The key to success starts on the factory floor.Know, and I mean truly believe, that nothing you do, or experience, is wasted. None of it. In fact, cherish it, as it may come in handy later. I speak from experience.
- At 19, I got a job on the production line at Holden’s car factory. It was the worst, yet best, job of my life. Why? Because it taught me something that no parent could every convey: if you don’t want an awful job, you’d better work really hard to avoid needing one!
- At 29, I left a well-paid job in advertising to go to drama school, and learned skills that would set me up financially for decades to come. I didn’t realise then that spending three lean years learning the hard graft of stage and film performance would one day provide a lucrative pathway to teaching Australia’s top executives how to prepare for public speaking events.
- At 49, I couldn’t know that taking one (unpaid) year out of my life to write a business book could be the most profitable decision I’d ever made. Desperate to avoid the dreaded mid-life crisis I’d seen my friends have on turning 50, I asked myself ‘what would make me feel at 50 I’d achieved something of value?’. Writing a book was the answer.