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Lessons learnt from a potty mouth CEO….

The lure of hearing from the mind of a successful entrepreneur is what brought me to a business boot camp over the weekend.

Even though I feel my mind is full of information and I know what I need to do to make Celebrate Living History viable, it’s always good to listen to the insights of a person who has made it big time.

I never heard of Wilson Luna and was intrigued to see what brought his legion of fans to these events.

As expected it was a packed house on Saturday with loud music blaring and high fives freely given, it reminded me of the set of an American chat show!

Suddenly this charismatic man opened with the house rules one of them included if you have a problem with swearing its time to exit the room!

This charming man had one flaw and it was with the word F*ck, just like my senior stars would say he had one potty mouth!

While I’m sure the ladies at the Probus Club would not invite him for tea, I learnt some valuable lessons from this swearing leader.

At the start Wilson asked us to dot down what it would mean for our dream to become a reality.

While I was looking around some were busy scribbling away and some were stuck in pensive thought.

I was a mixture of both, at the start I thought of the usual things I would write but then I really thought about the bigger picture.

Some of my intentions included

1. Celebrate Living History to be an organisation that can pay me a wage and offer opportunities for graduates struggling to get their foot in the door.
2. Celebrate Living History to be a living vault of stories for future generations, so even when I pass this legacy will continue
3. Celebrate Living History to form a partnership with charities like Alzheimer’s Australia that will help with research for preservation of memories
4. Celebrate Living History to be a program that inspires and mentors graduates to think outside the square

One of the interesting case studies was about Beyonce he chatted about her transition from Destinys Child to now. I never thought about it but over 10-years her songs have indicated the direction of her life from poppy Get Me Bodied to the inspirational I was here.

Its true we would not have expected that song 10 years ago, even though my experience has not been that mind blowing, I had that exact AHA moment in the catering van at the St Kilda Festival.

I think if you asked me this question two years ago I would have answered it very differently

One of my co-workers asked “Why do people pay $5.00 for soft drink when they can go next door and get it cheaper?”

I replied “ Its their value proposition they could spend 20 minutes waiting next door for one drink or they could spent one minute with us then spend that time enjoying the festival.”

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Open your eyes…you might just find something amazing!

The need to escape everyday life and explore lush bush land is what lured me over the weekend.

I’ve been working so hard on getting everything off the ground in a way I’ve lost touch with why I’m passionate about what I do.

Sometimes its nice to escape reality and explore a new possibility, especially since what I’m working on isn’t tangible, I can’t touch, smell or even see the promising results.

All I have is a vision about the future and I know somehow I’ll make it a reality.

Through attending many networking events, I heard about the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk in the Dandenong Ranges and how inspiring it can be to say I’ve climbed 1000 steps.

So I decided to put on my sneakers and explore this terrain as many have trodden before me.

Its funny I rocked up solo and found a companion at the train station, it must have been obvious I was a tourist with a huge map and a confused expression on my face!

I stumbled across Greg Dinneen who is a local resident, he reminded me of Merlin the Wizard with so much knowledge of plants, wildlife and living off the land.

From looking at Greg I would say he was in his late 60s but physically he could pass as a fit 40- year -old.

Everyday he walks two hours in the Dandenong Ranges and while the 1000 steps made me huff and puff, he did it with ease like it was a calm walk on Frankston beach!

I asked him why he walks for two hours every day and he replied it makes him feel good and he enjoys chatting with people he ordinarily would not meet.

He stared talking about people in nursing homes and how physically some have the potential to get out of their wheel chairs but don’t because there muscles have weakened from lack of use.

It’s a shame these seniors don’t have what Greg has in his back yard as motivation to get outside, just breathing fresh air in a way is like a elixir of youth.

Every so often we would stop to take photos and it was amazing what I saw as just another plant, Greg saw as a source of food.

I had become so accustomed to buying fruit and vegetables from supermarkets, I didn’t realise I was surrounded by raw organic food; nourishment health stores charge mega bucks for was free for the taking!

Looking around at people focused on just the stairs made me sad in a way, they were so interested in fulfilling their fitness goals they did not take time to realise the beauty surrounding them.

Sometimes we need to look around and realise we are part of a bigger picture in life; we just have to see what is in front of our eyes.

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