I think mentorship is a very important part of business and personal life. For the first five or six years of this business, I didn’t really have any mentors, as maybe I just wasn’t really game enough to reach out and ask people for help. And I thought that I could do it on my own but the last couple of years, I’ve really taken an interest in mentorship and not only having my own, but also mentoring some other people. I’ve got two major mentors that I talked to a lot of the time. One of them I really close friend of mine, John Winning, who has probably the biggest online retailer in Australia, of white goods. It’s not, food and beverage brand. He’s an amazing person really switched on and he’s a whirlwind of information and knowledge and someone that I can just relate to openly and candidly. The second one would be a guy called Toby Brown. He is like a father figure – an absolute, saint of a human. Toby’s got a business called Pharmacare that has 34-35 brands underneath and he’s a sole founder of these brands and businesses. The thing with John, Toby, and I is that our personalities, and our values are all very much aligned. Toby said to me a couple of years ago, if I had the help that I could give someone 15 years ago, I’d be 10 times bigger than what I was and it was something that kind of just resonated with me that this guy’s just a really good person. And he’s got really good experience and knowledge and wants to help so I catch up with him at least once a month and we talked through the good times are hard times and fun times and what’s next and all that sort of stuff.
So the key to a personal disruptor is to find mentors. Who have you caught up with lately?