important to have mentors?
I think it’s very important to have mentors for a couple of different reasons. As you get more senior in your role it does actually potentially get a bit lonelier. As it gets lonelier I think it’s really good to get people around you that you can bounce things off. I don’t think its necessarily fair to take things home so you want to try and find people that can help you, that have experience in things that you may not have or can potentially give you a different point of view. I think we talk about diversity a lot, but the true diversity is actually diversity of thought. So having people around you that have a different thought can actually help you navigate things better. I think having external mentors is really important because they tend not to actually be involved in the day to day running of your business at all so they can give you a very independant view.
Have you had many mentors? If so, what’s one piece of advice that has stuck with you over the years?
I’ve had lots of mentors and I still have mentors today! There has been lots and lots of advice I’ve been given but one piece that does actually stick with me is, as you become more senior in your organisation and your profile builds, you have the opportunity to meet some amazing people who can be potentially intimidating to you if you haven’t actually met them before – I brought this to one of my mentors and what he said back to me was “Trent, they’re just people”. As soon as I got that on board and I got my head around that he’s actually completely right and I’ve gone with that mental view now every time I meet someone who could potentially be intimidating, whether that be a Federal Minister or someone senior in business. There is usually some common ground and they are just people when you get talking with them.
What would be your top tip for long lasting success for young and aspiring entrepreneurs?
I think you have to believe in yourself, you’ve got to back yourself. That’s it! I’ve had the opportunity to meet some amazing entrepreneurs and one very common theme amongst them is that they don’t see downsides, they are so driven by their purpose, they just keep going for it. So it’s generally a belief around your purpose.
What’s the most effective daily habit you possess?
My favourite habit is going for a run in the morning. My alarm goes off very early in the morning and almost everyday, unless I’m travelling, I get up and go for a run. I just clear my head and think about what I need to do that day. It’s all about prioritising and making sure that my mind is focused on the things that are really important.
Finally, what’s the best part of your role at Xero?
I think that there are so many great parts to my role but the best part and thing I love the most is being surrounded by so many smart, motivated and purposeful people.
We will be chatting more on Xero with Anneliese Urquhart, the Small Business Director at Xero and one of our very own Think BOLD mentors, towards the end of the month but if you want to find more information on Xero in the meantime, please visit: www.xero.com/au
Aug 02 2017
We were lucky Enough to chat to The Beach People Co-founder, Victoria Beattie, on her and her sister Emma’s journey to creating this beautifully recognisable brand, the ups and downs and what one piece of advice from a mentor has stuck with her over the years. enjoy!
We have absolutely loved following your journey with The Beach People starting from these beautiful round towels to now launching a whole range of new products. Can you tell us a little about the first moment you had the idea for The Beach People…
Thanks for your kind words. The Beach People began in the Summer of 2013. My sister Emma and I were sitting on the beach one day and she turned to me and said “I think I want to make round beach towels, in beautiful patterns, in soft luxe material… Do you want to do that with me?”… It was so simple. I said “yes” and the rest is history.
The Beach People brand obviously grew very quickly. Were you big dreamers when it came to the company or were you surprised at how quickly it all happened?
We absolutely love our product and have always believed in it, it’s a reflection of our life however, we were completely blown away and humbled by the public response to our brand. We are still delighted that we have this wonderful community of sea lovers all over that globe!
Where do you find inspiration for your products? Then and now? And has it changed much?
It hasn’t changed much. I am very much inspired by story telling, cultures and travel. Emma is more inspired by design, architecture and fashion.
Are there any lessons in business that you’ve really had to learn the hard way?
Absolutely! Almost every day, I don’t know where to start! The most recent one would be in product development. While most brands copy one another it’s been incredibly hard making brand new product. Thinking of something in your head and then trying to make it from scratch takes years. It’s hard to stay new and fresh and still maintain the integrity of the brand. We’re determined though to keep inventing new product that’s never been seen before.
The Beach People is very much a family affair. What do you feel are the different strengths that you and your sister Emma bring to the table?
We are polar opposites. We absolutely love working together because together we are like this super human. Ha. Emma is highly creative and I am more logical. Together we make a good team.
Are there ever times that you have differing ideas for the brand? If so, how do you overcome them?
