This week I was recognized as EY’s (Ernst & Young) Australian Entrepreneur of the Year™ for Technology. It was a true honor for LeadBolt and an especially significant moment for me on a personal level, and I want to explain why.
Since winning this award, several people have asked me what motivates me, fuels my actions and keeps me going. This question gave me pause. I would like to take this special opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to my support system and share my perspective with a new crop of entrepreneurs or anyone pursuing their business vision.
I think there have been three key cornerstones to my success: the support of my family, persistence, and authenticity. Support is crucial when you are working 24 hours a day pursing a goal. With my family behind me and keeping me focused in one direction, my energies have been concentrated and my goals exceeded at every step.
For anyone working toward a dream, I cannot emphasize enough the power of persistence. When you believe in something, you must put your whole being into it and know you can succeed, because knowledge is an entire level above belief. I’ve always known that it’s not about whether or not I fall, it’s whether or not I get back up. And I do. One must always get back up.
Endeavor to be authentic. I got into the business because I was exceptionally passionate about technology. As someone who enjoys using mobile apps of all kinds – from banking apps to games, and everything in between – my desire to see the free app economy survive and thrive is authentic.
Participating in The Entrepreneur of the Year program has been a wonderful, enriching experience. My hope is that my involvement helps inspire a new crop of entrepreneurs and innovators to bring about their vision and build great things. I am very proud of the recognition I personally have achieved, but more so cherish the pride the whole LeadBolt team has taken in being part of the success. No man is an island and an entrepreneur, no matter how visionary, needs a dedicated team to execute and deliver.