Omar Obaid left his senior position at The New York Times to follow his passion and is now an established international artist. He recently launched FineArtSeen.com a global online art gallery to help other artists pursue their dream by connecting them with art collectors around the world.
“Keep doing what you love, don’t give up and you will have hard times, you know sometimes things don’t work out , stick with what you originally started and finish it”...[Listen for More]
Research shows that more than 70% of Change initiatives fail, but not on Carol Kelly 's watch! As a Change Leadership & Transition Consultant, Certified Professional Coach, and Keynote Speaker, Carol is an expert in the transformational power of change to drive high performance and breakthrough results, both in people's professional and personal lives. To this end, for more than two decades, she has helped thousands of Senior Leaders to navigate through the complexities of change to produce high-performing teams that transform the culture, giving them a competitive advantage. Providing change solutions that "stick" is her passion. Often described as "an electrifying speaker with a life-changing message," Carol empowers individuals to obtain massive change and personal growth that sustains and lasts.
“What I enjoy most about what I Do is when I work with people, either individually or collectively and I get comments like this changed my life”
Nick Bell is an entrepreneur, investor and founder of WME, Australia’s largest digital marketing agency, now operating globally with a turnover of more than $55 million. His passion is to lead and invest in companies, which are constantly innovating and improving the way others do business.
As a budding young entrepreneur, Nick’s entry into business was more ambitious than successful. He dropped out of university after six weeks to launch a skincare business, which despite its potential ran into supply chain difficulties, impacting cashflow. Down to his last $400, in 2008 Nick decided to give it ‘one more crack’ teaching himself SEO and starting an internet marketing company.
With fierce determination and a passion for helping others, Nick started cold calling clients and within five days had his first SEO client. The money he made he reinvested back into the business, and in six months he opened an office and hired a team member.
Beyond his flagship company WME, Nick now has ownership interests in 8 other companies worldwide including Hosting Australia, Appscore, Nothing But Web, SEO Agency, First Page, USEO, Results First and Primal. He attributes his success in the ability to identify synergy business opportunities. Nick is has investment holdings in 4 other companies, Tribal, Ideapod, Lead Chat and SJ Venues.
“Get your head down, do the work that others wont do”...[Listen for More]
Sarah Jones is an intuitive skin expert renowned for her signature TOUCH treatment. She is a trained beauty therapist and has spent over 15 years in the wellness and beauty industry. Sarah lives by the mantra that beauty on the outside begins with beauty on the inside; it is essential to our beauty that we lead a healthy lifestyle, an inner peace, positivity, confidence and overall balance. Sarah’s vision is to restore health and wellbeing by awakening the beneficial ‘healing energy’ that resides within to nourish the body, emotions and soul.
“Believe in yourself and just go for it. You can do it just go for it but you need the self belief and definitely don’t be afraid to ask for help. Don’t be afraid to look up every single bit of information. I always find reading about people who are entrepreneurs so interesting, look at their journey. Put the time and effort into making it a success because it does all come down to the individual"...[Listen for More]
Caroline Greene is a recovering lawyer, chronic overachiever, and two-time Amazon best-selling author of ‘MATTER: How to Find Meaningful Work That’s Right for You and Your Family’ and ‘NEXT: How to Start a Successful Business That’s Right for You and Your Family’. As a life and business coach, Caroline helps determined moms build businesses – and whole lives - that truly matter to them.
“Commit and keep going”...[Listen for More]
George Black is an author, business strategist, and has been described as a Financial “Yoda”. He founded Intigro in 1992 and has been growing companies through his business “know-how” and CFO skills, ever since.
“Discover and live into the person that you’re meant to be”...[Listen for More]
Andres Hernandez is the co-founder and CEO of Wingman Legal Tech. He is a Marine Corps Veteran with an MS in Technology Management from National University and over 10 years’ experience in large enterprise technology with HP Enterprise. Andres has been leading an effort in the legal industry to adopt cloud technologies for leaner and more efficient practice.
“Don’t quit that’s the number 1 thing, don’t quit, you’re going to have good days you’re going to have bad days but don’t quit keep going”...[Listen for More]
Taryn Williams is one of Australia's leading female entrepreneurs, she is CEO of Wink Models and the CEO and co-founder of her new venture The Right Fit which launched in late 2015. The Right Fit in an online market network that directly connects clients with talent without the need for a traditional agency, the online platform aims to revolutionise the talent industry.
