Our wellness expert Aaron Callaghan answers our Q&A

Aaron has spent the last ten years coaching high-performing individuals from his Wanaka clinic, giving them the physical and mental wellbeing cornerstones they need for achieving success in any area. A recent first-time dad, Aaron is very focused on getting maximum results in minimal time – a key for most busy business people. Aaron spoke at our inaugural Business Retreat and his common-sense approach and easy-to-understand explanations of nutrition, movement, mind set and stress management was a hit with attendees. Aaron’s morning workout was a real highlight for many, which he’ll be doing again this year. 

Q. Who is a leader that you learnt something incredibly valuable from and what was the lesson you learnt from them? 

A. Simon Sinek has been instrumental in driving the idea around understanding your “Why?”. Understanding your “Why?” is a big help in long-term motivation, persistence and satisfaction.

Q. What lesson in business do you try to pass on to others and what does it mean to you?

A. We tend to overestimate what we can do in the short term and underestimate what we can do in the long term. This is the perfect recipe for creating a high-stress environment. 

Q. Who do you think is a great innovator and why?

A. I think the environment that Arianna Huffington is creating for her staff at the Huffington Post is quite unique. She has introduced sleep pods for staff, healthy office snacks, emails blocked to smart phones out of hour and workshops on stress management. Staff care and wellness have been made a priority which has increased satisfaction and productivity – hopefully this becomes the template for future businesses

Q. What has been your biggest learning in business to date and why? How has it affected you going forward? 

A. You don't want to confuse being busy with being productive. This was a hard pill swallow but absolutely critical. This has led to constantly asking the question, "What is the one thing at this moment that will take my business forward?"

Q. If you were 21 years old again and could do any career you wanted, what would you be and why?

A. A farmer. I think it would be rewarding to live as self-sustainably as possible. It would be nice to leave a positive footprint on earth. 

Q. What are you most excited about in attending the Nurture Change Business Retreat in Fiji?   

A. I’m excited about attending as many talks as possible and hanging out with all the amazing people that will be there. Last year I came away inspired, with batteries fully recharged and it really served as a great catalyst for a successful finish to the year.

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