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 Presbyterian system of child care 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 was driving myself to Bankstown airport to sit my flying test, in my new four-wheel drive. Twelve months later I won my first ever flying competition, backing this up by winning my first aerobatic competition on the journey to become a commercial pilot.
Opportunities were 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.
By nature, I am a happy and positive individual, boasting a 100-year plan. A plan that gives back, helping and supporting those trying for a better life. I recite my personal motto during my morning routine... "There's a lot of good needing done in the world today, let's grab some of the action"...
When I am asked what I enjoy about business? It would have to be that, I have either owned a Family Business, run a family business, or simply dealt with family businesses. I am both humbled and proud of my connections to family businesses, I honestly understand just how powerfully effective family businesses are. The effort family business owners put into their business is astonishing, however, I am acutely aware that family business owner returns are somewhat disconnected and disproportionate to the business owners efforts.
One thing stood out in my dealings with family businesses, almost every family business, in some way, was 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 commercial 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 needed by family business until now.
It took four years 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, that would overcome and close 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 affordable family business support program.