Jack Delosa is changing education for entrepreneurs. He is the founder of Australia’s largest and most disruptive education institution for entrepreneurs, The Entourage. Prior to The Entourage, Jack co-founded MBE Education, which assisted SMEs to raise money from investors.
MBE quickly became one of Australia’s fastest growing companies. Along the way, Jack also became a high-profile investor, investing in growth companies such as Q-Biotics, Martin Jet Pack (ASX:MJP), and founding The Entourage Growth Fund. His last book, UnProfessional, became a best-seller in just three weeks. His next book, Unwritten, has recently been released. Unwritten outlines the unconventional wisdom he’s become known for, to living a life on purpose and making the world a better place. Jack has been listed in the BRW Young Rich List since 2014.
Jack, you will be speaking at Luminosity Youth Summit in July to over 250 youth – what are you looking forward to most about this opportunity?
I think being a young adult in today’s world is such an exciting stage to be at, because choice is everywhere.
Why I love speaking to groups like this, is because they are well informed, they have an imagination, they haven’t yet learnt what impossible is, and therefore I love being able to contribute to expanding their horizons to make really meaningful choices for their future.
You are tagged as an entrepreneur – how do you define entrepreneurship?
Entrepreneurship has really broadened in definition over the last five years. Traditionally an entrepreneur is someone who operates and runs their own business, or businesses …Whereas, I think the definition has changed and broadened to become more inclusive, to really include anybody who takes ownership over their life and proactively creates their future – they way they want it. So I think entrepreneurship today is really about a way of thinking. My definition is that it is anyone who is consciously creating their future.
Your new book, Unwritten, has just been released. can you tell us a little about it?
Unwritten is all about personal alignment, and how you can best determine what you’re great at, what you want to do and how you can create a life and career that align to that.
I believe that when our heart aligns to our head and aligns to our hand – which means who we are aligns to what we are good at naturally – this means we do our mind’s best work.
Unwritten looks at some of the “greats” of history and looks into the future and looks at innovation, all for the purpose of people being able to take ownership over their life and their future.
What will you be speaking about at Luminosity?
I will be speaking about how to live life and build a career that aligns to who you are.
My view is that when what you do is fuelled by who you are, then you do your life’s best work.
My discussion will be around how to architect your future, so that you can be the best you.
When it comes to mentors and people of influence, who have you been inspired by during your life?
Well, when I started out it was really anyone with “been there, done that” experience. In my late teens and early twenties I probably had 12 or 15 different mentors across a range of different fields, but all related to business. Whereas today, my mentorship and guidance often comes from studying the greats of history, including Albert Einstein, Nelson, Mandela, Oprah Winfrey and people like that and learning through their biographies and looking at the principles they have adopted to make the contribution that they have – and that is where I find my guidance.
How important is it to have a mentor?
Incredibly important, especially at a young age. You need to learn how to play someone else’s music before you can write you own song.
Find someone with “been there, done that” experience, who has a proven track record in the field you are going into, and learn from them. It will accelerate your growth considerably.
Jack, what three words describe you?
• Imaginative • Disruptive • Visionary
What you reading right now.
Creative Schools, by Sir Ken Robinson.
Hear Jack Delosa present at Luminosity Youth Summit, 21 July 2016 – Glasshouse Port Macquarie. If you are aged 15 – 25 – BE THERE; WE DARE YOU.
Tickets from Luminosityyouthsummit.com.au
Three days of speakers and workshops.