Reach until it’s uncomfortable

Uncomfortable Moments.

I’m standing here bracing myself for the impact…

Sweat beading and rolling down the side of my face…

There’s a bang as a foot connects with the soccer ball and launches it into the air.

I reach out… stretch as far as I can, but it’s not enough and the ball flies past my hand, just out of reach of my fingertips.

uncomfortable moments

It’s the uncomfortable moments in life we remember not the easy ones.

When your time’s up you won’t lay there reminiscing the easy moments.

The fond memories will be the uncomfortable moments.

The moments in life that challenged you, the moments were you are at the edge of what you thought was possible which forced you to be better.

Appreciate the uncomfortable now… not when it’s too late.

EP008: Difficult Conversations with Amna K-Hassan – The No Xcuses Show

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Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 – Have you ever met someone whose passion is so palpable? This week I was fortunate to interview yet another driven and passionate individual who is out to make a difference in the world.

My latest guest Amna Karra-Hassan founded the first ever AFL Women’s team in Western Sydney. Amna engages with a diverse audience and facilitates difficult conversations. Amna is filled with passion for everything, and she shares that passion with those around her, inspiring and motivating at the same time.

Watch her full interview below as she shares how she got started in football, her struggles as a leader, her passion for social injustice, and more.

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00:17 Amna K-Hassan is wildly known as being instrumental in starting women’s AFL in Sydney, and also is passionate about facilitating difficult conversations. So let’s now give you a chance to fill in the blanks and share a bit more detail on who you are.

00:57 Eight years ago I started a women’s AFL team in Western Sydney… apart from a footballer, a passionate advocate of all things girls and women, I am a 29-year old Western Sydney sider (?) who just has real passion for life. You know going after things that I believe in and what I dream in.

00:21 Those things, did they fall across your lap?

00:30 I think every single human has things that just speak to them. For some people its food, for some people its art, some its sport, for me it’s like a combination, like an intersection of the things that I love.

00:45 I am passionate about enabling girls and women to participate and have the best opportunities, whether they want to play elite or community footy. I am passionate about girls and women. I am passionate about where I live, which is Western Sydney. I am passionate about my heritage and culture, and I love talking about that with people. I am passionate about my identity. I am passionate about being a woman. I am passionate about so many things, I feel like I get to speak to all those things.

02:18 What led you to do what you do today?

02:23 There were two things that really prompted me, one of them was the disappointment on the lack of opportunities and access for women to participate in organised sport… So for me it was like why is this the situation we are finding ourselves in and what can I do about it?

03:00 How come the women don’t have a competition to play in? Even though I didn’t know the game and I don’t have a strong affinity, I thought it was about what was fair, what was right. The fact that no one thought about it really bothered me.

03:30 I picked up the footy, I tried to figure out the rules and off I went!

04:03 I am definitely more partial to the AFL. I feel like it is a little bit more elite in the physical side.

04:17 All sport has actually developed in that regard. I think now we look at what does an athlete needs to have to be highly skilled and perform well in their game as opposed to it doesn’t matter if you are packing a few kilos, it doesn’t matter if you want to be leaner because you like that look more, it’s what is required of your body so that you can perform.

04:50 Share something that we don’t know about what you’re doing at the moment that we probably should.

05:09 A dear friend and co-footy player, her name is Reika, she was picked up GWS Giants, and we are incredibly proud of that achievement. I think it is important that we recognise and celebrate the achievements of the people that we love. I met her when she was 14. She was just a kid who had a lot of self-doubt and natural talent, and was like ‘as if I can be pro’. And to have been on the journey as a football sport, backed her all the way, and see her achieve that milestone and hopefully set new goals and achieve new milestones. If you don’t know her name, learn her name – Haneen Zreika.

06:11 What has been the biggest setback or failure? What did you learn from it?

06:35 I guess the one that sticks out for me is the one about me and my leadership capability… It was incredibly hard because I think I had a really self-critical lens, and if you are being really self-critical you can’t do anything constructive in that space.

07:14 It was at least 12 months of me reflecting but through the wrong lens where I was beating myself up about how I was failing or not doing the right thing, or what should I be doing. What I learned in the end was the problem is your lens. The problem was this lens where I thought I could just walk away and people were gonna figure it out and then I would have done my job. ‘Yehey, good stuff me!’ It doesn’t work that way.

07:42 Sometimes people might be confident enough to do something but feel more confident doing it if you are walking with them… Not everyone operates I operate so I need to just settle, and to listen more, and I need to be connected to other people around me and see that not everyone see things the way I do.

08:16 I can imagine it being very difficult to inspire a group of people to continue on with their movement once the key person has stepped away.

08:25 I had to change my perspective on what is success and what is failure. I have defined success as if they feel confident and capable to lead in my absence that is success. But I have to say, if they feel capable and confident, and have strong sense of self-achievement – that is success.

09:20 What is your biggest win or breakthrough?

10:34 That conversation with the guy on the plane, then the courage to walk up to someone I don’t know, who has a lot of influence and power in the business world and say ‘Hey, I would like to meet you’ and then following through going to her office, and every moment after that that I followed through has been a huge breakthrough, because when you meet with people who’ve lived, who have experienced, who are incredibly successful at what they do, you can only learn and grown around people like that.

11:09 We didn’t talk money. I didn’t say I want this much money, I want you to do this for me. She even stripped the conversation back from that, she wanted to get to know the human that was sitting in front of her to say, “How can I enable you as a person who is really passionate? What are your passions?”

11:22 And it was so incredible and that moment it was no longer about the work that I was doing, someone has actually looked at me as a human being and said I’m interested and invested in you and your success. I think that was a huge moment for me because I had to learn what it is to own success.

11:43 Did she take on the role of a mentor?

11:50 I don’t know if she set out to be, but I certainly look at her as one of my mentors. I look at the women I’ve met through the Harvey Norman team as my mentors… The level of expertise, the competence, the confidence of these women has been incredible, and to be able to back and soundboard with experts and women, and to share their personal and professional challenges for me has been incredible. I felt like it has completely enriched my life.

13:20 You got to wait for things. I knew what I wanted, but timing is everything I think, and opportunities present themselves at different times

13:40 What is the one thing that you are most passionate about today?

13:47 I think I have always, if I’m like true to my core, I have always been passionate about social justice. And that’s not an easy thing to be passionate about because there’s so much injustice in the world. It is so hard to keep that positive light and hope when you see people feeling victimized or oppressed or really hurt and not heard.

