When I was a little girl and my parents said I could do anything, I decided I wanted to be the first female CEO of the Formula One. There are so many interesting elements. It is high performance and high risk, where millimetres and milliseconds make a difference, and anything short of excellence leaves you totally silenced. It is elitist in many respects, requiring the fittest body and mind paired with the smartest, most accurate, engineers. It’s exorbitantly successful as a brand and business, an exhilarating experience to be in the presence of, enjoyed by hundreds of millions of people around the world, and is a privately owned company in a male dominated industry. A nice challenge to work solidly towards.
I’ve always had an interest in sport performance and development, and its impact on culture in society. I believe that as part of the social fabric sport helps people believe anything is possible if you persevere. Personally, I had my first official coaching gig when I was 14 years old, as joint coach of a year two netball team, teaching foundational skills to whole hearted little ladies. Professionally, I worked on some awesome projects in the high performance and highly competitive sporting arena, such as the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and at the Australian Institute of Sport and Australian Sports Commission.
After some awesome gigs in the sporting industry, I moved into another sector which affects the social fabric from a totally different angle – construction. I became involved in the exhilarating startup phase of multi million and billion dollar infrastructure construction projects, which allowed me to bring together my project management, business strategy, and high performance coaching experience into a new pressure cooker environment. And I absolutely loved it, knowing I was making peoples lives better through quality infrastructure. While working in this sector, I also turned my moonlighting mind to transferring this knowledge from major infrastructure into the homes of every day Australians and setting a new standard of excellence in the residential building industry, by becoming a co-founder of a residential building and property developments business.
And then I became impressed by something totally unexpected, which completely parked my F1 desires. I don’t know why I didn’t expect to be impressed by it, but wow… motherhood totally blew my mind. Motherhood had me curating and absorbing so much new information, in a new environment, and I found myself going from strength to strength – absolutely fuelled by exhilaration.
For a little girl who wanted to marry a house husband (but married a talented entrepreneur instead!), I reckon motherhood rocks.
I love my business mind and my babies. And I’m at my best when I have both active in my life.
And when I got tired of hearing women being told they couldn’t love both, I just thought why can’t you? So I started The Grow Project, and challenged the social fabric from a completely new angle. I now spend the bulk of my working days with next generation business leaders who want to know how to have a high performance business, body, and life, and most commonly with women who want to know how to grow businesses and babies at the same time.
And that’s my story, so far. Will I ever run the F1? Probably not – I’ve got a bigger dream, at the intersection of business and motherhood.
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