Aristotle once said "Show me the child at seven and I’ll show you the man”. Profound words indeed, yet bizarrely accurate.
It isn’t easy growing up with less than nothing, by that I mean everything I ever owned, actually belonged to someone else, clothes, shoes, bike, toys, I still appreciated all that I had without resentment… However, Scotland’s dislocated system of child welfare left a lot to be desired.
As an eleven-year-old I officially became a London street kid. For four lonely years it was easier to feed and clothe myself here, than at home. London was where the seed was planted for a future in Australia, learning to fly and being wealthy, a dream that was continually morphing from a thought to a desire. The more time I spent as a London street kid, the more I was manifesting a virtual reality. The entire journey became an educational process, one that created an instinct rich in resilience. A survival process that contrary to expectation, did not taint my young view of the world, it suddenly became a challenge to make the world a better place. My street kid life ended a few months before turning sixteen, when I was eventually discovered, apprehended, and returned to Scotland.
Six years after my somewhat forced repatriation, I stepped off the plane at Sydney airport, a tad nervous, yet, simultaneously excited. With $240 in my pocket, one change of clothes, nowhere to call home and jobless, life just got real (again). The butterflies in my stomach meant one of two things, I was either hungry, or something awesome was about to happen.
18 months after arriving in Australia, I found myself driving to Bankstown airport to sit my first flying test. Twelve months later I won my first ever flying competition, backing this up by winning my first aerobatic competition on my journey to the dream of being a commercial pilot. This dream found a crusty ending after almost breaking my neck in a Judo (my first love) tournament leaving me with a physical injury and unable to pass the medical requirements for a RPT license.
Opportunities are bountiful, Australia truly is the gift that keeps on giving. With no childhood schooling to speak of, I set about making education a priority. An opportunity allowing me to obtain degrees in business management, economics and finally working through a dip ed. to become a high school teacher.
Career opportunities came from everywhere, allowing me to either manage, directly run or own a range of businesses. Industries as diverse as construction, trades, international communications infrastructure, FMCG, food production, renewable energy and even a modern luxury day spa.
I am very much an equal opportunity and fairness for everything and everyone type of person, my early conservation work was subject to an ABC documentary. I was also an early entrant to the world of renewable energy, quickly gracing the cover of the global 'Ecogeneration' magazine, and twelve months later winning the Clean energy council of Australia's highest award.
Being a happy and positive individual, who is living a 100-year plan. A plan to give back, helping and supporting those trying for a better life. Reciting my personal motto during morning routines... "There's a lot of good needing done in the world today, let's grab some of the action"... sets this process up.
When asked what I find enjoyable about business? It would be the lifelong relationships and experiences grown from having owned Family Businesses, running family businesses, and dealing with family businesses. I am both humbled and proud of my connections to family business, I truly get just how powerfully effective family businesses are, and the effort family business owners invest in their business is astonishing, however, their returns are somewhat disconnected and disproportionate to the owners efforts.
One thing stands out in my dealings with family businesses, almost every family business, in some way is dealing with at least one major commercial issue. It does not take a genius to realize, something is not as it should be in our family business world. Far too many businesses are experiencing trading issues, it would be easy to think there is and abundance of family business support available, however, finding it is another thing altogether. Both the independent support groups and government assistance packages appear to miss the mark. This is largely why no small or family business support program has provided the specific support required by family business, until now.
It took over ten thousand hours to develop and prove the "S=MC2" program, together with a full complement of unique business tools and systems. Every component had to provide real solutions, to real problems, for real businesses. A solution to overcoming and closing the entrepreneurial gap.
Our team honestly believe the "S=MC2" program is not only a world first approach, but the world’s best and most effective family business support program. A solution driven approach that wont put stress on financial resources.