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Author: Nat Cook & Sarah Maxwell

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Each week Sarah Maxwell and Natalie Cook teach sit down with some of their favourite high achievers who have manifested what most merely dream about, showing us all how to deliberately create results in all areas of life using their unique 3-step process. New episodes each week.
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Today, we continue the conversation with a “spice evangelist”.  Not only does Melbourne-based Liz Edgecombe help people taste cuisines from around the world but her company “The Spice People” manufactures over 750,000 packets of spice each yearWith over 24yrs of business experience, Liz initially worked her spices as a side hustle until she found herself a divorced single mother with a rocket of intent firmly lit beneath her.So, she got to work…with a clear intention to increase business by 10% with each of her existing customers…until 6 months later, she had doubled her business. And yet, to this day, she champions the “tortoise over the hare” approach to longevity in business.With an “Australian Native” spice line amidst her 200 spice range, ordering spices online is just one way we can remain connected while many of our borders remain closed. You know Liz, I have to say, “Who couldn’t use a little more spice in their life?” The Goods on Liz:Liz is the Victoria-based owner of The Spice People, which is dedicated to helping people taste cuisines from around the world. Over her 24 years in business, she has grown her company from side-hustle to full-time enterprise employing 10 people. They currently manufacture over 750,000 packets of spice every year, and have over 200 varieties of spices in their range (including an “Australian Native” line).  Contact Liz:         Facebook: @thespicepeople         Website:         Instagram: @thespicepeopleaus Go to to become part of this growing community of DREAMERS! 
Today, we continue the conversation with the CEO and Co-founder of FlatWorld Integration: a Deep-Tech firm leading the way with industrial-grade data-sharing platform for the digital economy.  Her and her husband powered through more than 12yrs of R&D to have this company come to the marketplace and so you get the sense of her stamina and determination evidenced by what it took for FlatWorld to be out in the world.Kim Chandler McDonald was born in the UK, grew up in Bermuda & Barbados, moved to Canada and then back to the UK and now lives in Australia.  You can gather from this the global perspectives she holds.  As Award Winning Author of many books including Innovation: How Innovators Think, Act and Change our World; you can see why she is a sough after board member and thought leader on disruptive approaches and transformational trends: including the Entreprise Board of Griffith University, the Australia/NZ Women in AI Board, and the Paris-Based Cybersecurity Advisory Network.As a passionate activist, she got a little swallowed up by the shores of Sydney when she first moved.  It was when she created “Postcards from Tomorrow” to bring awareness to Lou’s Place, Sydney’s only daytime drop-in center for female victims of domestic violence, that she began to feel like herself again.  Contributing and collaborating in her community. You can sense the purpose she now feels with her heart centrally back on deck!The Goods on Kim:Kim is the Co-Founder and CEO of FlatWorld Integration Pty Ltd. a Deep-Tech firm leading the way with Fl@World, an industrial-grade, interoperable, data-sharing platform for the digital economy. Kim is a sought after board member and globally respected thought leader on disruptive approaches, transformational trends and innovative business strategies - particularly those involving innovation and empowerment in the global DACE (Digital, Attention and Collaboration Economies). An award-winning author of Innovation: How Innovators Think, Act and Change Our World and Flat World Navigation: Collaboration and Networking in the Global Digital Economy; she is is also the co-author of Entrepreneurial Renaissance: Cities Striving Towards an Era of Renaissance and Revival as well as the Editor/Publisher of Postcards From Tomorrow project, all profits from which are donated Lou’s Place, Sydney’s only daytime drop-in centre for female victims of domestic abuse.   Contact Kim:         Website:         Passion: Go to to become part of this growing community of DREAMERS!
Today, we continue the conversation with the award winning founder of Miracle Babies Foundation.  Learning how to run a charity from scratch when she had 3 premature babies, Melinda Cruz began local, then brought the foundation national and now global. She has raised more than $10M since the foundations inception in 2005 to improve the lives of thousands of preterm and sick babies & families.Inducted into the Busines Women’s Hall of Fame, she was also voted NSW Women of the Year – Premiers Award Finalist, while also being a trusted consumer expert to medical professionals serving on multiple Advisory Boards including co-authoring 10 medical publications.She does everything from run the NYC Marathon to raise $230,000 for the Foundation to helping the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Milk Bank Advisory Committee establish the first ever national Human Breastmilk Bank. She is relentless in her quest to improve the conditions for premature newborns and their families.Melinda, I am so happy to get the chance to sit down and discuss the journey that has allowed so many families and babies to live a better life bc of what you have created…The Goods on Melinda:Showing that you can overcome adversity to impact change, Melinda Cruz is the award winning founder of Miracle Babies Foundation. She is a published researcher, influencer and expert international speaker on topics such as not for profit start up and social entrepreneurship, health and consumer advocacy, and how being resilient can help to live a life of inspired action.Starting the Foundation in 2005 after her own experience of having three premature babies, the incredible difference Melinda has made to thousands along with her impact as a successful entrepreneur has seen her win numerous awards including the 2011 EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year and be a regular guest on radio, TV, podcasts and speaker at national and international conferences. In 2013 she was inducted into the Australian Businesswomens Hall of Fame and was a 2015 NSW Woman of the Year - Premiers Award finalist.Since the Foundation’s inception, more than $10 million has been raised to improve the lives of thousands of preterm and sick babies and their families. Melinda is a trusted consumer expert to medical professionals seeking to improve treatments and understanding of premature and sick babies and the impact a birth has on the family unit. In 2012, she was awarded the title of Honorary Research Associate by the University of Sydney, Medical School and was the first parent to be invited as an Associate Investigator (2012) and a Chief Investigator (2019) on a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded neonatal trial. In 2015, she joined the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Milk Bank Advisory Committee helping to establish the first national Human Breastmilk Bank. To date, Melinda has co-authored 10 medical publications and is a contributor to THRIVE Global.   Having never run before and taking on a challenge from the then CEO of Bankwest, Melinda ran the New York City Marathon with him and 17 others raising more than $230,000 for Miracle Babies.Contact Melinda:         Website:         Twitter:         Instagram:          LinkedIn: Go to to become part of this growing community of DREAMERS!
