Being Part of ‘A-Ha’

In the very first episode of The Career Challenges Podcast, I got the chance to talk with Marty Vids… from Australia!

That’s right, Australia.

My very first guest was international!

Anyway, we had a great time getting to talk about mindsets, how it affects business, and side conversations about meeting our spouses.

Marty is a business mentor and host of the Marty Vids Show.

There’s a lot to learn from Marty. Enjoy the show!


Marty Vids:                         Well, that comes back to my banking days, Kyle, when I basically always set my intentions to model the top performers within the bank and I wanted to do well. And when it came to trying to get a pay rise, it was always so difficult. And I always try and forward plan and say this is what I’m looking to do in the next six months. Really put my best foot forward. But it was so tough to get that 2% to 3% incremental pay rise.

Marty Vids:                         And one day I saw what I was actually generating in my portfolio, which was something over $5 million in basically fees coming back to the bank in my position. And I was getting paid $50,000 to $60,000. And I just thought those numbers don’t quite stack up for me. I know they’ve got branches, I know they’ve got infrastructure to cover, but I thought, wow, that is a big discrepancy in regards to my own personal return on effort. And as an employee, you’ve got safety, you’ve got security and you know you’re getting paid each fortnight or weekly or however often you do get paid. So there is some upside to that security.

Marty Vids:                         But for me, I always had that entrepreneurial instinct and I think that came out of being in a family grocery store growing up that I already understood margins and I understood that I had more of a perceived value as potentially a business owner giving my services out and charging myself out at retail as opposed to just being paid wholesale for my abilities. So that was a big aha moment. I was 27 years of age and I thought, yeah, I’ve got security and yes, there is job progression here, but I felt like I was leaving a lot on the table, not only financially but I thought almost spiritually as well in that I had a lot more to offer and I wanted to keep expanding my abilities and I wanted to really be able to explore what my capabilities were in the market. So yeah, but that was a big aha moment for me when I saw that figure of so many millions that I was producing, yet I was only getting paid a very small portion of that.

Kyle Weckerly:                  Yeah. So when you worked at the bank and you had this aha moment, would you say that’s when you immediately began kind of pursuing your business mentoring?

Marty Vids:                         Yeah, I thought there was a mental decision at that point that I needed to explore other opportunities, but it still took me another six to nine months to actually transition out of the bank. And I started a mortgage broking company called Mortgage First. And mortgage broking back in the day, back in 2000, people in Australia anyway only went to mortgage brokers or they thought they only went to mortgage brokers where they couldn’t get money from the main banks.

Marty Vids:                         And so really it was the start of an educating process to the market of the value of competition and choice and maintaining the professionalism of the bank standards to really support people to save money. But that was really a six to nine month bridge that I had to cross. And the main thing that I transitioned in my own head was I really had to look to be a top performer in my employment, like in my role, I had to look at things differently. So rather than potentially go and just tick the boxes, I really had to ask myself deeper questions like, what does it take to be a great performer in my role? It’s not watching Jerry Springer at lunchtime with my friends and maybe having a long lunch at the pub as I would have done in my early twenties. It was about transitioning and actually staying the model, the top people environment and start to do some of the behaviors they would do and then start to look externally from the bank.

Marty Vids:                         And I was fortunate when I did that, I had three job promotions pretty much within six months. And I wanted to hit the ground running when I went into business and I wanted to carry the attitudes that I would need because I knew business would be challenging. But I wanted to make sure I was that type of person while I was in my job so to speak. And I was fortunate I had a mentor that guided me that said, “Don’t just float and finish seventh in your life, really set your goals, set your outcomes. And even if they’re a little bit delusional now, doesn’t matter, hold your vision and start putting the daily activities into practice to start moving you towards those outcomes and visions.” I was very fortunate to have the right guidance at the right time to help that transition into building a business, so yeah.

Kyle Weckerly:                  So you had the guidance from your own business mentor. Do you feel there were other things in your life that prepared you to make that leap when you had your aha moment?

Marty Vids:                         Fantastic question, Kyle. And I think it all starts in the home. But we were very fortunate in having a family grocery store, that I was able to run the bread stand when I was seven years of age and I learnt very quickly which customers would buy what breads. So I would have that bread waiting for them on the counter, 80% of the time I would be right. But the thing is that customer care was really an important lesson and they would give me a tip because I’d put the milk out if I thought that they were buying milk, which you start to realize customer patterns at a very young age.

Marty Vids:                         And even when the bread delivery guy came, I would go and help him bring the bread out from the truck because I knew that he would throw in a couple of extra loaves of bread. And remembering I’m maintaining the profits of the bread stand. So it was really great because I got to understand what things did cost wholesale and what I could sell them for retail. So my parents were … I’m very lucky and honored that they had that vision to allow me to be in control of that bread stand. And back then $15 a week, which is probably child labor really.

Kyle Weckerly:                  Yes, definitely. I would argue that.

Marty Vids:                         That’s a lot of [inaudible 00:06:40] back then when you’re seven and eight.

Kyle Weckerly:                  Okay, so it evens it out.

Marty Vids:                         That’s right. So I was very … that was really fantastic. And then all of a sudden through things like, I was an advocate of, I always enjoyed sports like tennis and cricket, which is I think baseball on Valium, if you haven’t seen cricket before. But all that sport was really good, because again it was all about collaboration, it was all about teamwork. So I was picking up skills through sports, through business. And then I also loved English literature at school, so my interests were this, where I loved conceptualizing things and bringing new concepts together and interpretation.

Marty Vids:                         I think I had a diverse range of experiences that I could bring together and simplify into something that I guess forged a light for my life or a road for my life forward. So it was very unique, but I don’t think too unique compared to others. I think others all have diverse experiences, and it’s about bringing them together in your own way that you enjoy that can add value to other people. I think it’s as simple as that at the end of the day, but sometimes it takes a lot of complexity to get back to that simplicity. So yeah, that’s my background.

Kyle Weckerly:                  That’s a great background, great story. And so your title now is you’re a business mentor, right?

Marty Vids:                         Yeah. Well, that transitioned out of building two businesses. I built Mortgage First, which was an award winning company here in Australia. And also then Mortgage 500 which went to the next level in regards to what we offered in our businesses. But by far exit out of those businesses successfully, founded both those businesses, co-founded Mortgage First, founded Mortgage 500. And yeah, my claim to fame is like people talk about the awards and they talk about the financial success. But my pride comes into never losing a team member over 17 years, which is quite extraordinary. But I always built a vision, built a culture, built an excitement and enthusiasm around the businesses and always showed interest in other people’s outcomes and what they wanted to achieve.

Marty Vids:                         And I loved being a part of a team and winning awards together. Not that you go out specifically looking to win awards, but just we wanted to build a great business and we wanted to build something, a fantastic value to the market that we could really empower people financially. And once I sold those businesses, I thought, well, do I do it again or do I help others in regards to duplicating that type of process? And I found a real stimulation, because I’ve always been very excited in founding a business and building a business up to about 1.5 million in turnover and really making it a great business. And so I loved that small business sector, but I really enjoy supporting people that are either starting in their business or are two or three years in and want to take their business to the next level.

Marty Vids:                         And some people just get stuck because it is challenging, business is challenging. So I really I’m enjoying supporting people to grow their businesses and getting great satisfaction out of that. Now that I’m 47 years of age and a little bit further in the journey, it fits well for my life and I get great enthusiasm of seeing people surprise themselves.

Kyle Weckerly:                  Yeah,

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. In previous life I was a teacher and I always love that moment when a student got it. They just, it clicked for them and I was like, “That’s great.” I wish I could have a moment like that every day. And so I suspect it’s something like that for you, right?

Marty Vids:                         Absolutely. Because it’s … and a lot of the feedback even when I was in the businesses was, and the lovely feedback that I love getting is going, how did you see that in me when I couldn’t see that in myself? And that takes structure to get people to that point. But it’s really installing self belief. It’s applying a skill set of incremental improvement. And there seems to be a learning curve where people will just incrementally move along and trend in the right direction. And then there’s a massive breakthrough moment where there’s an upswing. And I think that it’s a pay it forward because I’m very fortunate that people saw something in me as a young adult that I always didn’t see in myself because of self doubt and fear and whatever that may present in any person. But that really that hearing the right thing at the right time from a person that believes in you and that has got runs on the board really makes a difference initially to get that person motivated and I guess understanding their own value.

