Who are we?Our story, our partnership, our family
HELLO…I’M MARGI BATSON
My mission is to bring about change, one person at a time, to compassionately reach out to support and encourage others so that they can confidently believe in themselves and thrive.
I’m a baby boomer, the world has changed dramatically since I entered it in 1947.
My parents were 10 pound poms, arriving in Australia with 3 young children in 1948 only to find that their sponsors had been evicted, so with nowhere to live they borrowed a huge tent and set up home on a vacant block of land in Adelaide. They did it tough.
But they were resilient, they stuck it out and I grew up in the land of sunshine.
My childhood was a mixture of fun and adventure, there were no restrictions and we played outdoors from dawn to dusk. Indoors was very different, my father turned to alcohol and family life was volatile and dysfunctional.
I started work at 15 years of age as a shorthand typist and as soon as I was financial enough I moved out of home and shared accommodation with others.
I met my husband at work, after 5 years of courting, we married, and had two beautiful daughters.
Our married life was eventful, we both changed jobs many times, we built several businesses, some successful and others not so. We bought and sold houses, changing our address often, we travelled the world together, life was full of variety.
In 1998 with our daughters both living abroad, we started a new phase in our lives and relocated from Adelaide to Darwin.
My husband opened a business in the finance industry and was very successful. I continued working doing what I knew best, secretarial work, retiring from full time work in 2005.
I was happy and content, enjoying my hobby of painting, playing an occasional game of golf, and travelling overseas.
Life took a 90 degree turn when after 43 years our marriage ended. For the first time ever I found myself living alone, with the realisation that there was a lot of learning I had to do, I’d relied on someone else for many years. It was a huge wake-up call.
Towards the end of our marriage our finances weren’t looking too healthy. Investments had gone pear-shaped, and my husband’s hopes of retiring at age 65 were dashed. He’s still working at the age of 72. I was forced to sell my beautiful apartment, find rental accommodation and apply for the pension, something I never thought I’d be doing.
I took up study and qualified as a FasterEFT practitioner, the training and the connection with others helped pull me out of my depressed state. My studies also ate into the meagre finances I’d been left with. I love the work and am passionate about helping others, and I take on clients who don’t have the means to pay for sessions. Recouping the study costs has been a long, drawn out experience.
A few months ago as I was watching a TedTalk on my computer and came across a digital marketing business opportunity on a YouTube ad and it ticked a lot of boxes. I first saw this business as a means to earn extra income but I’ve realised that it’s much, much more than that. It’s a learning academy that teaches both online marketing skills and self-improvement techniques and it’s something both Janie and I can share with others who might also be looking for a change or for more future security. It’s also given me hope that one day I will again own my own home and not have to rely on the pension. I actually saw a video about this business 8 years ago and I dismissed it, thinking it wasn’t something I could do. Fast forward 8 years and the only thing that had really changed were that my finances had diminished.
It’s an educational platform, teaching how to market my therapy business, or anyone else’s business online. It’s a community of supporting and encouraging members, led by people who are visionaries. The two young men at the head, Stuart Ross and Jay Kubassek built their own empires online, but they found that wealth didn’t give them satisfaction. They’ve put together an organization that is first and foremost about self-improvement, a culture of sharing, caring, giving, supporting and helping which is connected to a wealth of knowledge and learning for business advancement.
Janie and I formed a partnership to build our online business. Our aim is twofold, we now have something to offer other than the traditional way of employment and business, giving hope and encouragement, where right now there might be insecurity and doubt about the future. It also gives us a way to earn extra income giving me back control and flexibility and giving Janie job security and less stress.
We’re learning the skills we need to build our online business, Janie from London and me in front of my computer in Darwin, Australia.
Just like any business, it’s not easy and it’s not free. It requires a business mindset, investment, commitment to hard work and above all a burning desire to succeed.
We’re committed to sharing and showing other people that there is a different way. Traditional jobs no longer offer long term security, and this is a great time to take control to learn something that will enable you to live a lifestyle of your own desire and own making. My mission is to open people up to another option, to give them that ‘light bulb’ moment that sparks action and hope.
We’re both proof that it can be done, I’m 72 without any prior technical know-how, and no knowledge of digital marketing. It’s amazing what can be done when you realise your own strengths and potential. We’re both learning and taking action and we’re keen to share this opportunity with others who are looking for a change or who are concerned about their future.
If you’re curious about what we’ve chosen to do and would like more information, just register your name and email address at the bottom of this page and we’ll send you the free video series. They’re the videos we watched and that sparked our interest.
This academy is heads and shoulders above anything I’ve ever seen. If you’re looking for change, if you’re concerned about your future or your childrens or grandchildrens futures, have a look at what we’re a part of. It could give you hope as it has us. There’s nothing to lose and so much to gain. I invite you to join us on this journey.
HELLO…I’M JANIE ACUTT
My mission is to facilitate in the education of healthy body-healthy mind. To lead and inspire people to challenge themselves and step into their power, to offer a supporting and learning environment so that people can begin to dream again and move toward their higher self and life goals.
I’m Janie, Margi’s eldest daughter (age 45 years).I grew up in Australia with a very loving Mum, Dad and a sister Kate who is 2-1/2 years younger. I had a happy and privileged childhood. By no means were we rich but my life was filled with love, guidance and support from Mum and Dad.
They were entrepreneurs from the day I was born and I watched them succeed at several businesses although Mum also worked on and off over the years. I guess in the back of my mind I always felt that owning my own business was just part of my DNA.
School was something I didn’t do well at – the only thing I loved about school was to spend time with my friends. In my mind, school was a place where your dreams were put away in a box. The box would be unearthed in your last days in this world and you’d be reminded that you never lived out your dreams but instead lived a life society expected you to live.