14:25 But if we say social justice it encompasses enough things and what I think about when I reflect on myself is we can say that we are passionate about social justice but what does that actually look like as an everyday human being. How do I live that passion for caring for other human beings, and their rights, the fact that they are heard and accepted, and loved and cared for? If they are being systemically oppressed, what am I consciously doing to remove that oppression through the small things in how I live?

14:56 It’s very challenging. If you know the clothes on your back are made at the hands of a child… you need to really think. When I drink in a coffee cup and I throw it away… what does it do to our environment? I think about all the little things and go, we are actually a little hypocritical and we are not that really in tuned so I’m very passionate about being really in tuned in social justice.

15:31 I guess, the further you take it, the more difficult it gets… Pick one that you are most passionate about and constantly improve.

15:55 It’s about living right. I always ask myself are you living right. As long as you have the commitment to live right by others, and by myself, be true to my values, then I think we are on our way. It doesn’t mean we will get it right all the time, it just means the commitment to live right is there.

16:19 Is there something holding you back from doing what you do today?

16:23 There’s always hurdles and things that hold you back… Then I got older and felt really trapped by the perception on what is to be a Muslim, or an Arab, or a woman… I think there are always things that may let you feel trapped and for me the greatest gift has been learning how to overcome those obstacles so there are no excuses.

17:14 I love your NoXcuses philosophy! I love it! I think it’s what everyone should live by.

17:28 The goal is to be able to catch yourself then correct cause, because we all make excuses but it’s about getting better in catching yourself doing it. So many times the first initial answer to anything is its too hard, it can’t be done. But when we actually start to look at it, it’s just a simple bunch of steps to get to one point to another.

19:04 What is the best piece of advice that you’ve ever received?

19:11 Venture out into uncomfortable places and you will learn. So don’t stay in a nest, go out and explore, travel, work with people that you feel very uncomfortable with, just be far away from home and you will grow as human being.

19:32 The more that you travel around, the more you have appreciation, and you’ll have perspective. You can actually appreciate what you have versus what you see what some of other people have.

19:46 What’s a personal habit that contributes to your success?

19:53 I have a very strong passion for and ability to prioritise my work… It’s very easy for me to get caught up in next thing that I want to do, but you have to do those core things consistently and you have to do them well. I try my best to commit myself and do the things consistently.

20:27 Can you say it’s something that you are good at? You are good at being able to stop spreading yourself thin and focus on the core stuff that you need to do?

20:36 It’s something that I have actively worked on to developing. I think I was over committed and I felt like I was not giving my 100% to everything so I’m never really satisfied. The only way that I could give the standard that I wanted which is excellence, the only way that I can achieve that excellence and strive for it was if I let go of some things. That’s hard when you are really enjoying being in different spaces, but you can’t be everywhere.

21:08 What is something you have bought for under $100 that has most improved your life?

21:15 Books! I love reading. I’m all for reading. I have book in my bag. I have book on my bed. I have book on my bedside. I have to force myself to not buy books.

21:45 This is perfect because I’m about to ask you what is your favourite at the moment and why?

21:50 I buy anything by Brené Brown. I love her as an author. The greatest book I have ever read that sort of really transformed my thinking was ‘The Gifts of Imperfection’, because I was a perfectionist and she helps challenge some of those behaviours and thoughts. And I was like, you really need to let go of some of this controlling behaviour. We act like it’s a constructive thing, but it’s kind of crazy – we need to let it go.

22:24 What is one key takeaway you have for Grit Nation?

22:31 Maintain the Grit! You gotta willing to work hard, sometimes it means you need to get your hands dirty. And if you just continue to apply yourself… it may not be that grand thing you expect in return, that pay-off. That pay-off might be something completely unexpected and that’s the most beautiful thing.

23:06 What the best way that Grit Nation can connect with you?

23:10 I am on Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook. My number is all over the internet, as is my email. It’s so easy to find me! You can easily write to me. I’m happy to meet with people. I’m happy to chat on the phone or skype.

23:26 I’m an open book, so I’m happy to have any conversation. A lot of people have been generous in giving their time to me and it helped me, and I’ll be privileged to do that for someone else.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

EP007: Time Investment with Kate Christie – The No Xcuses Show

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Monday, November 27th, 2017 – We’ve all had to deal with the feeling of not having enough time. If you’ve ever felt that you simply don’t have the time, energy and focus to accomplish everything that you want, you could learn a lot from my latest guest.

Kate Christie, is a time management expert, although she prefers the more accurate term time investment expert. Kate is also a business owner, author, professional speaker and mother to three amazing kids.

Watch her full interview below as she shares her knowledge on how to invest your time better, how she turned a bad day into a career and life-changing moment, and more.

EP007: Time Investment with Kate Christie – The No Xcuses Show

Posted by Brant Garvey

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00:03     Brant Garvey here. Welcome to Episode 7 of #DailyGritLive where I chat to the world’s grittiest, inspiring and motivated people. Let’s chat with today’s featured guests, Kate Christie.

00:15     Are you ready to get gritty Kate?

00:18     I am so gritty.

00:19     So Kate is known as being… you didn’t like the expression time management What was your choice of words?

00:27     I love the concept of time investment

00:30     So let’s call Kate the Time Investment Expert. Now we’re going to start in the section which is ‘Walking Pace’ where we get to know you. So tell us the details about who you are.

00:43     OK Walking Pace, this is comfortable. Kate Christie, business owner, author of two books, public speaker, professional speaker, mother of three awesome teenagers who keep me on my toes – that’s for sure, and 47 – loving it.

01:05     I love being in my 40s. It’s I think that if I had the same attitude when I was in my 20s as I have now it would have been awesome. I’m in my space. I’m confident. I love what I’m doing. I love my kids. I don’t care if you like me to be honest. I’m not looking for new friends. If you like me that’s awesome, and if I can help you that’s great. It’s such a place of strength when you have that level of confidence and I think that’s where I’m at.

02:06     What led you to do what you do today?

02:09     Well, I was one of a generation of women who was told that I could absolutely have it all and I genuinely believed that for a long time and it worked. You know my simple formula for success was hard work plus a modicum of talent plus a load of ambition and I could pretty much have anything I wanted. It worked really well through school, through university, into my career.

02:38     So basically in year 2000 it all start to come unstuck. I had three babies in three and a half years, which was entirely my own fault, I didn’t realise actually what was going on. I still wanted to maintain that pace. I still wanted to use the formula. Hard work plus some talent plus heaps of ambition, I could have anything and it just didn’t quite work when you’re running around with three babies hanging off you. So from there I started my first business which was to help really busy professionals manage their time differently by outsourcing some of the home help pieces at work. So it really morphed from there.