Marty Vids:                         And I think that’s really important as a foundation to then build momentum from. And I know that we could talk about skill sets all day and actually applying our craft to what we want to achieve, which is important as well, because you’ve got to take action from that point in a direction you want to go. But it’s really important to instill that self confidence and belief in that person. And when you can see it, I mean there’s always going to be people where you go, you know what? Not only do they not see it, they don’t want to see it for a reason. And they’re not the person that has the willingness to move. But when they have a willingness to move forward and yet there’s some self doubt at play or some fear, it’s very fulfilling to build that bridge with them and see them trend all of a sudden in a very accelerated way to attaining the results they want, there’s something.

Marty Vids:                         And I can imagine as a teacher, you would have those experiences as well when those students get it, you go, “Wow, it feels such a privilege to be a part of that.” And you’re right, that’s what I feel, I feel privileged to be a part of that journey with people.

Kyle Weckerly:                  Did you have those moments of self doubt before you launched your own business or stepping out on your own? Was there somebody, either from yourself or somebody in your life who was trying to quote unquote logically explain to you how it wasn’t going to work.

Marty Vids:                         Yeah, I think the majority of people said to me, it was probably four to one said to me that why would you do that? You’ve got a good stable career, you’re 27 years of age. You’ve got a lot of progression on the corporate ladder. This is crazy having these types of ideas but my mentor who said, “Well, you can finish seventh in life or you can have a go and really see what your capabilities are.” And it was coming from a place where he thought I was only in the first gear and he saw that I had a lot more capability and I had another friend, [Charlie Heary 00:13:51] at the time who sat across from me at the bank and he just kept saying to me, “Marty, I don’t know what it is, but you don’t belong here. There’s more for you to do.” And I’m going, “What is he seeing that I’m not?”

Marty Vids:                         And I think you just get stuck in the rat race where you go, all right, this is what I’m supposed to do. I’m earning my income. So I want to spend that income of having great experiences outside of work. And that’s just how it happens. So I think though just that kick along from people who believe in me and saw something in myself that I couldn’t quite see was enough fuel to make me ask better questions of myself. And then I just did things from a logical standpoint as well. I made the decision in my mind that I wanted to be a business owner, like being in the family business when I was young. But then I’d build a logical bridge where I made sure I had six months of income prior to going into the business. So that way I wouldn’t see each client as I need to make this happen or I’m going to starve to death. So I really set some criteria around having some safety, a safety net in that transition across.

Marty Vids:                         So I jumped off the cliff in my own mind of what I was going to do. But logically I still created a reality where I had a parachute on the way down. So I just didn’t crash and end up in a worst position. But you still need that motivation and inspiration and sometimes you need other people to take you through that. And I suffered from self … I was very extroverted within my family, but I was very introverted I would say externally. So at the age of 17 to combat that, I decided to do stand-up comedy, which totally, totally blew that introversion apart. I really set myself a test to go, okay, I really enjoyed Billy Connolly and Robin Williams back in the day and had a great appreciation of stand-up.

Marty Vids:                         And I always thought comedy made things better and you could always deal with challenge a lot more effectively through smiling and humor. So that really resonated with myself, so I did that. And the first night, not only did no one laugh, no one moved, and it was absolutely horrendous. But again, I had a comedian, a well known comedian in Australia come up to me and say, you know what? You’re 17, you performed that well, there’s something there, keep going.

Marty Vids:                         And I think it was my third gig at the Botanical Hotel in Melbourne where I got a standing ovation. And Eric Banner, who’s the actor, is a world famous actor now. He was MCing that night and he encouraged me to keep going. And yeah, to get a standing ovation, it was just exhilaration and it really was kind of a buzz because it was something that I was getting external appreciation for my internal value and my thoughts, and that was really, really interesting. But I got a nice balance then of that introversion and extroversion and brought it all together holistically. And I would say that lighthearted nature really, really supported me in the businesses that was a bit of a superpower really. And I think that’s why people wanted to be a part of those businesses because they actually enjoyed being there and doing well. Yeah, that was how I overcame self doubt. And it’s just a process, it’s like building confidence through action at the end of the day.

Marty Vids:                         A lot of people say I need confidence before I start. Well, I think what’s more important is to have courage because the courage to take the action in an area that you want to explore and develop builds that confidence. And sometimes you’re going to make mistakes and that’s just feedback and a part of what happens. And then other times you’re going to hit a trend that works and then it’s just a matter of amplifying that. But I think in the early days I was too afraid to … when I say early days I probably mean 16 and then again when I got into a real job, I started to worry about that exploration in regards to what if it didn’t work. So for me it’s about really shifting that perspective and I help people with that to really go, okay, let’s find the trend in what makes you happy in what you do and see where the value in the community is towards that. And that’s a real sense of purpose, is bringing those talents and resourcefulness and capabilities together. And seeing where that fits in the market, so yeah.