Today, we continue the conversation with a man who was awarded the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for Engineering. Professor James Trevelyan from Perth is well known for his pioneering research on Sheep Shearing Robots from 1975-1993 at the U of Western Australia – where he was awarded many international engineering and robotic awards.He then moved into the research of Landmine Clearing Methods where he made a big impact in countries like Afghanistan, Cambodia, the Balkans, and many Africa countries.He then took on local schools in Islamabad, where together with his father-in-law, they architected toilet access for young kids.And now, as Western Australian of the Year, at the ripe age of 65, he founded “Close Comfort”, where he and his students engineered a personal air conditioning unit which has been made affordable for countries such as Pakistan - which aligns w his belief that safe respite from dangerous heat conditions should be a basic human right.In 2013, his TedTalk titled “Ending Poverty: what engineers can do”, was a real reflection of his commitment to contributing engineering services on behalf of the rights that all humans possess. The Goods on James:Prof. James has always been passionate about creating a positive impact on other people’s lives. He has led quite a journey from being a researcher, an academician, an educator, a world-recognised engineer, an author and so on. At 65 years old, he believed his contribution to solving some of humanity's greatest challenges wasn't over; he started Close Comfort to provide safe access to affordable cooling solutions to billions of people at risk of exposure to increasingly dangerous heat conditions without warming the planet! On the way, he was awarded the prestigious Engineers Australia medal and was recognised as 2018 Western Australian of the Year in the Professions category. Close Comfort is just another example of James's belief that his role as an engineer and as a human is to give back to communities.·       In the past, he has developed sheep shearing robots that would cover the eyes and shield sheep from the shears cutting the wool while helping them fall asleep. The innovation was awarded the engineers equivalent of the Nobel prize and put him in a position "to devote the rest of my career to researching problems that truly mattered, that would help solve some of the tough challenges facing humanity".·       Instead of retiring after reaching the top of his engineer career, he turned his expertise and knowledge to clearing landmines from countries like Afghanistan, Cambodia, the Balkans in southeast Europe, and many countries in Africa.·       Or in term of being literally safe from harmful heat conditions: in Pakistan and most parts of the globe, air conditioning is costly, and for the few that can afford this luxury, the energy-hungry appliances prove too much for the energy grid to handle, leading to power outages. So, Pr James launched Close Comfort at 65 y.o, believing that safe respite from dangerous heat conditions, far from a luxury, should be a basic human right. Contact James:         Website:         Close Comfort:        Books:  @books Go to to become part of this growing community of DREAMERS!
Today, we continue the conversation with a warrior.  Guylaine Dumont is considered the best volleyball player in Canadian history and yet, that doesn’t even begin to tell the tale...  Growing up in a small town in the Province of Quebec, her early years were filled with a father who beat her mother, and 3 sisters trying to rally together to survive it all.  At only age 13, Guylaine was moved out of home to begin playing sport full-time.  This was right around the time that her closest sister Nathalie went missing…As the youngest player ever on the Canadian national team right into adoring fans during her pro career in Italy; the darkness of her upbringing shadowed most of her career.  Consistent humiliation and abuse from coaches seemed all too familiar for her. But when the news that her sister had been found dead, reached her in Italy; you wonder how she ever rose to the heights in sport that she did.Longing for an Olympic dream - twice she would shut the door on it – bc the price you needed to pay seemed too high. It took a player 10yrs her Junior to sweep her up out of retirement and reach the Athens Olympics to score the best ever result in Canadian female beach volleyball history!Now married with 2 daughters, Guylaine has devoted her life to helping athletes be supported through their own traumas in sport.  As co-founder of “Sport-Aide” (loosely translated as “Sport Help”), she rallied more than $2M from the Quebec government to bolster her program and passionately charged up a “help line” for athletes.  Finally, being able to provide the lifeline she never felt she could call!As her own healing journey continues with its natural highs and lows, I am honoured to be speaking to a woman that has come through the ashes of her own abuse to be able to create not only change for future athletes but more importantly, a space for healing… The Goods on Guylaine:Guylaine Dumont (born October 9, 1967 in St-Etienne-de-Lauzon, Quebec) is a Canadian female beach volleyball player. She lives in Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly.Together with partner Annie Martin, Guylaine Dumont recorded the best ever Olympic result for Canadian women in beach volleyball with a fifth-place finish at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, losing to the Americans Misty May and Kerry Walsh in the quarter-final.Regarded as one of the top Canadian women’s volleyball players of all-time, Dumont began her career as a member of the Canadian national team in 1985 at just 17 years of age.In 2002, Dumont returned to the sport full-time and began competing alongside Martin in the beach volleyball discipline. She retired from competitive volleyball for a second time following the 2004 Olympic Games.Dumont is married to 1988 Canadian long track speed skating Olympian, Gregor Jelonek and now, he is the coach of the Canadian long track speed skating team. He was in Torino, Vancouver and Sotchi as a coach in 2006–2010 and 2014.Dumont is currently a helping relationship therapist specialized in sport and a motivational speaker. Contact Guylaine:         Facebook: @guylaine.kikau.7 Go to to become part of this growing community of DREAMERS!       
