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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 70 - Sarah Holloway, Selling matcha green tea powder

“What is the opportunity that won’t be there ever again?” - Sarah Holloway Sarah Holloway started her career as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at a leading international law firm. Early on however she realized that the corporate life wasn’t for her as the profession and its lifestyle didn't easily reconcile with her personal passions for health, wellness and creativity. After a fateful trip to Hong Kong and a recommendation from her doctor not to drink coffee, Sarah stumbled onto matcha...


Ep 66 - Rabia Sitabi, Working in 10 industries before the age of 30

“Just be open to everyone.” - Rabia Sitabi Rabia Sitabi’s life started in tough circumstances: she lost both her parents by the age of 16 and had to become a mother for her younger siblings. Since then she has taken a very unique journey through her career working across a range of different industries and professions. Rabia is now a international culture ambassador who aims to connect the East to the West through events and education. During the week she runs strategy and operations for...


Ep 65 - Nick Jaffe, Finding freedom and autonomy through sailing

“With the right amount of time and focus and the right tools there are many more things that you can do than you think you can do.” - Nick Jaffe As a teenager Nick Jaffe started working in software development before deciding to study photography at the Victorian College of the Arts. He soon after went overseas and started hitchhiking through Europe before falling in love with sailing. From 2006 to 2009 Nick sailed solo across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in a small 26ft boat. This...


Ep 64 - Alexandra Clark, Entrepreneurial chocolatier

“Whatever you do, just keep walking. Don’t actually ever stop.” - Alexandra Clark After working at an ice cream shop at age 14, Alexandra Clark fell in love with the interaction that people have with sweets. Her curiosity took her to Michigan State University where she studied Hospitality Business & Food Processing Technology. After receiving her chocolate certificate from The French Pastry School of Chicago, she left the country on a full scholarship to New Zealand’s prestigious Massey...


Ep 62 - Charlene Rhinehart, Corporate America to pageantry

"I didn’t just want my career to be based on income, I wanted to have an impact." - Charlene Rhinehart Charlene Rhinehart has spent a decade working as a Certified Public Accountant in corporate America. What makes her story interesting is that she had the unique personal and professional development goal of competition in a pageant. In 2015 she won the title of Ms. Corporate America and soon after decided to quit her accounting job and travel the world. She went on a six-month world tour...


Ep 60 - Bryce Adams, Running a Laos nightclub and making software

"You do a lot of things in your life that are so different to where you end up but it’s important to remember those things because they shape you, even if it doesn’t seem obvious." - Bryce Adams Bryce Adams decided to attend university after high school but within a week realized that it wasn’t what he wanted to do. He took a year off to go travelling before giving university another shot: he lasted less than a month before quitting for good. A friend from his travels contacted him and...


Ep 59 - Jodie Cook, Introducing children to enterprising role models

"The money has got to be the enabler of freedom and not a goal in itself. You could be on a massive salary but you’re not necessarily free because you don’t choose how you spend your own time." - Jodie Cook Jodie Cook founded a social media marketing agency, JC Social Media, back in 2011. Since then she has grown the company to a team of 15 and now runs the social media campaigns for 500 clients across the world. Jodie has also written five books on digital marketing as well as developed...


Ep 56 - Pixie Weyand, Music venue and cafe owner

"It’s never the situation but your thoughts about it." - Pixie Weyand Two years ago Pixie was still cleaning toilets at a mine in rural Queensland. With a head full of ideas and the drive to do something with her life she has since worked tirelessly to create The Lost Collective, an umbrella for several businesses she is in the process of growing. These include: Lost Boys, a small, organic vegetarian, carbon-neutral café in the Brisbane suburb of Fortitude Valley; The Tree House, a bar...


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...