Thursday, 31 August 2017

The best advice my dad gave me: Sareswari, Next Generation Digital Magazine

"The best thing my dad taught me was do not follow or beg any of your friends to join you, but be the best in whatever you are doing, and people will come follow you. I was a shy kid and didn't have many friends in school. I used to come home saying that no one wanted to be friends with me and that was what my dad told me. From that day onward, I tried to do everything better, always giving my 100% and it came true. When I got rank in class, suddenly everyone wanted to be my friend. It's always my mantra until today."
- Sareswari

Sareswari is the founder of Next Generation Digital Magazine, a digital magazine focusing on women, children and social issues and TEDx Speakers. 

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

The best advice my dad gave me: Leonie Fitzgerald,

"The best thing my Dad taught me was to purchase an investment property with some friends, after receiving an insurance payout. I was 18 and this was the start of my love for property. Sadly, we're not taught financial literacy at school so we have appalling debt levels in Australia."
- Leonie Fitzgerald

Leonie Fitzgerald is committed to helping people master money and create wealth so they can live abundantly - whatever that looks like for them. I now help others learn the skills to get ahead in life, in a supportive and safe environment where I guide them along the journey of wealth creation through property. Learn more at

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Monday, 28 August 2017

The best advice my dad gave me: Din Haikin, Shenkin

"From a young age my dad always taught me to be a kind person who doesn't change to meet other people's expectations. This has directly influenced the way I see customer service, and the way we teach our staff. Being authentic and making customers feels comfortable the moment they walk through our door is the key to Shenkin's success and to creating a happy work environment. In regards to business, the best thing my dad taught me (and continues to drill into me) is to never take your eyes off your goals and let that motivate you to push through the hard times." 
- Din Haikin

Din Haikin's father Arie Haikin started the business - Shenkin - which Din is now running as Managing Director. Shenkin is a cafe and restaurant group based in Sydney, Australia, that is growing but always maintaining the traditional values of a small family business. Shenkin's menu concepts and recipes all come from Din's father who is a brilliant baker and chef who has been honing his skills since he was born into the family bakery in Tel Aviv, Israel. Learn more at

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Thursday, 24 August 2017

The best advice my dad gave me: Shayen de Silva, Content Marketing and SEO consultant

"The best thing my dad taught me was not to repeat the opinions of others and to always stick to my guns. 'People will always want you to agree with what they think' he'd tell me, 'But at the end of the day you need to see the world with your own eyes, not through the lens of someone else'. As an impressionable, sensitive kid who wanted to make friends this was a hard mantra to stick to. But as a young man I understand what he wanted to teach me. If you want friends then find some who respect what you have to say. If you want a career then find one that let's you blaze your own path."

Shayen de Silva is a Content Marketing and SEO consultant at Web Profits, and a big fan of his dad, even though he's an All Blacks supporter. 

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

The best advice my dad gave me: Amanda Rose, Strategic Connector & Managing Partner

"There is only first place. No body remembers who came second." 
- Amanda Rose

Amanda Rose is Strategic Connector & Managing Partner of Western Sydney Advisory.

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

The best advice my dad gave me: Roberta Perry, ScrubzBody™

"My dad taught me how to stand up for myself and not let anyone bully me into anything."
Roberta Perry

"His mom had made a "match" in her mind with my dad and her neighbor's daughter, so she never cared for my mother much when my father said he was engaged. Through all the years my father stood his ground and stood beside my mother, eloped with her, withstood years of family criticism and to this day, even with Alzheimer's, loves her as much as he did then. 

After years of being selfless and taking care of everyone else, (OK, that is my humble opinion, but work with me here) my skin was dry, itchy and irritated. In 2005, at 43, I finally realized that taking care of my skin and myself was important. I discovered exfoliating products, but like the proverbial Goldilocks, none were completely satisfying my needs and wants. I headed for the kitchen and played like a “mad chemist” to create my own. With lots of research and trial and error, I mixed up different combinations of botanical oils and came up with a winner. I brought in my sister, who has since passed and we started ScrubzBody™, in 2006, in my home. The business quickly moved to a renovated garage and then to a small manufacturing/store front, in Bethpage, NY in 2011. We moved to a larger space in 2014 and plan to move again in late fall of '17. After all these years, we are proud of the fact that our products are still handcrafted with love in small batches. We host Make Your Own ScrubzBody™ Scrub parties for kids of all ages. We sell retail, private label and wholesale. We donate to 6 charities, on a regular basis, with different scents of our products that give back, and we co-hosted The Breast of Everything for 10 years.