Today is a unique conversation with the icon, the magical, the infamous…Santa Claus!  Creating magic for children for the past 34yrs as a “professional Santa”, he has been employed by the iconic Myer Brand in Australia for 30yrs to tote his white beard and nurturing spirit upon all children who grace his lap!But who is the man underneath the suit?Rod Hyatt, at age 74, has been a passionate philanthropist for more than 10 years after he finished teaching English and become the Chairman of Habit for Humanity.  He is committed to addressing the plight of people who do not sleep securely at night.He has gone on to continue his work in a more focussed way under the banner of Hope ReBuilders and I cannot wait to hear more about the ongoing work he is doing…especially during this past Covid year.The Goods on Santa Rod:Professional Santa for 34 years and with the Myer Centre for 30 years, with a small stint in Japan in 1998 when I was on TV and played Santa in the Japanese production of Enid Blyton's " Naughtiest School Girl"Now, back to the man underneath the cloth…I have a wealth of experience & knowledge across many of fields, after 74 trips around the sun. 12 years ago it was time to give back and get involved in addressing the plight of people who do not sleep securely at night. Habitat For Humanity had been a favourite NFP Organisation since the Northridge Earthquake in Los Angeles 17 January 1994. Retirement from the Education sector allowed time to become more supportive where I became involved in starting up the Brisbane Chapter, served as Chairman of the Queensland affiliate and then stepped into a management role after the 2011 South East Queensland floods.May 2013 - Having spent 2 years as Development Manager for Habitat For Humanity Brisbane, I spread my wings and moved into a role where I can be of service to a wider community of people needing safe secure housing. My passion has not changed. In fact it has deepened to a point where I believe the current Habitat model is not effective in fully addressing the problem. We need to get back to a more "grassroots" approach in line with Millard Fuller's original dream of partnership housing - a place where people are more important than personalities - a place where God's work is not corporatised - a place where we can be more flexible and nimble in helping the vulnerable members of our community.September 2013 - Chief Operating Officer of Fuller Center for Housing, Queensland, Australia, following the lead of Millard Fuller, the founder of both Habitat for Humanity and Fuller Center for Housing, in getting back to a more grassroots approach to tackling the problem of substandard housing.April 2018 - I am continuing on the work started all those years ago by Millard Fuller. We are still addressing the needs of those who are less fortunate and who have been socially marginalised. Having recently undergone a name change to Hope ReBuilders we are relaunching with a new vision and vigour for better addressing the situation in Australia nad South East Asia.  Contact Santa Rod:         Facebook:         Twitter:         LinkedIn: Go to to become part of this growing community of DREAMERS! 
Today, we continue the conversation with the CEO and Founder of AI company Catlepoint Systems, who’s vision it is to change the way the world manages information so that people, communities and companies are safer and smarter.  Rachael Greaves is an industry expert in information and records compliance, control and security. She recognized a problem that was not being addressed in the marketplace around the enormous influx of data that companies, organizations and governments were facing – it just seemed too big and too overwhelming so their information remained exposed and at risk because there was no viable solution for them.In comes the brave Rachael in her 30s (who has 5 kids btw) and husband Gavin to solve one of the biggest issues facing business worldwide.  They may have lacked much of the expertise to pull this off – but they did it anyway!I am so grateful that we get some moments with Rachael as you can imagine that a Mother of 5 kids building this billion dollar engine doesn’t have extra moments on her hands?!?The Goods on Rachael:Rachael Greaves, CEO and Founder - Castlepoint SystemsRachael Greaves (CIP, CISA, CISM) is an industry expert in information and records compliance, control and security, with over 13 years’ experience with government.Contact Rachael:         LinkedIn:         Facebook: @rachael.greaves.923         Website: Go to to become part of this growing community of DREAMERS!
