Episode #49 – Seizing Opportunity with Pete Williams

Pete is a busy guy and it took me weeks and weeks to get him on the podcast, but it was certainly worth the wait!  Pete and I are the same age and he has accomplished a lot more than I have, which really got me thinking. There is always someone out there who has done more and done so sooner than you.  This is not intended to be taken negatively, but it is what it is, so accept it and move on.  Pete introduced me to some simple, yet new ideas that I have been thinking about since our conversation.

Conversational Notes from This Episode

  • When you fail, be obsessed with finding an opportunity out of the experience.
  • Don’t get so stuck on a particular idea that you’re not willing to shift or pivot.
  • You need to be driven by a passion for the market and marketing.
  • In a business partnership or team formation, aim to have the hard conversations early. Have a discussion around failure before you start because when passion and excitement are high, it’s all blue skies. But you need to have a conversation around how you’ll manage the situation when things go pear shaped and need an exit strategy. Set the foundations and manage expectations up front.
  • Don’t confuse action for actual achievement.
  • If you’re wanting to build some key relationships, just offer value!
  • In any entrepreneurial journey, there are going to be sh*t days. Accept that that’s life. Find your release. Work through it.
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This episode is truly gold and applicable to my business now and it will likely be in the future too.

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About Pete

Pete Williams is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and marketer from Melbourne, Australia. At the young age of 21, Pete sold the Melbourne Cricket Ground (Australia’s Yankee Stadium) for under $500! Since then, he’s made the pages of numerous media publications and referred to as “Australia’s Richard Branson”.

Pete is known for his uncanny ability to identify and create successful business. Some of his companies include: On Hold Advertising, Infiniti Telecommunications, Simply Headsets and Preneur Group. He’s also author of the international smash hit ‘How to Turn Your Million-Dollar Idea Into a Reality’.

His awards include some of the most prestigious awards in the entrepreneur industry. Pete’s been honored as the Global Runner-Up in the JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Awards for 2009, Southern Region Finalist in the Ernst & Young 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year, and a member of Smart Company’s Top 30 Under 30.

Pete is also an international speaker, marketing consultant and a faculty member of one the world largest internet marketing training academies, The Challenge.

When Pete isn’t pushing the limits as a thriving entrepreneur, he likes walks on the beach, avoids getting caught in the rain, and passes on the pina coladas. But in all seriousness, he’s an avid outdoor adventurer taking 3rd Place in his age group in the 2002 Victorian Triathlon. Some of his favorite things include Montepulciano d’Abruzzo red wine, and anything made by Apple and Nike.

To check out everything that Pete is doing, check out his website here.