50 FOUNDER’S LET­TER

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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.

Lisa with her dad.

The team from Taronga Zoo joined Bradley Trevor Greive for a mas­ter­class.

Lisa and Lorna Jane Clark­son, our very first cover girl.

Lisa and her core team at the Syd­ney of­fice!

Founder + Edi­tor-in-Chief Col­lec­tive Hub

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