Lisa Messenger is the vibrant, game-changing founder and CEO of Collective Hub. She is an international speaker, best-selling author, and an authority on disruption in both the corporate sector and the start-up scene.
Lisa’s experience in publishing has seen her produce over 400 custom-published books as well as having authored and co-authored 24 herself.
Her latest release ‘Daily Mantras to Ignite Your Purpose’ is an artistically presented book packed full of the wisdom Lisa has acquired and cultivated throughout her life and work. It is a thoughtfully curated book of quotes and affirmations, along with Lisa’s personal take, that can be used as meditations, as musings, or as your daily dose of inspiration; one for each day of the year.
Ultimately, Lisa’s passion is to challenge individuals and corporations to get out of their comfort zones, find their purpose, change the way they think, and to prove there’s more than one way to do anything.
With fans including Sir Richard Branson and New York Times best-selling author Bradley Trevor Greive, and a loyal fan base, Lisa’s vision is to build a community of like-minded people who want to change the world.
First up Lisa, how are you coping with the new normal?
Having had businesses for almost 19 years there is little I haven’t experienced in a business sense so I’m no stranger to adversity and having to change direction on a dime. And I’ve become good at reframing my mindset and finding the positives in any situation. So I’m using the time and space to write and re-energise. I think it’s a really beautiful time to be really feeling into the question “if I could do or be anything in the world out the other side of this, what would I be?”.
There is so much free education and so many resources available, that it truly is a time to reinvent and become the person you always dreamed of.
Can you tell us a bit about teenage Lisa? What was she like?
I had so many struggles really. I came from a broken family so I had issues around abandonment and low self-esteem. I was living life according to other peoples expectations and didn’t really know who I was or what my belief systems were. But I was pretty lucky to have a rebellious streak for sure. I rode horses every day after school in my early years living in the country and then went to boarding school in Sydney.
Have you learned any big life lessons over the past year?
I feel like every day is an opportunity for learning. Every day I discover something about myself I want to lean into, or grow from. One thing I know for sure is that I have a resilience muscle that keeps me reinveting and rising from things beyond my control like a phoenix. I wouldn’t have known that I had that ability when I was a teenager. Now I know and truly believe that absolutely anything is possible. I am always reinventing and growing. We just need to be courageous enough to do so.
What ways have you learned to manage fear?
I write a lot about this in my book Daring & Disruptive. I’ve trained myself to go quickly in my head to “worst case situation”. I then reverse engineer it to the present moment. And I think – who are the people I need outside of me to help me through this? Then I feel ok. I think its important to know we don’t have to do life alone. Bring in people – friends, relatives, teachers, therapists, mentors to help you along the way.
What do you think teens are dealing with today that is different to your own teen years? Any top tips for them?
So many things. For one there was no social media when I was a teen. Life was a lot more simple. Now there is a world of comparison. Just be unafraid to be yourself and unapologetic about whoever that is. Know what everyone really is making it all up every day. You can truly be whoever you want to be.
You have just released a new book full of daily mantras, but do you have a favourite one that you like to live by?
Anything is possible!
What keeps you motivated when life gets hard and throws you a curveball?
I just remember what I am here to do “ignite human potential”. So when things get tough I just think – well who am I to not keep going? This isn’t about me. Its so much bigger than me. Also, something to remember is that we really can’t control what comes at us. We can only control how we respond.
Which women inspire you most?
Our Collective Hub community – people who are just courageous enough every day to have a go.
What would really have made a difference to you to have known as a teenager?
That we are all equal. No one is better or more deserving than anyone else.
What do women need more of?
Self love and self confidence.
What do women need less of?
Judgement. Of ourselves and of others.
We have five copies of Lisa’s new book to give away! You can enter via our instagram competition here
Interviewed by Lua Jones
Writer | Empowerer| Editor @ Dear Teenage Me
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