Sylvia Baldock was a national sales director for the Athena Network, struggling to make consistent revenues. Since stepping into her flow as a professional speaker, trainer, coach, author and uber networker, and monetizing her Star profile, Sylvia is creating more attraction than ever.
Sylvia says -
"I first met Michelle Clarke when I was national sales director for the Athena network - the fastest growing Women’s network in the UK. I was at a conference that Michelle was speaking at and I sat next to her. She told me about Talent Dynamics and when I heard her speak the next day, I was blown away - a month later, several of us from the network trained with Michelle as Talent Dynamics Performance Consultants. By February, I had been accredited to train Flow Consultants and I became a Global Partner with Entrepreneurs Institute.”
Training Flow Consultants and running Talent Dynamics Business Development workshops for Athena members and local Business owners, led to further workshops in SMEs. Sylvia then decided to add to her expanding toolkit by training in ‘Personal Performance Coaching’ adding credibility and knowledge to better fulfil and monetize her Star Profile.
“I joined the Professional Speakers Association (PSA) to test out the strengths of my Star profile. I started to run workshops on how to develop a more powerful presence by reconnecting with who you are at your core and having the courage to let your uniqueness shine through. Personal presence is all about stepping up to be the person you were born to be and living life fully in flow. My own personal presence expanded massively as a result of understanding my talent dynamics profile and engineering my life to iive and work much more in flow.
As a ‘Star’ profile, I am fully in flow on stage and running workshops. Joining the Professional Speaking Association has brought me some great connections and opportunities to speak and train in a wide variety of organisations, allowing me to live a much more fulfilling life.
If I ever have any doubts about myself or the work I am doing -I go back to my Talent Dynamics profile and remind myself of the natural gifts I have been given. Also, when I’m on the stage all of my doubts disappear. I’m just so in flow that I'm in ‘overflow’ - it’s like I’m on a different planet, and something greater than me takes over and the words literally ‘flow’ - it feels awesome!
Consequently I’m getting some really good feedback and I am now teaching other people how to speak with more power, more passion and more presence.
I’ve been signed by a speaking agent - and I’m contributing to a very exciting book which will have a massive Global Impact.
So much of my current success has come from stepping into my Star profile and engineering my life so I’m spending 70-80% of my time in flow.
My plan was always to run Athena groups for 10 years. I have now sold off one of my franchises and I am just running 2 groups/month to dedicate more time to my speaking, training, coaching and writing.
I am growing the ‘Star profile’ side of my business, with the absolute clarity that that’s where I’m meant to be. What I’m finding is that because I’m in flow so much and exuding the energy of someone living life on purpose, people are finding me.
I’m effortlessly growing my business.”
Building her Personal Brand
Sylvia really practices what she preaches -
“It’s about putting this into practice and asking myself - how can I engineer my life so I’m spending at least 80% of my time fully in flow.”
When you meet her, it’s clear Sylvia absolutely radiates the inspirational energy of someone living in flow.
“The biggest feedback I get from people is my energy. People say, “I feel so energised by being with you”. That’s a huge part of my brand.
I’ll get testimonials and emails about leaving people feeling on a different plane. I wear very energising colours. My brand is yellow, red and orange. They're the right colours for my skin tone and make me look full of life.
Yellow is uplifting and illuminating, red is the colour of energy and passion, orange is the colour of warmth and optimism and is the highest energy colour.
The other part of Talent Dynamics is really knowing your ‘Why’. I use the Wealth Dynamics Pentagram, created by Roger James Hamilton, to reflect back on my Why and really become grounded in it - it’s defines my purpose.”
Sylvia still remembers the time before she stepped into her Star profile, and how now everything has changed. Talent Dynamics has literally changed her life and given her a whole new direction and vision for the future.
“When I first went to The PSA, I visited a local group thinking I was already quite a good speaker. I soon realised that this was a whole new level of speaking and although I felt initially a little daunted, I knew I had to join and develop my ‘Star’ profile further. Shortly after, I went to PSA London and I found it even more daunting. The level of speaking there was exceptional and made me realise I had so much more to learn.
Knowing from my profile, that speaking was one of my core strengths, I kept pushing myself out of my comfort zone and have spoken several times on both the local and London PSA stages. I’m now a very active member, serve on the London PSA committee and I can’t get on that stage enough!
It’s a bit like going to a gym and exercising a muscle - the more you do it the more confident and comfortable you get.
