This podcast is developed for an audience who are interested in characters who are successful by being different, outsiders, creative thinkers in business and in life. Our listeners are interested in their own future potential through deep learning, human endeavour, achievement and who particularly enjoy inspirational stories that challenge the status quo.
Damien Fitzpatrick, Former NSW Waratah, Founder of PILLAR Performance on leadership, grit, and the importance of micronutrition for high-performance.
Damien Fitzpatrick is a Former NSW Waratah (72 games), he also played in France, and he was the Head of the Rugby Union Players Association 2019-20.
Damien is described as “A hard worker who leads by example”.
Damien is famous for coming back from injuries that most players never recover from, and he has been described as the embodiment of “Grit”. Damien underwent three knee reconstructions. He was advised against playing rugby again, however he fought his way back into the Australian system after rebuilding his career in Lyon, France.
Following retirement, Damien is the Founder of PILLAR Performance. Where, considering his history of injuries, a lot of the company’s products focus on joint health, flexibility, and longevity.
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Damien continues to grow and develop PILLAR Performance. He is driven by the need to help educate people on the need for micronutrition in high-performance with the help of his team of experts. His desire is to have this element of sports nutrition become as highly regarded as its macro counterpart.
As an athlete, Damien had been using supplements of all sorts from a young age. After several knee surgeries, turning to fish oil was extremely beneficial, allowing him to play much longer than his body should have allowed. Damien came to see that macro-nutrition (protein powder etc) was developed and packaged for elite use, while micro-nutrition was not. It gave him the inspiration to address this gap in the market.
Damien’s major injuries in the early stages of his career taught him hard personal lessons. As an athlete, you're only as good as your body allows you to be and unfortunately for a long time, Damien’s was failing him. The disappointment of back-to-back Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears is difficult to put into words, Damien has learned a lot about himself.
Damien retired last year after playing 73 matches for the Waratahs and is now doing some very innovative things in the clean sport space which has seen him partner with the likes of the Broncos, Roosters and GWS Giants already.
His sports micronutrients range PILLAR Performance is not only getting recognition for being HASTA certified, but also for their innovations. Their MOTION ARMOUR product for example uses a patented eggshell membrane formula to help protect and defend joints.
His career for the Waratahs alone spanned over a decade, with stints in France for both Stade Francais and Lyon.
He is also infamous for a series of injuries and subsequent comebacks – including three ACL tears. He may also be the only professional rugby player to have come back from a tibial osteotomy – a six hour surgical procedure with an eccentric French surgeon that left him with metal in his leg and no idea as to whether he would be able to play again. Damien returned and played for seven years following this procedure.
Damien Fitzpatrick’s Book recommendation
The Messy Middle by Scott Belsky – “Finding your way through the most crucial part of any bold project or new venture”
Fiona Tuck , Founder of Skinstitut and Vita-sol understanding your Micro-Biome and the importance of creating a win-win culture.
Fiona is the founder of Skinstitut and she developed the company to become one of the most successful professional skincare brands in Australian history. Skinstitut was subsequently sold in 2017, along with sister company, Laser Clinics Australia to KKR, one of the world’s largest private equity groups. Fiona then went on to launch Vita-sol in 2018.
Fiona Tuck is known as the “myth buster” of the health and beauty world, Fiona is an Author, Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, Skincare Expert, member of the British Dermatological Nursing Group and an accredited member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society.
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Fiona’s extensive experience in the professional skincare industry includes roles as International Training Manager for Dermalogica, Corporate Trainer for Aspect and Cosmedix Cosmeceuticals, Managing Director of Skinstitut and founder of Vita-sol prebiotic beauty food. Her experience ranges from nutritionist, clinic owner, industry educator to skincare product innovation and development culminating in both brand and company development.
Fiona’s smart, savvy and intuitive approach to business led her to launch and successfully grow Skinstitut, an Australian professional corrective skincare range. The Skinstitut concept of using therapeutic dosages of active ingredients minus the misleading marketing claims and astronomical mark up of regular professional skincare was an industry first, causing major disruption within the skincare arena. This resulted in a call for ingredient transparency, lower professional skincare prices and rapid consumer growth.
