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Liz Villani

Notching up more air miles than most as she jets between offices in Australia, the USA, and the UK, Liz Villani is the much-in-demand founder of Courageous Success. She set up the company over 14 years ago to help businesses and their employees maximise their corporate and personal goals, feel empowered, and achieve more at work.

An excellent listener, she’s able to read between the lines and realise the suppressed dreams and goals of individuals to transform the workplace into a happier and more productive environment.

For Ikigai, she will be looking at how to succeed without sacrificing personal happiness and inspiring us all with her positive attitude.

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What gets you up in the morning?
For me every morning is a new start, I am excited, anything can happen!  Anticipation is my waking emotion, but I also feel fired up with rebellion and purpose.
If you had to describe what you do in a sentence…
I enable people to discover who they really are, have more confidence in themselves, and build on their experience and courageous attitude, primarily within their working life, which in turn allows the business to reap rewards as they’re being more to themselves.
What makes you an expert in your field?
Me – just like all of us, if we know who we are and align our values and focus to our work we all become unique experts. I have always had a natural ability to see in people what they cannot always see in themselves as well as a natural bent for business, enormous ambition and heaps of kindness.
When and how did you receive your calling?
It took me until 30 to discover my Ikigai. I was succeeding in the corporate world but getting increasingly frustrated with how people at work were treated, and not allowed to develop.  This would often result in relationships with themselves, and often others. After losing my voice in a critical meeting (my soul declared it was time to take my ball and go home), I resigned, fuelled with the courage to take what I was good at – understanding people and seeing the best in them.
What is the most misunderstood thing about your profession?
That we are purely driven by our brains and neuroscience, whilst our hearts don’t count.  We can’t be pigeon holed by profiling tools. It also frustrates me that business leaders don’t always see the link between people being their best and the bottom line.

“Be yourself!”

What one thing should we stop doing now?
Being our own worst enemy… We all doubt ourselves and think that we are going to get found out.  We conform, we want to fit in, be liked and become the person that we think will impress others or keep us safe.  If we all chose to stop doing this, accepted who we are and focused on being good and kind to others, whilst following our dreams, then our experience of life and our world would be transformational. It’s a choice that we can all make.
What one thing should we do more of now?
Show people that we meet that we like them. When you see other people’s eyes light up and shine when they’re in your company, you let go of your self-consciousness and you become yourself. This simple reaction has the power to unlock all of us, which is what the world needs.
What is your “ikigai”?
I am changing the world as a force for good, by unlocking the realness in all of us, whilst transforming the workplace!

To learn more about Liz Villani, visit: courageoussuccess.com

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