I came out of the PSA one Saturday, really fired up and totally in flow driving out of London. I saw a massive billboard on one of the main roads out of London, it had nothing on it. I phoned up the company, and got myself on that billboard, at no cost, for 6 months! I would never have made that phone call had I not been so in flow.”
How could you push yourself through the fear, to be your best self today?
From failing his first startup and returning to his job at Siemens, to launching a HoloLens company with a major development team in India and immediately attracting multi-million dollar investments. How did Jon Masters, an entrepreneur from the UK, make it happen?
DON’T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB
Only 2 years ago, Jon was feeling demotivated after the failure of his business that focused on building electronic sensors for Formula One. He had left his job at Siemens to pursue this entrepreneurial dream and was now struggling. Around that time Jon came across Roger Hamilton, a social entrepreneur and futurist, and his EntrepreneurTV, YouTube Channel.
“My business had gone horribly wrong and in the comment section on Youtube, I said ‘hi” to Roger, told him what had happened and that it had all gone a bit pear shaped, and he replied and told me I needed to get a job! I was gutted! Here’s this guy who can help people to realise their goals of being great entrepreneurs, and he thinks I should just get a job!”
Roger had recognised that Jon was struggling to make ends meet, and suggested a path to end the struggle.
“So I went back to Siemens, but told them I would be a freelance contractor rather than an employee, and reserved one day a week for my own thing. It was a path that worked for me!”
SUPPORT THOSE THAT ARE IN FLOW
Having again secured his income stream, Jon continued working on his other endeavour - Visyonr - a tech consultancy company. Looking for inspiration to expand, he came to Roger’s Fast Forward Summit, the world’s largest entrepreneur event. On the first day of the event, Roger talked about one of the future trends being HoloLens and augmented reality. It struck a chord with Jon:
“That night I went home, researched HoloLens, and discovered it hadn’t even been released in the UK. I realised I could be one of the first people to work with it, and I had already worked professionally with the development tools, so I was in a good position to do it. The following day I told Roger that I wanted to do a HoloLens project, but didn’t know exactly what, as I didn’t have a ‘problem to solve’. Then, in the Q&A, someone put their hand up and said they wanted to do a HoloLens project and I thought ‘oh no, that’s what I want to do!’ It turned out it was Anthony Chadwick, and I thought: ‘What?! He’s a vet?!’ ”
But instead of giving up on his idea, Jon approached Anthony and offered to work together on HoloVet - a startup using Microsoft's Hololens to create 3D models that would revolutionise professional vet education.
“I had a chat with him and suggested that I could do the programming and he could cover the comms, to which he agreed. We built the first demonstrator for HoloVet, Sheba the Dog, which I finished in Bali so Anthony could present it at a trade show. Off the back of that, Anthony was able to secure investment for HoloVet.”
The collaboration took Jon’s initial fascination with HoloLens to a whole new level, and he became determined to start a company, focused on using HoloLens in an innovative manner.
TURN YOUR MISSION INTO BUSINESS
Jon followed in the footsteps of Anthony Chadwick and joined Crystal Circle - a high-level mentoring group for entrepreneurs. He also signed up to attend iLab, a business accelerator program in Bali - both founded by Roger. Through these programs, Jon crystallised his ideas:
“In one of the mentoring sessions, I remember telling Roger that I wanted to work on something that brought people together. I wanted to enable people to experience other places more easily, through telepresence. Roger told me: ‘You’ve already got the technology, at the moment it’s expensive, but soon enough it’ll be affordable for everyone. Imagine if someone could sign up online as a local ‘guide’, you could connect to them through a platform, and they could share somewhere new with you.’ ”
With that, YouGoWorld was born.
“It’s a platform where you can sign up and connect with people all over the world, and through VR you’ll be able to experience the world the way they do. See through their eyes, hear with their ears, and explore the world through the comfort of your own living room!”
At the time that Jon did iLab, he didn’t yet have a clear company concept, yet nonetheless he received a lot of interest from both mentors and participants who were willing to invest once he had a clear action plan. One of the mentors, Chandresh Pala, an investor and venture building strategist, came on board as a partner, and once YouGoWorld was born (after a call with Roger) others jumped at the opportunity to invest too.
“We called it a pre-seed, we raised £80,000 through 3 different private investors, one of whom was Roger himself. That valued the business at £800,000 ($1.1 million US), and was another massive eye-opener for me. When Chandresh mentored me on pitch decks, he said: ‘You can create a pitch deck that’s worth 1 million dollars, and that’s all the company is’. Never in my wildest dreams did I think a few months later that that’s what we would have done. We created the pitch deck and the founding team, and created $1 million worth of value. I still have to pinch myself about that! That money enabled us to hire developers in India and provide them with a Hololens and the 3D camera”.