03:29     Share something we probably don’t know about it that we probably should, in your area of expertise.

03:41     A lot of the people that I worked with… people who are very motivated, really talented. They’re performing at the top of their game but they know that there’s more to be had. They’re looking for that cream on top. And. I think without exception most of my clients describe themselves as control freaks. They say, “I’m a control freak. I’m a control freak. I need to have control of all of this.” They say it with a level of guilt.

04:28     So I guess the thing that most people not know about time management is control is awesome and you want to control the frame. It doesn’t mean you’re a control freak but when you’re operating at your peak, and you’re operating in an environment where you feel you have maximum control over your own agenda then that is when you are investing your time really well.

04:52     Move away from the language. Embrace your control freakiness. You need to accept and understand that you’re operating best in an environment where you have control of your circumstances and that’s what you need to be doing.

05:10     What is your biggest setback or failure and what did you learn from it?

05:30     It was right in that phase of trying to manage my corporate career, be a super mom, and manage three kids, and to do so and to embrace my career ambitions without guilt was a place I was trying to get to. And with that in mind I was pretty much not focusing on anything 100%, not doing anything particularly well…

06:05     ….So there I was trying to have this child extricated from my leg. All of the other parents looking at me saying, “You are a failure!” And I fled to the car and I my stress and guilt was absolutely palpable…

07:14     I had this profound realisation that point in time that I was the only member of the executive leadership team who didn’t have a full time wife and I thought. “What the hell am I doing? I’m killing myself here.” I was chasing it all. I was trying to have it all.

07:30     I very firmly believe now that you can’t have it all. You really just need to chase after the bits that are most phenomenally important to you and nail those in the rest is white noise.

07:43     I guess that was my biggest epic failure – not having perspective on what was most important. And I was chasing everything and I guess my comeuppance or that moment of truth in the boardroom was ‘this is not me, this is not who I want to be.’

07:59     …I was not feeling fulfilled and I was feeling bored. I sort of went from one extreme to the other. So that process in itself was an epic fail. And that was when I then said, “Look come on what are you going to do?” That’s when I started the businesses.

08:51     So what would have you done differently to be able to fulfil both parts of that life like balancing the three kids but also the career that you’re passionate about. Was there something you could have done to make both work in those days.

09:05     Look probably and I think it goes back to my initial comment about sort of being in my 40s and feeling really confident about my skill bites and my worth and where I’m at. And I think at that point in time if I wasn’t just a brand new mom to three little babies, if I wasn’t so tired, if I wasn’t trying to please everybody, I probably would have had the guts to actually say to those people sitting around the boardroom table, “You know I get a reality check. Don’t look and watch. Don’t stop speaking. This is what you know my life is and if you want me in this company, you want the skills I bring to the table then respect the decisions that I make. I would have had I guess the balls to call them on their attitude. And I didn’t. I don’t feel guilty about that because it’s that classic ‘a door closes and another door opens.’

10:06     I chose a path and that awful kind of period of time has almost turned out to be the most fantastic thing that ever happened to me because I love what I’m doing now. And I probably wouldn’t have done it unless I felt forced to do it.

10:23     And I guess that probably ties into what I’m asking next which is what is your biggest breakthrough, the biggest win that you’ve had?

10:32     Probably starting my business and making it successful… And I think if you believe in yourself. You have an absolute passion for what you’re doing then you’ll make it happen. And I really strongly believe that and it’s something that I am constantly saying to my kids and trying to impart into them.

11:30     You don’t have to take the normal route. I didn’t sort of fall into what I’m doing until I was in my 40s and now, I love it. And so I think that there’s lots of different roads that you can take. But as long as you love what you’re doing and you’re passionate it’s going to work.

11:50     I totally agree. I mean I didn’t get started in what I’m doing until I was 28 and that’s purely because I didn’t know this way existed… I guess this is again like leads into what I’m going to say next which is what is it that you’re most passionate about at the moment?

12:23     In a work context… I’m really passionate about getting people to think differently about how they manage their time. Time is not something you manage. It has such negative connotation. Time is something you invest and it’s really about looking at the way you’d use your time in the same way as you use your money.

12:55     If you’ve got ten thousand dollars, you’re not just going to go blow that money. You’re going to think about it. You’re going to research. You’re going to work out what you can invest in to see that money grow or you’re going to plan your holiday, but you don’t do anything ultimately spontaneous with ten thousand dollars and so you shouldn’t do anything ultimately spontaneous except for the fun stuff with your time.

13:15     You know you need to say look what are my most important priorities. What do I need to be getting done? When is my best time? What should I be using my best time for, only for my best work. So it’s around investing your time it’s what I’m really passionate about the moment.

13:33     I guess the concept around having that learning mindset and knowing that regardless of how good you are at what you do, you’ll always going to be able to learn from someone else. They’re going to have a different take all they are going to suggest something that is slightly different to what you use, and so having that learning mindset and not assuming that you know everything and that your way is the best way.

13:55     I love that learning mindset. I’ve recently been doing a lot of research into growth versus fixed mindset. And it’s that same thing, realising that you’re not born with all those set of skills or that limited knowledge you can grow it over time and learn from other people and make mistakes and it’s not pass or fail, it’s just a part of the process of what it is you are ultimately trying to learn.

14:22     Exactly. It’s so true. And with my kids being teenagers, this is something that they push really hard at school these days right from primary school into secondary school, as you know the concept of resilience but taking it further in terms of having an agile learning mindset as opposed to a negative pass-fail mindset and also taking that resilience further to understand that you know shit happens and it’s not always easy.

14:52     You’re not necessarily going to get the dream run. You may not get picked on the team you want to be picked on. And you’ve got to work hard. It’s about you know I’m really counting on imparting to my kids this concept of nothing’s going to get handed to you on a platter. And if you want something hard and bad enough then you go and chase that down and you’re going to appreciate it and love it so much more when you get it than it was just handed to you.

15:20     I totally agree. And just going back to what you were talking about before. I think it’s crucial to make sure that when you’re investing as you say your time to make sure that you’re getting the largest return on investment just like you do with your money. Whether that is financial or whether that is hanging out with your family. It’s whatever is the most important to you.

15:44     Absolutely. So true. Often one of the exercises I take clients through is the concept of is this the best use of my time. And when you take on a task, you stop and ask yourself, “Is this the best use of my time.”

16:00     There are four different cost lenses you can look through. The first one is financial cost – so in terms of my time is money… So if my time is with $50 an hour and I spend an hour a day on Facebook, that’s costing me $18,250 of my time.

