Nina Pearse was recently interviewed by Lisa Linfield for the Working Women’s Wealth Podcast. Lisa has an impressive goal to teach 1 million women about money. She speaks to companies, women’s groups and entrepreneurs about how to lead their best life possible by reaching their financial goals.
Lisa Linfield: Thanks for joining us, Nina. You have a fantastic story about finding your passion and purpose and stepping into a future with so much potential. Tell us a little bit about your journey.
Nina Pearse: I started out in finance and accounting. I worked in banking for a while and then quickly realized that I didn’t want any of those jobs for myself. I moved into what I loved as a child. I would often looked up at a teacher and thought that was what I’d like to do. I decided not to go into school teaching but into adult learning and development. I’ve now worked in that field for about twenty years. I started out in SAP training. I then moved to Delloite and worked in People and Change. I worked in Dimension Data for many years in Human Resources, looking after the Leadership Forum and Employee Engagement. For the last six years I’ve have been designing and facilitating learning for leaders and managers as an associate with Conamara and with Ceed, a Digital Learning Company. I’ve learned a lot there and loved what I have been doing. I’ve worked with awesome people, but I’ve had a feeling growing within me that I want more. I have more to give and I have more of a specific purpose. That’s what lead me to start thinking about my own venture.
Lisa Linfield: You have now moulded and shaped a company called Creativity Wake-Up. You provide courses where you lead leaders, executives, business owners, really anybody through a process of waking-up their creativity. What has been the biggest thing that you have needed to learn to get from a stage of “I think I need to do something” to actually having implemented the course?
Nina: I think it has been a big shift in mind-set and that has come through probably a few influences, one of them being a book called The Slight Edge. It completely shifted how I think about things. The Slight Edge is about how we are all on a journey and the most powerful force behind that journey is time. According to the author, Jeff Orlsen, time is always working for or against you. He says that this applies to every area of your life whether it be fitness, health, wealth or personal development. Unless you are focusing on your habits and aware that what you do every day matters, the negative habits can compound over time. He says that no one goes broke or becomes unfit overnight. It is those tiny little decisions that you make every single day that lead you to that point.
For example, at lunch time, do you buy an Energade spending $5, or do you have the free water that is offered at the office? What is the impact of that choice? Will it matter today if I have the Energade? No, it’s not going to really matter today, but over time it will have a big impact. Every time you make that decision you are first of all spending that money that you could have been spending elsewhere. You are also filling your body with sugar which is going to make you a bit hungry in the afternoon which is going to make you eat a bit more each day. It’s going to get your brain more addicted to that sugar and so on. It’s the tiny things that are so mundane and small, but they make a big difference in the long term. This concept started shifting my mind because I looked at people around me who had successfully started businesses and it always seemed so far out of reach. I couldn’t see how the small things that I do each day would make a difference. What I’ve learned is how not to scorn the small things and small beginnings. I’ve learned to have more perseverance. It’s okay to start out small and take a longer view.
Another influence was book recommended by a friend called Think, Learn, Succeed by Dr Caroline Leaf. It focuses on the brain and how our brains are neuro-plastic. We have neurogenesis or new cells growth in our brain every single day. It is up to us how think, decide and choose. This kind of victim mentality of “Ah, I can’t do this” or “I have a bad memory” is all rubbish. You decide how you will think. That really started changing how I think and approach things. I could see that I started to think differently as I started implementing the things that Dr Leaf discussed in her book.
Another big influence was your Side Hustle course, Lisa. I listened to your podcast and was intrigued about the course that you offered. I signed up and was amazed that this quite technical, financial, business, strategic course started with such a strong psychological beginning. You started off by saying “Why do you want to do this? What do you want to get out of this? Why are you going to spend time and effort on a side hustle?” That was inspiring for me because I realise that I often give up too easily. It gave me the strength and the mental perseverance to actually start something new and to step into something brave.
Lisa: I agree. It is little small steps that you’ve got to take every single day. Those little things that accumulate over time, that you wake up and think “goodness, look where I am!”
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