With a vision for his business in mind, Intralink Wealth Management Owner & Director Paul Sharkey, has come up with a game plan. He’s playing on his strengths while taking into consideration the opposition and the playing field. He builds up his team, anticipates setbacks, draws up a plan B and C, and brings his company forward for a lot of wins.
Paul played AFL as a professional football athlete for about five to six years. He was able to bring to the business arena the principles and discipline of the sport. However, apart from his training in footy, Paul also grew up in a setting where the entrepreneurial spirit thrives.
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All these years, Founder and CEO of KX Pilates, Aaron Smith, has been advocating for physical fitness. As he went about his entrepreneurial journey, he found that he can also help people become financially fit through his business. “Empowering people to make positive changes in their lives is fantastic. That’s why I got into franchising as well. I always have a general nature of helping people. Whether it be in fitness or business, it’s satisfying to me, that’s for sure,” he stated.
Aaron was in his late teens when he got into fitness and personal training. In fact, he majored in exercise physiology during his university years. His passion for travelling, personal training and snowboarding led him to America where he stayed on and off for two years until he moved to London. While in London, he learned of Dynamic Pilates and immediately fell in love with it. “I always had the dream to bring the style back to Australia and create my brand. So, I left London in 2009 and started KX Pilates in February 2010,” Aaron narrated.
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“Verve means full of life,” Verve Owner and CEO Kane McErvale declared. “When we were looking for a name for the company, we wanted it to be about energy because what we do is so full of life. We bring people together. We get them to be themselves in a space where they can connect and engage with each other. That’s where the magic is.”
More of an art person than a businessman, Kane studied music in his early teens. He moved to New York to study acting, eventually becoming an actor and a singer. “I only ever performed in the arts. I was not involved with any other business. I guess I was my own business. I came into the business in 2006. I was recording with Sony Music, and I was doing a lot of touring and travelling. My sister, Holly, had come back from Europe, and she had an idea to set up a photography business in Australia,” Kane began.
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“As a kid, I had two dreams. I wanted to be an AFL footballer or run a successful business like my dad.,” This is how Dimple Founder Damien James’ story begins. Assessing his qualities or lack thereof, he chose the latter. Because he wanted to give himself the best chance of seeing his dream come true, he started his entrepreneurial journey at an early age.
Realising he wasn’t tall enough to reach the highest level of football, Damien decided to focus his energy on building a business. He kept playing football, although not on a professional capacity, and applied the principles of the sport to the entrepreneurial arena, bringing his A-game to every venture he started. Learning from his dad, who had run a business for as long as he could remember, Damien dipped his feet into the fray from a young age.
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Peninsula Luxury Retreats Founder Peter Noble has carved his path in the entrepreneurial space by running Citrus, his marketing automation business, for almost 20 years. Along the way, the landscape has changed, and the trail has transformed. His heart was no longer beating for the same thing. Feeling quite tired of the grind, he meditated and reflected on what he truly wanted to do with his life, which led him to close his business and embark on a new journey in the hospitality space. The quick turn was scary for Peter, but he kept on because he knew exciting things are about to come.
It was in 2015 when he attended an EO Melbourne forum retreat in Byron Bay. Despite feeling ill, Peter pressed on as he didn’t want to miss the retreat. Incidentally, the organisers invited a meditation teacher to show the attendees some Ayurvedic techniques. His wife, Kristina, had already been doing it for three months, and he has noticed the positive changes in her. Feeling much better and lighter after the retreat, Peter continued with his meditation exercises, even when he moved his family to Sydney that same year.
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Francesco “Frunch” Nazzari is what he calls himself a serial entrepreneur. “I love starting a business. I love to see an opportunity. But not only do I love an opportunity, as all entrepreneurs do, I also love to see a niche, an actual community. I like to have a visceral experience around that community,” the Managing Director and Co-founder of Rooftop Cinema declared.
There are eight to nine businesses under his tutelage, not to mention that he’s a family man, an EO Melbourne member, a cinema lover, a publisher, and a runner. It seems he is always on the go, and those who want to run with him have yet to increase their pace to keep up. But Frunch has not achieved his full speed yet. Besides, the finish line is still nowhere in sight. What he knows, however, is that he committed himself to this path of becoming an entrepreneur, and there’s no turning back.
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There goes the kick, and the ball made its way to the goal post and earned a score. It’s fun to watch your favourite sport, whether on TV, online or live action because it can take away some of the stresses that are wearing you down. When it comes to sports, Australian football is one of the most watched events in the country with its millions of followers.
The excitement of the play can be contagious. More and more people can get hooked on the sport. However, apart from the adrenaline rush that the game provides, there are also some lessons you can pick from playing footy. Surely, there are certain skills and tactics in Aussie rules that you can apply to the entrepreneurial field. Take a look at them and see which ones can help you be on top of your game.
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“Everything is possible. I’m not taking ‘no’ for an answer. I stay positive, and I look for solutions until I succeed. I truly believe that many people who have a clear vision of something, if they stay true, it can be achieved.” Such is the unwavering faith, optimism and energy of Timo Karnath, TCK Solar’s Director and Founder, when it comes to getting things done.
Raised in Germany, Timo started his career as an industrial engineer and worked for a solar panel manufacturer, Solon. That provided him with a thorough knowledge of solar energy and its benefits to our planet. While implementing a new Enterprise Resource Management (ERM) software for the whole corporate, he worked with external consultants that somewhat ushered him to the world of entrepreneurship.
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Many say that achieving success is just the initial hurdle to overcome. The biggest obstacle is to maintain such momentum and steer it towards bigger successes. Such is Joshua Lyle’s challenge, Director of the Lylex Group, and he hopes to take it on by refining his products and improving his systems and business model. While he’s on it, he also ensures that he meets the property maintenance needs of his clients.
He looks back to the time when he started Lylex Services 18 years ago. “I started by myself with a vacuum cleaner, a mop in a bucket, and some tools. The reason why I went into this industry was that it was an easy area to start. We’re able to start up with minimal overheads. So, the barrier to starting that business was quite low,” Joshua reasoned.
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Jamie Lingham, CEO of Absolute Immigration, has a deep affiliation with the ocean. His love of the seas makes him enjoy swimming, surfing and paddleboarding. That affinity with everything related to the waters also brought him close to environmental causes. Braving the crashing waves and coming out after being struck by its force bring a different kind of thrill that Jamie can liken to the entrepreneurial journey.
“When you’re surfing and paddling out the big waves, sometimes they smash you back a bit. But then, once you get through the back end, you can surf the wave. It’s amazing. That’s like life. Life keeps hammering, and you’re trying to get to the prize at the end. It’s tough and hard. Sometimes, you want to give up, but you’ve just got to keep going. And then, eventually, you’ll get out, bounce back, and enjoy the ride,” the highly passionate global immigration strategist stated.
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