I am a landscape gardener and have other business interests as well. I am a first grade cricketer and also coach cricket in the evening.
I have always thought that it is good to have a hobby and turn that into a career. A hobby is something you enjoy and you are good at, so it is a natural place to look when thinking about a career. I knew I wanted to play cricket when I finished school but I also enjoyed working in the garden. I realised I could do two things I enjoyed - play cricket and landscape gardening. I always hear people say that they don't enjoy their job, but when a hobby can become a job, you enjoy your work. I did an apprenticeship in landscape gardening so I knew I had something to fall back on after cricket.
The freedom. The flexibility. Working in the open. Cricket always came first and this way I can play cricket and work. My landscape business is called hands on garden. I wanted to convey the ideas of Auslan as well as the hands-on aspects of landscape gardening.
Life is a challenge if you let it become a challenge. I am a very positive so tend not to let a challenge get to me. I turn around and do the best I can. The main challenge with running a business is the phone. I don't always understand what is being said or the context. I tend to ask customers and suppliers to put things in an email so I have it all in black and white.
Work hard. Be reliable. Do the little things right too - it all adds up and makes you successful. Don't be afraid of doing work experience. I had thought of being a shopfitter but when I did work experience, I realised it wasn't for me. If you can find good mentors, it really helps. I have two mentors - one who has guided me in my businesses and the other with cricket. I have learnt a lot from them - particularly how they talk and relate to people. Follow your heart and take the options that present themselves to you.
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11-Nov-2015 9:43 AM (AEST)