16:32     The second cost lens is the opportunity cost. So what else could I be doing with my time right now… What’s my tradeoff? What have I missed out on…

17:00     The other two costs are emotional cost and physical cost. So if you’re spending your time on stuff that makes you unhappy or a few feel good or bad about your time spent, that’s an emotional cost.

17:12     The physical cost is if it causes physical or mental pain, you sitting it desk all day and your back is sore or if you’re so stressed at work that that’s a physical cost.

17:30     Your job is to think about the question, “Is this the best use of my time?” Look and think which of those four cost lenses resonates with me as an individual. And that’s the one you need to look through when you decide where you are going to spend your time.

17:42     And I guess that would also come back to your values as well what you put value in personally. So I think it would be a balance of those two.

17:50     Absolutely. And everyone is going to be different. It’s got to be based on your values and also your goals.

17:58     Yes. Did you have anything that was holding you back from what you wanted to do?

18:09     No I don’t think so. I guess the only thing was probably not too much self-doubt, but I guess there was a level of pressure in terms of realizing expectations as soon as I possibly could. So in terms of external influences that I knew that things were going to get there eventually, but sometimes I guess I felt a bit of pressure externally in terms of speeding up that process.

18:45     Yeah but totally relate to that by the way.

18:48     But I don’t feel that it held me back it was more kind of just something that was kind of hovering over my left shoulder sort of thing.

18:57     Right now we are going into the ‘Sprint Rounds’, so basically I’m going to say two words…

19:05     I’m terrified!

19:07     No, they’re very very tamed questions. Okay so, winter or summer?

19:12     Summer.

19:13     Awesome book or audiobook?

19:14     Book

19:16     Run or cycle?

19:16     Run

19:20     Awesome! Eat out or home cooked?

19:22     Home cooked

19:26     Now in the next section is what I call the ‘Run Section’. And this is where we find out some really cool pieces of information. So what was the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

19:40     100% was from an American mentor who is a phenomenally successful businessman. You know we’re talking billions and squillionaire sort of thing…

19:54     He’s someone I worked with for a couple of years and I learned a phenomenal amount from him. But the best bit of advice I ever got from him was ‘data is keen’. So never ever ever go into a presentation, into a pitch, into a business plan, into a business meeting, into a partnership meetings, don’t go into any meeting without all the data.

20:20     Once you have the data it’s so easy to influence people to make a decision the way you want them to make that decision. So data is keen. I live and breathe by that.

20:40     What would be a personal habit that you believe contributes to your success?

20:50     Focus. The ability to very quickly identify what’s the most important priority and then to focus single-mindedly on that without distraction.

21:05     And do you believe that’s something you’ve managed to create as a habit because you’ve forced yourself to do it on a regular basis and now it’s something that’s almost subconscious?

21:16     Probably, when I look back I could trace that right back to high school where I studied and I always had a goal, and I was always very single-minded about reaching my goals. I’m always very goal oriented.

21:35     If it was a habit, it was easy for me to embrace the habit. I never felt like I was something I had to work at. I think it was just my you know crazy set of single-minded ambition perhaps but it is something that I feel probably comes naturally. I didn’t have to work at it but it certainly worked for me.

22:51     This one I always find fascinating. But what is something you bought for under a $100 that has most improved your life recently?

23:00     Oh something for under a hundred. Well this a terrible answer but it’s the one that comes straight to mind…

23:19     Mine’s probably not even as exciting as a pillow. I’ve had a lot on and I’m juggling a lot of balls. I’ve kind of been doing everything I tell my clients not to do. It’s like you don’t want to go to the toilet in a plumber’s house. I made the time on Sunday to go shopping with my daughter. And I went to Bones and because I seriously was very very low on underwear. So I bought 10 pairs of undies in less than $100 and now I don’t go looking for underwear in the morning.

23:59     I recently read The Barefoot Investor and one of his steps is go replace your undies and throw out all the terrible ones. Invest in that because that’s something you need to invest in quality in. I think it’s amazing it’s one of his crucial steps in financial freedom.

24:19     Absolutely! I swear by it. I’m very happy with that investment. The flipside of that is you then declutter. So every time you buy something like that you get rid of all the other stuff and throw them all out… very cathartic

24:39     What is the book that you would recommend and why?

24:51     At the moment I’m reading a really quirky book and I can’t remember who it is by because I can never remember the author’s name. It’s something like the girl who saved the Swedish Prime Minister or Swedish King like from an atomic bomb or something really weird. It’s really quirky but I’m really loving it.

25:16     Is it The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden?

2:118     That’s it!

25:31     It’s very different it’s very clever.

25:33     Awesome! And now what is one key takeaway and how can GRIT nation connect with you.

25:44     An absolute no-brainer. From a time investment perspective is you have to stop multitasking. I know that often is women we love to say oh I’m a great multitasker and you know my husband and my partner he’s just bloody hopeless. Unfortunately, the guys have got this one right… And when you multitask your productivity goes down by 40%. So if you multitask throughout the day, all day then at best you’re only ever operating at 60% capacity, which is equivalent to losing a night’s sleep. It’s the equivalent of losing 10 IQ points so don’t multitask. Identify your key priorities for the day, lock in time and then just single focus on that. Turn your phone off, turn your alerts off because they will make you multi-task.

20:50     … and the best way that our GRIT nation can connect with you.

26:57     Via my website which is timestylers.com

27:01     Ok awesome! Thank you so much for your time today Kate! It’s been an absolute pleasure getting to share your journey and learning about time management or time investment which I much prefer.

27:15     Thank you so much for joining us and we’ll see you next week on Daily Grit.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

EP006: More Businesses Than Hot Dinners with Eoin Byrne – The No Xcuses Show

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Monday, November 20th, 2017 – It’s one thing to be inspired by the greats; it is another thing to choose to follow in their footsteps. Our guest, Eoin Byrne, is one of those people who saw others’ success, and thought “Why not me?”

Watch his full interview below and find out how his natural curiosity for business and technology, and with a whole lot of hard work and passion led to his success today.

EP006: More Businesses Than Hot Dinners with Eoin Byrne – The No Xcuses Show

Posted by Brant Garvey

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00:04     Brant Garvey here and welcome to episode 6 of #DailyGritLive where I speak to some of the world’s most gritty, motivating and inspiring people. Today’s guest I have Eoin Byrne who is the founder of ScanCam, a very exciting start up tech company and his idea here is to be able to give power back to the people who own petrol stations in Perth. But that’s just one chapter of what I believe is a very interesting life that he has led. Now I’d like to give you bit of a chance, and welcome you to Grit Nation.