THE POWER OF A PERSONAL BRAND
Through creating a strong personal brand, Jon was able to integrate all the separate elements of what he was doing: a tech consultancy company, a job at Siemens, his collaboration with Anthony, and finally, his own HoloLens company.
“I thought (and many people do) that you have to quit your job to build your business. But that’s not true. It’s fascinating, for example, how Siemens aligned with my brand: on social media, I started talking about AR and HoloLens, and about some of the software I’d built, mainly to grow YouGo.World and Visyonr. Then, people within Siemens started following me, and I ended up building my personal brand within Siemens, and they’ve approached me to work on their HoloLens projects.”
Now, Jon spends 4 days a week on his cash vehicle - Visyonr and 2 days a week on YouGoWorld. Completely in his flow, Jon credits the Wealth Dynamics profiling system and test.
“Roger taught me that success and wealth are choices rather than luck. People look at successful people and think they’re super talented or they inherited it, but that’s not it; it’s a choice. His ideas about the Wealth Lighthouse turned on a massive lightbulb for me.”
Jon is on track to revolutionise the way that we travel and experience reality by taking YouGoWorld through upcoming investment rounds.
How can you integrate your current projects or job into your future dream business? How can you build a powerful personal brand that coherently represents all your endeavours?
10 years ago, Osmaan Sharif was climbing the corporate ladder, but started to feel like there was a different path ahead for him. Today, he coaches others to become successful Entrepreneurs and lives on purpose.
How does Osmaan help others find their Entrepreneurial Super Power?
"I was in the corporate world, that was my only plan - I thought it was the only way to have a successful life.
I worked in Marks & Spencer as a human resource manager and learning development manager. was used to different personality tests. What really drove me was getting the best out of people. I was successfully climbing the corporate ladder but I knew something was missing.
The penny dropped for me, when I heard about the Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) course - A toolkit that helps to transform the way people think and act. I decided to use this toolkit to help people become the best version of themselves.
I decided to start my own business to do this, never thinking that I was an entrepreneur, and that was 10 and a half years ago.
Looking back, I can see that being a Trader profile, using someone else's toolkit and product, allowed me to master the steps in courses to help my clients.
I took something that was already structured and working and created a business around it.”
Next, Osmaan stumbled upon the Wealth Dynamics test, created by Roger James Hamilton - another tool for his toolkit.
“About 3 years into my business I was travelling up and down the country, delivering practitioner courses. I realised I was finding some things really easy but other things were much harder for me to do.
I wanted to help people go from having a well paid career to becoming a well paid entrepreneur.
A friend mentioned the Wealth Dynamics test. I was skeptical at first, after having seen so many personality tests before but I took it and it made really clear to me why some things were so much harder for me than others. It finally made sense of the business world to me”.
Partnering with Entrepreneurs Institute, and finding a niche
“By some chance, Michelle Clarke, co-creator of Talent Dynamics used to be one of my bosses at M&S. I noticed on Linkedin she had something on Wealth Dynamics on her profile, and when I got in contact with her she was just launching Talent Dynamics for Consultants.
I was one of the first ever Talent Dynamics Flow Consultants to be trained 7 years ago.
I also quickly became a Performance Consultant and used the tools and techniques with business owners and the corporate world.
I was weaving Talent Dynamics into what I was doing, with great success, and after doing some work closely with the Talent Dynamics team, they suggested that I come out to Bali for the Wealth Dynamics Masters with a group of Talent Dynamics consultants back in 2014.
My experience in Bali made me question what I was actually doing and how I could niche my business even more, to work with people who were really successful in the corporate work world, but were struggling to embrace entrepreneurship when they went out on their own.
I decided to combine Talent Dynamics and the NLP toolkit, which focuses on why your mindsets make a big difference.
I realised at Masters that I needed to focus and specialise.
Since then, I've transitioned and the core part of my business has niched down to working with entrepreneurs and getting them to grow their business and highlight their talents.
A key thing for me was realising where I could make the biggest impact.
I figured out how to help clients believe in themselves and play to their strengths and this is what I love to do”
Today, Osmaan’s business has launched into a whole new level of success, while he plays to his strengths and does what he loves.
“Now I do 121 coaching & group coaching with clients and as a Trader, I really enjoy working with clients long term - building relationships and consistency”.
