The Journey

by Fab Mackojc

The Journey showcases interesting and insightful guests who have chosen an unconventional path early in their career. Fab uncovers the mindsets, habits and decisions that enables these young people to live life on their own terms. The simple mission of The Journey is to inspire others to pursue their own path so they can have a life and career that suits their unique personality and interests. If you’ve ever wanted to take control of your future and have a life you’re happy with then this podcast is for you. All show notes, resources, and links can be found at: Follow us on Instagram: @journey_podcast


Latest Episodes

Ep 72 - Highlights from the Top 10 episodes of 2017

Just like I did last year, what better way to end 2017 than to highlight some of the best moments from the podcast this year. This is a clip show episode with highlights from the 10 most listened episodes in 2017. I won't spoil the order, if you want to know who made the cut you'll just have to listen. You can find the show notes here:

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Posted on 29 December 2017 | 7:27 am

Ep 71 - Fab recaps his own journey during 2017

“Everyone is on their own journey.” - Fab Mackojc One year ago I had the pleasure of being interviewed by my good pal Zezan Tam to share my story. I wanted to recap what’s happened since then and what I’ve learned from my own journey during 2017. This is a bit of a long episode but it’s well worth a listen if you want a unfiltered view of what I took away from a year in which a lot of things didn’t go to plan or turn out how I would have liked. You can find the show notes here:

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Posted on 22 December 2017 | 6:54 am

Ep 70 - Sarah Holloway, Selling matcha green tea powder

“What is the opportunity that won’t be there ever again?” - Sarah Holloway Sarah Holloway started her career as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at a leading international law firm. Early on however she realized that the corporate life wasn’t for her as the profession and its lifestyle didn't easily reconcile with her personal passions for health, wellness and creativity. After a fateful trip to Hong Kong and a recommendation from her doctor not to drink coffee, Sarah stumbled onto matcha green tea as an alternative and wanted to buy some after returning to Australia. With plenty of low quality matcha powders on sale and all the high quality ones being sold in big quantities she noticed a gap in the market and founded Matcha Maiden with her partner Nic in late 2014. Her chance to leave her law job came up sooner than expected when this “side project” that was started as a creative outlet grew into a booming business. Within six months they had grown big enough to draw attention from giant US retailer Urban Outfitters, who placed a recurring order that could only be fulfilled if one of the partners went full time. Three years later, the matcha business has a suite of products and has taken on a physical embodiment in a Melbourne café called Matcha Mylkbar that serves a variety of plant-based dishes. We talk about starting a business off a Google search, turning a side hustle into a real business, why not everyone needs to be an entrepreneur, "seizing the yay", balancing work, fun and rest, being a bit "woo-woo", sound healing, fully surrendering to an experience and much more. You can find the show notes here:

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Posted on 7 December 2017 | 7:24 am

Ep 69 - Laura D’Asaro, Getting people to eat bugs

“If you put in a lot more effort than anyone else you’re gonna have good results.” - Laura D'Asaro Laura D'Asaro is the co-founder and COO of Six Foods, a company that specializes in making food from cricket flour, which is a much more sustainable source of protein than beef. Their flagship product, Chirps Chips, are chips made from crickets, and have three times more protein and 40% less fat than a tortilla chip. Laura's journey in social entrepreneurship began at age fifteen, when she raised $14,000 through her lemonade stand to build a playground for her community. She has also broken multiple world records, including the longest book domino chain and fastest time to crawl one mile. We talk about eating insects, being rejected by 400 manufacturers, getting an investment from Mark Cuban, breaking world records, creating 100 ft slides, bringing things to life that don't exist, talking to yourself for 5 minutes straight, having a life manual and much more. You can find the show notes here:

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Posted on 16 November 2017 | 5:15 am

Ep 68 - Josh Quigley, Suicide survivor and endurance cyclist

“Physical exercise is by far the most effective and practical thing that anyone can do.” - Josh Quigley After a dark and painful battle with depression, Josh Quigley lost all hope and attempted suicide by intentionally crashing his car at over 80 mph. He miraculously survived this suicide attempt and walked away with no physical injuries. After realizing he’d been kept alive for a reason he decided to grab hold of his 2nd chance at life and raise awareness of mental health issues. On the 1 year anniversary of his suicide attempt he set off from Scotland by bike attempting to cycle around the world as The Tartan Explorer. After cycling for 10,000 miles through 14 European countries Josh decided to return home to Scotland and continue his journey to happiness. Now based in Edinburgh, he is an ultra endurance athlete who attempts global cycling challenges. His long term dream is to make another attempt at cycling around the world. We talk about deciding to cycle around the world, getting "out of the trenches", eating only bread and bananas for 6 months, why he changed his mind on ending The Tartan Explorer, how meditation cured his anxiety, what spirituality means to him, doing a life audit and much more. You can find the show notes here:

