When self-belief is combined with positive thinking anything is possible, especially when it comes to change your life. After losing his job, Bruce’s belief in himself, and what can be achieved if you set your mind to it, had awesome results.
A common occurrence within the Australian manufacturing sector also hit the compressor manufacturing company where Bruce worked – 40% of the workforce, including Bruce, were made redundant. With Bruce in his early 50s, the prospect of gaining employment was challenging and could’ve represented a very low point in his life.
But, for Bruce and his wife Lindy this was a watershed moment, and they were encouraged to pursue their own business, something that may not have done otherwise.
They sold their home in a Melbourne bayside suburb and with Bruce’s severance pay, purchased a beautiful B&B with restaurant called “The Shed Cafe” in the foothills of the Strathbogie Ranges in Victoria.
Well, for Lindy and Bruce the fact that they had zero experience in hospitality was no obstacle. They believed they could make it happen and learn the skills necessary to running a successful business, in Bruce’s words “we would rise to the challenge”. Lindy also knew she was a great cook and could adapt to managing 45 people, especially after her experiences running a busy medical centre.
Successful it is, within six months from initial purchase, bookings over winter proved to be very strong and restaurant patronage regularly met the 45 person capacity. They recently had a couple celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary.
The great thing about this positive change for Bruce and Lindy is that their work/life balance is now in check. If they want to take some time out to relax during the day they can, they recognise it’s all about getting balance in your life, rather than go, go, going all the time.
Often we talk about making changes in our lives, whether it be setting goals for weight loss, trying to get a better work/life balance, spending more time with the family or reaching big, hairy, audacious goals such as selling the family home and buying a business. Bruce and Lindy prove it’s possible.
Ultimately, you have to believe in yourself and think positively about achieving your goals.