00:42     Tell us a little bit of your backstory. Who are you?

00:45     Who am I. Well, I’m just a serial entrepreneur I suppose. Just love the challenge of business. I think it started when I was about 10, you know managing the local paper round. In my street I had about four or five of my neighbour’s kids working for me and I thought this business is not bad idea.

01:09     So were you taking a little bit off the top?

01:15     Yeah skimming off the top – even off my brother.  Always loved business. My mom used to tell me stories about her father and he was sort of very involved in businesses back in my homeland in Ireland. And then growing up listening to stories about my granddad inspired me to start on the journey to business.

01:34     And now how many businesses are you being involved?

01:36     Probably 10.

01:39     Now let’s go with one of the worst experiences you’ve had in business. What was the most challenging, the worst incident, adversity you had to face in business?

01:52     Good question. There’s always lots of challenges in business especially modern business today. We face a lot more challenges I suppose than my grandfather had. I suppose the biggest one, more recently I had a venture, a restaurant venture that I had, so worked really hard for about three or four years on this product in Australia and it didn’t go too well. We had to close the business down. Lots of learnings, but that was pretty tough on me and my business partner.

02:18     Can you give us a specific reason as what made that happen?  Was there a specific mistake that led to that?

 

02:25     I suppose different economic times. I suppose we were in a retail sort of market and retail was doing pretty tough at that time. We made a lot of mistakes managing those businesses as well.

02:43     Can you give us one piece of advice that you would have learned from that instance that you now used to help you moving forward.

02:52     For me it was definitely keeping focus on the on the business books, so the accounting side of things. I suppose I was a little bit of green and my fingers wasn’t on the pulse in regards to how the business was properly being run financially. (Like cash flow) Yeah definitely cash flow that’s the big one.

03:12     Now, we’ll move to the opposite side of that. What is the biggest breakthrough moment you’ve had in your career – the most exciting part?

03:20     I suppose our new venture at of the moment ScanCam. It’s a really exciting new product. Like how a lot of our business that I have been involved in, we started off like retail. Actually ice cream business was my first business. So when I was about 18, I think I was at home sick one day watching Oprah actually, and it was “Made Millionaires’. The episode was about people that invented something, or started from scratch and now they’re living legends in the business world. The Build-A-Bear was on there and this one guy invented ice cream that was cryogenically frozen ice cream. It was frozen up minus 300 degrees and ended up in tiny little balls. I was like – man that product’s great! If I just think of an idea like that. Something that I could bring to market that people would love or I could make millions. A few weeks later I was like actually where is that product? It’s not in Western Australia. I did a bit of research and found that the truck was in Australia but on the East Coast and then I set about to bringing that product to WA, to the streets, festivals and fairs. So me and my mate bought like a second hand run down trial that was a food trailer, it was involved in an accident and it was written off. We sort of patched it up and then we started selling ice creams on the weekend. That where I really sort of cut my teeth in business. Learning about rostering, supply chain, ordering…

04:44     How much business knowledge you reckon you had going into that?

04:46     Zero. Zero. We made lots of mistakes and you know we paid for it.

04:51     The paper run didn’t help…?

05:53     No… Not at all…

04:57     One thing that’s really really cool about the story is that It was literally a moment in time that something that caught Eoin’s attention and he said let’s give it a crack.

05:05     (Let’s just do it.) And you managed to be quite successful with that business. What was the most revenue made in one year?

05:13     I think we went to the awards for that product and then we sort of sold more than any other ice cream dealer in Australia. I think we did over a half a million dollars on the weekend of ice creams. That’s a lot of scrunched up five dollar notes from little kids!

05: 30    Which is epic! It’s awesome!

05:32     One of the questions that I have which is an interesting one… What’s one thing you spent under a hundred dollars recently that you could say contributed to helping you – had the biggest impact?

 

05:49     Well when I was thinking about that question earlier on, and I’ve seen you do that on few other videos. And I thought well if I have it back then in 2010, if I bought a hundred dolls with bitcoin that would’ve been good. (How much is it worth now?) It’s worth about 300 million now.

06:06     Anyway, I suppose more recently my pillow. Sleeping is huge. I’ve got that newborn – three month old.

06:15     We both have newborns, yours is just a couple of weeks older than mine.

06:18     Yeah, so you know how important sleep is. So I suppose my pillow, definitely under a 100 bucks.

06:25     On that note, I actually have a really interesting question. How have you managed to juggle time since becoming a new father?

06:36     You work a lot. You are a bloody hard worker and you are also at every event that we are working on in terms of the business side of things. Yeah, I would love to know how you balance it.

06:46     I suppose I’m really lucky that my workplace is like 350 metres away from where I live. Commute time is good. Also, my wife’s off her work and she’s a great cook and loves cooking so she’s always dropping off lunches and bringing my daughter down to see us, which is great.

07:18     Now we are moving on to what we call the Sprint Round, which is a couple of quick questions.

07:24     Winter or summer?

07:26     Summer

07:29     Book or audiobook?

07:30     Audiobook… a 100%

07:31     The same… absolutely! Massive fan of audiobooks.

07:34     Run or cycle?

07:36     Oh… Run

07:38     Okay cool… we might go for a run sometime

07:44     Eat out or home cooked?

07:46     Home cooked all the way. My wife is a great cook like I said before. I love a good home cooked meal.

07:49     And now this is a part we haven’t spoken about yet, you actually have some restaurant in Bali.

07:54     Yeah

07:57     So was that inspired by your wife’s cooking?

 

07:59     Not quite. While I was running the ice cream business, it was just sort of part time on the weekends, I was also sort of running security. You know security was sort of my fallback in between all my businesses, running security teams. I was running a few security teams in Indonesia, Bali. I’ve been there for eight years, on and off.  Just contract work, running projects over there for security and that sort of led me to sort of rubbing shoulders with some businessmen over there. A couple of guys from Perth and we started a cool little restaurant over in Seminyak called Frankenstein’s. Yeah. So it’s like a cabaret horror themed restaurant. Similar I suppose to Dracula’s on the Gold Coast in Australia. Yeah and it’s been a great really good project for us.

08:48     And would that be one of your most successful businesses to date?

08:55     … the most successful is ScanCam by far.

09:03     Let’s just actually talk about what ScanCam is about.

