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So far Nick Bendel has created 224 blog entries.

Transforming herself, transforming others

By |2021-11-18T12:33:40+11:00November 17th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Sobia Zafar and her two siblings were raised to believe they were destined for much bigger things than a regular 9-5 existence. Sobia, the 200th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, had her worldview shaped by a nomadic childhood in Pakistan. Her father was a senior civil servant who was [...]

Helping those who can’t help themselves

By |2021-11-12T19:20:10+11:00November 12th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Andrew Kew has had a busy 22 years – during that time, he and his wife have fostered more than 300 children. Andrew, the 199th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, felt drawn to fostering after he lost both his parents as a child and moved in with his grandparents. [...]

Living the Cohiving life

By |2021-11-12T14:59:05+11:00November 10th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Josephine Borovac, the 198th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, has one of the best business ideas I’ve heard in a long time. Even before the pandemic, Josie used to work from home. So did her sister, Carmel Lloyd. Working from home gave them the flexibility they needed to have [...]

Here today, gone tomorrow

By |2021-11-13T08:36:11+11:00November 9th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

If you like history, foreign affairs, politics and economics, you’ll envy Alida Ritsema. Alida, the 197th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, is the deputy consul-general at the Dutch consulate-general in Sydney. So her job involves working on consular and economic topics with governments, trade bodies and companies.  Alida has [...]

The best gifts come badly wrapped

By |2021-11-07T10:40:01+11:00November 6th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Brett Connellan, a 22-year-old who dreamed of being a professional surfer, was catching a few waves one day in 2016 when his life changed forever. Suddenly, Brett, the 196th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, was knocked off his board by an almighty crash. He had no idea what had [...]

Trying to break the vicious cycle

By |2021-11-07T10:34:55+11:00November 5th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Dean Lloyd has a quote that perfectly captures his outlook on life: "When a flower doesn't bloom, you fix the environment which it grows in, not the flower." Dean, the 195th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, is a criminal consultant who is working to break the generational cycle in [...]

The ingredients of a fulfilling life

By |2021-11-05T09:12:07+11:00November 4th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Thanks to her culinary skills, Julie Votaro has enjoyed a wonderfully diverse array of life experiences in a short amount of time. Julie, the 194th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, became a chef after falling in love with cooking as a child. She worked in several prestigious Sydney restaurants, [...]

The best way to predict the future is to create it

By |2021-10-29T05:50:30+11:00October 28th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

How would you like to fly from Sydney to London in just two hours? David Waterhouse, the 192nd person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, says it will be possible in a decade. Dave is the co-founder of Hypersonix Launch Systems, a company that is developing affordable, sustainable space flight technology. [...]

No to excuses, yes to action

By |2021-10-28T09:20:58+11:00October 27th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Julie Watson, the 191st person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, has learned to be stronger than her excuses. During her life, Julie has dealt with kidney failure, a heart attack, diabetes, skin cancer, a kidney transplant and innumerable hospital visits. She has to take 12.5 pills each morning – because [...]

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