I was a featured speaker on Indie Business Cruise 2016 and Launch Live Speakers Summit 2016 about getting Free Publicity for your small business. My book, “The Power of Free Publicity, Using HARO (Help a Reporter Out) to Build Relationships and Get Press Without a PR Firm.” was published in August 2016.

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Monday, 21 August 2017

The best advice my dad gave me: Kevin Huhn, Inspirational Speaker and Business Growth Strategist

"It is not what you know but who you know that will make a difference in your life." 
- Kevin Huhn

"He shared how building relationships with people is what will help you forever because you
can't go life alone.  As these relationships get built, you nurture them and take care of them
as you would a garden. Don't abuse them. Don't give them away.

These are people and it is people who make decisions. Mistreat them and you will
lose out on the value of someone making the decision to respect and appreciate you and your work."

Known as the Hockey-ologist, Kevin Huhn is an Inspirational Speaker and Business Growth Strategist. Learn more about Kevin and his work at

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

WEEKLY SPECIAL: 20% OFF Troika Card Holders

Sick of random business cards accumulating in your wallet? Get organised and look the part at your next business event with one of these stylish card holders. You'll wonder how you ever got by without one!

Saturday, 19 August 2017

The best advice my dad gave me: Samantha Strazanac, Strazanac Solutions

"The best thing my dad taught me was to never take life too seriously and enjoy it because life is short." 
- Samantha Strazanac

At the age of 29, Samantha Strazanac can proudly say her father is her best friend. 

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Friday, 18 August 2017

The best advice my dad gave me: Dimi Ilieva, Marketing Director

"The best thing my dad taught me was to choose a husband by two things: 
1. Does he make me smile every day and 
2. Is he ready to help around the house without me asking for help.
I followed this advice and I believe I chose well. Ten years later, my husband still makes me smile every day. The only difference now is that neither of us is taking care of the home chores since we use Fantastic Services for all the domestic tasks. You know they say 'Behind every good marriage is a great house cleaning service'. I think they're damn right! ;)"

Dimi Ilieva is a marketing professional, mum of a 6-year-old boy and a happily married woman who finds time for the little things in life. Currently working as Marketing Director at domestic services provider Fantastic Services, operating in Melbourne and Sydney.

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

The best advice my dad gave me: Timmy Griffin, SEO and Digital Marketing Consultant

"My father said this to me really long time ago, I was still in school. It somehow resonated with me and pushes me. 'Never settle, don't give in.' is what my father told me ages ago. I didn't fully grasp what he meant back then. As time flew by and I got beat up by "life" it started to make more sense." 
- Timmy Griffin

My name is Timmy Griffin and I work as an SEO & Digital Marketing Consultant for Fantastic Pest Control in London, UK.

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Gifts for Rad Dads

Mr Gift Father's Day 2017
What's on your dad's wish list? 
We have gifts for every "rad dad" this Father’s Day,
Sunday 3th September

Every dad is different. Some dads love getting outdoors in the garden or playing sport, others prefer relaxing with a beer or book. Mr Gift has gifts to suit every dad - here's a taster of some of our favourites below...

FOR YOU: Here’s a $20 Discount Voucher. To redeem your $20 voucher, simply enter Discount Code DAD in the Discount Code field when you place your order (product total must amount to $20 for voucher to work). You're welcome to use this yourself, or pass onto someone else you know who might enjoy using it. Voucher is valid until midnight Sunday 3/9/2016.

Here are a few of our favourite gift ideas for dads...
Foucault's Pendulum
eg. Foucault's Pendulum $44.95 
Foucault’s Pendulum is a gadget designed to sit on your desk or coffee table and create mesmerising patterns via rhythmic motion. The beauty of science!
Burgon & Ball Folding Pocket Knife and Steel
eg. Burgon & Ball Classic Folding Pocket Knife & Steel Gift Set $97.95
If you're looking for a beautiful yet practical gift for gardeners, this is it.
Gentlemen's Hardware Bicycle Repair Kit
eg. Mircofibre Tea Towel $24.95
These cloths are perfect for drying and cleaning crockery, glassware, and cutlery because the microfibre fabric effortlessly removes smears, watermarks, and fingerprints. And the design is pretty cool too!
IXXI Star Wars Chewbacca Wall Art
eg. IXXI Star Wars Chewbacca Wall Art from $119.95
IXXI’s Dutch-designed system reinvents the way we think of wall art, using individual squares and connectors that create a unique, stunning image.