Working with Other Profiles
Since niche-ing his coaching, Osmaan has noticed trends show up in what other Talent Dynamics Profiles he works with.
“Funnily enough, I work with a lot of Creators, Stars and Supporters to ground them.
I also have my own online group coaching mastermind which allows me to incorporate my own experience into what I teach. I have all of my clients take the Wealth Dynamics profile test because it’s such a big part of what i lead with. It helps me find out what their entrepreneurial super power is.
I’ve also done a lot more collaborations and partnerships. I always ask potential partners to take the Wealth Dynamics test first, to see the best way we can work together in flow.
Wealth Dynamics and Talent Dynamics profiling have become such a way of how I work now, they’re entirely ingrained in my coaching.”
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Fi Warren-Smith has been investing in property since 2013 but found she wasn’t getting the same returns when the market suddenly dropped in 2015. Since shifting strategy, Fi is now actively climbing the Wealth Spectrum from Green to Blue, with her business FWS Properties.
How can you change your strategy and find creative ways to approach your business?
Moving from working on the board of a law firm to property investment was quite straightforward, for Fi Warren-Smith as she was used to working with professionals. "I got into the property in September 2013. I bought my first property just before Christmas. 2014 was a good year - I set up 22 rooms [to rent] for myself, and with my partner, at the time we had another 10 or so rooms, but in the beginning of 2015 the market dropped."
“After the market drop though, things became much more challenging. I happened to go to one of Simon Zutshi’s Property Investment Network seminars. I thought it would be good to learn some new strategies, so I decided to join Simon’s year-long Mastermind programme while I was there"
“At first, I didn’t achieve much for the first 8 months. I couldn’t make a property deal in Reading work for me and on one of my mentoring sessions with Simon, we concurred I was actually getting it right but Reading wasn’t the right place to do the right deals.So I shifted my strategy.At the beginning of 2016, I started getting deals across. Through trying a whole variety of things, I ended up as one of the top 5 in the Mastermind program. My strategies ranged from buying an office block to terraced flats.”
Fi found a lot of the shift came from immersing herself in a community focused on property investment. The change that came from the Mastermind network for me was firstly mindset - I'd never been exposed to such a change of thinking or intensive personal growth. We were working in an environment where nearly every session was about confronting fear and barriers. It opened me to this world that I now love, and invest quite heavily in changing my own headspace”.
“I walked away from my year there with 4 or 5 of my greatest friends”.
As a part of Simon’s Mastermind course, Fi took the Wealth Dynamics Profile test for Real Estate Investors - correlated by Simon Zutshi and Roger Hamilton.
“I’m a Supporter profile, and I’ve also done the Wealth Dynamics Flow Consultant Certification. Working with Roger also shifted my thinking - I know now, that I want to be a Blue level investor.
At Mastermind, I was at Green level, and this year I’ve been growing Blue. It’s taking doing everything differently, and changing my strategy moving forward.
The Profiling system is a very powerful tool. I’m about to go into a partnership with other Masterminds - one of whom is Lord profile, and the other is a Supporter. I know as a team that we work well, and that makes such a huge difference."
This year, Fi Warren-Smith won an award for Women in Business, recognising her growth in the property investment world, growing her business to £2.5 million.
What has inspired you recently to do things differently?
4 years ago, Billy Turriff had a property portfolio of 10 houses that were costing him money, his health and his happiness. Today, Billy is a full-time property investor and coach, with over 35 properties and worth over 4 million pounds.
How can you mindfully invest your time now, so that you have more freedom later?
Billy Turriff has been investing in property since 2001. He grew his property portfolio over the year to 10 houses, including houses in Bulgaria, the UK and Ireland. However, he soon found that by the time the bills and voids came in,, he wasn’t making enough money from his investments and the houses had become liabilities, rather than assets.
“I wasn’t in a happy place. I was really frustrated with my job - I didn’t see the value we were adding to clients and I hated it. I was stressed out, I had put on weight, and I just wasn’t doing well at all”.
“2014 had been a difficult year, I had gone through a divorce and my properties weren’t making money. On January the 1st, I dropped my son off at his mums house and I didn’t know when I would see him again. I was flying back to Dubai to work at a job I had fallen out of love with and I had fallen into the trap of trading my time for money”.
Sitting in Manchester airport waiting for his flight, Billy remembers reading the Young Professionals Network journal, “It had case studies in it, of property investors - and I didn’t understand how they’d built portfolios quicker than I did, with less income than me and with worse jobs. I thought I was well educated and connected to the right people. I noticed a trend, where these people had done training first and invested in themselves, so I did some research.”
