WOW!!! – it’s been a big and busy month to be involved with the Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce. Commencing with the amazing and absolutely inspirational Kurt Fearnley. The Marathon winning, multi World Champion, Olympic Medallist, good guy and all round top dad and bloke that just happens to do all this using a wheel chair as most of us would use a pair of joggers..Kurt spoke of his journey through life as a young child who wasn’t treated any different to anyone in the family..just a get up go mentality at its best!
He shared how his school didn’t give up on him – just because he was in a wheel chair!
His coach and mentor who helped drive him to the highs and lows of getting to the top of his game….the wheelchair marathons….75 of them with 100 in his sights!
Kurt shared his exploits on crawling….yes crawling the Kokoda Track…with commitment in his eyes and heart to honour a lost mate through depression.
This luncheon was recently followed by another with Jacqui Cooper – the greatest aerial skier of all time and 5 times Olympian for Australia. To listen to Jacqui was to learn about how the human body and mind can overcome almost anything to succeed.
Jacqui spoke of her childhood, being a bit of an adventurer much to her parent’s dismay at times, many humorous tales from her teens and then the extraordinary feats of human endurance and pain and suffering to get through to her world record 5th Olympic Games.
All this with 27 operations, fractures everywhere, concussions, two hip operations back to back because the first one failed – it went on like a report from a hospital trauma room.
The message came loud and clear – have a goal, aim for it and don’t waiver!
Following on the heels was the record breaking Sunny’s Business Awards night…a great crowd, great businesses and truly inspiring wins on the night. Congratulations to all that nominated, attended and especially to those who went home with a “Sunny”…well done.
Are you tired yet?? Then came the inaugural Coffs Harbour Business Expo. This event sold out the stall availability very quickly with a range of exhibitors showing great support and enthusiasm for this first event.
Lots of guest speakers on a whole range of topics with the highlight speaker being Lisa Messenger… an inspirational business person happy to share insights into her world of success and to give tips on how to succeed. Coffs Harbour Business is alive and kicking!!
I am not taking away that there are some difficulties in the business world – but if you remain positive, listen and learn from those who can inspire you….then your world could be very different.
Recently I nominated for and was elected to the Board of the Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce, not to change the world, but to watch, learn and help where I can to keep this city and region vibrant and kicking for the good of all.
I hope and plan to have my part in keeping this happening. My challenge to you is to join the Chamber as being a member can help you in many ways – for example;
- Being part of growth opportunities
- To be seen
- To be kept informed
- To help you collaborate and grow with other like-minded business professionals
- To help your relationship and network building
- Be the first in line for VIP invites to training, workshops and events
- Receive FREE membership to the NSW Business Chamber
- And it can even help you find business energy savings
Enough from me, but please allow me to leave you with this thought – Resilience, Perseverance and Focus…all seem to be good lessons in life as well as business or FOR whatever you need or want to achieve…..Doesn’t it!