**Special Event** Wine-Down for 2020 – Register for FREE here, we continue the conversation with a Dr of Traditional Chinese medicine who specializes in womb medicine.  Dr Tharshini (Tash) has been helping women liberate themselves from the suffering and trauma held in the womb for over 17 years.As the recent founder of ‘Fertile Seeds of Life’, she is on the crux of finalizing her first book: Awaken and Heal your Womb. Streaming a 12-part series on ‘The Gift of energetic fertility’ through Awake TV in the US, she is reaching couples worldwide so they know they are more than an age on a paper and a lab result from a test tube!Awakening the cells and DNA of the body, Tharshini works with various modalities to reinvigourate life force in our bodies so we can birth not only children but create ideas wanting to come out of us!Living through a traumatic upbringing in Sri Lanka, her own healing has allowed her to be a nurturing force in the medical industry here in Australia and around the world!The Goods on Dr Tharshini:Dr Tharshini is a Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor, a Global Energetic specialist, a Womb Medicine Teacher, teaching and awakening the creative power of the womb, and the founder of Fertile Seeds of Life.  She has been on Awake TV network in the US and was the host of a 12-part episode series, her show was called, The Gift of energetic fertility healing which was live streamed around the world. Helping couples realise they are more than just their age and lab results when it comes to fertility. Dr Tharshini’s passion and mission is helping women liberate themselves from the suffering and trauma held in the womb. Her experience in this field has shown her that women are lacking the education to understand their bodies. Beginning all the way back to their first period. As a result, many women are suffering from gynaecological issues, fertility problems, hormone imbalances, menopausal symptoms to hysterectomies.She believes it’s the birthright of every woman to know the knowledge of the womb.She is a nurturing and passionate doctor who has extensive knowledge and 17 yrs. experience in the health industry. This gives her a deep understanding of Western Medicine Science, Eastern Medicine and Energy Medicine which she combines together to transform people’s lives. She has created programs with a new spiritual technology that is strengthening and configuring the true potential of our womb and reproductive health of women and men.  Her healings are awakening the cells of the body, light codes and DNA. Activating the life force energy of the body to co create and birth your reality into existence in all areas of your life.  Her program reconnects parts of ourselves that are fragmented, disconnected, in pain, suffering, alone and feel separated in the world to come together and be whole again. Healing in ways that open up different dimensions of womb consciousness within. Activating both men and women to return to the beginning of who they truly are. The divine balance of the divine feminine and sacred masculine within. Contact Dr Tharshini:         Website:         Insta: @dr_tharshini/        Facebook: @drtharshini/... Go to to become part of this growing community of DREAMERS! 
Today, we continue the conversation with an Iranian writer/filmmaker who traveled to Afghanistan in 2006 to uncover why women at alarming rates were self-burning as a form of suicide! Sanaz Fotouhi obtained her Masters at the University of HK and later her PhD at the University of NSW in Australia.  Exploring the meaning and identity of the mass dispersion of Iranians since the Islamic Revolution, she brings her own life experience to the books she writes and the movies she makes.As one of the founding members of the Persian Film Festival in Australia, you might assume that she creates documentaries and writes books and everyone laps them up.  Her story is much more real than that.  This conversation is about the resilience and journey of a woman who believes that a book needs to be read so much that she persisted with publishers for 14 years!!It is with celebration of that determination to “stay in the game” that we speak on the precipice of her launch of Love Marriage in Kabul…14 years in the making J The Goods on Sanaz:Sanaz Fotouhi was born in Iran soon after the revolution, during the Iran-Iraq war. Her father’s job as a banker took her and her family to many countries.Sanaz holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Hong Kong. The thesis of her PhD at the University of New South Wales was published as The Literature of the Iranian Diaspora: Meaning and Identity since the Islamic Revolution (I.B. Tauris, 2015).As a creative writer, Sanaz has been published in anthologies and journals across Australia and Asia. She is also the co-producer of two documentary films – Hidden Generation, a short documentary examining the reasons for the increase of women’s self-burning as a form of suicide in Afghanistan, and Love Marriage in Kabul, a multi-award feature documentary following a young couple as they try to get married against all odds.Sanaz is one of the founding members of the Persian Film Festival in Australia, and is the former director of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Inc., a literary networking organisation that brings together people from the creative writing and publishing industries.Contact Sanaz:         Facebook:         Twitter: @sanazfotouhi         Buy ‘Love Marriage in Kabul’: Go to to become part of this growing community of DREAMERS!  
Today, we continue the conversation with an octopus!!  I say that because Canadian-born Susan Sly needs that many arms to be a tech investor, a bestselling author, a speaker, a trainer, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, an IronWoman, and a Mother to 5 kids!She has appeared on CNN, CNBC, has built channel sales teams producing over $1.6B in sales, has completed the Boston Marathon 6X and still finds time to liberate girls from trafficking and invest in girls education around the globe!I told you she was an octopus!Oh, and by the way, she remains young, sexy, healthy, is doing an MIT course in AI to support her Silicon Valley company Radius AI…and more than all that, she’s “thoughtful and considerate” and has helped develop more than 47 millionaires in her network marketing business.This is where Nat & I were embraced by Susan, in our much-loved company Isagenix almost 8yrs ago where she provided much of the nurture required for us to find a home in networking. All the way from Arizona…Susan…you ready for thisThe Goods on Susan:Susan Sly is a tech investor, best-selling author, speaker, trainer and entrepreneur.  She has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox, Lifetime Television, The CBN, The Morning Show in Australia and been quoted in Forbes Magazine Online.  Susan is the author of 7 books.  Her book project with NY Times Best Selling Author, Jack Canfield, made six Amazon Best Selling lists.  Susan has built channel sales teams that have produced over $1.6 billion in sales.She is currently the Co-CEO, and cofounder, of Radius AI – a Silicon Valley and Phoenix based AI company.  Susan is also currently studying part-time at MIT with a focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning.Susan has completed the Boston Marathon 6X and placed Top 10 in the Pro Division of the Ironman Triathlon in Malaysia.  Susan is passionate about philanthropy and has dedicated a significant amount of time and money working to liberate girls from trafficking and invest in education to support women and girls who have survived trauma and abuse both domestically and overseas.Susan is the mother of five children and resides with her husband in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Find out more about Susan at www.susansly.comSusan truly believes we can have it all.Contact Susan:         Website:         Facebook: @SusanSlyLive         LinkedIn: Go to to become part of this growing community of DREAMERS!
Today, we continue the conversation with a “launch coach”.  “What is that?” you might ask?? Stick with me…we will get there…Taliah-Kate Byron is only 30 years old and I say that bc she dove into the multi-billion $$ self-development and coaching industry when she was only 17.   Getting stellar grades in Grammar school growing up…she chose a path less traveled than the oft worn path of University - she ”designed” her own education.  Whether it was a degree in NLP, experiential game design, Vipassana meditation, speech and drama or micro business design…she kept growing herself.I met TK when a chapter of my life as a pro athlete was coming to a close and I was upskilling with NLP.  I was older than she is now and she was only in her teens!  I was struck by that.  Her level of engagement and participation was inspiring and I was drawn to the spark that she had brimming in her.We have traveled many a PD road together (me always being 15 or so years older than her) and here we are again, but this time, she’s my COACH.  She is helping me craft my offer and “launch” my new signature coaching program for women just like me called The Awakened Mama.  I have learned so much from this clever wiper snapper…but her coaching goes so much deeper than what her smart brain can produce.  She “tunes in” when she needs to nail a brief, she has “mental clearing processes” before she does an ‘impact post’, she can write copy that just lands with people, and she creates marketing templates that make it easy for someone like me to step my words into – it just comes to life!Clearly, I’m a fan!  And I know after you hear more about her, you will be too!The Goods on TK:With over a decade in the personal development industry, my love for this work started at 17 and quickly became a passionate side-hustle. I started keynote speaking and volunteering at youth leadership camps across Australia. When those camps struggled to get ongoing funding, it became my mission to learn everything about marketing so that coaches who were making a difference in people's lives could keep their doors open by having money in their back pocket. Contact TK:         Facebook: @taliahkate         LinkedIn: @tkbyron         Website: www.badassbeings.comGo to to become part of this growing community of DREAMERS!
Today, we continue the conversation with Amazon gurus Jamie Paros & Michael Fenech.  These boys have come together to form the much-acclaimed and engaged Network Group End Game: focusing on supporting the Amazon Selling community. With Jamie posting a record year of close to 7-figures in 2019 selling on Amazon and Michael having over 700 SKU's being sold in the US via Facebook and Google shopping – their brands are respected and looked up to.It hasn’t always been lucrative and easy for these boys – Jamie working 14hr days driving a truck and Michael trying his hand at many a StartUp in the tech space before hitting the “success button”.But they have discovered this world of “Micro-Brands” and if I’m honest…I don’t even have a clue about - it’s a whole new language that I am looking forward to learning more about.As the economy proves to challenge over these next 2-5 years - more and more people are searching for different ways to create side-income.  I am committed to providing alternate ways for people to earn additional money that loosens the squeeze they are under. And I do lean toward those methods that sit outside the conventional 9-5 “trading time for money” space.  Shall we dive in boys??The Goods on Jamie:From a young age, it was clear that Jamie had that entrepreneurial spirit built into his DNA. He started a transport business at age 22 and soon realised that he could not sustain such long hours swapping time for money. Too much of his time was spent away from his family. Jamie's hunger and motivation for change led him to discover the Amazon FBA business model. He intuitively knew that Amazon would help him leave the daily trucking grind behind. Jamie's incredible work ethic and "Get Shit Done" war cry led him to become one of the real rock stars in the Amazon world, turning over $1,000,000 in sales in the USA. Now, Jamie is giving back to the Amazon community and also reinventing supply chain processes through various software ventures. The Goods on Michael:Michael Fenech Michael has gained extensive business experience in both tech and e-commerce across the globe. He has successfully raised capital in the US and Australia, run successful e-commerce sites, and has partnered with some of the biggest companies in the world. Michael is also fortunate to have been mentored by some of the biggest names in tech. His e-commerce experience has come from having over 700 SKU's being sold in the US via Facebook and Google shopping. Michael then ventured into Amazon and by using his incredible product research skills, found a product that was an instant winner. Michael now has a range of products being launched under his well-respected brand. Contact “The Boys”:         End Game Network:         Michael on Insta: @michaelfenech (Daily BUSINESS LESSONS)         Website: Go to to become part of this growing community of DREAMERS! 
Today, we continue the conversation with an educator turned social entrepreneur dedicated to championing for “our kids”.  As the most recent QLD Australian of the Year, Rachel Downie is taking the tragedy of losing a Year 9 student years ago to suicide and harnessing it, into a reporting tool called Stymie – that she developed and self-funded to support young people to anonymously report harm to their peers and to themselves.In 2019, Stymie schools reported more than 48,000 notifications from concerned students.  More than 600 000 students nationally have been exposed to this culture-changing tool; as family violence, bullying, cyber-bullying, depression, illegal activity, harassment and self-harm are all being reported by young people.  Through Rachel’s tireless efforts towards a better culture of care in our schools, we are beginning to get a more clear picture of what young people are really facing out there.SaySomeThing.What a brilliant tag line that's gaining incredible traction!!!When she isn’t “inventing stuff”, you can find Rachel living on the Gold Coast of Australia with her beautiful wife, surfing and painting when she gets a spare moment.  The Goods on Rachel:25 years ago, Rachel Downie became an educator because she wanted to help our young people flourish. After losing a Year 9 student to suicide, Rachel decided that she needed to find a way to support our young people to say something when things ‘aren’t right’. She discovered that in emergent situations, students often felt too frightened to come forward with possible life-saving information, due to peer expectations. This led Rachel to developing and self-funding Stymie – a tool that allows students to anonymously report any form of harm without fear.Rachel developed Stymie (an old-fashioned word meaning ‘stop’) with extensive consultation and help from students and educators; since 2014 Rachel has presented Stymie to more than 600 000 students nationally and students have used it to save and change lives.Implemented both nationally and internationally, students are using Stymie to report family violence, bullying, cyber-bullying, depression, illegal activity, harassment, self-harm, and harm to their communities. In 2019, Stymie schools received more than 48 000 notifications from concerned students, empowering them to use their empathy and conscience to report harm, and further the culture of care in their schools.Contact Rachel:         Facebook: @stymieau         Instagram: @stymie_au         Website:         LinkedIn:            Go to to become part of this growing community of DREAMERS!
Today, we continue the conversation with one of Australia’s leading speaking professionals.  Lisa Evans is a Business StoryTelling Consultant and CEO of Speaking Savvy and Soft Skills Academy.This wasn’t always her career however, as she was one of those women who found her dream-career very young as a nurse and midwife.  From her home in London, she saw an ad in the paper for a quick 12-wk stint in Australia and somehow, someway, she is still here 20yrs later: married with children! But a devastating illness was not part of her dream path (or was it) which forced her to leave her life-long dream work. Lisa began to build herself into a whole new version of of who she’d once been – testament to that transformation: she is now a TedX speaker coach, author of 4 books, supremely trained in many genres of speaking and behavioural programming. These days, her focus is ultimately helping business leaders deliver captivating stories that are hard to forget.But in these latter years of her life, giving back is what pulls her forward:  hosting a morning radio show in Perth and then there’s her sell-out storytelling charity event “Stories from the Heart” – featured as one of the top attractions at the Perth Fringe Festival Shall we step into this Lisa and start sharing??The Goods on Lisa:Lisa Evans  is Perth’s leading Speaking and Business Storytelling Consultant and the CEO of Speaking Savvy and Soft Skills Academy. Lisa is the author of four books, a Certified Speaking and Storytelling Coach, a TEDx Speaker Coach, an accredited business coach - International Coaching Federation, Certified Genos Emotional Intelligence Practitioner, Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Sketchnote Artist and Graphic Facilitator. She is one of fewer than 150 people in Australia to hold the designation of Certified Speaking Professional, and a Certified Virtual Presenter by E-Speakers USA.In her spare time, Lisa volunteers as an improvisation actor for Perth Playback Theatre, is a Board Director for Professional Speakers Australia and hosts a weekly morning radio show In Good Company on 89.7 FM. Lisa helps leaders to mine, refine and deliver captivating ‘sticky’ stories for their business and brand. Whether it is the boardroom, ballroom, platform or podium, she helps them craft compelling stories that are hard to forget.As a way of giving back to the community, Lisa hosts a storytelling charity event Stories From The Heart. For over four years the show has consistently sold out including performances at Perth Fringe Festival with a five-star rating.  Before her transformation, Lisa worked for 20 years as a midwife. A devastating illness meant leaving her career and finding a new calling; to bring stories into the world. She is known by many as The Story Midwife. Contact Lisa:         Facebook: @lisaevansperth         Website:            LinkedIn: Go to to become part of this growing community of DREAMERS!
