Today I have a personal story to share with you written from my heart having just overcome a major challenge in my career. It’s also timely because it’s International Women’s Day and it’s a time for women all over the world to celebrate who they are and their gifts. To the wonderful men out there who support their women, THANK YOU!
How it all began…
It was 1992 and I was driving a 4 tonne truck along a country road on the way to Albury. At that time, I operated a very successful clothing business, which involved many hours spent behind the wheel of a truck, as I travelled from one small town to the next.
And as I drove, watching the world go by, I had plenty of time for thinking and contemplation.
I remember, at the time, feeling like I was at a personal cross roads, having recently sold another successful business I’d had for a number of years. And with all that time on my hands, my mind kept going back to a question one of my mentors had asked me… “What was my purpose? What was my passion?”
For a number of years prior to that day, I had been a passionate student of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and even travelled overseas to learn from the world’s leading trainers in the field. What I loved about NLP was how real and lasting the changes in my life had been when I applied the tools and technologies.
And I also loved how quickly it worked.
Having applied NLP in many areas of my life with great success, I knew I wanted to help more people have access to those same powerful tools. I also knew I loved people and had developed a skill of sales and marketing from my years in retail clothing and other businesses.
I remember the moment so clearly when all those ideas converged and, in flash, I had a definite sense of what I really wanted to do – bring the world’s best speakers in NLP to Australia and help promote them here. From that moment on, my vision was clear and I set about making a plan to bring one of my earliest mentors, Tad James, to Australia.
And from there, Universal Events was born.
I didn’t know it then, however, that moment of insight and connecting to my real passion and intuition would set in motion a series of truly amazing events…
From those humble beginnings, starting from nothing and working from a spare room in my Bondi Junction apartment, answering all the calls myself and then, as we grew, squeezing extra staff in around my dining room table (our salesperson even worked from the end of my kitchen surrounded by stock stacked on the shelves instead of food – LOL!), Universal Events would go on to work with more than 85 speakers – the best of the best – from around the world; we’d be named one of the fastest growing companies in Australia for three consecutive years and, most importantly, we would touch more than half a million people throughout Australia and New Zealand through our work providing business, investing and personal development education.
Along the way there have been some wonderful highs, some tough lows and always lots of hard work and commitment.
As just about any business owner will tell you – it’s not for the faint-hearted
Through it all, I have been very fortunate to work with a fantastic team of people, many of whom stayed with us for many, many years before moving on to continue their passion and fulfil their purpose in other ways. I am thankful to have stayed in touch with many of those wonderful people and am also very grateful for our current amazing team, who continue to deliver, day in and day out, our vision to help people live their passion and find their freedom. In fact, there are a number of people on our team today who I’ve worked with and known for up to 10 and 20 years (WOW, how time flies).
And when I go to our events, I am always so touched to re-connect with clients who have been coming to our events for a long time – some for decades.
I truly love meeting people who are new to personal education and it’s like watching the light get turned on. I am excited for them as I see them embark on their own personal journey towards success and freedom.
The transformations and success stories; new beginnings and deeply moving moments our community has shared with me over the years is both inspiring and humbling. So much so, that even when times are tough, I draw great strength and motivation from knowing what we do makes a difference, and I often think of individuals in our community who inspire me.
Just like in that moment, sitting in that truck almost 20 years ago when I trusted my intuition and it proved to be a turning point, I also feel like right now is a very important time to reach out to you and share some insights I have become really clear on as a result of dealing with a personal challenge I’ve been facing over the past few months.
I won’t go into the details of that specific challenge because I don’t believe it’s necessary. What I do believe is important are the lessons I have learned and I share them with you today in the hope they may be of some service to you.
I hope sharing my thoughts and learnings with you will assist you. I would love to hear your feedback at [email protected]
And, I would like to take this opportunity to Thank YOU each and every one of you for being part of the Universal Events Community.
Having navigated a personally challenging time, I feel a sense of invigoration and optimism that is much like those early days when we were creating something magical at Universal Events, and I am excited by the year ahead and the plans we have for bringing some incredible events and learning opportunities to you.
I am truly grateful to the amazing speakers and trainers we work with today. The results they are achieving for those who attend our trainings is remarkable and I am proud to work with each of them. As we prepare to mark our 19th Birthday in business next month, I look forward to the wonderful things we will be creating together into the future.
To our wonderful team a huge thank you for your hard work and dedication in carrying our the Universal Events mission.
If you are facing your own challenges right now, I hope this message will be of some help to you. I trust you will rise up stronger and happier and more intent on your purpose than ever.
Last but not least remember to celebrate life, celebrate who you are, celebrate small wins and larger wins. Take time out to nourish your soul, get a massage, remember to tell those close to you that you love them, and treasure the moments that make up your life.
To Your Health, Wealth and Happiness,
A visionary entrepreneur, Karen founded Universal Stars (formerly Universal Events) in 1994. Her mission is to inspire people and companies to grow, through bringing them live events featuring more than 100 of the world’s top speakers on business and success. A graduate of UNSW (Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology), her passion is to educate and inspire people to be the best they can be. Karen delights her clients with her unique blend of enthusiasm, inspiration, charm, care, wisdom and generosity.