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Posted on 2 November 2017 | 4:23 am

Ep 67 - Reese Lansangan, Singer-songwriter

“When you work hard the universe will acknowledge that and people will see that as well.” - Reese Lansangan Reese Lansangan is a 27 year old singer-songwriter, visual artist, graphic designer, fashion designer, and published author. Reese’s first love is music and she believes in telling compelling and informative stories through her songwriting. Her debut album, Arigato, Internet! features 13 original songs + 5 remixes by renowned indie musicians from the Philippines. Her body of creative work is heavily influenced by childhood, science, Asian iconography, and pop culture, branded with a hint of humour. In both her art and music, she is keen on dissecting and shedding light to everyday phenomena that are commonly overlooked. Her hit single Home, written to be performed at a celebrity wedding in the Philippines, has been listened on Spotify over 4.2 million times. We talk about how the Internet helps regular people get discovered, her 'camp rock' experience, recording her first album, creating a song for a celebrity wedding, making time for supporters, the importance of hard work, how it's ok to be passionate about many things and much more. You can find the show notes here:

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Posted on 18 October 2017 | 11:49 pm

Ep 66 - Rabia Sitabi, Working in 10 industries before the age of 30

“Just be open to everyone.” - Rabia Sitabi Rabia Sitabi’s life started in tough circumstances: she lost both her parents by the age of 16 and had to become a mother for her younger siblings. Since then she has taken a very unique journey through her career working across a range of different industries and professions. Rabia is now a international culture ambassador who aims to connect the East to the West through events and education. During the week she runs strategy and operations for two international marketing and consultancy agencies, and in her spare time she collaborates with the likes of the South Korean government, Chinese writers, Pakistani LGBTQ groups and Indian Art collectives to expand intercultural awareness in Europe. Her fields of expertise are mostly marketing, branding, social media, and strategy. We talk about becoming an orphan at 16, beta testing Facebook in 2006, being a coloured female in tech, working in 10 different industries before turning 30, meeting Adele before she was famous and much more. You can find the show notes here:

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Posted on 6 October 2017 | 5:04 am

Ep 65 - Nick Jaffe, Finding freedom and autonomy through sailing

“With the right amount of time and focus and the right tools there are many more things that you can do than you think you can do.” - Nick Jaffe As a teenager Nick Jaffe started working in software development before deciding to study photography at the Victorian College of the Arts. He soon after went overseas and started hitchhiking through Europe before falling in love with sailing. From 2006 to 2009 Nick sailed solo across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in a small 26ft boat. This adventure was the subject of a feature length film called Between Home. He later returned to Australia and started a number of businesses, namely Serversaurus, a web hosting company and Electron Workshop, a co-working space. We talk about hitchhiking to the Arctic Circle, buying a boat over the Internet, having a sense of autonomy & freedom, self-sufficiency, living in a shipping container, Beat Generation literature and much more. You can find the show notes here:

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Posted on 15 September 2017 | 8:17 am

Ep 64 - Alexandra Clark, Entrepreneurial chocolatier

“Whatever you do, just keep walking. Don’t actually ever stop.” - Alexandra Clark After working at an ice cream shop at age 14, Alexandra Clark fell in love with the interaction that people have with sweets. Her curiosity took her to Michigan State University where she studied Hospitality Business & Food Processing Technology. After receiving her chocolate certificate from The French Pastry School of Chicago, she left the country on a full scholarship to New Zealand’s prestigious Massey University to complete a degree in Agricultural Commerce and continue her research on value chains in the cocoa and chocolate industry. She then worked for a number of chocolate makers before eventually deciding to launch her own venture. Bon Bon Bon went from dream to reality in 2013 when Alex returned to her home state of Michigan with the goal of launching a chocolate studio and store that challenged the industry’s status quo with enthusiasm, experimentation, and creativity. The store crafts chocolate candies called “Bon Bon Bons” with a classic French technique in conjunction with a little Detroit ingenuity to create flavors that range from classic to bizarre and everything in between. Alex opened a second store in downtown Detroit in 2015 and is looking to add a third location very soon. We talk about being a "non-illicit drug dealer", the benefits of hippie parents, studying in Norway and New Zealand, saying 'yes' to the best opportunity, turning down a PhD in chocolate, outrageous chocolate flavours, the changes happening in Detroit and much more. You can find the show notes here:

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Posted on 31 August 2017 | 3:30 pm