Today, we continue the conversation with a woman who is adaptable, focused and has a growth mindset.  In these distinct times in our history, I don’t know that there is anything more valuable.  Nicole Jordan has held executive positions for companies like David Jones, Warner Bros. and Sportsgirl and founded 6 of her own bootstrapped businesses.  She sits on 4 boards, worked w VCs, SME’s, and accelerator companies to create growth strategies and yet its her story of adopting her Korean Son when he was only 4wks old, as a single mother, that has me intrigued about what drives her.She has worked for herself in business, she has been the managing executive for big names in business (which means she did the work behind the scenes that was heralded by someone else), she does the grunt work to win grants for organizations and she’s found herself in a whole new realm of reinvention during Covid-19.  I cannot wait to uncover what a woman like this is thinking at a time like now…The Goods on Nic:Nicole possess a winning blend of leadership, management, client service, creative and marketing acumen. With a 20 year background in commercialisation, partnerships, marketing and business strategy, Nicole is a trusted and valued resource to founders and CEO’s across multiple verticals. Nicole has held executive roles for notable companies including David Jones, Sportsgirl, Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow. Then founded 6 of her own (bootstrapped) businesses before exiting to return to the corporate sector. Since 2013 Nicole has worked with SME’s, VC’s and accelerator companies creating growth strategies and managing executive relationships. Nicole is a Board Member for ·       ●  The Aussie Founders Network, ·       ●  Startup Advisory Board Member for BDO, ·       ●  Advisory Board World’s Biggest Garage Sale ·       ●  member of QLD Olympic Committee board Athlete Transition Program. Most recently, Nicole has developed a much needed program for youth focused on healthy lifestyle encompassing wellbeing, healthy living and eating with Olympian Natalie Cook called ​Active Youth​. “Staying curious drives me to strive for more, forever embracing forward thinking and inspired ways to work and live. I am passionate about our world, I want to be part of the solution for a sustainable future. There is no planet B!” Nicole’s success is driven by her ability to build genuine connections at all levels, while creating trust and confidence with team and clients. Nicole is solutions focused, intuitive and adaptable with a growth mindset Contact Nic:         Facebook: @nicole.dobson         LinkedIn: @nicolejordan01 Go to to become part of this growing community of DREAMERS!
Today, we continue the conversation with an Australian Poet of international renown.  Rupert McCall grew up loving a jigsaw of words as much as he did a game of rugby league – it was like a creative collision was taking place within him – but somehow, he chose to study Law at University.His creativity kept rearing its head amidst articling as a law clerk and he managed to pen his first anthology ‘Rhymes, Idols and Shenanigans’ in 1993. When his writing kept getting published, read out on radio, or featured at notable functions, he followed the snowball rolling down the hill and took a road less travelled to became the full-time poet he is today.As the author to 6 anthologies that have sold 120,000 copies, he’s been featured on TV and radio and even a stint as a sport commentator; Rupert has crafted his own unique and sought-after style of storytelling!Considered the poet of our generation in many Australian circles; he presented the opening to the Prelude to Dawn Service in Gallipoli, he recited his poem ‘Firefighters Dream’ at Ground Zero to the NYC Fire Dept for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 as well as paid tribute to many sporting heroes like Roger Federer & Greg Norman.  In 2013, he was awarded the OAM (Order of Australia Medal) by the Queen for his services to the community, particularly as a poet!The Goods on Rupert:Check out his newest & Finest Work “Golden Soil” @ McCall is an Australian poet of international renown. His tributes to special events and occasions have become highly sought-after and treasured for the indelible mark they’ve left on audiences everywhere.He is the author of six anthologies of verse that havecollectively sold over 120,000 copies. Equally at home in radio or on TV, hisresume features hosting roles for CH7’s The Great South East, 4BC’s Sports Today program and CH9’s Weekend Extra. Rupert’s great passion for sport was on display when he was appointed commentator for CH10 at the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.In 2005 he was awarded the honour of opening the Prelude to the Dawn Service inGallipoli with his acclaimed and moving tribute NINETY YEARS AGO and, in 2011, he recited his poem A FIREFIGHTER’S DREAM at Ground Zero for the New York Fire Department on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. Rupert has also paid tribute to heroes and legends such as Roger Federer, Rod Laver, Don Bradman, Dawn Fraser, Greg Norman, John Eales, Jonathon Thurston, Black Caviar, Winx and The Royal Flying Doctors!His popularity transcends all demographics and ages, from the schools he visits to the corporate and sporting functions that he entertains. He is a passionate Australian and his ability to share this enthusiasm with any audience is warmly received.In 2013 as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Rupert received a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for services to the community, particularly as a poet.Contact Rupert:         Website:         Facebook: @rupert.mccall         Twitter: @rupertmccallGo to to become part of this growing community of DREAMERS!
Today, we continue the conversation with the first indigenous female to represent Australia in volleyball at the Olympic Games.  Taliqua Clancy was raised in Kingaroy, Qld (which is over 200kms from any beach) and yet was recruited at age 15 and traveled away from her family to train full time as a beach volleyball player and pursue her dreams.This is when she met Nat and myself during her training and forged a mentoring relationship with Nat that continues to this day.  Look how far you’ve come T in those 12 years!!Her dream to be an Olympic Gold Medallist and World Champion have been put on hold while the Tokyo 2020 Games have been delayed due to Covid’s worldwide impact. It really is hard to fathom what it would be like to have your DREAMS stunted like that but a silver lining just might be… Taliqua’s chance - to increase the impact SHE can make on behalf of HER people.  During this extra time, perhaps more people can learn to understand and respect what it is to be a part of the oldest civilization on earth: Aboriginal Australians!You ready to open this up T?The Wiki-Goods on Taliqua:Taliqua Clancy (born 25 June 1992) is an Australian volleyball and beach volleyball player who represented Australia at the 2016 Summer Olympics in beach volleyball, partnered with Louise Bawden.[1][2] She is the first indigenous Australian volleyball player to represent Australia at the Olympics.[1] She has the aboriginal flag tattooed on her left wrist and painted the flag on her fingernails for the Olympic matches.[3]Clancy plays as a left-side blocker. Contact Taliqua:         Australian Olympian:                                  Instagram: @taliquaGo to to become part of this growing community of DREAMERS!
