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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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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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48 hours in Miami

As I write this, I’m 36,000 feet in the air and halfway between Miami and my destination of Los Angeles.  I had three nights in Miami post-Necker, originally to catch up with a friend who was travelling from New York to meet me.  However plans changed at the last minute as she had to be at work for the weekend.

So what was originally billed as a weekend of partying turned into a weekend of solo time – time that as it turned out was much-needed after the excitement, large group-ness and information overload of the week before; not to mention the book launching just before I left!

My little sis is Miami-bound soon for a couple of days before setting off on a Caribbean cruise (‘mazing!), so I promised her a download of my things to do while I was there – then figured that some of you might find yourself there sometime in future, so I should make a blog post out of it…

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Episode 1 – The Merrymaker Sisters

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In my very first Remarkability podcast I spoke to health and happiness advocates Carla and Emma of The Merrymaker Sisters. The Merrymaker Sisters shared their secrets on ‘following your bliss’ and so much more.

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The biggest thing I learned from Richard Branson

I just left Necker Island yesterday, after what are up there as five of the best days of my life.  The invite came three months ago, and it was one of the (rare) instances where I said yes immediately and decided to figure out how to make it happen later.  As the man himself says: “Screw it, just do it!”.

I travelled there with 22 members of Business Chicks and I don’t quite have the words to describe the week.

Magical, inspiring, motivating, gratifying, nurturing, connecting, healing, loving…

In my time on the island – and in the 24 hours since I left – my brain kinda felt like a freshly-shaken snowglobe, where the sheer amount of experiences, new people and new information were all floating around furiously.  It’s only today that my thoughts have started to settle and clear “take-outs” have materialised.

I’m writing now from my hotel room in Miami, fuelled up on key lime pie and an iced coffee from the local diner.  I wanted to first get down in black and white what seems to be in the running so far for the biggest take-out I had – and it’s something I learned straight from Richard himself.

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I HAVE A BOOK!

I am so excited that my very first ever book is going to be onshelf next week. This might also explain my lengthy absence from the blog for the last couple of months…

Why write a book?

I wanted to capture the many, many learnings I’ve had since starting The Remarkables Group in May 2012 – did I mention many?

I wanted to write it when those early years were still fresh in my brain, and so that those on this journey too might glean some tips from me on what to do (and maybe more importantly) what not to do when starting a business.

I knuckled down to writing over September and October last year, tapping away furiously at the kitchen table every Monday and Saturday for seven weeks.

My dear friend Lisa Messenger very kindly agreed to write the foreword, and I was over the moon to receive a book offer from Hachette Australia in March this year.

The team there has worked furiously to get the book out in record time – considering some books take almost a year to get from go to whoa, this is no mean feat.

The result is Remarkability: Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You.

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8 things I’ve learned about letting someone go

A couple of weeks ago, I got a Facebook message from a kick-ass young entrepreneur who occasionally asks for my advice.

It read: Need a little advice! Tomorrow morning I’m letting go someone for the first time. I’m so nervous! Any good reads or advice?”

I sooooo got why she was nervous.  Letting someone go is hands down one of the shittiest bits of running your own business.  I’ve had to do it several times – the shortest tenure being three weeks and the longest being seven months.

I’m afraid it doesn’t feel any less shitty the more I’ve done it, but I’ve definitely learned some things that help me do the deed with more compassion, professionalism and conviction each time.

I could write a LOT on this topic, however as a starting point I’m sharing the email I sent her – verbatim.  I hope it helps you if you ever need to part ways kindly with someone on your team.

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Please send a grown-up

I should have expected it.

The team structure had been motoring along nicely for five months, which is just about the amount of time for a big change to hit…

Last week a senior member of the team left the business after just three months with us – to pursue a once-in-a-career opportunity elsewhere.  It was one of those “blessing disguised as a curse” moments, as we hadn’t had the huge success we had both hoped for out of the role.

It was the first time in quite a while that something has knocked the wind out of my sails.  It was also the first time in quite a while that I wanted a margarita at 11am in the morning!!!  Thankfully both feelings were temporary…

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