Ten questions with Wagga Wagga director Simon Sellars
16 January 2015
From being a cycling fanatic to the importance of application at school - we explore the childhood memories, life lessons and quirky habits of Boyce Wagga Wagga director, Simon Sellars.
Simon describes himself as passionate, positive and results driven; he can also put quite a few coins on his elbow, drop them and catch them in the same hand.
1. What are three words to describe you?
Passionate; positive; results driven
2. What is your favourite childhood memory?
I have many as I had a wonderful childhood; however, my favourite is our family 2 week beach holiday at the Duke of Orleans (which is east of Esperance in WA where I grew up).
3. What is the best advice you ever received?
I have quite a few sayings or advice that I have picked up over the years that I believe are applicable if you want to be successful as a person and in business but if I had to pick one…It’s simple but if you try and live it, it actually works; “Make every day a great day!” It’s funny but if you have that mindset at the beginning of the day more often than not you can actually make the day great.
4. What was the most important thing you learned in school?
Application - what you could achieve if you set your mind to it, the importance of education and the difference a good educator could make. I was very fortunate to go to boarding school and you learn a lot about yourself and others when you are living with 60 other boys in a relatively small space.
5. What is one goal, either personal or professional, that you would like to accomplish during your lifetime?
I can’t do only one!
Personal: That my children succeed in being confident, capable and independent individuals who contribute positively to society.
Professional: To help Boyce continue to improve as a business and to continue to help businesses and individuals achieve their goals (upon leaving Boyce I hope to look back and feel that I have achieved this).
6. What was the last book you read?
One Crowded Hour by Tim Bowden. It’s a biography on a Tasmanian cine-cameraman, Neil Davis, who spent over 20 years as a journalist covering the conflicts in South East Asia (e.g. the Vietnam War). It’s a great read. Highly recommended.
7. Do you have a talent, hobby or interest that would surprise people?
No. A couple of hobbies or interests (i.e. cycling, water and snow skiing and anything in the surf) but nothing that would surprise. Oh – don’t know if this counts but I can put quite a few coins on my elbow, drop them and catch them in the same hand!
8. What is one piece of technology you can’t live without?
I didn’t think it would ever come to this, but I really do now heavily rely on my iPhone (phone, for the time, calculator, tax calculations, NPV’s, weather, Asana, navigation, camera to name a few)
9. What is one unique or quirky habit that you have?
That’s a bit personal! Mmm…you would probably have to ask my wife or kids as I am sure they would say I have 1 or 2 of them...mmm…I really can’t think of one that is quirky but I have developed a habit of absolutely having to have a cappuccino in the morning.
10. Finish this sentence. Boyce to me is…
A wonderful opportunity! A wonderful opportunity to help people within our business achieve their goals and succeed and a wonderful opportunity to educate and help our clients understand their business, achieve their goals