“Just get started, I think so many people spend so much time over analysing and worrying about what might happen or whether or not there a perfect perfect time to start, there’s never a perfect time to start” ...[Listen for More]
With a background in fine Jewellery as a qualified jeweller, designer and gemmologist working for some of Sydney’s most prominent Jewellers, Julia Denes loved working with metal, diamonds and gemstones; however felt herself become very drawn to wood and ceramics. They held very different properties to the materials she had previously worked with - they were earthy, subtle, quiet, and more in tune with who she was. They represent a different lifestyle - one that is more compassionate, honest and authentic.
"Take your time, I’m not saying go slowly, just let it happen organically so it can happen to its fullest extent"...[Listen for More]
Leah Hynes is Co-Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer at The Connection Effect. She had a successful 10-year career in Public Relations before launching the company in 2013. Leah, a licensed NLP Meta Coach based in Brisbane, Australia, is passionate about seeing humans flourish with a sense of community and connectedness.
Nazrin Murphie is Co-Founder and Chief Disruptor at The Connection Effect. She is committed to disrupting the old business paradigm where people are turned into faceless numbers and ‘lists’. Naz, a former police officer, is a certified NLP Master Practitioner and Associate Certified Meta Coach based in Sydney, Australia.
“Be willing to work, be willing to put the blood sweat and tears into it, I'm not saying that's necessarily a bad thing like a horrible like hard thing to do but as we said before there is no substitute for this you actually have to do the work to make it happen for yourself and its completely worth while and give it a go, whats the worst that could happen."
"My best advice would be don’t go it alone, get support, whether that's at a peer level or you join a course of like minded people but don’t go it alone its a recipe for burn out when you are behind your computer day in day out completely isolated and not feelings support, get some advice you didn’t already have. Remember part of the journey is wanting to give up and wanting to walk away because you've just burned out, that's why its important to get a good network of people around you feeding you positive energy”...[Listen for More]
Chuck Blakeman is a successful entrepreneur, an internationally acclaimed speaker, weekly Inc. Magazine contributor, best-selling author and world-renowned business advisor who has built ten businesses in seven industries on four continents.
“Only do things that you’re really passionate about, and do them one at a time”...[Listen for More]
Erika Taylor Montgomery is the CEO of Three Girls Media, a public relations and social media management agency that works with small business to raise their brand awareness and name recognition. Prior to launching Three Girls, Erika had an 18 year on-air broadcasting career in the San Francisco Bay Area.
"Reach for the stars, a lot of entrepreneurs are afraid to live up to their potential, they don’t know how to get there, set new goals for yourself no matter how small and you'll get there"...[Listen for More]
Jason Hartman is a genuine self-made multi-millionaire and serial entrepreneur who has started 21 businesses in the investing, financing, real estate development,and tech spaces, and he also has owned properties in 11 states.
“Its Great to have a mission and entrepreneurial activity that you totally believe in and youre in love with and you get up every day and you just wanna take over the world with because you like the idea so much, but if you don’t, maybe the mission can be derived from this, this is what this professor i was interviewing was saying, is that, maybe you sell something, your business sells a widget that doesn’t excite you but its something that everybody needs and its just a boring item but maybe the passion comes from the fact that you don’t have a day job, that youre more free, you can determine your own destiny as an entrepreneur, so if someone listening hasn’t found that thing that really excites them then maybe they should be an entrepreneur to be in control of their own destiny”...[Listen for More]
As President / CEO of Revation Systems, Perry Price builds the customer base, recruits talent and streamlines internal operations. He and Revation are dedicated to providing a secure, easy-to-use communications solution to industries such as healthcare and banking by utilizing his deep domain expertise in IP networking and communication applications.
“Don’t delay, if you want to be an entrepreneur or are one today you can probably think of 3 things that you should have done 60 days ago, get those 3 things done this week and it doesn’t really matter what they are, you can pick almost any of them”...[Listen for More]
Shelley Davidescu Shelley started Clean Forks in 2013 from the ground up and replaced her 9-5 income with full time entrepreneurship in 2015, all while paying off over $25,000 of debt. She has used her experience in business and a passion for psychology to grow her business to 4 and 5 figure months. Shelley teaches heath and wellness coaches to take inspired action and share their story in a way that leads to helping more clients and makes a more positive impact today. She's been featured in some of the biggest online publications such as the Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, Fit Life Tv, Raspberry Magazine and Elite Daily.