One of the programs Billy found was the Mastermind course run by Simon Zutshi, founder of the Property Investors Network and co-creator of Wealth Dynamics for Real Estate Investors. After doing some more research and speaking with Simon, Billy attended the 3 day Mastermind Accelerator program and committed to doing the year long Mastermind programme in March 2015.
“I had to work incredibly hard - I was still a dad, and I was working in Dubai. I would take overnight flights from Dubai to the UK, spending 20 nights sleeping on planes for 12 months. It definitely wasn’t a get rich quick scheme but I worked hard for a year, followed Simon’s teachings and it’s given me options for future years now”.
Billy completed 44 lucrative deals, in the year he was a part of the Mastermind programme.
"The 12 month program led to me being able to exit the corporate world. I got asked to go on stage as one of Simon’s top 5 clients, and within 12 months of mastermind, I had more than doubled my portfolio, ending up with £4million of assets and £265k profit over the year.
Now I’m a full time property investor and developer, as well as doing consulting/coaching for Simon. My portfolio is all outsourced but the development side still requires me to be a bit more active.”
Billy believes the value of the Mastermind course was the community network, and the basis of technical knowledge.
“What I didn’t know, was the top 10% of stuff that really makes a difference. Part of that 10%, was Roger Hamilton’s Wealth Dynamics Profile and Wealth Spectrum system.”
“I got so much technical knowledge from Mastermind. Coming from the corporate world, Mastermind taught me about collaboration. I thought to be successful you had to have certain traits to be a leader, but Wealth Dynamics taught me that you could have different flows, different skills that make you a good leader.
I’m a lord but quite rounded overall - and that surprised a lot of people, as I seemed outgoing during the Mastermind course. What Wealth Dynamics taught me is that the reason I was quite social at Mastermind is because it was filled with conversations I enjoyed - because I was in the right environment for me, being more extroverted worked. It clicked that I had to understand different people’s profiles that I connected with too, and that I could outsource tasks that other people could do better, or that I didn’t enjoy.”
Billy focuses on property deals now, outsourcing everything else, and sees himself moving up the Wealth Spectrum Lighthouse.
"I’m learning how to systematize and grow, with the Wealth Lighthouse. As a landlord, investor, entrepreneur, I outsource everything. For me it’s about the deals, but I haven’t created a business as such, no offices or staff. Through spending more time on high value stuff and processes, I now hire specialists to do the work that I was trying to do before.
I see myself firmly at yellow level now. To get to green level and have a team, I know I would need to give up my independence - but I also know if I get the right people I will have more time, so now I’m working through whether to do that or not.”
Today, Billy is still doing property development and he continues to grow from the year of learning, using all of the tools that he has absorbed.
“I’m really happy now. I’m doing 10-15 individual deals a year, rather than the 44 we did in the year in mastermind and growth is still good.”
Glenn Van Ack was struggling with taking his event management company Magnetic Storm to the next level when he decided to partner with his friend and business coach Jane Stevenson.
In just 18 months, the pair increased the company’s profits by 25% and transformed it into a business group with multiple companies. So, how did they do it?
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PICK THE RIGHT PARTNER
Sometimes you're too ingrained in a situation to see a solution. Spending every day in the operations of his business, Glenn was in this position. He wanted to spend more time working on the business, not in it.
So he asked for Jane's assistance in interviewing for a general manager, but they were unable to find the right person. In the process, Glenn realized that Jane was the person he needed and asked her to join him. After many discussions and a revision of the role, they joined forces.
Jane Stevenson had run a business strategy consultancy for 16 years before being headhunted to become a director of an ad agency to strategically expand their business development across South Africa, so the creative space was a familiar territory for Jane.
Jane says, "When I came into the business, Magnetic Storm was in a variety of businesses. The Group have invested in many other business opportunities where Glenn saw the potential, but it made our brand message complicated and disjointed from the outside. So we restructured the company from the ground up and developed a new strategy and branding.”
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Glenn then introduced Jane to Roger James Hamilton and Entrepreneurs Institute, a leading entrepreneur network that provided mentoring to business owners through Roger’s Crystal Circle.
"Roger comes in from a 180-degree perspective," says Jane. "You can try to look at things differently, but you'd never be able to look at it that differently. You need someone who has no emotional attachment to it and is not afraid to challenge your mediocrity in a way that gets you excited.”
