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Ep 71 - Fab recaps his own journey during 2017

“Everyone is on their own journey.” - Fab Mackojc One year ago I had the pleasure of being interviewed by my good pal Zezan Tam to share my story. I wanted to recap what’s happened since then and what I’ve learned from my own journey during 2017. This is a bit of a long episode but it’s well worth a listen if you want a unfiltered view of what I took away from a year in which a lot of things didn’t go to plan or turn out how I would have liked. You can find the show notes here:...


Ep 55 - Hershey Hilado, Thriving After Being Sold Into Slavery

"We suffer from our own judgement more than anything else." - Hershey Hilado Hershey Hilado understands what it means to overcome adversity. At the age of 12 her father was murdered by her own uncle. She started shoplifting a year later to survive and was forced to drop out of school and provide for her seven siblings. At the age of 16 her mother sold her into an arranged marriage with a man three times her age. After escaping that terrible ordeal she became homeless for two years until...


Ep 54 - Anna Ross, Making ethically responsible cosmetics

"It is all mindset because I can be wallowing in self-pity and crying every day or I can actually be achieving things that I had only dreamed of." - Anna Ross Anna Ross is the founder and CEO of Kester Black, an ethical and socially responsible cosmetics company she launched in 2012. Kester Black's products are vegan, sustainable, cruelty-free, Australian-made and B Corp certified. Kester Black has donated 15% of its revenue to charities and the company also makes a water-permeable nail...


Ep 52 - Will Dayble, Teaching non-profits how to do the Internet

"I’m just one of the more violent early adopters of the qualification-less society." - Will Dayble Will Dayble is a tech geek turned social entrepreneur, passionate about things like measuring impact, breaking dumb systems and supporting the Australian social economy. Companies Will has founded include Squareweave, a digital agency that helps changemakers do good tech and The Fitzroy Academy, an online school to teach social impact education and help non-profits learn digital skills. Will...


Ep 51 - Cam Greenwood, Using a surf brand for social good

"If you’re gonna create something that’s world-changing or pushes people forward you need to have a crazy vision, dream big and embrace the wild." - Cam Greenwood Cam Greenwood is the founder of Monsta Surf, one of Australia’s fastest growing surf brands which has an engaged following of over 50,000 people. Cam’s vision for the brand is to use it as a platform to positively influence and impact the world. Under his leadership the Monsta Foundation has been able to fund life changing...


Ep 50 - Jimmy Hayes, Co-founder at Minaal

“We just want to make cool things happen in the world.” - Jimmy Hayes Jimmy is the co-founder of Minaal, a high-end travel gear company. He met his business partner Doug on a university exchange trip and discovered that they both love to travel. Over a number of overseas trips the pair realised that the part of the travel experience causing the most pain was their gear. They both soon decided to quit their jobs in order to create products that make travelling faster, happier, and more...


Ep 49 - Matt Guthmiller, Youngest person to fly solo around the world

"I don’t like the idea of having to go out and find a job, I want to go out and make a job." - Matt Guthmiller Matt Guthmiller started his first company in 2007 at the age of 12, unlocking AT&T's iPhones for people to use worldwide. Since his first solo flight at age 16 he has since earned a commercial pilot certificate having flown dozens of airplanes and logging nearly 1500 hours up in the air. On July 14, 2014, at the age of 19 and after a 44.5 day trip of over 30,000 miles in the air,...


Ep 48 - Allen Lee, Changing careers after 15 years in finance

"The greatest things I could have taught myself at a younger age are all related to empathy." - Allen Lee Allen Lee is a little older than some of the people I’ve previously brought onto the podcast. I wanted to try something different and speak to someone who has a slightly longer journey than the average guest. Allen started his career as an analyst for an investment bank but later served as Director of Corporate Development at Lions Gate Entertainment, where he led the company’s annual...


Ep 47 - Morgan Koegel, Educating 1 million girls in Africa

"If you have the opportunity then you should. You need to sit down and find that thing that doesn't sit right in your gut. What is the thing in the world that makes you feel sick at night?" - Morgan Koegel At the age of 25, Morgan Koegel is not only the youngest member of the One Girl team, but also its CEO. One Girl is an organisation committed to educating girls across Sierra Leone and Uganda through programs that target gender inequality and factors that keep women out of the classroom....