Marty Vids:                         But now I still go through sometimes self doubting moments, but now with wisdom I can reflect and go, hang on Marty, you know that it’s … you know to put in the action and let that emotion subside and move forward. So it still comes up from time to time, but it’s a very small dose because I’ve worked out a way through that. Whereas I see you can get into moments where you can dwell upon that and take months and years to actually start to instigate those movements towards exploration that you want. So yeah, it’s not to say it doesn’t come up, I’m human like everyone else. And I think it’s a healthy thing because you’re asking yourself. And the better way is to ask, what could go wrong and what could go right. And generally the emotion goes to both those ends and usually it’s somewhere in the middle. So then you got to take action to actually explore what the reality actually is. And that’s when it comes back to, what is the reality of your delusion?

Kyle Weckerly:                  Yeah, sure. So yeah, you get your delusions here, we all have delusions I guess. What would you say you … Your instincts have been a huge asset in your journey?

Marty Vids:                         Definitely. And I think that comes from my father, coming out of a war torn Croatia. He always said, “Watch what people do, not necessarily what they say.” And that’s sometimes a lack of trust as well comes with that. But what it did make me do is go, is really have a sense of trusting my instincts on the downside and on the upside as well. So if something’s pulling me forward towards something and I can’t ignore it, I go, I have to explore this, I have to walk through this door, it keeps pulling me forward.

Marty Vids:                         And then there’s the other thing that might make sense, but it feels like it’s draining energy within me. So it’s actually pulling me back, even though logically I might see a pathway, but it feels like it’s depleting myself. And you might get this with people as well, and it’s not to be judgemental. But you might have conversations with people you come away going, “Oh my goodness, I’m absolutely exhausted and there’s a toxicity in it.” And then there’s other times where you feel uplifted and you go, “Yeah, I’m just naturally drawn to that energy.” It’s usually for a reason. And again, I don’t say that to be judgmental because I’m very conscious of not being that toxic person to someone else as well. I want to always leave a conversation better than when I first arrived, but I think that that instinct has been a big part, particularly in taking that comedy leap and something saying to me, humor makes things better.

Marty Vids:                         And I like having experiences where people are smiling, because when people are smiling they’re generally listening and they’re generally engaging and connecting at a level beyond the logic. It’s a very intimate connection, which I really enjoy with people. And I’ve always enjoyed that and I find that it’s almost like a superpower of engagement and the same in joining the bank, such a big chance, so I thought at the time in my steady job and good income. But I thought to myself, if I don’t explore that, I just think I’ll regret it. Something was telling me, you’ll regret it. Here’s an opportunity of a lifetime, you get it, you get the concept, you think you can bring great value to people in financial empowering them and putting money back into their pocket rather than the banks. And it just kept pulling me forward.

Marty Vids:                         And so that’s that internal, almost this internal radar, that’s how I met my wife as well. I wasn’t looking for a relationship at the time, but when I met her she was in tracksuit pants, in sweatpants. And I was the same coming back from a workout and just met her and just smiled and thought, oh, I have to get to know this person. There’s something more here that needs to be looked at, and she felt the same. So my instincts have served me well.

Marty Vids:                         And yet I was engaged to a girl before I met Coleen my wife and logically it ticked a lot of boxes, but something was off. We got together 19 and 17 years of age and I was about 27 I think when we broke up. But something was saying, this is not going to end well. There’s too much obligation on both sides of the fence here and this is almost an expectation externally that we should get together and we weren’t feeling it. And we’ve both gone on to have amazing relationships elsewhere. So it’s trusting that gut feel where I think most people, it would make sense to then have gone through and got married at that stage. So probably saved us both a fortune.

Kyle Weckerly:                  You didn’t do the thing that made sense. You did the thing that you felt was best for both of you.

Marty Vids:                         Yeah, you’re right, Kyle. And I think we almost get that educated out of us to a certain degree. There’s a lot of things we learn in life I think that is anti-intuitive to how we feel. And I think what you’re looking at is to make sure the feelings are in alignment and then immersing yourself in developing the skills around that. I think at a deep intuitive level that’s the thing that, like it didn’t make sense to do stand-up comedy. It didn’t make sense to start a podcast when you’re coming out of the financial sector with a couple of success. It totally doesn’t make sense. But you know what makes sense is me doing some disc jockeying as a 14 year old and taping my favorite football shows and putting them together in a package.

