Although the award went to another great organisation, SpunOut, I managed to meet one of the most amazing people I’ve come across.
Her name is Lauren Boyle and she won the “Award for Excellence – The Next Generation”.
The thing is Lauren is aged 9 – yes nine!
But what made her exceptional in my mind was her focus and intentions with what she is trying to achieve at such a young age. Yes she has great skills and determination in what she is doing in using technology, and for her it’s like a hobby. Hence first lesson – do what you love to do and you’ll never work another day in your life.
But her focus is on other people in everything that she does. She set up Cool Kids Studio with the intention of helping other kids of a similar age. She covers topics from life skills to healthy eating. She wants to build a big business, and I’ve no doubt she will.
This brings the second lesson – how much of your business is focused on helping people as opposed to being focused internally?
In all the successful businesses I’ve come across over the decades of my career, it is this one lesson that sets the winners apart – they are totally focused on helping the people they are trying to serve.