09:08     So as I said before is running security teams and it was probably about 5 to 6 years ago I helped integrate the first day ID scanners into license venues or nightclubs. So essentially when a patron go into a nightclub we scan your ID, we have your details and that patron was kicked out for being abusive and violent or whatever they’d be banned from that network of ID scanners. And so after scanning like hundreds of thousands of IDs I was thinking there’s probably a better way to make money than standing up a door. I was driving home to a petrol station and as port in and as I did normally at the counter, the guy was just frantically scribbling something a lot and every time I come in here like you scribbling something down, what are you writing down? Your license plate.

09:58     What! You write every license plate by hand. And I said, Why? ‘Just in case you drive off without paying for your fuel.’ Is that a problem? And I thought well if BP could do a quick history check of their customers like we were doing on the door that’s an opportunity. And that was the birth of the concept of ScanCam

10:15     And how long ago was that?

10:17     We started ScanCam officially probably three years ago. Unofficially, probably a year before then.

10:27     And you’ve just been building up…

10:29     Building and building… sort of using the lean, agile methodologies. We first built a prototype and then NVP(?). So we used that. The company had an offshore team. We built like a really cheap prototype to prove the concept and set it up at a petrol station and literally went there on Melbourne Cup day when I knew no one’s going to be around. Put the ladders up against the wall, drill it up, put some cameras and then probably about 18 months of R&D and really got this thing working.

10:58     And then we did a capital raise and our first round of seed was successful and I think it ran about half a million secured in the first round which was great. It was a big turning point for us. It means we could put a heap of money into it and redevelop our whole technology. Moved it away from Amazon and brought it into Viasure (?) with Microsoft and recoded everything in dot net and made it more scalable.

11:24     Right now I think we manage maybe five or six hundred devices across our network and we want to grow that by 10 in the next 12 months.

11:34     For someone who has been personally behind the scenes, it’s epic what they are doing. There are on that tipping point of being I guess in real traction with the petrol stations. And the technology is phenomenal. What they do and what they can catch is really exciting and I can’t wait to see the next stage of ScanCam.

11:52     Let’s go into what we call Run Section

11:53     What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?

11:56     My dad he always said to me growing up you can’t get that you don’t get diamonds without pressure. So really without pressure you don’t get diamonds.

12:08     Starting a business is a grind. Especially innovation and your back’s always against the wall. You’re breaking new ground with new technologies. It really does feel like that. Sometimes you really got to push through it before something breaks through.

12:29     I mean, in case you haven’t picked that up already, he is very passionate about what he does and you obviously need sell that passion to everyone else you speak to. (Yes) It’s very very energy consuming.

12:40     What a personal habit that contribute to your success?

12:44     Probably not a habit but I got ADD and I’m dyslexic so I started license plate recognition company when numbers and letters have to be in a specific order for a certain reason.

13:00     So you get other people to manage that part?

13:02     Sometimes opposites attract, right? But I think that I’ve just focused my ADD instead of being disruptive. And you know in school I was a bit disruptive and you know I didn’t go to Uni or anything. I just turned that energy and focus that towards business and I’m obsessed with business. And I’m obsessed now with Innovation. Moving from bricks and mortar type business were I had restaurants and I had ice cream trucks, kiosks, and cafes and now moving it to the realm of software. It’s dangerous because you know there’s no limits with software. So it’s exciting times.

13:40     Actually listened to a podcast recently which I’ll probably share in the link and it was talking about how ADD people can obviously very excitable, but if they locked down and focused onto something they can actually like hone in and be very very good at getting something done like staying in that zone for a long period of time and I pretty sure that’s what you did.

14:09     What is your favourite book, and why?

14:12     My favorite book. I’ve got two. One of them is The Lean Startup by Ries. Again it’s all about agile development and what we’re doing. I think it’s a bible for anyone that’s starting up a tech business… The other one is You Don’t Have To Be Born Brilliant by John McGrath. It’s just a really good, really awesome tale about John McGrath. He’s the real estate guru in Australia. I think he owns part of the Condo AU (?). He wasn’t necessarily the smartest kid in the school. The tale talked about him going through challenges and he wasn’t born brilliant but now he’s one of the best in Australian at what he does.

15:02     I wasn’t born brilliant either so… (Really good book)

15:08     Two great recommendations. Now the last part is, what is one key takeaway you have for Grit Nation viewers, and the best way to connect with you? One key takeaway that you can give the viewers of what they should do or how they can implement from your stories. What you’ve learned along the way… a piece of advice to them.

15:31     Piece of advice really is back yourself. You know sometimes the best innovation is born when you’re backed into a corner and you have nowhere to go. I suppose, just grit your teeth. You know it’s a grind. Starting in business there’s going to be peaks and troughs and sometimes you feel like you’re on a roller coaster. One minute we’re fighting because we’re doing deals with oil majors and the next moment we’re stressed out about cash flow.

15:58     Yeah that’s an amazing advice. You’ve heard me say in previous episodes I’m all about starting before you’re ready and grit is obviously a big focus on what I do.

16:07     You’ve been on this journey for three plus years of trying to make this happen. This stuff doesn’t happen quickly. It’s about being able to hold on to that long goal.

16:18     That’s right. You think when you first see all the successful tech startups you think money just landed easy. You know you hear about stories like Uber and AirBnB and these guys just made a fortune from nothing. But then you listen to their podcast (turn the switch and the next day it was working). You listen to their podcast and they been through the same thing. They’ve been put through the wringer and they were at the other end.

16:38     And if we had any viewers interested in getting touch with you, what’s the best way to get in contact?

16:42     … just from LinkedIn

16:53     So look him up on LindkedIn If you want some advice, feel free to send a message.

16:55     Okay Grit Nation, thank you so much for tuning in today. So grateful to have you here. All right love your energy as I always do. And I’ll see you guys next week. Thank you very much.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

EP005: If you saw something wrong, would you change it? with Darren Lomman – The No Xcuses Show

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Monday, November 17th, 2017 – This DailyGrit Live episode is with someone who specialises in making dreams come true, Darren Lomman – entrepreneur, social innovator, public speaker, human-centered design and engineering specialist!

From making personal dreams come true, Darren is now on a mission to make oceans cleaner and to reduce plastic waste in Western Australia.

Watch his full interview below and find out what Green Batch is and how you can help keep plastic waste in our oceans.

EP005: If you saw something wrong, would you change it? with Darren Lomman – The No Xcuses Show

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00:00     This was supposed to happen on Monday, but we had technical difficulties. So now we’re coming on site here with Darren Lomman who has the company or the not-for-profit Green Batch which is focused around making sure that there is more fish in the ocean than plastic by 2050. Just take a moment and let’s introduce you and what you’re about and why we’re sitting down here in Perth City surrounded in a bunch of plastic.