Together they joined to Wealth Dynamics Masters, a five-day entrepreneur mentoring program hosted by Roger in South Africa to craft their vision for Magnetic Storm’s future.
"On day two, we believed we had it – in our minds, we were thinking big. Then we spoke to Roger!" Jane remembered. "He saw that we were merely recreating the old business with small changes. Roger removes you from small-time thinking and gets you looking at who you are and what you want to build. He pushed us, as did all the mentors. We started all over again, stayed up all night to recraft and rework, and the next day, we introduced the “Magnetic Group."
The Magnetic Group concept allowed Jane and Glenn to create a structure for different operations by creating a holding company and setting up multiple businesses for events, training academy, or team development under its umbrella.
The Master’s programme also introduced Glenn and Jane to Roger’s Wealth Dynamics profiling system, which clarified individual strengths and optimum roles for each team member.
Glenn explained how the system helped them: “When you understand your profile, you can play to your talents. We realised how we needed to restructure our teams and change our behaviour. When you're a small business, it's easy to feel like a family, but as you grow, you've got to put processes and systems in place that people may rebel against. It's been a struggle to grow from 10 people to 45; changing habits takes focus, consistency and time,”
For the first time in 36 years, Jane and Glenn implemented a full sales team and freed up the technical staff to focus on their strengths. As a result, they've seen a 15-20% increase in turnover in the last 18 months, as well as a gross profit increase of 25%.
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TURNING CHALLENGES INTO BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
Through the process Jane was able to work to her strengths and nurture her passion for strategy and optimisation, resulting in the creation of a new training division, “Magnetic Minds”.
"I'm passionate about developing individuals and building high-performing teams," said Jane. "We're doing it for Magnetic Storm, and we want to do that for other businesses. Magnetic Storm has become a case study on how to change a business from something that is stable and successful to something that's innovative and can adapt in the current market. So, we aim to take this to market and consult to other companies!”
For Jane, what in 2015 was going to be a general management role became a whole new position and way of looking at the business, and by the end of 2017 her skill sets and passion has grown into a company within the group.
Roger recognised Jane’s journey as a crucial lesson for entrepreneurs.
"You can be an entrepreneur without having to own your own business on your own," said Roger. “Jane came on board at Magnetic Storm to help grow and evolve the business. Her whole focus was solving things from within the job. When she came to Wealth Dynamics Masters in South Africa and received Flow Consultant training, she realised that her own brand could be of value to Magnetic Storm as well. So now, they're building a training division, Magnetic Minds, which brings all the pieces together."
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What do you do if you run a successful business or are in a really good job but still feel unfulfilled? Being stuck in a ‘success trap’ can be harder to get out of than a failure.
Five years ago, Hilda Lunderstedt decided to sell her famous nutraceutical company with a nine-figure turnover. Whilst most would see it as a dream come true, for Hilda, it turned out to be one of the most testing times of her life.
Without the business that she had worked so hard in for so many years, what comes next?
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SEARCHING FOR MEANING
When Hilda first sold her company, she went from being a business leader to suddenly feeling not needed and having lost her sense of identity.
“That shift was one of the most fundamental phases of my life. I don’t think people realise that when you sell your business, you potentially feel you lose your meaning. When you have a business, you have purpose, places to go, and people need your input. Your opinion matters and you make significant decisions. When that stops and life goes on without you, it’s a very scary place for a lot of entrepreneurs.”
Yet Hilda’s challenges didn’t end with business, her identity was questioned in her personal life too.
“At the same time I was going through a nasty divorce, moving houses, and then my mother died - all within 6 months. My coach then told me, ‘This is an extreme challenge; you are being prepared to show your strength and power,’ and that’s what gave me hope.”
“That, and the fact that my kids were only 3 and 5, were my anchors. I’m lucky I found the strength because after those experiences, nothing in my life was the same. I had a clean slate, a fresh canvas to paint a new life. Few people get that opportunity.”
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MAKING AN IMPACT
It was during this period that Hilda met Roger James Hamilton, social entrepreneur, futurist, and founder of the Entrepreneurs Institute, and that’s where she found the impact-focused community she needed.
“At that time, Roger and his community gave me a sense of where I really wanted to play. I started to think about what this new life meant. Coaching and conversations with Roger made me realise that it was the impact I can make, and he urged me to find those businesses that can translate into that impact. Once I discovered that about myself, it changed my whole way of thinking. I now look at investments very differently, and I ensure I align those investments with my purpose and my vision of what I will leave behind in this world.”