“When youre so spread wide people are gonna get confused about what you actually do, so its really important to share what you actually do and not only to get clients but this is more important for your own personal satisfaction”...[Listen for More]
Helya Mohammadian is the Founder of Slick Chicks, an innovative line of women's underwear that allows you to change in and out of them without ever lifting a foot. Her mission is to help women feel empowered and confident as they tackle all of life's daily challenges.
“Do your research, really go out there and figure out if it is something that can work, before you invest anything into it. Have the confidence to deal with it and know it’s going to take a lot of time, work and sleepless nights. You have to be ready to invest that time into it, how passionate are you? Early on you have to have the passion and drive to see your idea through, and really do the research, and have the confidence. Don’t listen to the naysayers and people who tell you it’s a stupid idea. If you have a great idea, and you’re willing to put the time in, then you can only go up from there and succeed. Make sure your product is not already out there, do the research. If you’re passionate and want to see it through, believe in yourself, you’re your biggest cheerleader”...[Listen for More]
Stephen Christopher is the founder of Seequs Digital Marketing, a web marketing firm designed to help business owners achieve results they never thought possible. Before starting Seequs, Stephen started and ran several other award winning businesses. One of which was a mortgage company from 2004 - 2008. With the crash of the mortgage industry in 2008, he learned what its like to go from profitable to over $100,000 in debt overnight. From this failure he learned more about business than any school or program could ever teach. Since then he has become an avid student of personal and business development and his number one focus is helping businesses thrive. The primary platform Stephen uses to add extreme value to businesses is the online strategy and service that his agency, Seequs, provides.
“Get some clarity. Clarity to me is simple, clarity is knowing where you want to go and where you want to be and focusing on a few things that will help you get there, don’t use things that will cloud your end result, all the little stuff that is junk will fall by the waist side which will help you get there much faster”...[Listen for More]
Dr. Miluna Fausch is certified in energy healing therapy, medical intuition, vocal technique + care, Modern Day Muse Group Leading, and is an Holistic Health Counselor Practitioner. She has a B.S. in Music Business and a Ph.D. in Holistic Psychology. Dr. Miluna is a Voiceworks® Associate and certified to Level III Somatic Voicework & singing teacher. Further studies include acting, Care of the Professional Voice and the Artist’s Brain. Her experience includes over 20 years in Show Business as a Singer, SAG-AFTRA Actor, Vocal Coach, Vocal Producer, Lyricist, and Entrepreneur. Miluna has performed at venues including Blues Alley in Washington, DC and the Cabaret Series at Whittier College in California.She carries a Swiss passport, loves bling, bold red wines, follows Formula 1 auto racing, and has a slight addiction to Jelly Bellys.
"Go with in and find that thing that lights you up – that torch that lights your way. That when when you feel it in your heart, you feel your heart expanding, you feel the excitement, you dance, you want to turn up your voice and find your voice and share because this thing, this passion and this talent, this gift that you’re given, that you came in with is the thing that will change everything. Don’t ever let anyone turn that down or don’t be discouraged ever. Find the voice, find your magic in that voice, turn it up and get out there and do this thing"...[Listen for More]
Mark Asquith is a serial entrepreneur who has built globally successful design & marketing, SaaS and digital businesses since he quit his job in 2005. A passionate podcaster, perpetual learner and helpful bloke, Mark has an adoring wife, a giant dog and an embarrassing beard.
Just work hard at what you want to work hard at. And make sure that you do the things that are important not just the things that you are interested in. The reason that I say that is you can’t just do the things that you find interesting because you are in business for yourself because that is a sure fire way to defeat. So what you have got to do is make sure that you are doing the things that are important and move the needle in your business whilst maintaining that air of interest. You know making sure that you doing things that you like. If you can tow that line, if you can stay within those parameters you’ll not go far wrong...[Listen for More]
Vanessa Cullen is the Principal of Forward Thinking Design, one of Australia's leading boutique interior architecture studios & has owned her own business since 2003. Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Design (Hons, UNSW) & a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies (Deakin), is an Accredited Member of the Design Institute of Australia, is the Junior Vice President of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Shop and Office Fitting Association. She is also the face behind the plant based health and clean-eating website More Than PKD - a social enterprise she created to empower people to take control of their own health and to reach their full potential.
