Occupation: Commercial Planning Director, House of Travel New Zealand
What advice would you give your 20 year-old self?
Travel more. Work to live, not live to work. Live by the motto that “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”
How do you stay motivated?
I’m always seeking a better result every year, which means continually improving. My passion for the travel industry has not waived, even after 22 years.
If you didn’t need money, what would you do?
Two things: travel more (four weeks holiday a year is not enough!), and I would go back to university and study something that really interests me, rather than it being a means to an end.
What is the secret to success?
Do what you are passionate about, work hard and ensure you are having fun on the journey
What is the worst mistake you’ve made and how did you fix it?
I continue to sell property too early! Looking back, I should have held on to properties that I owned from a relatively early age.
What is your advice for people to fund their dream?
Start early and don’t be put off by setbacks. There often is no short cut so allow time for the dream to develop.
What is the best bit of advice, or quote, that resonates with you?
Carpe diem, seize the day. So much of success or making something happen is about getting on with it rather than talking about it – procrastination is the killer of many a dream.
What’s your favourite restaurant?
No.5 in Grafton is a favourite for my partner and I – it’s never failed to deliver.
How do you keep up to date with current affairs?
I read a lot, almost all on my phone or tablet. I am constantly online and connected and keeping tabs on what is happening around the world and in the travel industry.
What is the secret of living a longer, more successful life?
Do what you love doing, it’s never a job then. Ensure wherever you work, there is a culture of fun, given quite often you spend more time there than with loved ones. Don’t sweat the small stuff.