When I was growing up, my mum earned about $20,000 a year to support herself, my brother and I. By living very frugally and only spending money on things that were investments into our future (such as extra-curricula activities) she was able to bring my brother and I up to get our educations and go to university.
When I was considering being an entrepreneur, this really consoled me because I knew firsthand that if I completely failed at all my entrepreneurial endeavours, my relationship failed and I was left to look after two young kids, I would be able to do it.
Knowing what the worst that can happen looks like makes it less stressful to take a leap of faith and reach for the stars.
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I'm the founder of Robogals, and the Young Australian of the Year for 2012. Currently working on 2Mar Robotics, giving speeches around the country and in my final semester of my degrees in Mechatronics Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Melbourne.
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