Marty Vids:                         And it’s the same energy that I love, whether it’s just now in a more mature adult form, but the same connection still applies to the things that I love. So if I don’t explore that, I never experience that fulfillment that I get out of that. And that’s the travesty, the regret is the travesty. And I get it, I get people have responsibilities and they have obligations to family and partners and everything like that. But you also have a right to explore that for yourself. You have a obligation to yourself to free yourself up, to explore the things that really bring you joy and make you happy and develop your skill sets around that, because your acceleration in learning will be so much quicker when you’re really connected and aligned to the things that you really enjoy doing.

Marty Vids:                         And I think so many people dismiss it because of external factors. And I’m just saying, I just advise people to really, open your mind and explore what that is for you, what gives you significance and meaning and enjoyment and don’t lose hope on that because otherwise you tiptoe silently to retire for a gold watch. And like most people then they fall over within five to 10 years because they lose their whole identity because they don’t know who they really are. And yeah, it’s a really important factor in that exploration process for a human being I believe.

Kyle Weckerly:                  It’s funny you mentioned that sense of obligation during your engagement. When I first met my wife, I went to this little college in the middle of Texas and there was nothing else to do in that town. I mean, for some reason the college had popped up there and there was nothing else to do. But some friends had heard of this little dance hall literally in the middle of nowhere Texas. We were driving for 45 minutes and then there it was, I was like, “Wow, I never would’ve thought this was here, this whole dance hall.”

Kyle Weckerly:                  And we went with a group and my wife was in that group, I was in that group, but we hadn’t officially been introduced. And I was one of four guys and so I was dancing with all these girls in the group and really getting out of my shell at the time. And I recognized my wife because we had been in a class together, but I hadn’t danced with her yet. And so near the end of the night, I walked up to her and I said, “I’ve danced with all these girls, I feel obligated to dance with you.” And she’s like, “Okay.” And so we danced. And so that was my big entrance into her life. I said, “Well, I feel obligated to dance with you.”

Marty Vids:                         Well, you’ve utilized it as a superpower but I believe underneath that there was something more. And that’s what you’ve connected into because something in that classroom drew you forward to find any way to have a dance with that lovely lady. And I think that’s a beautiful story and very much like when I met Colleen. I had just purchased my first house at that time and she was looking for a place to stay, for a place to rent. And I just knew she was going to call me. And when she did I said, “Of course.” And we were friends first, which was wonderful.

and then she’d be doing her hair and putting [inaudible 00:28:42]. And it was just a wonderful, beautiful experience.

Marty Vids:                         And I think that, like you said, there was something underneath the obligation. Even though you’ve used the terminology, there was something underneath that, that stood out to you. And that’s what that clarity is that it’s like all of a sudden no one else really exists for a moment and that’s the time to take notice.

Kyle Weckerly:                  Well, it wasn’t like that. I mean, it wasn’t like the lights dimmed and there was just us in the world. It was just me dancing with this attractive woman. And the whole time I’m kicking myself, I’m like, you idiot, you don’t tell a woman you’re obligated to dance with her. That’s not smooth at all, you suck at this. And you’re always kicking myself and we’re dancing. And we remained friends because we were in the same kind of social circles, and so we hang out a lot. But I didn’t really see her as girlfriend material until the next year for some reason, and this was after I had tried to pursue other women and of course they were always interested in another guy. And I was just like, “I’m never going to find anyone, I’m going to die alone.” And I’m like 21 at this point.

Marty Vids:                         21.

Kyle Weckerly:                  Yeah. I’m just thinking, I’m totally unlovable, no woman-

Marty Vids:                         So old.

Kyle Weckerly:                  Yeah, it just was like, I feel I’m staring down the barrel of this spinster life. And I was in the cafeteria getting breakfast and she walked in and there was just something about her. And that was the moment, that moment didn’t come until later. And I saw her and I thought, why didn’t I see this before? And that’s when I decided to really pursue her. And I didn’t find out until later that she had a crush on me for a while.

