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The Freedom to Choose (Liam Austin)

  • Episode #34

Welcome to Making It! This weekly show explores the lives and stories of entrepreneurs as they share their unique perspectives on their success and the path to making it. 

Liam Austin is the co-founder of Entrepreneurs HQ, a company that works with experts to promote virtual events for business owners.  As a professional soccer player, Liam began learning from coaches at a young age. One lesson he kept was “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. Liam took that advice straight into adulthood and entrepreneurship.

In this episode of Making It, Liam shares his journey along the uncertain road to successful business ownership–from imposter syndrome to true priorities. Making it has less to do with your success and more to do with what you give to those you impact or hold close to your heart.

“Every shot, every chance you get, take it; say ‘yes’, because that’s going to take you on a journey to making it.” ”

“I didn’t want most of my life to be spent doing something I didn’t love doing that didn’t give me the freedom to be flexible with my time.”

Liam Austin

Liam Austin is a virtual-events strategist for people and businesses looking to increase their authority, grow their email list (and audience), build a network of influencers, generate additional income and make an impact.His online small business community, Entrepreneurs HQ, attracts experts to cover key topics of interest to our audience of 150,000+ small business owners. Liam works with these key partners to help promote virtual events, giving free value to audiences whilst partners benefit from exposure and income.

His passion for entrepreneurship began whilst at Macquarie University when he was tasked with growing strategic partnerships for one of the top tech startups in Sydney, Soulmates Technology. This foray into tech led Liam to begin building and running his own businesses online. For 4 successive years he juggled study and business with being a professional football (soccer) player in Australia’s national competition, playing for Wollongong Wolves and Sydney United.

His unique and innovative business development and sales skills have taken him from Australia to Europe to America. He has been featured in multiple publications, including BRW, The Australian, Inc., Startup Smart, Real Estate Business, Property Observer, and others. Liam was ranked in the top 5 startups at Sydstart 2014 and placed first at the “Skillsapien Pitch to Silicon Valley Series 2014”, winning a trip to Silicon Valley.

Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:
Liam’s website
Liam’s LinkedIn

Guest – Liam Austin
Associate producer – Danny Bermant
Producer – Cynthia Lamb
Executive producer – Danny Iny
Assembled by – Geoff Govertsen
Audio Post Supervisor: Evan Miles, Christopher Martin
Audio Post Production by Post Office Sound
Music soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely

Music and SFX credits: 

Track Title: The Sunniest Kids
Artist Name(s): Rhythm Scott
Writer Name: Scott Roush

Track Title: Sweet Loving Waltz
Artist Name(s): Sounds Like Sander
Writer Name: S.L.J. Kalmeijer

Track Title: Champagne Papaya
Artist Name(s): Avocado Junkie
Writer Name: S.L.J. Kalmeijer

Track Title: Gotcha!
Artist Name(s): Avocado Junkie
Writer Name: S.L.J. Kalmeijer


Making It

If you’re an online entrepreneur, Making It was made for you. In each episode, real-world entrepreneurs tell their stories in their own words. They define what “making it” means in the busy space of online business. And they reveal what they’ve learned in their journey toward making it… lessons you can use in your own business.