“My best advice would be to make sure that you take care of yourself first. And what I mean by that is that if you turn up to your business every day in an exhausted state, if you don’t eat right, you don’t sleep, you don’t exercise, you don’t spend time with your family. If you don’t even out your pursuits you can’t give 100% when you don’t have 100% to give. So it’s sort of like the whole thing about you have got to take care of the source. I mean if you have got dirty tap water because it is coming from a dirty source then what are you going to be drinking, and what are you going to be giving to your guests? Its going to be dirty tap water. You are going to go back to the source and make sure that the source is clean. And from there what flows will be clean and clear and useful and vibrant and healthy for everyone. And business is the same thing. If you as the source are not in a good state then how can you expect to service your customers well? To lead your team well? To execute whatever it is you do well? You need to make sure that you actually taking care of yourself first. And that is not selfish in any way, shape or form. That is just the only way that you are going to survive and it is the only way you are going to thrive in business is you need to make sure that you are healthy. Because you still want to be around at the end of it to enjoy everything that you have worked for”...[Listen for More]
Nick Lavidge is the founder & CEO of Alley Group, one of Australia’s fastest growing startups, a hybrid between digital marketing agency and big data house, that specialises in increasing customer count and revenue for online retailers. With a starting capital of $8,000 he has built a team of 11 employees across two countries in two years with an annual turnover of AUD $3.7million. Nick forecasts AUD $10million in turnover for this calendar year. Nick is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and in 2008 graduated from LA’s USC Marshall School of Business, with a degree in finance and entrepreneurship. While studying, Nick continued down the entrepreneurial path, first turning a friend’s online sunglass business into a $100,000 a year job. He then co-founded a voice recognition business called Moshi, which later sold for $8million. Nick says ‘this was like Siri, before Siri was invented.’
“To be easy on yourself. I think it is really, really common for entrepreneurs can go through what is called a trough of sorrow where they doubt themselves. I think you taking the leap and trying to do something on your own is really admirable. So be kind of easy on yourself as you go and to really believe in yourself. But also trust in others that they also have some good ways of looking at the situation and trying take everything into consideration when you are growing your business”...[Listen for More]
Alex Louey is the co-founder of Appscore an award-winning mobile-first digital agency. Founded in 2010, Appscore has grown in leaps and bounds and has revenue projections of $25 million for 2017. They are also an accredited partner of some of the biggest names in mobility such as Apple, Telstra, Samsung and Microsoft.
“Do something that you believe and love, if what you’re doing now , youre doing it because youll make a tonne of money, stop it right now because youll end up hating it"...Listen for More
A seasoned digital media entrepreneur, Andrew Fischer is the CEO and Co-Founder of Choozle, the leading self-service programmatic digital marketing platform which now powers media execution for over 800+ global advertisers. Prior to Choozle, Andrew co-founded and built the RGM Alliance, a premium focused online advertising network that reaches over 120 MM consumers in the US. Andrew holds a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt, and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business.
“Don’t give up”...Listen for More
Abhi Lokesh is the co-founder and CEO at Fracture, the modern decor company aiming to change the way you print and display your favorite digital images. His focus is on marketing, finances, overall company growth and strategy, team-building, and eating all the peanut butter.
“Really push yourself to not stop at the ideation phase and make something happen. Push yourself to test, to prototype, to build and have something in front of you that you can take pride in before you give up on it. I think this world is littered with half baked ideas that are great but people didn’t have the persistence to simply go that extra step, even if it might not be perfect just get it out there and create a mobile prototype. I think people get hung up on trying to do things perfectly the first time when they should just take baby steps and gain momentum”...[Listen for More]
As a funding strategist, John Livesay helps Tech CEOs craft a compelling pitch that engages investors to fund their startup. He hosts The Successful Pitch podcast with investor from around the world . John won salesperson of the year during his 20 year career at Conde Nast.
“Don’t go it alone, it’s a lonely job if you try to do it by yourself, you need to collaborate, you need to get out and share ideas and get help”...[Listen for More]