Fiona launched Vita-sol in 2018 with a mission to support skin health and well-being with the highest quality natural ingredients without the use of synthetic vitamin supplements, fillers or excipients. Fiona believes in a no-nonsense approach to health and well-being and is passionate about bringing transparency and integrity into the skincare and wellness industry. She devotes the majority of her time presenting on skincare and nutrition, media commentary, TV and running her beauty food range Vita–sol www.vita-sol.com
Fiona Tuck’s Book recommendation
Fiber Fuelled by Doctor Will Bulsiewicz - The Plant-Based Gut Health Program for Losing Weight, Restoring Your Health, and Optimizing Your Microbiome
Yen Japney, Founder of Curves Sculpting, on setting up a business in the midst of Melbourne lockdown and overcoming major challenges.
Yen Japney is a Melbourne based entrepreneur who launched her third business, Curves Sculpting while in the midst of Melbourne lockdown and her business has been regularly doubling its turnover.
Yen Japney took everything she learned from her previous entrepreneurial business experiences to create Curves Sculpting and she focuses on giving maximum value whilst constantly improving the business to make a difference.
Yen works in the highly competitive world of fashion and constantly strives to help make women feel their best through using the Curves Sculpting Products.
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Yen’s ethos is “Complexity is the enemy of execution, keep it simple”. Hiring high quality staff has helped Jen learn to confidently delegate tasks so she can focus on the bigger picture. When developing, promoting and market testing products her aim is to keep it simple, and avoid the temptation to over complicate a product or an idea.
Yen focusses on having the correct mindset and the “Get It Done” attitude. She has developed a capable team of supportive people around her and appreciates people who challenge her ideas to strive and improve the products and processes. She believes in never giving up and in developing true resilience.
Yen Japney’s Book recommendation
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Fred Schebesta, Founder of Finder.com, on how to attract 10 million internet visitors a month and how to pivot in tough times by embracing challenges.
Fred is the co-founder of Finder, a global personal finance comparison website, which attracts over 10 million visitors each month. Fred has over 400 staff across six offices, and Finder operates in over 80 countries, worldwide.
Fred Schebesta is an international speaker, serial entrepreneur, advisor, award-winning digital marketer, author, media commentator and mentor.
In addition to the success of Finder.com, Fred led the launch of cryptocurrency brokerage HiveEx.com in 2018, which traded over $100 million in its first year.
In this episode of the Human Potential Podcast, Fred Shebesta talks with our host, Oliver Freer, about his unique work ethic, thinking outside the box, segmented sleeping, developing discipline and the drive to constantly innovate and reinvent himself and his business.
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As one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs, Fred has countless accolades to his name, including
Entrepreneur of the Year by Blockchain Australia Industry Awards 2019,Blockchain Australia Fellow 2019,three prestigious awards in 2017 by global professional services company, EY,including Entrepreneur of the Year,Fred Schebesta was also awarded ADMA Australian Young Direct Marketer of the Year back in 2006.Fred does things differently and has been on a journey of self-discovery. He is a natural disrupter to his core. He talks about the power of disruption as well as the potential danger that faces the disruptor.
Fred Schebesta’s Book recommendations
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Zero to One by Peter Thiel
Brianne West, Founder of the World’s most sustainable Beauty brand, Ethique, on how to develop a product in your home and create a $100 million brand.
Brianne West is the founder of the world’s most sustainable beauty brand, Ethique. She is on a mission to rid the world of plastic waste.
Brianne is a qualified biologist; she started her business by creating solid beauty bars in her kitchen in 2012. She has built Ethique from the ground up, with the global brand now valued at more than $100 million, and 20% of its net profit is donated to worthy causes each year.
In this episode of the Human Potential Podcast, Brianne West talks with our host, Oliver Freer, about how she created her business from the ground up. She talks of the frustration that led her to develop unique products, get noticed by the likes of Britney Spears and Ashton Kutcher and fund growth through successful crowdfunding.
