Myriad Live 2017 with Bob Newberry from The Fitness Mindset
Myriad live with Bob Newberry from The Fitness MindsetPosted by BeachCity on Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Chris: Good day, world. I'm back and still at Myriad Live. And it's absolutely teaming down with rain outside, but we're having super fun inside. I'm here with Bob Newberry from the Fitness Mindset. And we've only just started off the conference, but how are you finding it, Bob?
Bob Newberry: Yeah, great. I've only seen one presentation, just down behind you on the stage, there. And it's been real interesting, really good stuff.
Chris: So, Bob, tell us about your business. What's the Fitness Mindset all about?
Bob Newberry: Okay, sure. So, the Fitness Mindset is an online course. And what we coach people in is the psychology behind behaviour change and habit forming, specifically with your health and fitness. So we don't prescribe nutritional exercise. There's plenty of experts around that we'll connect you with that do. But we try to get your mind right. So then you can actually do what you want to do with your health and fitness.
Chris: Brilliant. It sounds like it's the perfect partner to Beach City. Because, you know, that we're all about helping entrepreneurs and helping business people understand that they can have a life as well as work. So that work/life balance.
Bob Newberry: Yeah, absolutely. So we like to say to people, it sounds a bit corny, but it's kind of a matter of life and death. Because if you're not looking after yourself. If you're not giving back to your loved ones, your business, anyone else in your life, so you've got to really ... What we believe, you need to look after yourself. You don't have to be a body building champion or a marathon runner, or anything. But enough that you feel good, you've got energy to do what you want to do, and you're also thinking clearly. That's one of the biggest things for me, that if I'm not exercising and looking after myself, my brain just gets covered in fog and I can't think.
Chris: Absolutely. And, look, I've been around for 38 years now. And I'm only just still coming to understand the importance of exercise and helping keep my mind clear.
So how was that chatting [inaudible 00:01:59]? It was on the start-up stage. Would you call yourself a start-up?
Bob Newberry: I don't know. I don't really connect with that term. Because I think I'm just trying to grow a business to look after my family, if that makes sense.
Chris: I'm with you, I'm with you. I actually dislike the term as well. Before it existed, everybody was just a business, right?
Bob Newberry: Yes. Correct. So the thing I struggle with is, they talk about funding and getting money to go really big. And I like that idea. It's a bit scary. But my business partner and I are just bootstrapping it on the side. Well, we were on the side, and now we're both full time. And we're quite fortunate to be able to do that, to then have a crack and see what happens. The advice that they were giving on stage was to outsource and pay people to do it. And that's a really barrier for me at the moment. I'm trying to be as lean as possible. And I don't have spare cash just floating around to do it. But I do understand that maybe if you take a punt and do that, then maybe your actual, real business will grow faster. It's one of those if/then situations.
Chris: I think the advice from the CEO from Beach City, who's Leigh Kelson, would just say, "Just bootstrap it, mate. Bootstrap it as long as you can."
Bob Newberry: Okay, cool.
Chris: And I think it's great advice, you know? What kind of hours are you doing?
Bob Newberry: Not as much as I need to be, or want to. When I said before that I was full time, I was working in a property development job, or have been for the last few years, and I was actually made redundant at the end of last year. So I took three months off, because we were able to, my wife and I to work on it. And then she's gone back to work this year. We've got three young kids and the oldest one's five. And she's like, "I want to get back to work." She got a job within a week of trying. And she's like, "Well, you kind of don't have a job." So I'm a stay at home dad now. So my wife's taking leave for me to come here to Myriad for the next two days.
So for me to spend the hours, it's when kids are at sleep, when kids are at kindergarten or school or daycare, and when they're in bed at night. And I'm trying to walk the walk that I'm preaching as part of the Fitness Mindset. And I get up at 4:00 am to exercise and get shit done.
Chris: Me too. I've got a young baby who's just changed her wake up time from 6:00 or 7:00 to 5:00 and 5:30. So my 5:00 and 5:30 starts have changed to 4:00 and 4:30 now.
Bob Newberry: So you get stuff done before, yeah. I get it.
Chris: And it's wigging me out. In terms of lifestyle, what's your favourite beach in the world? Where do you like to go on holidays? Or even, where do you like to hang out and clear your mind, maybe before ... Where's your favourite location to do that, before you get stuck in the work, potentially?
Bob Newberry: Good question. So we've just moved house this year and we have a really nice space on the side of the hill in The Gap. Which is kind of in a western side of Brisbane, but it's towards a big national park. And we're right on the edge of that. So I wake up in the morning. And if it's not too cold or rainy, like it is today, I go and sit out on the deck. And we sort of look over the top of all the other houses in the area. And it's really green. And I like to do any Skype calls there as well, because everyone goes, "Oh man, what's in the background there? That looks awesome!" And I'm like, "Yeah, I know."
But beaches, you asked about specifically. One that connects with me is Alexandra Headlands at the Sunshine Coast. Because my wife's parents have a unit there. And we spend plenty of time up there, right on the beach. You wake up and there's just beautiful big, long coast line there. And yeah, that's a really nice place to go away with the family, as well. To, kind of, take a step back and connect. Does that make sense?
Chris:It totally does. And I'm actually in a similar boat. I'm in the [inaudible 00:06:02] coast, and have some really beautiful surrounds that just bring me right down when I get home from a stressful day at work. So it just helps even those stress levels out.
As far as innovation goes, how do you think Australia's travelling in terms of innovation? Would you give us a red, amber, or a green light?
Bob Newberry: Oh gosh. I'm probably not the best person to be asked that question, Chris, to be honest. But if I had to talk about Brisbane, specifically, I think they're really pushing for green. And I only say that because I'm part of the Fishburners Hub in the CBD. And I see the Brisbane marketing team, I'm probably getting their name wrong, but they're the council team that's really behind creating the whole capital, which is Fushburners and [inaudible 00:06:50]. And getting, Myriad here, I'm sure they're involved with that sort of stuff. And trying to get local entrepreneurs and start-ups and things happening. So I've seen that, in the last year or so, really change the Brisbane landscape. From my perspective, just the people I meet, and so I think ... It's a really concerted effort. But, yeah, I don't know about the rest of Australia, though. But that's kind of my local experience
Chris: That's fine. Great. Brilliant, sir. And so, who are you excited about seeing today?
Bob Newberry: I don't know. There's a guy tomorrow, actually, that I'm excited. Who's started the Hustle. Yeah. So I don't really know that much about it, other than I've signed up recently, and he just sends hilarious emails that I really like to read. And they just give you daily things on what's happening in the world of ... I don't know, tech or online businesses, etc. I'm probably getting that wrong. Sorry, Hustle guys. But yeah, I want to see that guy tomorrow. I'm really interested in that.
Chris: Beautiful, beautiful. Well thanks very much for your time, Bob. Its been absolutely fantastic talking.
I didn't know that that was going to happen. We're just getting a call in the middle of being live. And I think we need to wrap this one up. But thanks very much, Bob. Look forward to seeing you around again and maybe get an update.
Bob Newberry: Thanks for having me, Chris.