I’ll be heading home this week to Brisbane and am excited to announce I’ll be visiting Think Education’s brand new state of the art Brisbane campus next Friday 7 November to launch the inaugural Festival of Change and the new campus in Fortitude Valley.
I’m taking part in the event because it is a fantastic opportunity for people, and particularly students, to be inspired to discover their passion and find a career they love.
For me, making the decision to change my career from Olympic Swimmer to Entrepreneur was a hugely scary time. I suddenly had a completely different schedule and had to build a whole new team around me. It was a lot of trial and error.
To overcome that initial fear and get myself back on the right track I would take myself away from all the “stuff” in the city to go home to Brisbane and surround myself with the simple things…that’s when I am still the most centred, which allows me to be at my most creative and have the ability to see the bigger picture of where I’m heading and want to go.
Making the decision to retire from swimming was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. I always said that the day I stop completely loving what I’m doing is the day I will stop, whether I’m 18 or 39 because I know if I don’t 100% love it, someone else will and they will beat me…having to go through the surgeries and work hard through rehab and recovery each time took it’s toll and challenged the strong passion I had for the sport.
Now, I am working on so many exciting projects in my new career. I still love the competition and putting everything on the line to see what I can do and this excites me in my new business ventures now too…When I was swimming, the bigger the competition the better I swam…I love the pressure and am fortunate enough to still have a lot of that in my new career.
I believe that work, career, personal life and hobbies all need to be enjoyable for us all to have a fulfilled life. What is the point of doing something you don’t like just to please someone else? We are very fortunate in this day and age that different career paths are more accepted now…so I believe we should do what we love.
All career paths are a journey and education is important no matter what road you take.
But education comes in many forms…some more typical than others and none of which are “wrong” just different. I believe in learning. Learn from every situation, every experience and always ask yourself “why?” Why provokes you to really get to the bottom of all issues and experiences.
My education has come from learning through personal experience and having fantastic mentors around me. I will always have that support network around me as it is vital to my progression in life and business.
I’m looking forward to launching the Festival of Change and Think Education’s new Brisbane campus next Friday because I love being able to share my story with others and to hopefully help inspire people through what I have learnt so far. My life to date has been very different to the majority, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!