AN INTERVIEW WITH LISA MESSENGER
She’s the vibrant, game-changing CEO and creative director of The Messenger Group, as well as founder and editor-in-chief of The Collective magazine, and today, we’re over the moon to have the incredible Lisa Messenger join us as our Guru To Watch!
The ‘Serial Entrepreneur’s’ passion is to challenge individuals and corporations to change the way they think, take them out of their comfort zones and prove that there is more than one way to do anything — and she has fast established herself as a voice and archetype for the modern entrepreneur.
Lisa currently runs a multi-platform business with 25+ staff, delivers a monthly magazine and range of supporting products and has weekly speaking engagements — all this along with balancing health, friends, family, travel, interests and continual writing.
In her best-selling book Daring & Disruptive and its sequel, Life & Love, Lisa shared the business insights gathered in more than a decade of success across multiple industries, including how to identify your true purpose, pinpoint your passions and create the working life most only dream of. But, let’s be honest, you need the means to make it all happen.
In her latest book, Money & Mindfulness, which goes on sale on October 1, she tackles a topic with a stigma – money.
What would you do if money was no object?
How can anyone find profit in the impossible?
Mixing advice from mentors, experts and famous role models, with lessons learned from her own entrepreneurial journey, Lisa reveals how she has built a global brand, and launched a magazine sold in more than 37 countries, without having to borrow a single cent from a bank.
This is from a woman who, years before, would worry if she could make the rent.
Ahead of Money & Mindfulness hitting the shelves next month, Lisa candidly spoke to us about why she does what she does, meeting Sir Richard Branson her greatest career challenges and highlights, misconceptions about her brand and the one piece of advice she would give to her 18-year-old self.
From “demons on her back”, to relationship breakdowns and cash flow problems, Lisa has seen her fair share of personal and career challenges — but in her own words, “we all have a choice about how we react to things and I will always make it my mandate to try to react with dignity and grace.”
To devour more of this wonderful woman’s words and story, read our interview below!
The best part of my job is
That I get to meet extraordinary, inspirational people from all over the globe and that I get to do what I absolutely love every single day whilst inspiring others to also live their best life!
I chose to enter this field of work because
I wanted to make a positive difference in the world, show people that anything is possible and also share an inspiring message with those who are hungry for change.
The greatest challenge in my career has been
Every day presents massive challenges — mostly to do with cash flow— but I consciously choose to adopt an attitude of gratitude and a positive mindset, along with a great team and the tools to push through. So, it all seems to work out in the end.
The funniest misconceptions about my brand are
That we are making loads of money. Trust me when I say our brand is definitely bigger than our bottom line — but we are getting there. More importantly, we’re doing things so differently to how they have even been done and so in an industry that many say is “dead or dying,” we are shaking the hell out of it and really making quite a mark.
The most influential person in my career has been
Sir Richard Branson. I have been an avid reader of his books for at least 20 years. To spend time with him on his private island, Necker, last November was definitely a highlight of my career.
If I could give one piece of advice to my 18-year-old self, it would be
Have an unwavering self-belief. Everyone is equal. It’s really a matter of attitude and mindset that will set you apart.
My greatest achievement has been
Launching The Collective. The print magazine is now in 37 countries. Considering I had no background in magazines whatsoever, it’s been kind of a big deal. I’m very proud.
The greatest personal challenge I have overcome is
Where do I even begin? I gave up drinking almost 11 years ago — that was a demon on my back for many years. Then, the most unexpected relationship breakup of my life happened this year.
People often say to me my life is perfect. It’s far from perfect. It’s just like everyone else’s, with daily challenges and obstacles. But it’s perfect for me because I consciously choose it to be that way. We all have a choice about how we react to things and I will always make it my mandate to try to react with dignity and grace.
I don’t understand why
Everyone isn’t loving and compassionate. It’s the most basic human need. Once we all understand that, the world becomes a beautiful place.
I try to relax by
Meditating, journaling, gardening, swimming and going for a long run listening to some good beats.
My biggest fear is
I can’t live without
My dog, Benny.
I really wish I had
I don’t believe in wishing. I believe in doing.
The greatest lesson I have learnt is
To fail fast.
If I had one super power, it would be
If I could invite four people to a dinner party, they’d be
Sir Richard Branson, Oprah, Nelson Mandela and Angelina Jolie.
Lisa Messenger is the vibrant, game-changing CEO and creative director of The Messenger Group, as well as founder and editor-in-chief of The Collective magazine – an entrepreneurial and lifestyle magazine distributed into more than 37 countries with a mandate to disrupt, challenge and inspire. In addition, she has worked globally in events, sponsorship, marketing, PR and publishing.
Lisa has authored and co-authored over a dozen books and The Messenger Group has custom published more than 400 books for companies and individuals. Lisa is a regular commentator on business, entrepreneurialism and property, writes for a number of online and print publications in Australia and the US and has sat on a number of boards.
She’s trekked across India raising money for charity, ridden camels in the Sahara for fun and has laughed her way through communal showers in the Costa Rican jungle in the name of personal development.
Her passion is to challenge individuals and corporations to change the way they think, take them out of their comfort zones and prove that there is more than one way to do anything.
Lisa has fast established herself as a voice and archetype for the modern entrepreneur. She currently runs a multi-platform business with 25+ staff, delivers a monthly magazine and range of supporting products and has weekly speaking engagements. All this along with balancing health, friends, family, travel, interests and continual writing.
She aims to encourage people to realise their inner strength, act on it, take risks and embrace life to the full. All of Lisa’s books offer insights into the various challenges – both personal and professional – that she has overcome and how readers can learn from her experiences and apply the lessons to live their own best life.