I am the Founder and CEO of Zoetic, a well-being and human performance company that works with individuals, athletes, schools and workplaces to optimize human potential and maximize health, happiness and success.I grew up just outside of Melbourne, Australia, and now live in Seattle, USA. Growing up as an athlete, my well-being and performance were always important parts of my life.
I was lucky enough to have parents that knew a lot about living a healthy lifestyle, and what they didn’t know they would find out. So, it is probably no surprise that well-being and performance have followed me in to each of my professional experiences as well.
I was accepted into RMIT University after high school to study Physical Education and Psychology, then continued into a range of related endeavors. I became the head of faculty at one of Melbourne’s leading private schools, a varsity basketball coach, owning and operating a personal training and athlete development company, then transitioning into Positive Psychology consulting before moving to Seattle, USA. After my move to the Pacific Northwest I became a project manager for a nation-wide workforce performance consulting firm.
After being granted my Green Card, I had to make a decision, I had to look into myself and my future and decide where my passion was, where my greatest sense of purpose was, where I could have a positive influence on the world around me. Each of my professional experiences had been positive up until this point, however, I wanted to be able to bring the best parts of each of them together.
It was then that I began Zoetic. The name says it all. The word Zoetic has Greek origins and means to live life in abundance. I wanted to help people do just that, and so the Zoetic mission has been about helping people optimize their health, happiness and success in a sustainable way. It doesn’t matter who they are or where they are from,
my model is adaptable to each person, group, or organization, crossing barriers of culture and language.
Now that you know that I am the founder of my own company, and self-appointed CEO, it probably seems less impressive, however, in my opinion doing what you love, following your passion, making positive change in the world, and being in charge of your own schedule is the dream.
So how do you get to this point?
I arrived at this point because of some deep reflection on my values, my skills, my passions, and considering what I wanted for my future and the future of my family. I quickly realized that there are very few jobs that were going to check each of my boxes. I need to either settle for working in a position that was less than ideal or hustle to create my ideal position. I chose the latter and wouldn’t change it at all.
Starting your own business is definitely not for the fainthearted, or for people who need affirmation from others. In the beginning you will have more problems than success, less income than expenses, less time than is needed, and you will wear every failure. On the flip side, you will also wear every victory but they are scarce in the beginning.
So if you decide to go down my path here are some things that might help:
Get a mentor – a mentor will help to keep you focused, accountable, and provide some useful wisdom so that you can prevent making some common mistakes.
Learn – Read, watch, do. Read books and articles, watch tutorials and TED talks, and put it all to practice. The more that you can practice your craft, whatever it is, the better you will become.
Like-minded People – Surround yourself with people who understand and support your mission and vision. If you are serious this might happen naturally because those who do not understand or support you will fade into the distance as you have less time for them.
Just Do It! – I started very slow in my business and the biggest barrier was myself. I felt like I had to have everything figured out before I got my first client. The truth is, in business you will never have it all figured out. The market is always changing, and your business must as well in order to remain relevant. Whatever you are wanting to do, the sooner you can start the better, figure out the details on the journey.
For those who are looking at getting a traditional job for another company, I would give you the following advice.
Be prepared – Each time I have been offered a job through the interview process I have always spent a lot of time preparing. This includes understanding the company you are applying for in terms of their mission, their values, who their customers are, and most importantly understanding how you can have a positive impact within their company.
Listen – In an interview make sure that you listen carefully to the questions and comments, sometimes there can be subtle hints that indicate the type of response they are wanting.
Remain authentic – always be yourself, if they don’t like you for who you really are then it isn’t meant to be.
It’s ok to talk about your awe
Also read: How I Got The Project Manager Job