This is a non-exhaustive, unordered list of the people I truly admire, and why.
My dad. Has not only been able to just manage 6 kids, being a husband, running businesses and being a good friend, but is really good at all of it, too. Massively humble and selfless. Always has time to listen. Taught me how to be curious.
My mum. You always feel heard when talking to her. Has spent her life helping others through nursing and caring, and made me feel cherished as a son. My greatest teacher.
A quiet achiever who knows how to make noise when he needs to. Prioritises self-improvement/wellbeing. Knows how to embrace the comfort zone. A great friend.
Doing incredible work. Years of giving with not much getting because she believed in what she was doing, and knew it was important work. Turned lived experience into action - and impact. Says it how it is.
Passion. Grit. Control. Put the work in to become a better leader. Sees potential in others and goes above and beyond to help that person realise it.
Liz has gone all in on what she believes in. She has a grand ability to bring things together (like projects and events) with humility and while staying true to her values, both personally and in business.
He can write, and write, and write, with such talent. A self-published author, who works to support his passion. Also finds time to run a successful business helping students with study, and fit in time for friends and fitness.
Young and successful. But just as importantly, successful by any age standard. Big ambition, big ideas. Inspired me to write this with a similar list he wrote.
Another quiet achiever who knows how to make noise. Uses his voice and lived experience to spread a message he cares about, even when hit with criticism and backlash. Belief in what's right. A successful business owner and student.
Learnt to control his stutter, then took it further and dived head first into the challenge of public speaking. Honed his craft, built a practice and now his reputation precedes him. Really generous with his time.
My brother. Has honed his craft as an architectural photographer over the last decade, and is sought after nationally and internationally for his skill and passion. His work has been on magazine covers, exhibition walls and continues to impress me. A master at his art.
Has built something great. So talented, but in a way that uplifts his team and others. Amplifying important work being done around the world through brand and design. My first professional "mentor."
Has such a focus on mastering his craft. Can put his head down and work. Built a strong reputation and did what was necessary to build skills - programs, courses - and then did the work. He has sacrificed to empower others.
My first "life" mentor. A skilled technician, now retired, who albeit always has an idea on the go. "Ra" and I would catch up regularly when I was in primary school, to take apart computers, work on DIY projects and talk about life, the universe and everything. Another teacher of curiosity, and a really lovely human being who I continue to learn a lot from.
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