June 2016 - My Business: Mentorship has ‘given me everything’, owner says
The co-founder of a sustainable produce business has told My Business that having a mentor has potentially ‘tripled’ his business.
Ramzey Choker, who co-founded The Grounds of Alexandria in Sydney, said that he has operated seven or eight businesses previously, with varying degrees of success. However, for his current business he brought in an external mentor.
“I think he’s, if not tripled my business … he’s given me everything, given me the route to my success. It’s a massive impact,” Mr Ramzey said of his mentor Ben Harvey from Authentic Education.
“I went through a massive bankruptcy with my father... so that left a lot of impacts and beliefs in my system that everything is too hard: ‘Am I going to make myself go bankrupt [again]?’. So [Ben] was able to clear the road for me and I wouldn’t be where I am [without him].”
May 2016 - The Sydney Morning Herald: Self-help his secret to success
Ben Harvey, founder of Authentic Education, has overcome a massive debt, chronic mental illness and a weight problem to run the personal development business, which has revenue in the millions. It took him more than a decade to turn around his life.
"Back in 2002 I found myself coming into my fifth year of chronic depression. I was unemployed for most of that time, heavily overweight, massively in debt and all the medication the doctors had me on was not doing anything to change my situation in life," Harvey says.
May 2016 - Shortpress: Why even the most successful businesses need a mentor
From left: The Grounds of Alexandria founder, Ramzey Choker, and mentor, Ben Harvey
Encouraged by his businessman father, serial entrepreneur Ramzey Choker owned his first take-away business at 17, and another seven or so hospitality businesses in his 20s.
“I get bored really easily. I was always jumping and trying to come up with new ideas,” says Choker, now 33.
While the businesses were successful, he ripped through the cash, and admits he didn’t realise the value of his wealth. That was until his dad’s business went under.
However Choker, who tried to help his dad avoid bankruptcy, describes it as “the biggest lesson I’ve ever learnt in life”.
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April 2016 - The happiness formula: How Ben Harvey turned his life around
Ben Harvey was overweight, $137,000 in debt after five years without a job and clinically depressed.
One day, two of his friends took their own lives. That was the turning point.
In the space of just a few years, the Sydneysider cleared his debt, shed around 35kg, weaned himself off a cocktail of medication and became a self-made millionaire.
“I said to myself, ‘There has to be a better way of doing things,’” he told news.com.au. “I started studying mindset and transforming my reality to live the life I wanted to live.
“I’d got my weight well over 100kg, I lost about 35kg, got married and had a child.”
The 39-year-old, who runs a training company for “getting out of the rat race”, Authentic Education, realised his efforts to set goals and make long-term plans were working against him. “You have to set goals that line up with who you are,” he said. “People are chasing other people’s goals. They’re not achieving more, they’re getting sicker.”
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Get your work goals right, and be happier. Photo: Shutterstock.
Finding motivation and purpose in your job is one way to not only make you more successful, but also happier and healthier.
Ben Harvey, co-founder of Authentic Education, has built his business on inspiring others to do this by crafting a life of direction, passion and focus based on the teachings of Dr Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins and the Dalai Lama.
Since he launched the business six years ago, he has conducted over 8,000 one-on-one business and life coaching sessions, and has been awarded the Australian BRW Fast-Start award and BRW Fast 100 award in 2015.
While improvement and progression is important, Harvey says having goals can actually can have a negative impact on your work, if they’re not set correctly.
“People are falling in love with the prize not the process,” says Harvey, “and therefore are giving up daily fulfillment for some future achievement.
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."
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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’.”
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