Hilda joined Roger’s Alchemy Circle, a mentoring group for high-level entrepreneurs. Through this group, Hilda was inspired to start investing consciously.
“There are so many great ideas out there, but it is impossible to invest in everyone. I focus on the CEOs I’m investing in as they’re the ones creating the businesses that align me with my “Why.” I’ve gone from investing to conscious investing, and it’s changed my whole life. In Roger, I’ve got someone who knows me well enough to be honest with me, and I’m so grateful for that.”
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KNOW WHO YOU ARE
By facing her challenges, Hilda was able to redefine who she was and what she stood for.
“People dream of making a business successful when they’re young, selling, and retiring early, but then you get there, and everyone else is still out there working; it gets very boring very quickly. I went down the road of rediscovery of myself. I looked at what I liked and what I was really interested in.”
“I’d been busy building other brands and businesses, but I needed to build myself based on my true identity. That’s the secret to creating a meaningful and successful personal brand - to build it around things you enjoy and would like to be a part of in the world.”
With this mindset, Hilda set about creating her personal brand as a venture philanthropist, humanitarian, and conscious investor.
“I think clarity of who you are is the most important thing. Spend more time on who you are and what you want to stand for before creating a brand and then fine tune it as you go along. It’s very difficult to create your brand on your own, so I involved outside people such as friends and those that know me in order to help me see how others view me. I became an authority in a specific field, built trust, and familiarised people with my impact goals. Now, I don’t have to look for projects; the right ones come to me.”
Hilda created her Best Life community, a social media strategy aimed at encouraging others to create a vision for their future with meaning and a focus on the impact they have in the world.
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Hilda’s time is now spent supporting the four companies in which she invests and their CEOs who are aligned with her vision for the future. She is also involved with philanthropic projects such as Tekkie Tax, a national South African fundraising initiative for which Hilda acts as an ambassador and campaigns for the improvement of the lives of children.
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In Scott Farquhar’s case, $3.5 billion. But only because he replied to it.
In 2002, 22-year old Australian Mike Cannon-Brookes decided to send an email out to some of his student friends during their final year of college: “Do any of you want to start up a company with me?”
Everyone ignored the email except Scott, who replied “sure”.
With no other takers, and a $10,000 limit on Mike’s credit card, the two started a software company straight after college.
Seeing their friends go and get jobs with companies instead of joining them, Mike says “our only goal was actually to pay ourselves as much as they were getting paid, which was $48,000 a year. So that was the goal of starting.”
With that goal came one principle: a "high commitment to legendary service.” Thinking of the Greek Titan, Atlas, MIke says “Atlas was a naughty boy who was banished to hold up the sky. We felt that was the original legendary service effort - providing a service to humanity.”
“We turned it into an adjective. Sort of an ‘Atlassian’ effort.”
So they named their company ‘Atlassian’.
Atlassian grew, with products like Jira, Confluence and HipChat. It grew to over 60,000 customers and over 2,000 staff.
As Scott says, “Over time, our website morphed and our company morphed and we moved from a support company to a one product company, and now we’re a software portfolio company
Two years ago Atlassian listed on NASDAQ and, at $4 billion, becoming the biggest tech company in Australian and the biggest US tech IPO of 2015
Then, this week, Atlassian released its first-quarter report, showing 42% year-on-year growth. The shares jumped, now valuing the company at over $11 billion.
Both Scott and Mike’s net worth have grown by another $600 million each this week.
Plenty has happened on their journey, but it all began with a reply to an email. A reply that today gives both of them a net worth of over $3.5 billion.
Are you like Mike, and when there’s no opportunity knocking you build your own door?
Are you like Scott, seizing the opportunities when they appear?
Or are you like everyone else who got the same email, and pressed “delete”?
We are only as poor as our choices.
“If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.” ~ Tom Peters
When Buckminster Fuller said "Our children are our elders in universe time", he meant that they are advanced versions of us, born in a future, more advanced time.
Should we not then expect to provide them with an education upgraded from our own?
Today Genius U posted this story about Angie Stead and Rustica Lamb, written by Kathleen Hamilton about the future of education. I'm so excited to be a part in the coming revolution in education. Would you like a Genius School in your country?
Genius School: All children are geniuses
What if education could be personalized to bring out the best in every child?
Angie Stead believes all children are geniuses. “A one size fits all model doesn’t help anybody, it doesn’t grow and nurture people. Education is a very emotional and individual journey, and even though we’re doing great things globally to improve the education system, it still doesn’t do right by children.”