Kyle Weckerly:                  And so she was very interested in me talking to her and she reciprocated that. And I was surprised that, hey, this girl wants to talk to me. And not just talk to me but continue the conversation because sometimes there’s that little spark and then I open my mouth and that’s the end of it. And that it didn’t happen, it just kept going. I was like, oh my gosh, this is going. And we ended up dating and getting engaged and getting married and we’ve been married for 10 years now and two beautiful daughters and then it was just-

Marty Vids:                         Congratulations.

Kyle Weckerly:                  Yeah.

Marty Vids:                         That’s beautiful. That’s like that you had to have met, so this is the serendipity in it.

Kyle Weckerly:                  Yeah, true.

Marty Vids:                         I’d met Colleen seven years before at the tennis, at the Australian Open tennis. And again, the timing wasn’t right, but I still remember her catching my attention, but it wasn’t the same as it was when we eventually met that second time. There was a serendipity to it, it’s quite remarkable. And maybe I wasn’t ready, maybe I wasn’t mature enough for the relationship or for those, who knows? But the timing wasn’t right, but when the timing was right then it hit and I think that’s spectacular because it’s so different to the tick and flick.

Marty Vids:

And I remember going out on dates and people actually giving me tick and flick questions going, “Where do you work? How much do you earn? Do you want to have kids on guard?” I’m going, “This is just rubbish. I’m not doing this anymore.” This is an interview. [crosstalk 00:32:06]. I know, it was quite, it felt like a recruitment agency. And that’s when I knew with Col it was totally different. It was fun, it was lighthearted, it was very open. We both had our best interests at heart. We both support each other to this day in our development because we’re always growing. And she supports me if ever, you have a dip in the equation in the … where you’re not feeling so great and vice versa. You’re just there for each other, for the highs, the lows and everything in between. So it’s a wonderful, it’s funny and wonderful how it happens actually. And I’m very pleased that you had that experience because it is amazing.

Kyle Weckerly:

Yeah, I’m glad to find that there’s similarities somewhat between you and me. Because sometimes we feel that our story … we’re all unique and that nobody has really gone through what we’ve gone through. So therefore we don’t really want to share that because we feel it’ll make us alien in a way to other people. But what I’m finding as I do more and more ghostwriting and help other people share stories is that there’s always these threads that connect them. And even though the stories are unique, there’s usually one or two threads that connect to other people. And I love finding that in a story or even just reading other books and finding out, okay, this author is saying this and it’s kind of similar to what that author said in that book. And it’s this thread that just pulls it all together.

Kyle Weckerly:

At one point I sat down and thought about it and just had this really weird out of body experience like, it’s all connected man, it’s so crazy, oh my gosh. And I’m like, I got to stop this or I’m going to blow a gasket or something. And it’s just too much to handle.

Marty Vids:

Well, I think you can go down the rabbit hole with that. But it is interesting, the older I’ve got the more I realize there are no real … I think everything, they will say it’s coincidence, but I think there’s more to it. And even in the connection of you teaching children, I mean I think that, that human nature to serve and to see that surprise and delight in people that you’re supporting, that common thread as a human being. The rest is just skill sets. When you’re talking about real human connection and understanding people and who they are, I think that’s the wonderful, like we’re connecting from across the world and yet there are similar tangents waving through like you said, it’s quite remarkable and yet it’s absolutely perfect. So you go, it’s … I find that.

Marty Vids:

And I always think in my teams, I always … it was getting to know the person beyond the result that you were looking for them to get, it was really getting to know their kids, getting to know them as people that made the difference. What are their aspirations? What are their visions? What are their fears and doubts? How do you work through them? How do you build bridges across for that? And that really is a great honor to be a part of that and vice versa, people who’ve done that for me, but it’s being human.

Marty Vids:

My grade five teacher, [Lori Bert 00:35:24], he turned me from a D and E student. We have here in Australia, we get graded from A to E in primary school. And I was for some reason just not going very well. But he played football, he was a captain of a football club and he actually talked me through football because I really enjoyed football. So he taught me maths, even English in regarding certain magazines to help my literacy. And I went from a D student to an A student within one year, 12 months.

Marty Vids:

And I rang him only four years ago to thank him because I think that made such an impact in my life. And he said, you know what? Marty, I remember you because I used your social study book for the next 20 years in teaching classes saying, “This is what you can do if you apply yourself to learning.” And that was just such a thrill to call him and thank him for my journey and vice versa, hearing that feedback on my social studies project book that I thought has helped so many kids. So your link to teaching kids and seeing that aha moment. I very much get through my own personal journey, so it’s a wonderful thing.