00:26     Well right on here we are showing that we are generating this plastic every single day. I heard an advert a while ago that said by 2050 there’ll be more plastic in our ocean than fish.

00:40     Just stop and think about that for a second. More plastic than fish. Our oceans are really bloody big. (It’s ridiculous) There’s a lot of fish. But there’s going to be even more plastic. Our fish will go swimming around fish in this load of stuff very very soon.

00:58     So this is just a sample of what our oceans will look like very very soon.

01:00     And I mean it is already quite drastic how much plastic is currently in our oceans at this point let alone what is going to get to by then.

01:06     You know what, every second, 15 hundred bottles get poured into our landfills from our oceans.

01:14     Every second… so in ten seconds that’s fifteen thousand bottles. (That’s ridiculous) Do you have an idea how much that is, that’s hard to fathom. Every hour, if we collect those bottle up, it’s enough to fill up 240 Trans Perth buses. So imagine a convoy. 240 buses long, rocking up to Cottlesloe Beach and pouring their contents of plastic out in the ocean. Every hour. 24 hours a day. Seven days a week. 365 days a year. Forever, ongoing. That is what we’re doing to our planet right now!

01:48     It’s just crazy! And Darren, rather than being someone that sees an issue, he also is a doer. He saw the problem and he wanted to find a solution. How did you stumble across that?

02:00     Well, it was actually by accident. When I heard about this I thought, WA is such a beautiful city. We are really fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Look at our beaches, they are amazing! You don’t see plastic. You come down to the Perth City mall and there’s none of them… other than here right now. (Other than what we’ve set up) There’s no plastic anywhere.  What’s WA is doing that’s so great compared to the rest of the world. What can the rest of the world can learn from us.

02:24     I’ve been recycling since I was a kid… you’ve been recycling as majority of the population. So I started to find out what we were doing. I started researching and I couldn’t find anyone that was actually doing the reprocessing. The people were collecting the rubbish and sorting it, but there was no one reprocessing them. So I went out to the recycling facilities and asked, “What are you doing when you collect these? Where do you send it to?” They could not give me a single name or address or business in WA that actually does any reprocessing.

02:56     You couldn’t find a straight answer, so then you actually discovered that a lot of it gets sold to be burned. Is that correct?

03:04     So when they collect all the stuff from our recycling bins they sort it, and then it’s turned on to another party who then in turn sells it. And they will sell it to anyone that will buy it.

03:15     As a money making thing…

03:16     As a money making thing… We don’t dump it at our ocean. It’s a commercial thing. These companies are designed to make money. Now dumping it in a landfill actually cost them money and they pay levies so they don’t do it. Dumping them in oceans, well that’s free but they don’t make money, and there’s a lot of competitions there, so it just gets sold to anyone who will buy it. The only people who will buy it. There are two categories of people who will buy it – those who reprocesses, that actually genuinely recycle it, and there’s those that goes to wastes and incinerators.

03:45     Globally, 1 to 2% of our plastic actually gets reprocessed. (1 to 2%, ridiculous!) The other 98% – oceans, landfills, wastes and incinerators.

03:57     You got a thousand bottles here, 980 of them, just purely by basic statistics are not going to be recycled.

04:05     Yeah, that just goes to show … this is just a small sample and most of it going to end up as pollution.

04:12     What’s so important about this week, and why are we set up here? I’ll give you a full shot of where we’re at. We’re in the middle of Perth (in Forrest Place), why are we here today?

04:28     Well a couple of things – this week is actually Recycling Week (so very relevant).  Very relevant to what we are doing. We’re supposed to be celebrating Recycling Week (just what we do in Western Australia) Like there’s something to brag about our zero reprocessing… but it is also last month we launched a crowdfunding campaign to set up WA’s first reprocessing plant.

04:54     We had an amazing response from the public. We have raised over $60,000 in just under a month.

05:01     $60,000 in under a month… that is absolutely phenomenal!

05:13     Just what we need, more plastic. So that first 50,000 has helped us to set up this program. We can now roll out into 50 schools to start their collection. In our pilot schools we are running this, and then we continued the crowdfunding to get further $8,000 which helps us get a machine, using air to separate these labels from the bottles. You look at these labels, a lot of manual labour because we’ve been removing them by hand. Now we got the funds to have the machine and then two nights ago we hit that target, so we released the next target. If you have a look here, these bottles have labels, also got lids and these little rings. Now if we have to remove hundreds and thousands of it, that’s a lot of work. We can actually remove them using water. When we shred it down, we get all these particles, the lids and the little rings float in the water and the PET sinks down. That’s $5,000… now we are up to 60, now we have $3,000 left, I think it’s $2,500 the last I look. So $2,500 and we can get that machine. The campaign closes at 9:00 PM tonight… that is the deadline. We got 9 hours left to do this. (9 hours to get how much?) 2 and half grand to get all of these… it’s hardly anything.

06:32     9 hours left to get the next part guys. LIke I said, Darren sees problems, like labels, and finds the solution… like the lids, finds the solution on how to separate them. He wants to do this and implement them in scale. He wants to have them in schools, so people collecting them in schools and having these systems in the schools to be able to repurpose it to use it for…

06:54     Yeah, well that’s the first product we are making out of this PET is actully 3D printer filament. Now 3D printer filament is a consumable that goes into a 3D printer. And by doing that, it means when the kids are actually printing stuff on the 3D printers in their schools, they are actually printing out of recycled bottles. Whereas at the moment they’re just buying more plastic and adding to this. We want to flip that around and actually get them working with us solving this, and consuming this stuff, rather than adding to it.

07:26     Consuming this to be able to make more amazing things that can be used to help the world rather than hinder it.

07:32     Absolutely. We are after the support of WA. We have more steps to close that. This is happening. We’re gonna keep fighting for this. Whether it rains or not, we’re gonna pursue and make this happen because whether it rains or not, people are still buying water bottles. We want people to reduce the amount of plastic they use, but it’s not just water bottles. There’s a mix here, like this fruit and veg tray… there’s a frozen dinner tray. So this is PET plastic. You’ve got your bakery stuff from your supermarket. There’s literally thousands of products… there’s a window cleaner there… there’s all sorts of stuff.

