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Niyc Pidgeon is founder and CEO of Optimal You and and NiycPidgeon.com; a global community for positive lifestyle change. Niyc is an International Success Coach, winner of the Sage Young Entrepreneur of The Year 2015 award and is a renowned business and entrepreneurship mentor.

She holds a masters in Applied Positive Psychology, and has featured in and contributed for media such as Men’s Health, Women’s Health, BBC, The Times, Virgin Media and Sky

Niyc was recently lucky enough to participate in a google hangout conversation directly with Elon Musk and Richard Branson, during which she managed to make Elon cry!

We discuss Niyc’s journey, and she shares some really great advice and tips for us all. We discuss

  • What she has had to rebel against to become the entrepreneur she is today
  • Mindset and positive psychology
  • How she stays so positive and translates that into business success
  • Her morning routine
  • How she almost went blind and used the experience to help her business
  • Why she decided to pivot her first business and turn it into a personal brand
  • How she made Elon Musk cry

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Read the magazine interview here

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  • For me it’s about following your passion and doing what you love
  • Entrepreneurship is a great vehicle for us to find joy in our lives
  • It involves a lot of risk, and it involves a lot of instability as an entrepreneur
  • If something comes up that is stressful or negative, or is a ‘problem’ (as most other people would see it); I fully believe and understand that it’s supposed to be a lesson for us to learn from. So I see the risk, and being at the edge of your comfort zone like a gift to us as entrepreneurs
  • We can expand, we can move forward more quickly more powerfully when we are operating at the edge of our comfort zone
  • Optimists live longer, they’re healthier, they’re more fun to be around
  • In terms of the status quo, I am the Rebel
  • Everything is temporary, you can create whatever you want but never get used to it
  • You decide when your journey starts
  • In cricket, don’t look at the fielders that are around you, look for the gaps. In life we need to look for the gaps and spot the opportunity, rather than focusing on the obstacles we see.
  • Yes people want to know the theory and they want to know the science; but that’s not what’s attractive, they also want to know about the person, they want to know the story
  • Business is an emotional journey
  • We think that business is one thing and personal life is another thing, but they’re so interlinked and inter woven it’s impossible to separate the two as an entrepreneur
  • Nobody wants a faceless business anymore
  • You see it time and time again with leaders, they will give everything they’ve got to make something that they want – to create something that is bigger than themselves
  • Having that one person that believed in me I was like right, I’m gonna do it
  • I’m going to make this work and that’s all it takes, one person to believe in you
  • When there’s something inside of you that knows this is going to be the breakthrough for you, you’ve got to go for it. You’ve got to take that risk and go all in because that’s where the magic happens
  • It’s the person that has the struggle, and has the foresight to go all in that realises that big explosion of success
  • Pushing myself to a point where I’m either on the edge, or sometimes over the edge
  • From an energetic perspective, have space around you really allows you to grow
  • I feel like we become so attached to ‘things’ that it clouds our vision of what’s really possible
  • Success without happiness is not in fact not success at all
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Time Stamped Notes
  • 00:04:02 – Why Niyc moved to Australia to write her first book
  • 00:04:29 – On why Niyc has chosen to be an entrepreneur
  • 00:05:20 – Dealing with the struggles and loneliness of entrepreneurship
  • 00:07:11 – Values instilled when growing up, and the conflict of entrepreneurship vs career path
  • 00:09:00 – On the perception of money when growing up, and the positive and negative aspect of having had a private education
  • 00:12:16 – A mindset lesson from sport psychology
  • 00:14:13 – On Niyc’s two current businesses
  • 00:17:55 – Niyc’s first proper business, and the lessons learnt
  • 00:21:06 –  Turning her business into a personal brand
  • 00:26:43 – Importance of getting a coach or mentor
  • 00:33:53 –  Making Elon Musk cry
  • 00:36:56 – Risking everything she had to invest in her business and a catch, despite family telling her not too
  • 00:38:50 – On burning the ships
  • 00:39:46 – On applied positive psychology
  • 00:41:27 – The dark side of positive psychology and the value in trauma
  • 00:45:16 – On the importance of balance
  • 00:46:19 – Morning routine
  • 00:47:13 – Moving to Australia, and releasing herself of as many material possessions as possible
  • 00:49:56 – Niyc’s definition of success
The Rebel Wrap Up Round

If you could go back to any point in your life, and have 1 hour with your past self; what moment would it be and what would you tell yourself?

00:51:31 I’d go back to when I was 12 and I got bullied, and say it’s all going to be alright.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received, who gave it to you and how has it positively affected your career?

00:51:47 Be yourself, be authentically you and share your story. From the monitor I met through Richard Branson and Elon Musk

Who is the most disruptive, rebellious or revolutionary entrepreneur of the last 2 years?

00:51:59 Elon Musk

What is the one generally agreed upon rule or conventional piece of wisdom, that you disagree with?

00:52:20 That you should have a 9-5, a dog, a house and 2.4 children

What’s your definition of entrepreneurship?

00:52:41 Creating something that’s heart centred and passion led, that allows you to expand yourself and put a piece of yourself into business.

What advice would you give to anyone listening to this who wants to become a creator entrepreneur?

00:53:06 To absolutely go for it. Be grateful for what you do have, and never let other people’s limits be imposed on you.

Who do you nominate to be a guest on the RebelHead Entrepreneurs podcast?

00:53:19 Ryan Magdziarz

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