Kyle Weckerly:

Wow. Yeah, that is amazing. Wow, having a moment there, got to bring myself back down to earth.

Marty Vids:

We went off on a different planet there, but we’re back.

Kyle Weckerly:

We’re supposed to be talking about career challenges and here we are talking about the enormity and the massiveness of life.

Marty Vids:

But this is it Kyle, this is it, this is about … In career what we forget is the human being who is actually working the career. So I mean if you want to develop people for them to do their best work, get to know them, get to know what inspires them, get to know what their perceived limitations are, what their visions are, what drives them. Because every individual is unique and different. But when you can elicit that from them in a good relationship, it’s amazing what they can do. It is absolutely amazing, whether it’s career or business, it’s just taking the shackles off and doing that for another human being is priceless. You talk about servitude, that’s something that is the greatest gift you could give to someone, whether it’s career, whether it’s business or whether in the transition.

Marty Vids:

So what we’re talking about here transcends the logical tick and flickers we’ve talked about before as in relationships. But it goes really at the core of who we are as human beings and linking that into their life’s best work and performance. So I think we’ve hit on something really significant.

Kyle Weckerly:

Wow. And only on my very first episode of The Career Challenges Podcast.

Marty Vids:

Value wise up Kyle.

Kyle Weckerly: 

Where do I go from here? So speaking of where to go, what’s next for you and your business, your professional journey.

Marty Vids:

Yeah. For me it’s very different now to what it used to be. I was very much … I’m goal orientated but differently. I have three day goals in doing daily activities in the alignment of how I want to express myself in the world. But my vision comes down to enriching people’s lives. That is my sole mission and purpose. Now I do that through business because I love business, I love people and I love working towards a result. But my focus now is just the expansion of enriching lives, that’s what I do. And the things we’ve talked about is really now what my main focus is because I get to do that every day and I get to see where that expands. So instead of putting, and again not to go off course, I have like a torchlight in regards to where my expansion is and I want to do activities within that. But what’s happening out of that is projects are opening up for me.

Marty Vids:

The podcast, I want to impact over one million business owners to really build successful calling. That’s something I’m very, very passionate about. But also in regards to looking at projects, sometimes I’ll get asked to have [inaudible 00:40:01] equities, I will do that. I say no a lot as well because there’s a lot of stuff that comes across my desk that doesn’t really connect with me as to where I want to go. But really it comes back to enriching people’s lives and using business as a forum to do that, small business in particular, I love working with people transitioning out of employment into business, whether that’s even podcasting. I’m seeing a lot of people going into podcasting, but 90% of podcasts aren’t generating any revenues and there’s a way to do that.

Marty Vids:                         And I go, that’s where I find my capability is matching my alignment and where I’m serving the best in the market. So it’s just an expansion of that at the moment and to see where that ultimately takes me. Very different to what it used to be, I’d always start with the end in mind with the business going, here’s the exit point, this is what I want to accomplish, this are the qualities around it, much more logical in that sense. And then I’d follow my instincts. This is more an exploration of ensuring I’m supporting people in attaining the result that they want, which is really interesting for me because I really have to get to know that person on a whole different level and what they want to achieve. And there’s no right or wrong, success is determined by that person for them. I’m only shedding light and building some skill sets around that. And if there’s any limitations stopping them working through that quickly and effectively for them. But that’s where my path is heading now and sharing the wisdom of being in the trenches of business for a long, long time.

Kyle Weckerly:

Wow. That’s really amazing Marty. Well, we’re almost out of time here. Let me just say thank you, Marty, for stopping by. It was a great experience talking with you and I hope that, wish you the best in your professional journey.

Marty Vids:

Well, I wish you the best too, Kyle. I’m really honored to be the first on your podcast. It feels amazing and thanks for reaching out. And we’re connected, there you go, that’s the power of podcasting, the power of a bigger human being and the power of business as well, so I appreciate you reaching out. And just the last thing I’ll just say is to people that, time is the only commodity you don’t get back, so really spend it wisely, live a meaningful and significant life, what that is for you. The rest can be built upon that foundation. So it’s been such an honor. Thank you for allowing me to share my story, Kyle.

Kyle Weckerly:

All right. Well, thank you. And yeah, you have a great day.

Marty Vids:

Bye for now.