The Game leather cricket wallet
eg. 'The Game' Leather Cricket Wallet $129
The must-have accessory for every cricket-loving dad, The Game Wallet features unique stitching inspired by the iconic cricket ball.
Belly Art Framed inkless print kit
eg. Belly Art Print Frame Kit $34.95
This kit allows you to capture the hand and footprints of your little one, with a frame so you can frame them. There's also enough paper to make a print for your frame, as well as your baby book. No ink or fuss required, so the process of capturing your baby's hand and foot print is quick and clean. The perfect gift for a new dad. 
Areaware Drinks Rocks
eg. Areaware Drink Rocks Whiskey Stones $57.95
Designed by Runa Klock for Areaware, these stones are made from natural soapstone and marble that will keep your spirits cold, but undiluted.
Fishing lure
eg. Fishing Lure from $44.95
This handmade fishing lure is a special gift for dads who are fanatical about fishing. Features inscription: "Hooked on you". The fish will love it too! Available in copper, bronze or stainless steel.  
Best Ever Paper Airplanes book
eg. Best Ever Paper Airplanes by Norman Schmidt $19.95
Kids of all ages (especially the grown-up ones!) will love this book which features 18 unique paper airplane designs named after birds with comprehensive instructions on how to make them.
INside OUT Umbrella
eg. INside OUT Umbrella $44.95
The only umbrella he'll ever need!

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Thursday thought...

"Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion; today is special.” 
- Regina Brett

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Friday, 4 August 2017

My Favourite Quote: Robyn, Studio Culture

"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool" 
- William Shakespeare

"This quote constantly reminds me that I must strive to become better, to do better, but at the same time never allow it to go to my head. To strive is to reach new heights but once you've reached your goal there is another to be made because one human being can never know everything, no matter how smart we become there is still more to learn and achieve. I try to remind myself of this each and every day."

Robyn is a Search Engine Optimisation Specialist with Studio Culture.

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Thursday, 3 August 2017

“It is never too late to be what you might have been." 
- George Eliot

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Friday, 28 July 2017

My Favourite Quote: Fabiola Gomez, LUXit Director & Founder

"Nothing is ever missing it just changes form." 
- Universal law

This quote truly opened my eyes to finding the good in every situation and realizing that while it may not be obvious, what you require is around you but you just need to look at it in a different angle. As the founder of a startup, this quote has assisted me in staying consistent to my mission and vision for LUXit."

Fabiola Gomez is a serial entrepreneur and currently the founder and director of LUXit, Sydney's only award-winning mobile beauty and wellbeing service. Learn more about LUXit at

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Monday, 24 July 2017

GIFT OF THE WEEK: INside OUT Umbrella $44.95

Sick of your umbrella blowing inside out or dripping all over you? 
This umbrella leaves all other umbrellas for dead!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Thursday thought...

"The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving."

- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Senior

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

My Favourite Quote: Urszula Kelly, UC Logistics Australia.

"Never worry about things you can't control"

"I have no idea who came up with that quote, but my old boss used to repeat it all the time. At that time, I found it quite rude and ignorant for someone to say that in times of struggle. As I got older and (hopefully) a little more wiser, I understood that it is a quote to live by. Nothing good has even came out of worrying, crying, over-thinking, speculating etc. It is what it is and if you can't change it - you must let go. Your energy is too precious to be wasted on Sisyphean labour!"

Urszula Kelly is the proud owner of UC Logistics Australia. Check out and connect on Facebook

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

My Favourite Quote: Paige Arnof-Fenn, Mavens & Moguls

"I am strong because I have been weak
I am fearless because I have been scared
I am wise because I have been foolish"

"It is an important reminder that stumbling is part of the journey to success. As an entrepreneur you just have to keep going and pick yourself up and be smarter every time you get up and try again. It was true for Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Sara Blakely and it is true for me too!" 

Another one I really like is:

“You have to make mistakes to find out who you aren’t.” 

Again, making mistakes is just part of the process. Brilliant. 

Paige Arnof-Fenn is Founder & CEO of Mavens & Moguls. Because Marketing Matters.