Ep 46 - Mansal Denton, The impact of time behind bars

"You cannot do anything without actually doing it. Go do whatever it is that you're trying to achieve instead of watching videos and reading about it." - Mansal Denton Mansal Denton has a very interesting journey that shows what happens when life doesn't go to plan. When he was 18 years old he stole and sold some historic documents from a holocaust museum to fund a trip overseas. He later returned to the US and was arrested for this crime, eventually getting charged and sentenced to 8...


Ep 45 - Frank Shi, 3D and virtual reality content creator

"I'm not happy until I'm really pushed to the limits to discover something." - Frank Shi Frank Shi was born in China but moved to the USA when he was eleven years old. He had a very difficult childhood, changing schools almost every year as his parents were separated. Frank was never very good at academia or especially studious but he showed promise in art from a young age. After high school he applied for a number of design schools, eventually going to study digital media at the Otis...


Ep 44 - Lucas van Lierop, Opera singer

"Even in the most fun things there's always going to be work involved. You just have to figure out how much can I tolerate this aspect of the process." - Lucas van Lierop Born in the Netherlands but raised in Canada, Lucas is a versatile singer that has performed in operas, oratorios, and song recitals. His career has spanned more than a decade, originally as a boy soprano, and now as a tenor. In the summer of 2012 Lucas performed with “I Sing Beijing”, a new operatic training program that...


Ep 43 - Paul Rataul, Helping others be who they want to be

"We're often so blinded by what other people think, what society thinks, what our peers think, that it's really hard to get out of that mindset." - Paul Rataul Growing up as a kid in New Zealand, Paul always dreamt of playing international cricket for his country. But after he permanently broke his thumb playing the game he loved and being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, he came to a crossroads in his life. His friends encouraged him to apply for internships in management consulting and...


Ep 42 - 2016: A year in books

Last year was the first year that I wrote a blog post covering what I read in the previous year and I decided to do it again this year. This is a short episode covering the most impactful and enjoyable books I read last year as well as a small snapshot of what I got out of every single book. You can find the show notes here:


Ep 41 - Highlights from the Top 10 episodes of 2016

What better way to end 2016 than to highlight some of the best moments from the podcast this year. This is a clip show episode with highlights from the 10 most listened episodes in 2016. I won't spoil the order, if you want to know who made the cut you'll just have to listen. You can find the show notes here:


Ep 40 - Fab Mackojc, Podcaster / Entrepreneur / Avid Reader

"I like the idea of being in control with my life. To live a life that suits my unique personality and that I can be happy living." - Fab Mackojc After a year interviewing young people who have taken an unconventional path in life I decided it was time to share my own story. I had the pleasure of sitting down with my good pal Zezan Tam (who was a guest in Episode 3) to be on the opposite side of the interview for a change. While doing a corporate internship during university Fab happened...


[Unedited] Ep 40 - Fab Mackojc, Podcaster / Entrepreneur / Avid Reader

This is the full-length unedited version of episode 40. "I like the idea of being in control with my life. To live a life that suits my unique personality and that I can be happy living." - Fab Mackojc After a year interviewing young people who have taken an unconventional path in life I decided it was time to share my own story. I had the pleasure of sitting down with my good pal Zezan Tam (who was a guest in Episode 3) to be on the opposite side of the interview for a change. While doing...


Ep 39 - Taylor Pearson, Self-published author and entrepreneurial thinker

"More than any other point in history, people really have the opportunity to take control of their life." - Taylor Pearson I had the pleasure of meeting Taylor Pearson when we both attended the Berkshire Hathaway shareholder's meeting in Omaha earlier this year. Just before Taylor finished college he had the opportunity to go study abroad in Argentina. While over there he witnessed a completely different world to the one he was living in the Southern US. There was a large prevalence of...


Ep 38 - Jessica Curl, Functional nutritionist

"I get so much happiness from other people achieving happiness." - Jessica Curl Jessica Curl is the owner of Gangsta Gym where she works not only as a strength coach but also as a functional nutritionist. Her mission is to help people reach their optimal health through the power of education and empathy. After finishing university back home in the United States, Jess decided to come to Australia and play high level soccer for a number of professional teams. After a tough knee injury left...


Ep 37 - How to structure your work life for fun, profit and fulfillment

I don’t have a full-time job at the moment. Friends are often asking me “What do you do for work? What does that look like for you?”. When you don’t work for someone else the line between work and your personal life starts to blur. But the exciting part is that you get to decide what you want your work to be. In this very short episode I talk about the framework I use to structure my own work life. There are three components that I believe everyone’s working life needs to have to ensure...