Entry to the entrepreneurial world may come from different points and in various forms. There are those who have started early because their hobby or interest has grown organically. Some may have arrived at this path because of family influence or connections. Others probably stumbled to it by accident or found their way there because of a great need. Then there are those that transition from a regular job towards self-employment.
There are many parallelisms to the entrepreneurial journey, and we can draw lessons from various activities which we can apply to the business space. We don’t have to look far because the great outdoors is a rich resource of business insights. Bringing your venture to success is like hiking uphill to the peak. While climbing a mountain sounds exciting, it is full of challenges and risks, although the results can be extremely rewarding.
Experience and introspection are what Clayton Cross considers, owner of Predikkta and several other businesses, as his teachers, which guided him in his business endeavours. For him, it was a road full of trial-and-error that honed his capabilities as a business owner.
If there is one word to describe Gary Tramer, founder of companies like LeadChat and PoweredLocal, it is enthusiasm. This business owner is oozing with energy, and his vibe extends to his colourful entrepreneurial journey. His journey is an adventure filled with ups and downs, but Gary finds joy and excitement going through the peaks and troughs of the entire experience.
Peninsula Luxury Retreats Founder Peter Noble has carved his path in the entrepreneurial space by running Citrus, his marketing automation business, for almost 20 years. Along the way, the landscape has changed, and the trail has transformed. His heart was no longer beating for the same thing. Feeling quite tired of the grind, he meditated and reflected on what he truly wanted to do with his life, which led him to close his business and embark on a new journey in the hospitality space. The quick turn was scary for Peter, but he kept on because he knew exciting things are about to come.
Many say that achieving success is just the initial hurdle to overcome. The biggest obstacle is to maintain such momentum and steer it towards bigger successes. Such is Joshua Lyle’s challenge, Director of the Lylex Group, and he hopes to take it on by refining his products and improving his systems and business model. While he’s on it, he also ensures that he meets the property maintenance needs of his clients.
A leading independent creative agency, an iconic venue, office buildings, and an online memorial platform. Andrew MacKinnon, Taboo Founder and Managing Director, has built these ventures and more, and he’s not stopping there. His passion, positive outlook, and innovative character drive him to keep creating ideas and making cool things.
It is a tale of success that began from something unexpected. “It was never a planned journey. It just happened,” describes WAG’s Founder and Director Jeremy Goldman on how his business started. His entrepreneurial journey stemmed from his love for dogs and the desire for a little bit of extra money on the side. Seeing a need and an opportunity in the natural dog treats space, he came up with a passion project that grew to something huge. Henceforth, there is no turning back for Jeremy as he wags his entrepreneurial tail towards success.
Strata Plan founder Simon Chamaa learned an interesting lesson when he was young and novice. His father’s friend told him about the philosophy of the moso tree, a Chinese bamboo tree, which taught him about hard work, patience, resilience, perseverance and consistency.
Accountant, author, speaker, husband, father and Director of Franchise & Business Services of BNR Partners Jason Bertalli believes that there's no such thing as work-life balance. Instead, it is more about integrating work into life better. He has learned to bring together his varying interests and enjoy them in their entirety throughout his entrepreneurial journey.
Determined to take control of his destiny and to create something meaningful to the world, Mark Calabro went into business straight out of university, taught himself the ropes of running it, learned from the real world and helped establish one of the biggest Point of Sale providers in the food and beverage industry.
How do you solve a problem like Damian Blumenkranc? The CEO of Creativa Videos loves solving problems and enjoys creating new concepts. Having a solution mind comes naturally to him.
Socrates Capouleas loves three things: he reads business books that give him continuous learning; he bikes 4 to 6 times a week that pushes him through challenges and keeps him focused on his goals; and he collects timepieces that remind him of his wins, as well as inculcate a sense of urgency. Continuous learning, focus on goals, and sense of urgency are also some of the key takeaways he picked along his entrepreneurial path.
"Entrepreneur.” This is a word that Malcolm Bean, Director at Beanmkrgy Pty Ltd, probably never used 20 years ago. But as he lives and breathes the essence of being an entrepreneur for more than a decade now, he recognizes how he perfectly fits into what the word connotes.
A crazy idea that gave birth to a purpose started with just a simple question: "What are the things you carry around?”
Delivering the work right is in the fibre of Lisa Spiden's entrepreneurial physiology. And she weaves this best practice in her two businesses.
A lawyer without any business background in his credentials -- whether from family experience or through formal education -- David went after his passion to build his own company and successfully did it.
"As an entrepreneur, you have to be quite visionary. But not just visionary, you have to be willing to drive it. You have to drive it.” - Dean Cherny, Founder and Director at Marketing Melodies.
"God hasn't given me some special powerGod hasn't made me any different to the average personWhere I attribute my successes in life to Is my unrelenting pursuit of excellence in every single thing that I do.” - Kym Huynh, Founder at WeTeachMe.
Accounting firm top man Ken Matthews is the person growing businesses and he is in the business of growing people.