“We are all Einstein, the challenge we face is that the system dulls us down.”
Angie is on a mission. She first built ‘Magic Sparks’, four early childhood centers in New Zealand, and then launched ‘Education Angels’ which is now one of the largest home-based child care and education networks for 0-5-year-old children.
She says, “The pace at which these children learn when their natural curiosity is allowed to shine is incredible. It saddens me when we have our ‘go to school’ celebration because I know over time they will struggle to keep that natural curiosity alive.”
So Angie decided to do something about it.
Two years ago, through a series of synchronistic meetings, Angie met Rustica Lamb, an Education Entrepreneur and learning designer, at an Entrepreneur Retreat in Bali.
Together they began working on creating a school in New Zealand based on the Green School in Bali. Green School is a non-profit, pre-k to grade 12 school, focused on holistic and student-led education, with an emphasis on sustainability.
Rustica’s people-skills complemented Angie’s creativity, and together they began planning their dream of a new school. But it didn’t come without it’s challenges. After securing a piece of land in the New Zealand bush, lack of government approval for a road to the site resulted in a literal dead-end to their plans.
The two persevered and in February 2017, at the next accelerator program they joined, Wealth Dynamics Masters in South Africa, the Genius School was born - a fully inclusive, global school with an online, open source curriculum and community that any individual, class or even an entire school can be a part of.
The Genius School was created in partnership with Roger James Hamilton, a futurist and social entrepreneur, who was also a mentor at the Masters program. Roger says “I had flown to Africa straight from Silicon Valley, where the main conversation with the tech founders I had met, was on how to revolutionize the education system.”
“From Elon Musk’s Ad Astra school that he had created for his kids, to X Prize Founder Peter Diamandis’ Education Principles, everyone had ideas but no one had worked out how to scale the ideas into a global system. With Angie and Rustica, we worked out a system that we believed really could scale - by mixing virtual learning with home learning and local learning experiences with a global community.”
In reflecting on the process of the Genius School idea, Angie said “It’s funny, because with the new model we don’t even need a traditional school structure. We thought we were forward thinking because we had round rooms instead of square ones… and now there are no rooms at all!”
The excitement in the new Genius School led to educators in eight countries wanting to start schools straight off the back of the presentation in South Africa, and in early October over 800 people applied to be amongst the first 15 Genius Educators in the Genius School Pilot program.
What makes the Genius School so different? Three genius pillars: A unique curriculum, a unique funding model and a unique organization model, designed for the 21st century.
A unique curriculum:
The Genius Curriculum begins around a personalized path for each child, where they become aware of their natural passions, talents and what is most meaningful to them, and then they are mentored on an education path that is designed to ignite their genius.
A unique funding model:
Based on the ‘Renaissance triangle’ which created the DaVincis and Michelangelos of the world, where private sponsors like the Medicis took responsibility for igniting the geniuses of their time, the Genius triangle also includes three stakeholders:
The Students, who learn through single courses, camps and schools; the Educators, who are parents or teachers trained to teach the Genius Curriculum; and the Sponsors, companies who sponsor programs and students as part of their training budgets, ensuring they are nurturing future leaders with the skills they already have a shortage of through the existing education system.
A unique organization model:
Instead of being for-profit, non-profit or state-run, the model of the Genius School is a publicly owned organization, where all surpluses are put back into the organization. Everyone who contributes to the school - as educators, parents or students - get a share in Genus School, and thereby a vote, ensuring a democratically evolving education system (and no one can own more than one share).
Surplus money coming through the company each year will go into a fund to support graduating student’s projects - like starting a business, or a purpose-driven project. In this way, the Genius School will measure its success by the future life success of its students, rather than the current systems that measure success based on how many students graduate, irrespective of their future success.
Within nine months, the Genius School has gone from concept to reality.
Angie says she can’t imagine how the world might look if all children had access to education like this - it would be beyond her wildest imagination. “The levels of intelligence, creativity and communication skills - none of us can imagine what the world will look like. I do know that we’ll be more fulfilled, more successful, more loving and more giving when children are having their emotional needs met through education that really centers around their success.”
What if learning environments could be created that support children holistically, empowering them to learn in the way that works best for them?
That’s exactly what Angie and Rustica hope to create through the Genius School.
The first training for educators is on the 8th to 11th of November in Bali, where founding educators will come together for the first time to co-create the future of education.
Will you be a part of the education revolution?