With the benefit of hindsight (and the mastery of time travel), what advice would you give to your younger self?
It's a question we love to ask our weekly interviewees and their answers are often funny, mostly encouraging, and invariably wise.
We've compiled for you some of our favourites from the last few months.
Susan Darroch - former Head of Global Equity Beta Solutions, SSGA
Be confident in your abilities, speak up when you have something to say and be aware of how not to use language that undermines you.
Mal Smith - former REI Super CEO
Professionally - learn to touch type, and you will get more done! Personally - quit the band and focus on uni (which was the right decision). And obviously, be nice to your friends and family.
Melinda Livingstone, founder of Income Connection
See working in big work places as a game to be played. Enjoy the game. Be always focussed on the big picture, rise above the detail and take learnings out of each rumble so that you can sharpen your craft for your next challenging experience. Don’t take anything too seriously. Write learning reflections in a journal at night.
Anand Thomas - Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer at UniSuper
Be curious, hungry and humble. Learn to take calculated risks, and master the ability to connect the dots.
Chris Croker - Managing Director and a founding partner of Impact Investment Partners
Living for today is good, but you really should start thinking about tomorrow and the day after.
Naomi Christopher - National Manager, Marketing and Communications, Implemented Portfolios
Don’t shy away from self-belief. Choose kindness over brilliance. Never go to the hairdresser right after a break-up.
Jonathan van Rooyen - Chief Investment Officer, Infrastructure Partners Investment Fund
Build a network and associate yourself with experienced men and women who are genuine leaders. Leaders care about people, they always put the team first - and will always have your back. The Australian investment management industry is packed full of them. Ask lots of questions and work hard. And when you get knocked off your feet, get up and go again!
Rob Fowler - Former Chief Investment Officer & Executive, Investment Execution, HESTA
Take advantage of the sliding-door moments. It is definitely what led me to the fantastic role that I have enjoyed over the last 15 years with HESTA and also in my personal life.
AND stop calling the peak in the housing market – you keep getting it wrong!
Short & Sweet...
Chris Wheldon, Portfolio Manager, Magellan High Conviction Fund
Capital compounds. So does goodwill.
Lisa Carroll, National CEO, CFA Societies Australia
Take more risks. Enjoy the ride. Don’t be too hard on yourself