SUCCESS: The Podcast

What’s success? Is it money? Fame? World domination? Or something else entirely?

Success means different things to different people, but if nobody knows what it actually is then why are we so obsessed with achieving it?

In this 10-part series presented by MYOB, we pull, prod and poke at success by asking people from a range of backgrounds one simple question: are you successful? Their answers might surprise you.

Success is Control of Your Own Destiny

While there are many that are happy to go to work, do their job, and go home, others want more out of life.

In this episode, we talk to the inspirational Penny Locaso, founder of disruptive global education company BKindred, about her decision to upend her life as a highly paid executive to help others  future proof their happiness in work and life.

Success is Disruption

If you’re not disrupting something then you’re just waiting around to be taken over, right?

‘Disruption’ is the buzzword of the day, but what does it actually mean?

In this episode, we talk to CEO of Spaceship Paul Bennetts about making the incumbents tremble and rattling a few cages.

Success is Perfection

How does an artist know when a painting is done? Isn’t there just one more brushstroke that will make it just that little bit more perfect?

Perfection is something people obsess over, but it’s poorly defined.

In this episode, we talk to Starwood Whisky’s David Vitale about the quest for perfection in the artisanal world of whisky production.

Success is Scientific Discovery

How would you like to go to work one day and discover an entirely new species of dinosaur?

In this episode, we talk to world-renowned paleontologist Dr Patricia Vickers-Rich, who has been following this quest for decades, and describes the thrill of the quest for scientific discovery.

She also talks to us about the subject Jurassic Park doesn’t even touch: paperwork.

Success is Doing What You Love

Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life, right? What if what you love to do is mess around and crack jokes?

In this episode, we talk to comedy duo Luke Goodall and Marc Gallagher who have managed to carve out a living doing just that – by being part of the YouTube generation.

We ask them how they actually make money, how they managed to get into the game and how they deal with relying on platforms that are constantly shifting and evolving.

Success is Leaving a Legacy

Most people get into business to make money, but where does that leave you at the end of the day? How do you define success when your aim is to change the world?

In this episode, we talk to Thank You Group’s Jarryd Burns – a member of a new generation of business people and entrepreneurs who are getting into business to make a difference.

Success is Getting Funded

Most people have great ideas about how to rock the foundations of business – but getting the cash to do that is one of the main hurdles small businesses face.

In this episode, we talk to OnDeck Australia CEO Cameron Poolman about the challenge small businesses face when trying to get cash to expand – and about the company’s own challenges in the competitive fintech space.

We also find out why fridge magnets may be the smartest investment a business can make…

Success is World Domination

Why are Australian startups so coy about taking on the world and becoming the biggest they can be?

Success stories like Atlassian and Canva help, but most companies are thinking about their path to the ASX rather than the NASDAQ.

In this episode, we talk to Startup Victoria’s Georgia Beattie and ELEVACAO’s Marisa Warren about the lack of ambition in Australia’s tech startup space, and what can be done to set their sights much, much higher.

Success is Survival

We tend to define success in terms of money, job satisfaction or meaning – but what if your definition was to simply come home alive?

In this episode, we talk to ex-Commando Ewan Williams about the mental and physical hurdles he needed to overcome just to make it to the battlefield – and about the time he stared death in the face in the back of a patrol vehicle.

Success is Balance

What’s the point of achieving great things if you miss out on your child’s first steps?

More and more people are designing businesses to help them spend as much time with their family as possible, and Business Jump’s Natasha Stewart is helping them do it.

In this episode, we talk to Natasha about her journey and how she found success by helping others achieve the most holy of grails: work-life balance.