Category: Smart City Perth

Survival tips on starting a new enterprise

No matter how grand the vision is we must pace ourselves

Just because change is needed or you see a market opportunity doesn’t mean success will happen on our time schedule.

You have a dream to start a business and you take the leap. It makes perfect sense because you see the need and you’re equiped to facilitate that need.

You’ve been endorsed by family, friends and your own personal sense of past accomplishments. When you start you have the energy you never knew you had which we’ll call the honeymoon period.

It doesn’t take long before negativity sets in. People aren’t buying into your vision or engaging in your services and you lose focus wandering if you really have anything to offer?

It’s at this point where the real opportunity can be revealed. It’s called a reality check.

1. Do people really want to change providers just because you need their business?

2. Do you have a competitive edge that can influence decision makers to change service providers?

3. Are you committed for the long haul?

Like any worthwhile relationship, we get what we put it. The most exciting part about starting a new business or enterprise is that it strips away all our preconceived ideas about ourselves. It allows us to scratch that itch that’s been bothering us for a while.

Most businesses won’t even see the real effect of their efforts within the first two years. For a first time pioneer, two years can feel like an eternity.

Can I encourage you not to lose heart and go back to your original vision and do the following.

1. Clarify to yourself was it a vision or a mirage. Did you really want to go all out and do something that you saw in your mind’s eye or did you want to avoid getting a job.

2. Is your service recognised and if not you may want to extend the two plan of return to a longer one. It takes time to evangelise and let the world know your unique and much needed product or service.

3. Do you have the resources to continue until your vision is realised?

4. If you no longer care and it’s not that important, there’s no shame in shutting shop immediately. You are never a failure for venturing out. You may become a huge failure when you don’t recognise that the horse is dead and you refuse to dismount.

On a positive note

There truly is nothing more exciting than the romance of a visionary. To pioneer a new idea that has been deposited in your heart makes perfect sense.

1. Write out your vision in as much detail as possible and leave it be to reference off when the going gets tough.

2. Take baby steps when first starting.

3. Talk to positive people that will encourage you and also advise you with a bit of tough love.

4. Make as many real connections as possible and engage.

5. Always reevaluate and adapt.

There is no greater reward than realising your vision should you press in.

On a final note

1. Do it for yourself.

2. Look after your well-being

3. Don’t forget those around you because reaching success alone is the most unsuccessful thing you can do

I’m stirred after Linda Reynolds Australian Senator talked on Ending Slavery

End World Slavery and the exploitation of Orphanages.

Senator Reynolds shared at a Swan Chamber Business of Commerce Breakfast and I must admit she got my attention.

I’ve attended more business events than I care to think about but every now and again one will just capture my attention.

Senator Reynolds shares a number of subjects. Then she bomb shelled my heart suggesting an audit of the top three thousand Australian companies to make sure they truly were corporately socially responsible. Senator Reynolds also went on about Orphanages being exploited and Australians giving spirit going towards those who live off vulnerable children.

Some subjects get my attention and it’s not roads and more freeways

The Senator’s comments would’ve been like water off a ducks back to the majority of the audience but they hit me like a hammer.

Imagine the ripple effect of holding people accountable not only fiscally but evidence of social impact as part of the audit.

Peoples lives been changed forever, communities transforming, the young and the vulnerable being safe.

I’d be the first to lift up my hand and investigate the grassroots impact of every dollar spent and the lives we can truly save.

I believe if our top three thousand Australian companies were truly socially responsible they will reap not only greater profits, they will influence others to follow suit.

I also believe if we stop building new Orphanages and rebuild communities to take care of their own we will see greater social impact.

Love is contagious – Profit alone destroys the soul.

Don’t stop Giving, it is a sign of health. Let’s just expect more from those that reap so much.

I’ve written to Senator Reynolds office after she suggested we talk further and look forward to being part of the solution.

Corporate Social Responsibility obviously goes way beyond our top three thousand companies that utilise labour and resources in developing countries, it must start in our own neighbourhood.

Women’s International Day – Millions who endured and shined in darkness

Women who birthed leaders need to be celebrated

Women’s International Day must be recognised because of the millions of women like my mother who endured unbelievable hardship in quietness. These types of women influenced future leaders to be individuals of integrity.

Who has been the greatest influence in your life?

My mother more than any other person taught me to live by a good conscience and to be a person of my word.

