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So far Nick Bendel has created 143 blog entries.

The man who takes action

By | August 14th, 2020|Categories: Lunches|

Sanjeev Sah, the 116th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, was on a train one day … when his life changed forever. A stranger approached Sanjeev. After some small talk, he invited Sanjeev to attend a seminar. Sanjeev accepted.  The seminar turned out to be an Amway promo. Sanjeev signed [...]

Living her best, authentic life

By | August 13th, 2020|Categories: Lunches|

If you’ve got a horrible job or a destructive addiction and you don’t fix those problems, it’s because, deep down, you really don't want to change, according to Sevda Hussein. Sevda, the 115th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, speaks from bitter, hard-won experience. Sevda was abandoned at birth, had [...]

He seeks to understand before being understood

By | August 3rd, 2020|Categories: Lunches|

Jeffery Wang, the 114th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, started lunching with strangers two decades before me. When Jeff was 10, he moved from Taiwan to New Zealand, before moving to Sydney to attend university. That meant he began his adulthood with no friends and no network. His solution? [...]

Smart, loving and incredibly resilient

By | July 31st, 2020|Categories: Lunches|

You know when you meet someone and you just hit it off? That happened with Kitty Parker, the 113th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers. We sat down to lunch at 12.30pm. When we left, we were shocked to discover it was 5.10pm. We’d been so engrossed in our discussion [...]

Meet strangers, get opportunities

By | July 30th, 2020|Categories: Lunches|

One of the reasons I started my #500lunches journey was because I felt the more people I met, the more opportunity I would attract into my life. Over the past 11 months, I’ve been invited to share my story on radio interviews, on podcasts … and now at the Empowering Leaders Summit. I was one of [...]

Living a life of purpose

By | July 27th, 2020|Categories: Lunches|

Shane Quinnell was alone on a mountain, writhing in pain, with dozens of broken bones, close to death, when he wondered: am I living my life the way I want to live it? Shane, the 112th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, had slammed into a mountain after his paraglider [...]

A big thinker with big dreams

By | July 26th, 2020|Categories: Lunches|

David D'Roza, the 111th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, has a big, beautiful, crazy dream. David’s dream is to jump on his motorbike and ride around the world. Actually, ‘dream’ is the wrong word. This needs to be called a ‘plan’, because David’s vision is clear and precise. David [...]

A businessman’s brain and a mechanic’s fingers

By | July 24th, 2020|Categories: Lunches|

Dannie Lyman, the 110th person I’ve met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, is a mechanic-turned-entrepreneur with big dreams. Dannie opened his business, GDL Automotive Services, a decade ago. Last year, he expanded to a second location. In the next 10 years, he plans to add another 20 sites. In one sense, Dannie [...]

The man who’s always ready

By | July 23rd, 2020|Categories: Lunches|

David Lindsay, the 109th person I’ve met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, always carries his mouthguard with him. That’s because David, who’s a former boxer and cage fighter, never knows when someone will invite him to take part in a sparring session. David is the sort of person who believes in being [...]

When 500 lunches inspires 50 conversations…

By | July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Lunches|

Whenever I’m asked why I’m having lunch with 500 strangers in five years, I always reply that I was inspired by the amazing Kaley Chu and her wonderful book, 100 Lunches With Strangers. So it gives me a thrill when I hear I’ve inspired other people – like Daniel Levin. After hearing about my #500lunches quest, [...]