08:15     Plastic is not going away anytime soon. There are businesses behind it. It’s cheaper for Coca-Cola to send plastic than glass. Unfortunately that’s a huge momentum to change the entire plastic across the whole. Yes, we want to address the amount of plastic, in the meantime we have to be reprocessing the stuff that they are doing and using right now. And to me, I think it is absolutely unacceptable that we, as a wealthy, good state of West Australia, just offload our rubbish to people like China and make it their problem. I think that’s a cop out.

08:53     Which is burning it and then making it our problem globally anyway. I mean like I said guys it’s a fantastic initiative to help reduce the amount of plastic that gets left around the world. To be able to repurpose it to help kids make amazing things. Darren is taking it on himself. He’s managed to get some massive support. Like we said, the crowdfunding campaign finishes tonight at 9:00 PM. We’re two and a half grand shy was that right? Two and a half grand shy of hitting the next target.  To be able to separate the lids and the little ring across the top of the bottle. Fantastic! Please share this with everyone. Get behind Darren and he’s Green Batch cause and let’s reduce the amount of unrecycled plastic in Western Australia. Thank you so much for tuning in. Thank you so much for your time Darren.

09:42     Thank you for coming in and joining me in this pile of plastic and I hope that very very soon we’ll just have some 3D printed film instead…

09:52     Exactly! And we’ve managed to get a few people to support us just locally here in Forrest Place in the city of Perth to next time guys. I’ll see you then.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

EP004: Follow Your Dreams with Julia Wheeler – The No Xcuses

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Monday, November 6th, 2017 – Welcome back Grit Nation! It has been an amazing journey so far in the last 3 weeks that we have been doing Daily Grit Live. I am hoping that it has now become a weekly habit for all of you – Mondays at 4:00 PM.

In our 4th edition of DailyGrit Live, I had the privilege of interviewing a real-life mermaid! Nah, just kidding, although that isn’t exactly far off. My guest was Julia Wheeler, a freediver, wildlife photographer, conservationist and all around wonderful person.

Watch her full interview below as she shares her latest adventure and passion:

EP004: Follow Your Dreams with Julia Wheeler – The No Xcuses

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00:00 Today’s featured guest Julia Wheeler. Julia Wheeler is a good friend of mine. She took photos of our wedding, she also took photos of me when I first started out on my journey trying to get to Rio, she works all around the world on amazing project, but more recently she got into the world of freediving, currently ranked 12 in the world and can hold her breath for 4 and half minutes!

00:50 Now Julia if I missed any pieces can you fill in the gaps?

00:55 –  I came 12th overall in the recent freediving world championships which took place in the Caribbean in Roatan a few months ago… I accidentally fell into freediving when I went to photograph the Australian Championships last year in December 2016.

01:39 – When you are going down, how do you know how far you can go down and still come back up?

2:11In freediving you got two types of competition, you can have the pool competition where you swim laps underwater, and that has three disciplines… with depth competitions, the one that I just competed in the World Championships, we have a line that is from the platform, the top of the surface and then you nominate depths…

04:26 – What’s the farthest you have gone down so far?

04:32My deepest is…, my farthest depth is 50 meters…

05:45 – Share something with us that we don’t know about your sport that we probably should?

05:50Freediving is a sport that not only challenges you physically, but it challenges you mentally. It takes you places that you never thought you could go and it really unlocks a lot of barriers that you might hold like self-doubt. You learn how to work with your mind and your body at the same time.

06:20I just don’t do the sport just to hold my breath. I compete in the sport, I love the sport because it challenges me every time I get into the water.

07:24It has a real edge about it that I guess you learn once you start competing, once you start exploring the sport itself. It’s a real internal exploration of who you are.

07:49You are constantly breaking barriers. You are constantly facing your fears

08:04 – How do you train aside from holding your breath?

08:42There’s lots of different ways that we train, and with that comes the mental side of it as well. If I had a bad day, I’ve worked that day and done to the pool… I need to clear my mind, and I need to be completely driven and focused, I have to go to a certain place that allows me to hold my breath, and that’s all part why freediving is so amazing.

09:28You have to choose to train.

10:06 – How did you overcome your initial fears?

11:21I was so scared! I was petrified!… But at the end of the day I am really someone who gives 100% to what I commit to, and it’s a journey. And I love the journey. So as scary as it was… I don’t know life’s scary. Trying something new is always scary and I find that really fascinating. As a person that’s what drives me to keep going. How far can I go? What can I learn? What’s around the corner? Definitely I was petrified, but I just went for it!

11:59 – You were probably the only rookie there…

12:07I was one of the rookies for sure!

12:37I was definitely a rookie. It was very humbling watching their technique and watching them compete. I learned a lot from that experience, which gave me a lot of confidence as well.

13:07I wasn’t really there to prove anything to anyone. I was there for myself. I was there to compete for myself. Reach the goals that I wanted to reach for myself. It was very internal journey, and a very good one.

13:30 – What is your biggest setback or failure? What did you learn from it?

13:46I really, really want to hit 50 meters… my coach said you are not ready… I’m not gonna tell you what to do, but you are not ready to go 50 meters

16:01I learned then and there you just do not push yourself. When you are not ready, just listen to your body and listen to what your mind is telling you.

18:10 – What was your biggest win or breakthrough?

18:18My biggest breakthrough was when I was in the World Championships.

18:55I have achieved a personal journey of getting there and making it happen… I was just ecstatic. I was so happy. I’ve gone there, and it was magic!

19:26 – What is the one thing you are most passionate about today?

20:04I am definitely really passionate about my freediving. I am really passionate about raising awareness behind the amount of plastics that are in the ocean.

20:34We swam through about 2 tonnes of trash that just happened to float into the bay that we were training in. We went down and diving around, and it was disgusting! I surfaced with a plastic bag on my head which was very gross! I am really passionate about conservation in general, just protecting our planet.

21:00People don’t realise how bad the oceans are. They don’t realise how much pollution, like plastic water bottles, plastic bags, even coffee cup leads, and straws, how much of that is threatening our wildlife.

21:27I really like to inject as much information as I can about the plastics in our oceans.

21:49 – What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

21:57Grab the bull by the horns! Just go for it! Make every day count. Make every moment in life count.

22:27 – Share with us one personal habit that you have that contributes to your success?

22:35Fitness… constantly going to the gym, going for a walk. Having a daily routine of getting out of bed… just something to do with being active.

23:05 – Give us one key take away for the audience and what is the best way to connect with you?

23:13The best way they can connect with me is through my Instagram (@iamjuliawheeler)

23:28 – It is the most phenomenal Instagram I have ever seen. I am just blown away with such amazing photography display of excellence

23:58Just never give up! if you have a dream, or a goal, just work really really hard at it and never give up![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]