Mum would often work two jobs while raising her children. She managed money brilliantly and kept an impeccable home. In her aging years you would hear her say “I chased the sun just so I could be in the garden for one more hour in the evening”. Mum was the envy of many who had a much easier life because she stood tall in a world filled with hardship.

Mum’s first husband was missing in action during war and her one year old child was torn from her arms and fostered out. Like a slave along with thousands of other women, mum was sent to rebuild cities in Eastern Europe as a labourer.

After many years alone, mum met dad and it was love at first sight. We migrated to Australia, mum and dad with three children, a place she called her promised land.

The woman always had money squirreled somewhere – We always had a brilliant meal waiting and quality clothes – Love abounded and she let us find our way

My mother was a committee of one because she knew what she wanted. When her doctor visited us on her death bed he said with a smile “Sofia died on her own terms” she was ninety three years of age.

I’m so fortunate to have been raised by a lady who lived the wisdom that was depicted of a virtuous woman found in the book of proverbs. It describes a woman’s character that was led by wisdom. I was also fortunate to find my own woman of virtue, my beloved wife.

To all the women who celebrate Women’s International Day, I commend to shine and raise future leaders void of gender and filled with character.

The above picture was taken of mum’s third great grandson speaking to her in a couple of Greek words. He filled her heart with such joy in her nineties.

Great grandson marveled at her joy, don’t you just love innocence.

‘get M.A.D with us’ Belinda is MAD

A chance meeting with a real M.A.D (Making a difference) person

She’s soft natured, softly spoken but a lioness beneath her slight build.

I stumbled upon this pop up shop in the heart of Midland and the message is clear, it’s about social responsibility in our own back yard and effecting communities thousands of miles away.

Belinda tells me about the companies and products she supports are always being researched to verify a positive effect in society.

I asked Belinda, why she’s giving her time, energy and money into this project when she obviously is working through her own setbacks.

Belinda shares how she received a gift a couple of years back in the form of a transplant and feels that she’s honouring the person that she’s never met but gave the ultimate for her to be alive.

Belinda wakes up every morning with a sense of purpose.

I dig a little further and find out about her upbringing and what motivates her.

Belinda casually shares how her family have fostered 14 children and her heart goes out to children that don’t stand a chance as custodians of the state.

Belinda clearly reflects the spirit of a social entrepreneur taking her passion into the courts looking to change a broken system.

“After you give these children a safe home and nurtured them with love, it’s heartbreaking to give them back knowing the children won’t get the love they deserve”

People like Belinda, a local champion of everything that really matters isn’t alone in the struggle for a social conscience to thread us into a wholesome society.

Look up http://madhub.co/ and see if you resonate with Belinda and may want to assist by buying products that make a difference.

She’s about to launch an online business.

More power to her.

Directions 2031 will have Perth CBD look like Gotham if it doesn’t adapt.

Perth City takes the most amazing Ariel pics. If you lived in South of Perth, the vista is to die for but after 6pm in the Perth CBD, welcome to Zombie land.

I’d like to take all the city planners for a walk through our beautiful city after 6pm to feel what I feel, all dressed up and nowhere to go.

We are doing ourselves a disservice if we keep on thinking like 1950s America’s automotive and suburban spread.

It’s not smart, it’s not sustainable.

Since the mining boom has settled and the one speed economy continues to hit the back pocket of normal Western Australians, we must rethink what we’re doing with our 20sq km of the CBD.

Mining companies will continue to get smarter and more profitable in the way they function which means less jobs for the unskilled that have been overpaid for decades. Unions can’t change this trend, our wishful thinking can’t change this trend.

The Perth CBD must become the entrance statement to the greater city of Perth and Western Australia or we might follow in the footsteps of Detroit and decline as a population and a place of opportunity.

Throwing money at promoting Western Australia as the place to visit and spend big when our city closes at 5pm is a little naive, especially if we’re to attract people to the most isolated city in the world.

Perth City Centre must grow in residential living, student residence and tourism by another 100,000 to create our own unique eco hub and attract world attention.

Smart Cities must be measured by the effect they have on their citizens and Perth must rethink its approach when planning into the future.

Directions 2031 won’t cut it.

Lets be mindful to create a bigger pie that all citizens benefit in an ever changing world. Rather than be influenced by greenfield smart city concepts, we can retrofit Perth CBD to be the most accomodating and influential Global Smart City.

It’s our city.