Category Archives: Lessons Learned

Requests for Mentorship

Requests for Mentorship

I feel flattered every time that someone contacts me to ask if I will mentor or coach them… I’m involved with a number of programs where I can support start-ups and entrepreneurs on their journey – but, literally, I do not have enough hours in the day to meet the requests that I have to mentor people one-on-one. My Shark Tank invested companies get one-on-one mentoring as part of being successful on the program – this could be a way…

How to Turn the To-Do List into a ‘Success List’

How to Turn the To-Do List into a ‘Success List’

There is a personal element to success – my definition of success may well differ to yours. Simply put, success is in the eye of the beholder. My ultimate measure of success is the power of choice that I have over where and how I spend my most precious resource of all ‘my time.’ Each of us have been given the same amount of hours in the day — how we choose to use them determines how we experience life. My…

#TBT: Six gold nuggets on great mentoring

#TBT: Six gold nuggets on great mentoring

This morning was my mentoring morning…I allow one day once a month where I make sure I find the time to spend with upcoming entrepreneurs at all different stages on their journeys. I find it fascinating sharing my journey and learning about all various types of business ideas. I help however I can…Which reminded me of a post I wrote in August 2014, where I was at an event hosted by Lynn Kraus. I sometimes find myself in a difficult…

#TBT…Nine life lessons distilled from 770 blog posts

#TBT…Nine life lessons distilled from 770 blog posts

In October 2013, I was reflecting on the 770 blog posts I had written to date, what I had learned from them and how best I should sum them up. Now, in April 2016, I’m now up to 961 blogs and still learning! I thought I would share the lessons again for you… These are my own originals – but I add four from the more famous below. Persistence is not pigheadedness. Passion is authentic – you either love what…

#TBT post: Five things to consider in choosing one’s life’s work…

#TBT post: Five things to consider in choosing one’s life’s work…

I wrote this post back in 2012…much has changed since then in terms of my “work day” and my various commitments, but one thing has remained the same…my passion, my persistence, my positivity and my overarching purpose. This has not faltered. Dexter, Head of Security too (pictured above) has had to play various roles in his life, one of which was making sure the kids headed off to school every morning – his purpose has always been to “keep an…

My Other Big Gig… Parenting Teenagers

My Other Big Gig… Parenting Teenagers

Witnessing young people emerge into adulthood is a great privilege. Watching them discover what is important to them, their values – what they believe in, their aspirations – is a wonderful experience. My role as a parent has changed from ‘boundary rider’ to coach and adviser as my children have grown. I know that my university student children are very much on their own journey. Yet, I also know that it is up to me to introduce them to concepts and…

When was the last time you truly felt unstoppable?

When was the last time you truly felt unstoppable?

    When was the last time you truly felt unstoppable? That feeling like no other. When you are so inspired; so full of energy; so aligned to your purpose – so sure of where you are going and simultaneously knowing there is no looking back. I feel like that right now. I have spent the last few days in the Amazon with The Unstoppables. Brain child of the incredibly energetic Julio De Lafitte – his energy is contagious, one…

Four steps to make the most of the planets aligning.

Four steps to make the most of the planets aligning.

  If you were up at 5:30am last Thursda you might have noticed something in the sky that isn’t normally there: for the first time in ten years, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are all visible and form a neat line from the horizon to the moon. If you missed it, don’t panic – it should be visible until 20 February. When the planets align While I’m not usually a star gazer; with all that energy in the universe aligning and…

The entrepreneurial journey is a long and personal one

The entrepreneurial journey is a long and personal one

I saw the movie ‘The Intern’ with Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro in the cinema when it came out late in 2015. It brought tears to my eyes… Then my mother, returning on a Qantas flight, watched the same movie a few weeks ago and she called me to ask (tongue in cheek) if I had been ‘writing screen plays’ in my spare time because there was similarities to my own life in the film. Then a fellow female…

Standing out – is about the customer experience

Standing out – is about the customer experience

These days, I am known to many simply as the #RedShark from Channel TEN’s Shark Tank Australia or ‘that lady in red,’ but being the Founding Director of RedBalloon did not mean I always wore red – nor infact is it my favourite colour. The question I often get is – how is it not being the CEO? How did you do it? I appointed Jemma Fastnedge as CEO (now CEO of Redii.com) close to five years ago – and…