Dave Lukas Chats with Steve Pirie and Sarah Nally
162: What it Means to Wonder and Wander with Steve Pirie and Sarah Nally
This week’s Misfit Entrepreneurs are Steve Pirie and Sarah Nally. Steve is a serial entrepreneur who spends his time across different sectors including travel, fitness, and not-for-profit. He’s co-founded and sold many businesses as well as had companies ranked in the 100 fastest growing startups.
Sarah is a Momtrepreneur and co-founder of Australia’s most innovative event series, Wired for Wonder. She is also the founder of online show business Sienna Baby, the business retreat, Nurture Her, and The Wonder tribe.
Together, they founded Wonder and Wander a company and foundation dedicated to helping bring people together to “shrink the world,” foster deep, meaningful, world-changing connections and conversations, and make a difference.
There is a lot we can learn from Steve and Sarah’s experiences and how they’ve learned operate business at the highest levels as a couple.
Sarah grew up in Tasmania. And after finishing school, she knew she wanted to go into business. She studied HR and Business Psychology. She took the standard path, got a good job, and started to climb the corporate ladder. She had some great success. She had a family, a good job, etc. She realized that everything she had done in work had really stemmed from her head and not her heart and this put her on the path to open a new chapter for herself which lead to everything she has done and helping other people find their purpose in life.
Steve had the exact opposite journey. Steve grew up in New Zealand and moved early to the Cook Islands. Steve’s parents pushed him to be an academic, but he was more content climbing trees. He was always intrigued with what was possible and at 15 had a goal to one day write himself a million dollar check. He also was a star athlete and even go to compete for his country. He had 4 successful exits before 30 years old. He had a family, 3 kids, but, he was not fulfilled at all and at one point, he hit rock bottom. Picking himself up and getting out of this was how he and Sarah realized what it truly means to wonder and wander in life.
Steve, you went through a time or burnout in your entrepreneur and ahletic journey that you overcame. What was your biggest lesson that you took from the experience?
How do you put the practice of little wins into your daily life? Is there a system or set of principles you’ve developed?
Don’t forget about the other people in your life. Your time is shared, if you realize it or not – and it is important to not lose sight of that.
What have you learned about how to work well together as a couple in business?
At the 23 min mark, we talk in depth about self-awareness…
What are the keys to building a great a business?
What is one thing that you believe every entrepreneur should know, but most don’t?
At the 38 min mark, we have a great discussion on what happens when you play the long game…
What should people know about how to create an amazing event?
Tips to get the word out?
Sarah, can you explain what a Mompreneur is?
Steve, what is your favorite place you’ve traveled to?
“Don’t forget about the other people in your life. Your time is shared, if you realize it or not – and it is important to not lose sight of that.”
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