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The disruptors, the movers and shakers, the doers, the game changers – this collection of words is now synonymous with the lives of seemingly everyday Australians and instead of being ‘buzz words’ are now a part of normal conversation.

We are living in a time where there are magazines dedicated specifically to the growth of entrepreneurs, an unlimited number of inspiring digital resources and even startup businesses for startup businesses. Every start up has a story, and this is mine...

After being dissuaded not to pursue my passion in Photography when finishing high school, I had a light bulb moment (after a night out with my bestie) and decided to launch my own Photography business.

Historically, not being one to truly commit and follow through on seemingly outlandish ideas borne from deep, idyllic conversations with girlfriends - this time it felt different - like I hadn't ever been surer of anything in my life. It just felt right.

I didn't know too much about how to start a business but with the inter-web at my finger tips I was determined to figure it out.

As I sat at my 9-5 job, I would count down the minutes until I could get home and work on my new venture, until one average Wednesday an unexpected parcel arrived on my desk from my bestie. I opened to find a book with the title Daring & Disruptive, I was instantly enticed. As cliché as it sounds the words of Lisa Messenger were an absolute page turner and within weeks I was subsequently hooked on The Collective Magazine. Not long after, I discovered an eye catching magazine on the floor of my favourite local clothing store, Startup Creative. I was inspired yet again, Kaylene Langford just got it. The connection was instant.

After reading the stories, experiences and tips of Lisa, Kaylene and their Contributors it felt as though someone had opened up my mind and completely changed the way I thought. Everything was shaken up, and I loved the feeling.

It’s amazing how this new mindset has really changed my life - as ridiculously dramatic as that sounds. I am oh so thankful for the people like Lisa and Kaylene, that have encouraged me to persist. I really don't know where I would be without the insights from The Collective and Startup Creative contributors.

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