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So far Nick Bendel has created 202 blog entries.

Grinding, striving, succeeding

By |2021-10-16T13:54:26+11:00October 15th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Our experiences as children shape our lives, for better or worse.  For Matthew Brown, the happy, successful life he’s built as an adult has been strongly influenced by two significant themes that ran through his childhood. Matt, the 188th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, was a successful athlete as [...]

Learning skills, spotting opportunities

By |2021-06-23T18:55:43+10:00June 23rd, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Two things jumped out to me when I met John Elder, the 186th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers. First, I quickly discovered that John has great people skills. He's warm, attentive and genuinely interested in listening to the other person. Second, John also has a broad range of business [...]

How to turn your life around

By |2021-06-18T17:38:22+10:00June 18th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Every now and then, somebody will explain something to you in such powerfully simple terms, it will reframe the way you think about a particular issue. That happened to me while I was chatting with Claude Robinson, the 185th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers. As Claude said, the government can [...]

Making the world a better place

By |2021-06-11T16:19:42+10:00June 11th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Robyn Monro Miller follows her heart rather than the money when making career decisions. Robyn, the 184th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, throws herself into roles she believes in, but can’t work for organisations that don’t align with her values. Robyn is currently president of the International Play Association, [...]

How to succeed in the people business

By |2021-06-08T17:06:02+10:00June 8th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Depending on when in the past three decades you’d met Ray Dib, you might’ve thought he worked in insurance, finance, hospitality, rugby league or some other industry. But Ray, the 183rd person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, explained his diverse and successful career to me in different terms: “I’m in [...]

Weddings, funerals … and office work

By |2021-06-04T15:04:54+10:00June 4th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

When work is getting stressful or life is getting hard, Raymond Basha has a wonderful way to unwind. He sings. Ray, the 182nd person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, is an accomplished tenor. When Ray was a teenager, he auditioned with Opera Australia, and thought about pursuing a professional singing [...]

Accountability starts with yourself

By |2021-06-01T12:11:08+10:00May 31st, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Mark Bragg, the 181st person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, is a performance and leadership coach who knows what it’s like to be a flawed leader. In a past life, Mark was head coach of the Townsville Suns basketball team. At one point, the team was performing poorly, and Mark [...]

See what happens when you put yourself out there?

By |2021-05-31T17:50:56+10:00May 23rd, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

My first lunch, in August 2019, was the start of an incredible adventure. Since then, I’ve met another 179 strangers, built a powerful network and learned some valuable life lessons. With every lunch, more people have heard of my journey and started following my progress – which is why I got asked to speak at the [...]

Everything you’ve ever wanted is sitting on the other side of fear

By |2021-05-24T13:56:57+10:00May 21st, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Kerrie Phipps, the 180th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, is the perfect example of the heights you can reach when you step out of your comfort zone. Kerrie has published four books, including DO Talk to Strangers, and is about to release a fifth – How to Talk to [...]

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