50 FOUNDER’S LETTER
You’re all part of our team now and we look forward to walking the journey with you.” These were the words I wrote in issue one of Collective Hub – our launch edition. From the start, I wanted you – our community – to be as intimately involved in creating this movement as the incredibly talented employees who sat in our offices. At that point, I was so exhilarated to press ‘print’ on issue one that I certainly wasn’t imagining what issue 50 might look like. But (drum roll), here it is!
Four and a half years, thousands of articles, five books, three playbooks, countless events to sell-out crowds and many millions of dollars in deals later, we’ve reached a goal that seemed unreachable. That, my friends, is a sign that TRULY anything is possible.
So, how are we celebrating? In a big way! Our special 50th issue is dedicated to the topic of milestones – how to set them, how to achieve them and how to celebrate them when you do. Whether you’re a fledgling entrepreneur on day one of your dream-chasing journey, or a veteran founder, think of it as your one-stop guide to setting goals – and kicking them out of the ballpark.
In this issue we’ve revisited some of our favourite people and biggest supporters to grill them on their greatest business lessons. We also talk to entrepreneurs about the milestones they set themselves and how they hit them, and quiz a startup culture expert on how to celebrate your employees (hint: it doesn’t involve throwing a big party).
One of my favourite parts of the issue is our supersized readers’ letters section. Recently, we asked you, our community, how Collective Hub has changed your lives. There were a few wet eyes in the office when we read the submissions.
So often on this journey, despite the tough days that entrepreneurship brings, I’m overwhelmed with heart-melting gratitude for our readers, as well as our contributors, all the staff that travel with me, and the dearest friends and supporters I’ve met along the way.
Special shout out to a few… Firstly, Collective Hub’s beautiful new editor Amy, who has been part of our mission in many ways for many years, crafting the magazine, editing my books and reading my mind to enable my crazy, creative ideas to reach fruition.
Other special mentions – Claire, who has been with me nine and a half years as this goes to print, and leaves us this month on a new journey of motherhood. And the rest of my team who emulate our ethos of igniting your full potential.
You’ll ‘meet’ many of my incredible friends as you read through this issue – Lorna Jane Clarkson, Bradley Trevor Greive, Geoff Bainbridge, Chip Conley, Paul Schulte, Dandapani and the Spell girls. People who fill my life – and inbox – with wise words and kindness, who constantly push, inspire and amaze me.
It’s funny how life turns out… In the midst of planning this issue about life-changing milestones, my own life changed forever. You may be aware I lost my beautiful dad suddenly this month, and found myself planning his funeral while finalising this issue. As I was introducing one of our speakers at a Collective Hub Masterclass, my dad had a heart attack and left his body.
People often ask where I get my rebellious, larger-than-life, anything-ispossible spirit from. It was from him. Although the last few weeks have been the hardest of my life, loving him – and losing him – only reinforces the lessons that he always taught me. You HAVE to live out loud, to the fullest, unapologetically, because you truly never know when your last day on earth will come. The only important thing in life is to create love and lift each other up.
Sadly, in life, not all milestones feel like a cause for celebration. But I have always believed it’s not what happens to us in life, it’s how we deal with it. And so, rather than living in the past with ‘what ifs’, I’ve been absolutely using the strength of my dad to propel me forward. From adversity we rise, if we let ourselves…
So, what’s next? Somehow issue 50 seems like a nice space for a new beginning. The last four years have been exhilarating, exciting, crazy and insane amounts of fun. But, as a ‘solopreneur’, for me personally, it has also required every single bit of resilience and tenacity I possess to keep going.
As Collective Hub grows even bigger, it’s time for me to share the reins.
So, for the first time in more than 16 years of having my own businesses, and four and a half years of the Collective Hub journey, we’re seeking investment and bigger, bolder strategic partnerships. This lil’ country kid has taken it as far as she can alone. Who knows what will happen next, but the big vision is set, and I have no doubt it will be exciting.
I’ll sign off by sharing with you an email I gratefully received from Jonathan Mildenhall, the former CMO of Airbnb (right). I’m often asked how I keep going, and stay motivated and passionate, even during tough weeks and hard times. This kind of feedback is why my purpose never wavers. See you soon, and thanks for living and breathing this, supporting us and lifting each other higher.
You HAVE to live out loud, to the fullest, UNAPOLOGETICALLY.
Founder + Editor-in-Chief Collective Hub