I discovered this great video of former President Bill Clinton stating a few facts about our industry. Enjoy! I’d love for you to share your thoughts after viewing the video.
Ever hear that old Chinese curse – “May you live in interesting times?”
Well, these are interesting times, aren’t they?
It’s a brave new world –exciting, dynamic and new. But do we have the skills and self confidence to survive in this rapidly changing reality? Things that were the norm even two years ago are now obsolete.
The way people communicate has shifted radically and in turn, how we work and earn money has shifted with it. While some businesses are closing, with people being laid off and struggling to support themselves and their families, others are finding their path to success in these tough times. But you have to know how to succeed.
Australians are adept at making the best of a rum deal. It’s our entrepreneurial spirit – that ‘never say die’ attitude.
The “proudly Australian” campaign in the 90’s proved that we’d support our own. Proudly. (Even if some of those silly swing tags got in the way when we tried on a new t-shirt.)
Now, I am not for one minute suggesting that we put swing tags on our entrepreneurs. That would be sillier than a koala founding a ministry of silly walks.
However, if more people stopped relying on others to take care of them and instead took responsibility for their own lives and their own future, their happiness and most of all their sense of fun…the world would be an undeniably better place.
Now is the time for “thinking outside the box” and all the other buzzwords you can think of. It’s how we deal with the challenges that mark us as men and women. It makes us who we are.
Entrepreneurs are the dreamers in our society. They have the vision and the strength to succeed through adversity. They have the self reliance to know they’re going to get where they want to be.
And right now, today, more than ever, we need entrepreneurs to dream big and succeed. Not just here in Australia, but globally.
And the bigger, better, and more competent you are, the better it is for the world. Because when your business or idea succeeds, it makes the world a better place for us all.
Some entrepreneurs are simply born with a business mind. They think in a way studying at uni can never teach you. Their entrepreneur skills are a part of their genetic makeup.
For many, their understanding of the marketplace and their free flow of ideas and ways to solve problems, or provide necessary services, is an extension of their natural personalities.
20-year-old Ryan Djurovich, who less than a year ago started an online marketing and web development business called Antevo in Melbourne, contends that if they can start up in a recession and be successful, they can survive anything. He proves that just because you are young, it doesn’t mean you can’t be successful.
His father was retrenched when Ryan was younger and he decided that he would never be in that position. His philosophy is if you work hard at your own business and get the results, no one can lay you off.
His instinctual entrepreneur skills are paying off and he is on his way to success, flying the flag for other eager young minds to flock to his independent banner.
Rachel Oliver – Polaris Global
Laurence Eales knows how to succeed. He is the owner of one of Australia’s largest equipment hire firms, EA Hire, and he is celebrating after upstaging some of the wealthiest thoroughbred owners in Australia to win the Melbourne Cup with his horse Shocking.
Eales, 37, was born in Cairns, and is now based in Melbourne.
The entrepreneur has a classic rags-to-riches story. He dropped out of high school early to go and work in his father’s butchers shop and later became an apprentice tiler. He was learning how to succeed through life experience. Moving to Sydney, he decided to diversify and get into the earthmoving business after buying a single excavator. He built EA Hire into a thriving business with more than 150 staff.
Eales contends he worked hard at his business and set it up so he could have a little bit of a dabble with the horses. His philosophy is you’ve got to do what you like.
Four years ago he took a share in his first racehorse, named Rednex. It managed to place first at a minor Victorian country meeting, not a terribly auspicious start, but for the long-time punter, the ownership bug had bitten.
As an owner he has his own particular system and way about him, echoing his entrepreneurial skills. Most owners rely on others to help fill their stable, whereas Eales picks horses from the sales himself. He also concentrates on the progeny of imported stallion Street Cry.
Two years ago, he sent two Street Cry horses to trainer Mark Kavanagh. The first was Whobegotyou, who is apparently raising eyebrows and thought of as a potential champion. The galloper has already won more than $2.2 million in prize money.
And the second was Shocking, who has now earned more than $3.8 million after his Cup victory. At a total cost of $83,500 for both horses, the return on investment is almost staggering. They have now earned more than $6 million! Now that’s how to succeed with Shocking.
Rachel Oliver – POLARIS GLOBAL
I’m sitting here today reflecting on choices that I have made that have brought me to where I am today. I have tremendous gratitude to have arrived at a place in my life whereby I know with absolute certainty that I am in the right place.
I’m an Aussie living in Los Angles. I live with the love of my life, my best friend and business partner, Shane. Working together in the same business from our home means we spend literally 24/7 together. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I have a belief that simple choices that I made as far back as 15 years ago (or more) were made so that one day my path would cross with Shane’s. It’s difficult for me to put into words all of the little decisions that certainly brought me to where I am today.
I love my life. I love the freedom that I enjoy as a result of being my own boss. I love that I have arrived at a place whereby I have a knowing that we create all of the good and all of the bad stuff in our universe. I love that I live with a man who also holds this belief and that your only limit to what you can create is within your imagination.
So let your imagination run wild. You can create all that you want in this lifetime and more!
In years gone by it was far easier to get a job. If you’re just entering the marketplace fresh out of school it may seem more than daunting, but you have your youth and vigor on your side. Your self confidence will dictate your success or failure. But what do you do if you are older and have been laid off?
Well, the way to achieve success is actually the same. According to Tony Beshara, the number-one placement and recruitment specialist in the U.S. , you have to make changing your circumstances a job in itself. That’s great advice, no matter what country you live in. You could live in Timbuktu and it still rings true.
But, I say start your own business and create your own wealth. Sitting around waiting to be hired is not an option. Times are harder than they were, but that just means we have to step up and make our own future.
Nobody ever got anything done sitting around waiting for others to come to them. It’s a big world out there. Get out into it and carve a place for yourself. There’s always room for one more. That’s the beauty of our modern world. If you succeed it benefits everyone. Start your own business. And then call everyone you know.
That’s right. Everyone. If you are out of work and need to get money in, then it’s time to start the shot gun approach. Besides, your winning attitude and undaunted spirit won’t keep you down for long.
A very successful entrepreneur in the luxury remodeling construction business is currently enjoying a boom time, even in a recession, because his business is supported because his product is so good and he gets the job done on time and on budget. He started his business a few years ago with $500, now he employs over 50 people.
Learn from your mistakes, be prepared, be ready for anything and most of all keep the fun alive. Don’t take it too seriously or you are dead in the water.
Reach out. You can achieve success.