My passion from a young age was musical theatre and at age 15 I left school to pursue my dream. Dancing was my calling – I felt so free and I wanted to share that feeling with people when they came to see a show.
My best friend decided to head to London and I followed closely behind after my 21st birthday. London was a wake-up call! Life wasn’t quite so comfortable anymore and I realised, without a professional qualification London was going to be a place where one existed, not lived! And all the travel I had planned and dreamed about was not going to happen.
London West End theatre paid little and I needed a ‘real’ job. I started temping with a Private Equity company and they offered the chance of going to finance college part time while I worked. I accepted and obtained a qualification as a Certified Chartered Accountant. I worked at that company for 13 years.
I met my husband, Scott in year two of my stay in London. We bought and sold a number of properties in London over the years and I was fulfilling part of my entrepreneurial spirit, however I could only support the purchases by working in my accounting role. I was always focused on my entrepreneurial spirit and completed a number of courses. This included Property Investment and I did purchase a number of investment properties. Some were great for investment but some, having been bought minutes before the recession were duds and I ended up losing a lot of money very quickly. I also thought a Master Personal Trainer qualification would give me something to work with, but with limited hours, a limit of people I could train at once, meant a limit on my income. I realised I needed to continue my accounting career to pay the mortgage.
We moved out of London into the countryside and for 6 years my daily commute increased from an hour a day to 4 hours a day. My bigger home meant a bigger mortgage and the dream of being set free from working full time now seemed light years away! Even worse, the extra commute and 12 hour work day meant serious sleep deprivation and now I wasn’t living…I was merely existing!
My mother and father separated which meant my mother needed to earn an income for herself. We spoke on Skype every weekend and she mentioned that she had found an online business. Helena and Grant Lamb popped up in a YouTube ad while she was watching something else. They offered a 7 day video series which explained how it was possible to start an online business. Mum had tried out other online ventures and I just thought it was another one that she’d start and never finish. That was until she forwarded me the information, I wanted to know more and potentially invest in it. ‘It’ being a business model with a self-development programme attached.
There is something about the owners, Stuart and Jay, when they talk it is with such integrity and authenticity. Their own journeys are a masterpiece and for a time they were mentoring people and creating (in Stuart’s words) ‘Rich assholes’ which they, not surprisingly, found unfulfilling. Coming together in business they wanted to provide more than an education and business platform where people could earn an income to create freedom. They wanted to create a supportive community where mindset was at the forefront of the education. I wanted to be part of this; I wanted this for me and my family.
Mum and I registered with the academy as a partnership via Helena and Grant’s affiliate link. We started the education modules and were introduced to private groups on Facebook where 1000s of other members were sharing their experiences, successes, highs & lows, helping and supporting each other. We had found our tribe!
This new online education has been a challenge. In fact, I spent my first two months in overwhelm but slowly I saw the light and an incredible journey began. Learning, sharing, finding my purpose again with the help of a mentor and coach through the SFM business has been extraordinary. We went to Perth, Australia for an event attended by 100s of members and we had the privilege of meeting Jay and Stuart in person. I’m excited for the future and to inspire colleagues and friends fills me with absolute joy when I see the excitement in them.
I hope this inspires you to take a leap of faith and join us on a very special journey and adventure – a place where you can rekindle your dream; to work on ‘stop existing – start living’! Expect some hard work and big challenges whilst learning something completely new. But also expect the very best of you to come out at the other end and some incredible life-long friends.
FAMILY – My family is everything to me and I will do whatever it takes to protect them and keep them safe. They entertain me, they infuriate me, they frustrate me, but I cherish every moment I spend with them and around them. Our experiences together have created fond and lasting memories. I value each member of my family, I appreciate them unconditionally and I’m thankful for their presence in my life.
COMMUNICATION – Is not what I experienced as a child, nor in my adult years as much as I would have hoped. The lack of communication has impacted my life with negative outcomes. To be open, transparent and to easily and effortlessly communicate with others would, for me, be the ideal and I value it and welcome it as part of my future.
INDEPENDENCE – I value my ability to make my own decisions, to follow the path less travelled, and to be able to act and respond according to my own priorities and beliefs. To be able to rely on my own judgement and decision-making without the need for someone else’s opinion.
FREEDOM – Freedom of choice, freedom of speech, freedom to go where I want and to live where I choose. We are very fortunate to live in a country where we can live without the fear of being watched or judged. I will never take our freedom for granted and I’m grateful for those who have gone before us for providing us with our freedom.
SERVICE TO OTHERS – To help, support and encourage other people is important to me. Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity, respect and without judgement. I value and appreciate it when people give me the opportunity to serve them.
GRATEFULNESS – I wake up each morning and say “I greet the day with joyful anticipation. I’m so grateful for this gift of another glorious day. I will treat it wisely, with respect and with purpose and intent”. I take nothing for granted, and believe that being grateful is a choice. I choose to see the gifts in everything, even in the challenges.
COMPASSION – In all circumstances I respect the dignity of each person; I offer hospitality, kindness and friendship without judgement to everyone who crosses my path each day. Showing compassion to people gives me the opportunity to make a difference in their lives.
RESILIENCE – Coupled with flexibility and adaptability has helped me to recover and respond positively to events in the past. Being resilient for me means when unexpected things happen, it’s having the capacity to accept and deal with these things and to be able to bend and go with the flow, and not let circumstances dictate the results.
FAIRNESS – For me it’s important to treat everyone equally, with no discrimination. No matter our background or our upbringing, we all deserve to be accepted with no judgement, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.
“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” -Charles Kettering
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