How do you solve a problem like Damian Blumenkranc? The CEO of Creativa Videos loves solving problems and enjoys creating new concepts. Having a solution mind comes naturally to him.
Since the age of 15 years old, he has built various businesses, from IT to several other industries, which he grew and then eventually sold. So, why did he retain a creative business out of all the ventures he has put up? “I’m a creator. I always need to do new things,” he simply quips.
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Socrates Capouleas loves three things: he reads business books that give him continuous learning; he bikes 4 to 6 times a week that pushes him through challenges and keeps him focused on his goals; and he collects timepieces that remind him of his wins, as well as inculcate a sense of urgency. Continuous learning, focus on goals, and sense of urgency are also some of the key takeaways he picked along his entrepreneurial path.
Anthony Iannarino’s book, “The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need”, was sitting on Socrates Capouleas’ desk, Director of PLP Building Surveyors and Consultants, at the time of the interview. It’s a book he has been reading recently, and he found in it some wonderful techniques that his sales team can use for the business.
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“Entrepreneur.” This is a word that Malcolm Bean, Director at Beanmkrgy Pty Ltd, probably never used 20 years ago. But as he lives and breathes the essence of being an entrepreneur for more than a decade now, he recognizes how he perfectly fits into what the word connotes.
The hotel professional professes, “Being an entrepreneur is being what I like. It is who I am. I didn’t know that until I’m into the journey and it makes me really, really happy. And that’s the simplest equation for me.”
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With the Telstra Victorian Young Business Women’s Award and other accolades under her belt, one cannot help but wonder what the secret ingredient is in Linda Monique’s recipe to a winning business.
Being a young entrepreneur and a woman are the flavours that Almo Milk founder Linda Monique finds challenging in cooking up a successful path in the business world. Yet, at 29 years old (during the time of the interview, as she’s turning 30 very soon), Linda is already recognized with the Telstra Victorian Young Business Women’s Award. Overwhelmed by such recognition, she describes her winning moment, “It’s very exciting and I think it’s a privilege. It’s something that we don’t always get recognized as young entrepreneurs for what we do, but it was very special, especially being a woman and winning that award.”
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A crazy idea that gave birth to a purpose started with just a simple question: “What are the things you carry around?”
This was a question that Mia Klitsas, a marketing intern at that time, tossed to her then colleague, Jeff Gore, who was her senior in the company where she worked before, as they were talking about packaging designs. It was a lighthearted conversation, even bordering to bantering and exchanging jokes, but out of that discussion, a business partnership was born that became the foundation of Millie and More, the venture that Mia and Jeff later built.
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Steve’s formula for success is courage + vision + relentless discipline + thirst for improvement. He is using this formula in his quest to change safety in the world… One experience at a time.
Firefighter Steven McLeod was on shift during that fateful Black Saturday bushfires — the largest and worst bushfire in Australia’s history — as part of the high angle rescue team of the Melbourne Fire Brigade, doing rescues in extreme heights. He was about to go into a house fire when the roof collapsed while entering the premises. This and other close brushes with danger, such as road accidents or attending to cardiac arrests, were day-to-day occurrences in Steve’s life at the fire brigade. His courage to face those hazards has saved the lives of several people, a noble duty that has kept him satisfied with the line of work he has chosen.
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Delivering the work right is in the fibre of Lisa Spiden’s entrepreneurial physiology. And she weaves this best practice in her two businesses.
Dynamic and driven Lisa Spiden loves spending time with her dogs, Billie and Jess — two Border Collies that are known for their intelligence, energy, athletic abilities, adaptability, and stamina, which is why this breed of dog is used for herding sheep in farms.
Like her dogs, Lisa’s businesses – fibreHR and Roster Right – as well as Lisa herself, exhibit these fine qualities and more, enabling her and her teams to guide their clients through their expertise, coupled with the great products and services they offer. In her own words, Lisa imparts, “I describe to my team that we’re almost like shepherds. We partner with businesses to help them navigate their way to their ultimate dream when it comes to people.”
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A lawyer without any business background in his credentials — whether from family experience or through formal education — David went after his passion to build his own company and successfully did it.
David Kelly, Founder and Managing Director of KHQ Lawyers, had one ambition that he truly desired: to be his own boss. Working for himself was something that he wanted from the very beginning and he felt that becoming an entrepreneur was natural to him. And so, without any previous experience in running a business and with no training to back him up, he went out to chase after his dreams.
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“As an entrepreneur, you have to be quite visionary. But not just visionary, you have to be willing to drive it. You have to drive it.” – Dean Cherny, Founder and Director at Marketing Melodies
Throughout Dean Cherny’s 28-year entrepreneurial journey as Managing Director and Founder of Marketing Melodies, he has navigated his company solo for the majority of its existence. When Dean attended his first EO event, he was faced with the following questions: If you have a bus and you need to fill it with people, who will be the people you want to take in? How will you arrange them inside the bus? Will you drive it yourself or will you stay in the passenger seat? These were key questions Dean pondered on, and two pertinent takeaways stood out: one, he needed the right people on the right seats in his bus; and two, he must drive his bus and not just be a passenger.
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“God hasn’t given me some special power
God hasn’t made me any different to the average person
Where I attribute my successes in life to
Is my unrelenting pursuit of excellence in every single thing that I do.”
– Kym Huynh, Founder at WeTeachMe
Is being an entrepreneur something that is innate or does it develop over time? That may be subject to debate, but Kym Huynh, one of the founders of WeTeachMe, believes that one is born to it, and that is evidenced by patterns of behaviour over time. “I believe that you’re born an entrepreneur. I believe there are inherent traits and characteristics that consistently manifest over and over and over in one’s life. It’s only when you reflect that you connect the dots; that the behaviour is consistent with that of being an entrepreneur,” the young businessman professes.
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