Today, we continue the conversation with the General Manager of Isagenix ANZ.  Steve Foxwell slid into his position in the company in his usual humble way but his leadership has seen the company bolster results in the last 6 months that are simply astounding.His belief in his team and allowing them to find their voice, be self-reliant and self-responsible is proving very effective.And yet, it is the deeper balance cascading through Steve that really intrigues me.  His love of the ocean called him to Australia from his home in Wales, where he was adopted at an early age from Brazil.  His warrior spirit laps constantly in his fight for what’s right in people and for the survival of the planet; I think you’ll also get the sense that this handsome lad has a depth as deep as the ocean!Thanks for taking a moment out of the hustle and bustle of the office to chat to our community of dreamers!The Goods on Steve:Wellbeing is: Simple, to me, it means loving yourself enough to take care of yourself.A life of wellbeing to me: Is all about the great connections you make, not just with yourself but to all the things in life that bring you joy and happiness. Sharing his industry knowledge and Professional Experience: Steve has over 15 years of experience in the direct selling profession. As General Manager for Isagenix Australia & New Zealand, he oversees the overall sales and marketing strategies, field development, communications and product manufacturing. He has a real passion for driving the company forward, introducing new flagship wellness products with some of the latest science and technologies from around the world that assist in unlocking the human potential, and at the same time aggressively working towards our sustainability goal.  “I have an amazing team around me. I try to encourage a spirit of adventure for my staff, but also to allow them to find creative ways to enhance the company and their careers. I aim to guide them towards the future vision of Isagenix so that they recognise the importance of being self-responsible and self-reliable. I don’t want them to be dependent on me.I feel like the best gift I could give them is the freedom to grow and learn.”Before he moved into his role at Isagenix, he spent a further seven years prior as the Director of Sales for a previous global direct sales organisation, sharing in the remarkable growth and success of that company.At a young age, Steve was adopted into a beautiful, loving Welsh family before deciding to call Australia home. “Growing up on the land taught me the subtle ways of connecting and respecting nature.”   Finding Balance As rewarding and demanding as his role is, Steve knows that life balance is crucial to serving at the level he does continually. “So, for me, the best way to recharge my energy bank is to spend as much time as possible in the ocean.It’s my best friend, and nothing invigorates my soul more than connecting to the raw power and energy of the ocean.It is my warrior spirit and my protecting guardian. It continually gifts me moments that nourish my soul.”  Contact Steve:         Facebook:         Instagram: @steve__isagenixGo to to become part of this growing community of DREAMERS!
Today, we continue the conversation with the Original Nomad.  Jane Pelusey and her husband Michael have been professional remote living since 2000.  They have written more than 80 books (including HEMA maps which map out the remote areas yet to be blazed in Australia), became trail assessors, did the 1000km Bibbulmun track in her 50s…And all that with a diagnosis of Juvenile Arthritis at age 6 and told she might have to live in a wheelchair for her entire life!When her Father died at age 11, she decided she wanted to become a nurse.  And that she did -  becoming Manager and Trauma coordinator as an ICU nurse in Perth Australia.  She ended up leaving nursing in her 30s however, and went back to study and became a Travel Writer.I’ve always wanted to get behind what keeps a professional adventurer ticking along bc many would say  “she’s living dream”!Contact Jane:         Website:         Facebook:         LinkedIn: Go to to become part of this growing community of DREAMERS!
Today, we continue the conversation with the owner of The Business League - a national community for small and medium sized business owners to drive their company forward. Rebecca Plant has grounded the notion of The Power of the Female through a resilience born out of being raised by a single Mum, then a high level Netball player and finally her background in Communications Journalism.But perhaps it was her nervous breakdown in her 20s where her need to AchieveAchieveAchieve Intensified to Push – Push – Push until… she Broke! The deep dive into personal development and emotional healing had her arise as a new entrepreneur focused on women in the workplace.Her and her husband Ed have been working alongside one another for the past 10 years forming ‘The Institute for Couples in Business’ and co-authoring their #1 bestselling  book “Lead-the-Ship” back in 2016.  They live in their very own treehouse with their two young boys in the Hinterlands of the GC where they are very passionate contributors within their community.So Bec, I’m pretty excited to talk all things women in business, couples in business and Mothers in business; are you down for that??Contact Rebecca:         Facebook: @rebeccaellenplant         Website: to to become part of this growing community of DREAMERS!
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