- November 2015 - BRW: BRW Fast 100 2015 Awards
- August 2015 - The Huffington Post: The Fuel Entrepreneurs Run On
- April 2014 - Illuminate: Framing Chiropractic to Make an Impact
- April 2013 - BRW: "Fast Starters: Immigrant entrepreneurs start over and win"
- October 2011 - Women's Network Australia Magazine: "Where Most Entrepreneurs Go Wrong"
- November 2010 - Think Big Magazine: "How to Change for Good? Part Three"
- November 2010 - Industry Hub Magazine: "Scheduling Creative Space a Vital Step"
- August 2010 - Think Big Business Magazine: "Why Entrepreneurs Fail"
- August 2010 - Think Big Magazine: "How to Change for Good? Part Two"
- June 2010 - Think Big Magazine: "How to Change for Good? Part One"
November 2015 - BRW Fast 100 2015 Awards
We’re proud to announce that we’ve been presented another prestigious award from BRW, being named one of the BRW Fast 100 businesses for 2015, coming in at 38. We are the first education business to receive both the BRW Fast 100 and BRW Fast Starters award within 2 years*.
We owe our success to the success of our students. Thanks to all the community for their trust in us and support.
To view our ranking as well as the other BRW Fast 100 recipients, click the link below.
*based on independent findings
August 2015 - The Fuel Entrepreneurs Run On
When it comes to building a business, it's not just the idea that counts. Your idea should be good of course, but it's far from everything. Even a great idea doesn't equal future success.
In my opinion execution is far more important, and there are really three core areas that determine your ability to execute on that idea: passion, action, and education.
Passion comes first. You have to believe in the idea and have that passion for it. You have to want it to succeed. Passion is the quality that drives people to do something "crazy" by others' standards.
Like leaving a six-figure job to start a new company and take $0 in salary for months to get things up and running, or like flying halfway around the world and setting up shop in a new city at the drop of a hat, because you feel like "I need to be here. For this. Right now."
As you can see passion drives action and nobody takes action for something they don't really believe in.
There can be little argument that passion is an important business asset. We see successful, passionate people in the media every day and there is no shortage of successful entrepreneurs that are described as passionate.
So what exactly is passion?
To answer this question I recently spoke with Benjamin Harvey, who is the founder of Authentic Education, the leading personal development training company in Australia helping people do what they love.
"Passion is the driving force that allows you to jump out of bed and be inspired to work without an immediate reward tied to it. Without passion, you simply won't persist in business long enough to reap the fruits of success."
April 2014 - Illuminate: Framing Chiropractic to Make an Impact
April 2013 - BRW: "Fast Starters: Immigrant entrepreneurs start over and win"
From left: Authentic Education’s Cham Tang, brandsExclusive’s Daniel Jarosch, Reborn’s Sabir Samtani, brandsExclusive’s Rolf Weber and Tracy Angwin from Australian Payroll.
At least a third of the company founders featuring on this year’s BRW Fast Starters list were born overseas, and 38 per cent of Fast Starters have at least one founder born overseas.
Entrepreneurs like Samtani say their desire to launch their own business – and shoulder the risk and hard work that goes with it – had a lot to do with their experience in countries outside Australia, in uprooting and going overseas, or in being awe-struck by the opportunity here. Some derived their work ethic from watching their parents struggle to set up, while others spotted opportunities in Australia that had already flourished in another country. Common to most is the ability to think big and have aspirations towards global markets beyond Australia’s borders.
Succeeding under pressure
Cham Tang, co-founder of education and training business Authentic Education (No. 94), arrived with his parents on a boat from Vietnam in the late 1970s. He was too young to remember the experience, but does remember his mum spending endless hours behind a sewing machine before opening her own shop.
Inspired by family
“My mum worked so much she wasn’t around to help with my homework,” Tang says. “I was very independent, made my own decisions and wasn’t institutionalised into believing I had to climb the corporate ladder. I think entrepreneurialism is something natural that people have but if they get told repeatedly you should get good marks, get this job and that job you start to think ‘oh, maybe that’s what I should do’.”
October 2011 - Women's Network Australia Magazine: "Where Most Entrepreneurs Go Wrong"
November 2010 - Think Big Magazine: "How to Change for Good? Part Three"
November 2010 - Industry Hub Magazine: "Scheduling Creative Space a Vital Step"
August 2010 - Think Big Business Magazine: "Why Entrepreneurs Fail"