Episode Summary

Many people talk about leaving their corporate job to start their own business. This idea is very appealing, of course. Imagine it - no boss to tell you what to do. No working hours dictated by the employer. No office politics. No commute.

But when you’ve been brought up with a more conventional idea about what “success” looks like, it can be hard to let go of the security and status that a big corporate job brings. That's why I'm so excited to talk to today's guest, Susan Gafsen, Co-Founder and Director of Pep & Lekker Natural Foods.

Episode Notes

Many people talk about leaving their corporate job to start their own business. This idea is very appealing, of course. Imagine it - no boss to tell you what to do. No working hours dictated by the employer. No office politics. No commute. No worries, right?

And, It is great, but when you’ve been brought up with a more conventional idea about what “success” looks like, it can be hard to let go of the security and status that a big corporate job brings.

There's a new generation of people who are turning their back on the “rules” of their upbringing and starting new, passion-led businesses. These amazing over 50 entrepreneurs account for 43% of start-up founders and their numbers are growing.

Today’s guest, Susan Gafsen, is one half of Pep & Lekker, a vegan soup and seeds business making waves in this growth industry. Susan was a high-flying lawyer until various family twists and turns forced her to think for the first time about what she really wanted. Susan’s story will be familiar to many of you. And if you’ve yet to take the leap and really embrace what you want, I hope you’ll be inspired by her story to at least explore what going it alone (or with a friend) might look like.

I really enjoyed hearing how Susan broke with the expectations of her upbringing and how her Brilliant Gamble is really starting to pay off. You can find out more about Susan and Pep & Lekker on their website and please do find them on social media - @PEPandLEKKER.

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About the Show

Do you struggle with work life balance? Are you excited to get out of bed and work on something you truly love, that feeds your creativity and passions and that allows you to make an impact? Or do you feel success in one area of your life requires sacrifice in another? Well, work doesn’t have to be this way.

What if you didn’t have to sell your soul, compromise your values or forgo professional success to achieve work life balance?

Join former BBC journalist, best-selling author and digital nomad Blaire Palmer and her guests as they share inspirational, honest and real conversations. A Brilliant Gamble is a great resource for those seeking real-life advice and insight based on the actual experiences of people just like you who are re-thinking how to balance work, life and self.

Learn practical strategies that will help you design a blended life - integrating work, family and self - to create a work life you love. You’ll hear inspiring interviews with entrepreneurs, creatives, leaders and others embracing new ways of working to design a life they love.

A must-listen for fans of Jess Lively, Michael Hyatt, Brene Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert, Seth Godin and Tim Ferriss.