Hosted by the legends, Eric Floberg and Steven Schultz, Rally Caps is “a podcast for creative entrepreneurs who are ready to double down and build a business for the long haul.” With a tagline like that, there was no question about how aligned we were in how we viewed business and I was stoked to be invited onto their podcast as a guest, which happened just before the last Wedding Photography Summit.
Talking about business, money, goals, life – all the usual stuff – we dove straight into what it was like growing up in poverty and how that affected me personally as a business owner and educator.
P.S. Make sure you watch until the very end for my answers to their ‘Batting Practice’ rapid-fire questions.
P.P.S. The next Wedding Photography Summit will be in November – stay tuned here!
Many of you will know by now that I wasn’t born into money. Our family grew up in government housing, surrounded by domestic violence, fuelled by the lack of money and education. At Christmas, we lived off charity handouts. We were far from society’s ‘cream of the crop’. I’ve even been homeless twice.
And I think we often get caught up with looking at other people who’ve found success and assume they’ve been handed everything. “It’s easy for them, but not me” kind of deal. Quite contrary, nothing’s ever been handed to me! We don’t realise that most of the people who really succeed are the underdogs with nothing to lose and everything to gain. When you’ve gone through pain, experiencing the lowest of lows, you get hungry to push more. Grasping opportunities, you don’t want to go back to the old life.
You’re scared to take the risk and step into the unknown. You’re scared of losing your comfortability, financial security and ego. It doesn’t help that most people also hate talking about money and success because it feels ‘dirty’.
You can wish and hope all you like but at the end of the day, you need to put yourself out there, get into the right room and work hard. There is an abundance of opportunities waiting for you. There’s never a ‘good’ or ‘right’ time to take the leap. Find the door, push it open and create your own abundance. The more you embrace a mindset of abundance, the more lucky you become.
This is exactly how I made my own opportunities and found success.
Breaking all of society’s conventions and expectations, I quit school at 15. All I wanted was to get a job and start making money. Cold-calling everyone in the phonebook, I moved out to live in a sharehouse where we all struggling to make ends meet. I wanted to change my life. Finally landing my first-ever job as a site labourer, I went out and bought a TV for the sharehouse. Didn’t stop there though…the hustling for a real apprentice job continued. When I heard about an electrician who was looking for an apprentice, I quit my labourer job without hesitation, banged on his door and literally gave him no choice other than to say yes. I worked my butt off, finished my apprenticeship and used all my savings to buy a car and started a cafe (which went bankrupt).
If I had to pick the one thing that excited me the most, it’d have to be the Six-Figure Business Map. It’s a space where I continually learn how to communicate with people and how to meet them where they’re at. This allows me to unlock their liming beliefs and smash their glass ceilings – seeing what everyone is personally achieving never fails to fill my heart! You can check out one of my recent blogs on ‘What’s Inside the Business Map‘ to learn more about the course.
When you’re genuinely passionate about what you’re doing, you don’t allow yourself to have excuses. You focus on all the things you have rather than what you don’t have, self-generating the energy to maximise every single day.
I’m not one to half-arse anything in life. And that goes for my philosophy of reinvesting money too. Rather than saving for a rainy day, I focus on making new money. To blow your business up, you need to go ALL IN. If you want to hit your unrealistic goals, you need to show up all the time. Time is worth more than anything! Stop running your business like you’re the only person that can do all the things. When you have a team to support you, you’re not only saving time, you’re also leveraging off their knowledge and passion in areas that you don’t have.
I can’t emphasise it enough. There’s never a good time and you’ll never have enough money. You’ll never feel truly ‘comfortable’. There’s no perfect moment!
We need to be relentless and get comfortable with working under pressure. Keep pushing and you’ll see all the possibilities.