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How to be a successful entrepreneur

Walking to the café I’m working from this afternoon, I was pondering the commonalities between the entrepreneurs I see going places – and I mean really going places.

Like most things in life, there are patterns.  By now, I have banked up hundreds of hours of mentoring up-and-comers, and been fortunate to get to hang with the best of the best – everywhere from Necker Island, to Uluru, to late night wines with a business bestie at her kitchen table.  I can generally tell within 15 minutes of spending time with an entrepreneur if they’re going to “make it” or not.

Important note: some entrepreneurs and business owners are perfectly happy with growing their businesses gradually, or keeping them ticking along nicely as a side-hustle.  And that’s perfectly cool.  When I say “remarkable”, I mean the people who go on to hit seven figures early in their business, who attract kickass people to their team, who have created a situation where they have so much work coming in that their biggest problem is back-filling a team to fulfil demand.

Of the entrepreneurs I’ve personally mentored, these are the nine signs I look for as a reliable forecast of their future success.

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My Canggu/Seminyak guide

The last in my Bali trilogy is to share all the best bits of our stay in Canggu and Seminyak.

Where we stayed

I could quite happily have stayed on in Ubud for our whole trip, however I felt I should explore slightly further afield. I started to research hotels in the Seminyak and Canggu area once we were settled in Ubud, however my planning got waylaid with the more immediate problem of sorting our Ubud accommodation.

Over the same couple of days that I was dealing with the first failed attempt (anyone following my Insta stories would have witnessed the anguished, tear-stained meltdown I was having!!), one of my Insta followers – Justine – got in touch.

She said: “Lorraine my family have a beautiful place in Kaba Kabi Bali… It’s called Villa Eden and it’s a little bit of paradise. You are welcome to stay if you are still there with Lexi. It’s safe and a little bit of heaven. It looks like you and Lexi need a beautiful place to be… Why it touches my heart is Lorraine I wish I had been as brave and fearless when my first boy was 1.”

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Bali… with Baby

Making the decision to travel for two months with Lexi mostly solo was one I hadn’t really thought through when booking the flights. Wade would be joining us for eight days, and my mum and sister later on for ten days.

It was only a few days before we were due to leave that I started to freak out:

How would I manage on the flights?

What if she got sick?

What if I got sick and couldn’t care for her?

Would I get bored on my own with her?

Could I keep her entertained on my own?

What the hell would I feed her?

Would I be able to get the baby essentials she needed in Bali?

Would I have to pack a shitload of stuff?

And if I did, how would I manage it all on my own with Lexi as well?

Would I be tied to a hotel room all the time so she could sleep?

Would she sleep?

The list went on and on and on.

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My Ubud guide

So many of you have asked for all my Ubud recommendations that I had to get them all down in a blog post! Probably 90% of what I did in Ubud was based on recommendations from my beautiful followers on Instagram, so consider this a pay-it-forward exercise.

For those of you not following along on Instagram, Lexi and I have been on an Eat Pray Love Nappy Change adventure in Bali for the last six weeks.

I was exhausted after the last year (last six years if I’m honest), and I promised myself what I called a “spiritual adventure” once the business sale was completed. The plan was to dye my hair pink, get myself and Lexi matching ankle bracelets and chill the fuck out in Bali for a couple of months. Thankfully, my Mr. Amazing Wade was up for this idea, and the flights were booked: Lexi and I for eight weeks and him for a nine-day visit to see us.

In the time between booking the flights and the actual departure flight rolling around, I ended up dealing with a massive tax situation that knocked me for six, we bought a house and moved interstate.

As a result, I arrived in Ubud feeling (and looking) like a dishcloth that had been wrung out too many times. My brain was going a million miles an hour. My body ached from ongoing muscle tension. My skin was dull and I had massive dark circles under my eyes. I couldn’t sit still and I honestly thought I’d never be able to relax.

I left Ubud five weeks later feeling calmer and more grounded than I have in years (maybe ever?). My skin was glowing. My body was strong and nourished. Lexi and I were tighter – I discovered an even deeper delight in her. And maybe most importantly, my soul felt full – which means that Lexi’s soul also felt full.

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The birth story of Alexis Jordan

Before I start, I want to say:

One: I deliberated a lot about publishing this as a blog post, as it’s deeply personal and private – not just to me, but to Lexi, Wade, and all the people who were part of our birth story. However I got so much from reading other women’s birth stories, and I felt it was right to pay the privilege I had from reading theirs forward by sharing my own.

Two: The decisions we made were the ones we felt were right for us. I have zero – and I mean zero – judgement on how any other families choose to plan or end up having their births.

Three: If you’re reading this and you’re pregnant, please please remember that this is our story – not yours. You will create your own special story with your baby, and just because we had X experience, it doesn’t mean that you will too.  Remember that no two births are the same, and that each one is as unique as a fingerprint.

Four: This is a very long post (but not as long as my labour – HA!).

Now that’s been said…

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Why I sold my business

Today we are announcing that I have sold The Remarkables Group to my business partner Natt.

That sentence was very surreal to write.

Even though we have been working on this for a couple of months, it still hasn’t quite sunk in that this is all happening.

I started the business on the 16th May 2012 in my spare bedroom. I was full of optimism, excitement and not a little terrified of this new frontier I was about to cross.

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8 “Big Things” that happened in 2016

It’s the final day of 2016.

What a year.

The last 12 months were most definitely the most filled with change, plot twists and transformation than any I can remember previously.  In conversations with many people, I’ve likened 2016 to a snowglobe being shaken – all the little snowflakes bubbling and bouncing off each other, with the ultimate outcome being them settled at the bottom of the globe once the water had calmed.

It seems I’m not the only one who felt enormous change this year – I wonder if you’re the same…

I’m writing this from the verandah off our cute little villa in Vanuatu – overlooking a lagoon.  Our villa is right next to the local village, and the local kids play non-stop in the water from 9am to 7pm.  I woke up at 7am this morning and spent a couple of hours reflecting on the year that was, and filled six pages in my journal with a little debrief to myself.

I also reread my journal entries from the beginning of the year – I had written: “Have a good feeling about 2016.  Think (and hope) it’s the year that I make some brave moves, step into the person I want to be and – really hope this – that I have some adventures.”

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Episode 4 – Sabri Suby

For this week’s episode of The Remarkability Show, I interviewed the founder of Melbourne digital agency King Kong, Sabri Suby.  Sabri shared his rock star revenue generation tips, the habits and rituals that set him up for success and the number one mistake that people make when approaching digital marketing for their businesses.

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Episode 3 – Anna Hopkins

In this today’s The Remarkability Show I interviewed Anna Hopkins, founder of The Protein Bread Co. Anna shared her childhood dream story with me about moving to the city to pursue her dream of starting her own cafe, which she then sold to start ‘The Protein Bread Co’ which combined her passion of promoting a healthy lifestyle and eating well. We talked through the challenges, self-awareness and the focus and perseverance Anna instilled to make her dream a reality.

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Anna Hopkins

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Episode 2 – Jack Delosa

In today’s Remarkability Show I talked to Jack Delosa. Jack is founder of Australia’s largest and most disruptive education institution for entrepreneurs, ‘The Entourage’. Jack is changing education for entrepreneurs and shares some of his secrets and tips with me.

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Jack Delosa

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