First up, I’m going to tell you a story about wo I am and why you should listen to me when it comes to making the treaterous leap from employee to entrepreneur.
I grew up in the socio-economically challenged, working class western suburbs of Melbourne.
I went to notorious public schools and Universities that don't feature in the world's top 500.
I was fired from my first real job.
Despite this, I hustled my way into gigs with prestigious firms such as EY, KPMG and Macquarie Bank.
Then, just like that, I gave it all up to pursue a life in entrepreneurship, quickly realising that what got me here, wouldn’t get me there.
Along the way, I’ve learned some invaluable lessons, lessons that I’ve captured in my book, Employee to Entrepreneur, and lessons that I’ll share with you on this show.
Since making the leap, and learning some hard lessons with my first web startup Hotdesk, I founded corporate and startup innovation accelerator Collective Campus, now a seven figure business and one of Australia’s fastest growing new companies, and founded children’s entrepreneurship program Lemonade Stand and the Future Squared podcast, now 300 episodes strong.
Making the leap has been far from easy, but it has been incredibly rewarding on numerous levels. It has given me the freedom to live life on my own terms, to do the kind of work that gets me out of bed with a spring in my step each morning, to meet and work with amazing purpose driven people as well as the opportunity to embark upon creative pursuits like write books and host podcasts.
But I hear you - when do we get to those invaluable lessons Steve?
To kick things off, I’ll need to take you back.