To be completely honest, we have never disagreed on any business or branding decisions. Our team often laugh when they run things past us separately. We always have the same answer. We very clearly know where we are heading and we are on the same page.
Your branding is so strong and recognisable. What do you think helps to ‘make’ a brand when it comes to a brand and marketing strategies?
It’s taken me a while to put my finger on what it is that makes a strong brand, because truthfully Emma and I just started and were making it up as we go along. I think that when a brand is authentic, consistent, and clear that it naturally grows strong.
Are you big goal setters and how do you work to achieve those goals?
We are big dreamers. I think we just keep our eyes on our dreams and not let daily distractions get to you.
If you could speak to yourselves back at the very beginning of The Beach People journey, what advice would you give to yourself?
Hold on! Ha! It’s going to be incredibly tough, but you will make it through. Anndddd you are going to have a lot of fun!
Have you ever had any mentors? If so, who were they and what one piece of advice has really stuck with you?
We have a wonderfully supportive group of mentors, some family, others friends. One piece of advise I loved is “don’t put off until tomorrow what you can get done today” – I love that…
Finally, what are some of your dreams and hopes for The Beach People in the future?
That we would be able to keep doing what we are doing now… making beautiful products, enjoying our work and growing our community of like minded sea lovers all around the world. I personally would like a few more babies, another puppy and some chooks!
For more about The Beach People, visit: thebeachpeople.com.au
Photography By Laura Goodall.
Aug 01 2017
So you’ve stumbled across our page and taken a closer look… Well, I thought I’d take this opportunity to introduce to you what think BOLD actually is, who we are and why we started it.
Let me introduce myself, my name is Emma Stewart, one half to Think BOLD and, well I guess a bit of a serial entrepreneur. You see, I come from a long line of business men and women so you could say, it’s in my blood. You name it, I’ve pretty much tried it. Some ideas have been successful and others, not so much. But hey, that’s the life of an entrepreneur!
Every time I had a new idea, I craved advice and wisdom from someone who had experience in that field. I desperately needed a mentor! I looked for them the good old fashioned way, stalking them and emailing them until they said yes but most of the time, and completely understandably, they were just too busy. Either that, or I scared them off 😉 I thought, there had to be any easier way to get the advice needed to start a business.
At the start of my last business we had just relocated to Australia from the UK and launching a start up with absolutely no contacts is HARD! But I did it, with a lot of hard work, late nights and ups and downs, I started my own magazine with no previous experience and within a year of launching it I successfully sold the company. I’m not saying it was all smooth sailing. I learnt a lot of lessons in that year, a lot of hard lessons. And while I believe you learn most from your mistakes, what if we could learn from those who have already ‘been there’ and ‘done that’?
That’s where Think BOLD comes in. We wanted to create a one stop shop where young and aspiring entrepreneurs could come and find that much needed wisdom. At Think BOLD we offer affordable 1:1 professional advice from some of Australia’s leading experts. You’ll find answers to those deal breaking questions, further develop your business and deepen your knowledge to help you thrive in your chosen career.
We have gathered a broad spectrum of mentors with expertise in marketing, finance, branding, legal, social media and much more to really empower you to succeed. We wanted to make it as simple as possible so it’s just a case of browsing through our team of experts, choosing one that suits you and booking in a time that works.
No matter how incredibly smart you think you are, or how brilliant, disruptive or plain off-the-wall your new concept might be, every start-up team needs at least one good mentor. Someone, somewhere, has already been through what you are convinced nobody else has ever confronted!”
– Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin
And who’s the other half of Think BOLD I hear you say? Well, that would be my best friend and husband, Callum Stewart. Now I know what you’re thinking, husband and wife working together = disaster waiting to happen. Well, for us – so far, so good. We have done multiple businesses together and I can honestly say we just work. We are complete opposites in every way so my weaknesses are his strengths and vice versa. I am the creative, messy, rushed, ideas gal and he is the organised, head on straight, grounded one. We just work. We have two young kids with another one on the way (I know, what are we thinking?!) and are so excited to be launching something that we believe will help the next generation of business men and women make their dreams, reality.
So what are you waiting for? Head on over, and FIND A MENTOR today!