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Brianne West is one of the most principled and single-minded businesspeople in the Southern Hemisphere. Her non-negotiable, personal value system, and intensity of purpose has led to her incredible success.
Brianne has always been clear about wanting Ethique to be sustainable in every possible meaning of the word. She is one of those rare people who ‘walks the talk’ in both her personal and business life. Her personal ethics and priorities are embedded within every aspect of the Ethique brand.
Last year Brianne and her brand Ethique won five major awards, including Ernst & Young’s ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’
Ethique has prevented more than 8 million plastic bottles from being made and disposed of in landfill since it began operating in 2012 – this is a recent milestone achievement.
Brianne has a goal to see Ethique be “sustainable from every possible definition of the word and an inspiration to other businesses that you can be environmentally proactive while being financially sustainable.”
Ethique’s future goal is to prevent the use of 50 million plastic bottles by 2025.
She believes sustainable business makes for better business, as she continues to be a shining example to other companies that you can be environmentally proactive, while being financially sustainable.
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Ethique manufactures beauty products with a twist. Unique in the world, all products are made in solid form, including shampoos, conditioners, moisturisers, and face, body and bath
Why solid? As the bars contain no water, they are free from preservatives, formaldehyde, sodium lauryl sulphate and other undesirable ingredients. Solid also means there are no wasteful jars or
bottles – bars are sold in water-soluble paper making them 100% waste-free. The result is biodegradable, concentrated products that are truly sustainable. The range is also made with organic ingredients, certified cruelty-free and climate neutral and made from ethically sourced ingredients.
Ethique bars last for several months each, but most importantly, produce excellent results. This is proven by their strong brand and social media following, loyal customers, and outstanding reviews.
“I started Ethique out of frustration for the abhorrent amount of waste created by the cosmetics industry, and in particular, the amount of plastic and waste created by our bathroom essentials. I figured out that up to 95% of your bottle of conditioner is made up of water - which is just ridiculous considering you have water in your bathroom! I have always been deeply passionate about the environment and science and so I set about learning cosmetic chemistry (I was completing my Bachelor of Science at university at the time) and looked to formulate a solid shampoo. I figured that switching to a solid product would be the answer not only to the water waste issue, but also plastic waste”. Brianne West
Ethique are now in over 2500 retailers in sixteen countries across the world, from Japan and Australia, to the USA and Hong Kong.
Brianne West’s Book recommendations
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvellous Materials That shape our Man -Made World by Mark Miodownik
Jon Gregory, Entrepreneur, on financial trading using high frequency algorithms and developing algorithms to improve the Human Body
Jon Gregory is a high-frequency trader, physicist and father of three from Perth, West Australia. Jon is an expert who writes algorithms for financial markets. In his downtime he trained weights. While doing so, he developed an algorithm on weight training which has led to the creation of the ultimate smart exercise device, the V FORM Trainer from Vitruvian FORM.
In this episode of the Human Potential Podcast Jon Gregory talks with our host, Oliver Freer, about how Jon came up with the idea for Vitruvian FORM; the technology behind it and what it does; the challenges of developing and creating a physical product and the importance of resistance training, particularly for the over 35’s to reverse aging-induced loss of muscle mass and to prevent injuries.
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Jon decided to get into the fitness space because he saw an opportunity to combine hardware and elements of the software that he had spent years developing in his role in the financial markets developing specialised algorithms. Jon has used his unique skill set to solve problems and create a solution that is more effective and so less time consuming for busy people.
The V FORM Trainer works with an algorithm that knows your strength and automatically adapts to it. This way it challenges you to always do your best and makes you work harder and more efficient while working out for a shorter term.
Jon has overcome challenges to get his product to where it is today. Jon tells the story of one of his first demonstrations that did not go quite as planned. Now, having overcome early stage production challenges, the next phase is to launch Vitruvian FORM internationally.
*Vitruvian means “perfect form”
Jon Gregory’s book recommendations
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy