Freedom Through Stability & Mobility: A Purpose-Driven Business with Chris McGowan
How helping others help you grow and how technology can help persons with disabilities in a creative and fun way
“We rise by helping others.” — Robert Ingersoll
As we advance in age and life, we seek and yearn for meaning. A higher purpose for the things we do and the things we love. Knowing and acting based on your purpose results in tremendously great things happening both to you and the people around you.
Chris McGowan aspires to help people all over the world have better access to physio or rehab. He does this through Lusio Rehab— a purpose-driven company helping people affected by Cerebral Palsy. The company helps make physiotherapy available everywhere through the help of technology. Chris is currently doing a combination of running his own recruitment business whilst launching startups.
He believes that through fun, creativity, and technology, people will find the motivation to move!
Freedom and Stability through Employment: HELPING OTHERS HELPS YOU!
Helping others is the unspoken strategy that revolutionizes businesses in every industry propelling them to the top. Companies need a corporate mission that’s bigger than making sales and profit.
Help your people and your partners! Giving people behind you a chance to make changes to the business gives them the opportunity to do a better job.
“I’ve been completely committed to this cause of freedom for employees by creating stability and security and financial reward for them.”
Having a vision of hiring people who need an opportunity, employing return to work mums and dads, people that needed a chance to be able to find somewhere secure for them to work and also an opportunity to earn money. If the people who work for you are proud of the business you’re in, they’ll grind harder turning your business into a real force and ahead of the competition.
“What I’m trying to do is to create freedom through stability and security for people that work with me and around me.”
Learning to take a Risk
Your people are your partners in business.
One of the reasons opportunity slips through other people’s hands is because it’s dressed around looking like hard work.
Many are not fortunate enough to get into the job they wanted or have just failed from a business venture. But there’s always room for improvement and talent sharpening for maximum productivity. You just have to be patient and explore a little further in order to find your diamond!
“This guy is never going to get a job. But he’s got so much talent he deserves an opportunity!”
The keyis to look at the person, make a decision, take a calculated gamble and trust the outcome.
Disability Tech Business: A higher purpose and making a difference in the world.
Disability tech or ’Assistive Technology’ is a type of technology used by individuals with disabilities to better perform functions that are difficult for them to do on their own.
There’s a difference to be made in the world that we are now moving in. Advances in technology changed the way we live our lives. The demand to create products and experiences is growing tremendously nowadays.
This type of technology enables both the disabled person, the one nursing or taking care of them and everyone who interacts with the technology. It allows the user to care for themselves and their families. Providing access to education and entertainment. Offering multiple ways to help people with disabilities lead a more normal life.
As Chris explore the depths and the complexities of what he’s trying to achieve, he built a business that’s focused on creating freedom through mobility. With the goal of helping 10,000 people in the next five years achieve the freedom they deserve.
The advancement of technology helped them invent the concept of prescription gaming. A software system that enables children to do rehab anywhere in the world and be monitored by their physician anywhere in the world, keeping track on them to make sure they achieve their mobility goals.
Getting New Clients and Funding through Multiple Sources and Bootstrapping
To create these 10,000 brilliant experiences, Chris utilized the combination of bootstrapping the business with his and his business partners money.
“Through bootstrapping and with the help of our seed investors who believe in what we do, we will be able to create these 10,000 experiences.”
Chris McGowan says their funding comes from multiple sources. It comes from bootstrapping, investments, accelerator and now from its major customers.
The company now has a group of people who believes in their vision and story. A group of people saying “I believe what you’re doing”. Organizations like Cerebral Palsy Alliance who support their vision and what they do, generously fund the work that they’re doing to contribute it to their physio-centres around the country.
When it comes to getting new clients, they go with anyone who needs physiotherapy. Any organization that does physiotherapy for its clients is also a potential client for them.
In order to better help 10,000 people in the next five years, it is important for them to stay focused on the people who have to do physiotherapy every single day for the rest of their lives. Together with their business partners, they’ve started exploring allied healthcare providers, aged care centers and many more great organizations and companies who’re working behind the scenes.
“I think one of the unique things about our business, we’re not trying to disrupt by replacing people, we’re actually trying to enable them, and I think everybody’s got disruption and replace, whereas I’m coming out … let us help, let us help you because you’re the experts in what you do and we think we’ve got tools that you can use.”
Key Habits that Helps in Managing the Complexities of Multiple Businesses
Listen to podcasts to still your mind.
Maintain a healthy mental mind. Mental health is important as your physical health.
Being reflective is essential in every business endeavor to make sure we chose the right way forward.
It’s about perspective. It’s a wake-up call for me to go and get on with it says Chris McGowan. Listening to a podcast gives him the perspective and the opportunity to explore the authenticity of the people who made it commercially.
Top 3 Productivity Tips
Make decisions in the moment on the best information that you have to hand.
Create head space for yourself to think about stuff other than work.
“Probably the most difficult advice of all that everyone’s struggling with and that would be, if you can, either on your own or with someone else find something that’s purposeful, and commit to it, and chase it, and everyday remind yourself of it, check in, make sure it’s still what you want and then do that, because I reckon it’s probably this thing that keeps me going.”
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