He’s one of the most successful Australian businessmen under the age of 30 and Jack Delosa attributes that success to going against social norms.
In 2015 we interviewed Jack about his book “Unprofessional” and in this post we’ll revisit some of his best advice.
The key to success is doing everything you shouldn’t
While his friends were saving up to invest in the property market – Jack was pouring his money into his small business ideas.
In the clip above, he challenges the notion that people should chain themselves to a mortgage.
“The great Australian dream used to be to own your own home, however, that is not the case for up-and-coming generations…what’s a smarter route in my view is to take what little money you have, and invest it in starting a business if that’s what you want to do,” he said.
Clarity = Success
Jack says clarity around who you are and what you do is the key to success.
“Regardless of age, my advice is to disregard all cultural paradigms – get back in touch with you and you need to buy yourself time and space to do that…and then live according to that – unapologetically,” Jack said.
For Jack, his clarity is gained once a year in the Blue Mountains where he ‘disconnects’ for three days – surrounding himself with nature and his own thoughts in order to get inspiration for his business.
You need business friends and friends in business
Someone once warned Jack Delosa not to become too buddy-buddy with his staff. They told him that it was important to maintain a level of emotional distance from those he worked with.
In this interview, the highly successful businessman explains why he decided to do the opposite – and he discusses the pros and cons of going into business with a close friend.
Self-doubt and get on with it
No matter how confident we are when it comes to our relationships, business dealings or financial decisions – self-doubt can creep into our lives.
Jack says he still struggles with that little voice in his head that wants to undermine his decisions and the trick is to recognise that self-doubt will always be a factor in your life but to get on and do it anyway.
Are you thinking of starting a business?
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About Jack’s book – Unprofessional
To be unprofessional is not to be disrespectful. It is not to be reckless or lazy. It is not to be unpunctual, badly presented or poorly spoken. To be unprofessional is to be real. It is to create a vision unborrowed from the past. It is to develop products that genuinely wow your audience. It is to think of marketing strategies that the management consultants don’t have diagrams or buzz words for yet. It is to think original thoughts and speak of proactive ideas that haven’t been documented in the academic playbooks
While the professionals are trying to outspend each other with oversized advertising budgets, unprofessionals prefer to have the media build their brand for them in a way that cuts through the advertising clutter. While the professionals are competing, unprofessionals are forming partnerships that see their brand travel further.
This book is your permission slip to throw out the rulebook; forget the old paradigms; build your business to a position of market leadership using strategies that still haven’t found their way onto the notepads of the management consultants.