Commercial jet helicopter pilot, Australian NASCAR Champion racing driver, multi million dollar hotel operator, two time best selling novelist and writer/producer and star of the award winning 2004 New York Film Festivals Best Feature Film The Crop. “I’ve always believed that putting my goals out there for all to see, and hearing the knockers predict my failure has been a key driver of my determination to overcome the odds and show the dream takers what I'm made of." George specialise in controlled risk taking - a trait more companies are trying to encourage in their staff.
Leaving school at 14 George went from brickies laborer to successes that read like chapters from “Boys Own Annual."
Commercial jet helicopter pilot, Australian NASCAR Champion racing driver, multi million dollar hotel operator, best selling novelist (twice – ‘Final Custody’ and ‘Terminal Greed’) and writer/producer and star of the winner of 2004 New York Film Festivals Best Feature Film ‘The Crop’.
Unbelievable but absolutely true. And that’s just for starters.
George’s life has been one long roller coaster ride of financial and emotional highs and lows. But it’s never been dull. Some saw him as a dreamer, a man with lofty Walter Mitty ambitions that could never be reached from where he was starting.
But George was always comfortable putting himself into what he calls ‘The Danger Zone" Whether he was in danger of losing his house, his dignity or even his life, George has always been prepared to risk every thing, every time, to achieve his ambitions.
“People have always told me to be more cautious, to minimize my risk, to lower my sights because I might not be able to jump such big hurdles. But I’ve always believed that putting my goals out there for all to see, and hearing the knockers predict my failure has been a key driver of my determination to overcome the odds and show the dream takers what I’m made of".
“ I’ve been broke, flung into a concrete barrier at 250kph, ridiculed by critics and shot at from point blank range. But nothing has stopped me from pursuing and achieving my goals because I know that only by putting myself into The Danger Zone will I be able to draw on pride, fear and sometimes desperation to push me to the levels of success that I demand.
• Challenge the audience to be passionate about their opportunities rather than fearful of their future challenges
• Encourage business people to set loftier goals for their professional ambitions
• Understand the importance of setting Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BEHAGS) and socialising those goals with superiors and cohorts (because sometimes ‘Fear of Failure’ is a more dynamic driver than the ‘Desire for Victory
• Entice them to take calculated risks because that’s where bigger rewards lie – outside the comfort zone and inside the danger zone
• Take staff and peers with them on the journey. Harness the power of teams
• Learn from mistakes and use them as investments
• Impress the importance of training and constant improvement. Creating ‘Muscle Memory’
• Never underestimate the competition. Being ever vigilant and armed with knowledge of what’s happening in the field will allow a winning edge
• Every battle needs the right weapons to suit the situation. Why you need to have the right tools and back up to be victorious
• Learn to trust your instincts
• Be decisive and oriented to action. Sometimes it’s better to seek forgiveness than permission.
• Move swiftly. Sometimes ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’, is better.
• Tenacity is the answer to everything.