Lisa Messenger is the vibrant, game-changing CEO of The Messenger Group, as well as founder and editor-in-chief of Collective Hub – a multimedia business and lifestyle platform, comprising of a print magazine distributed into over 37 countries, an online news site and event agency.
Lisa Messenger has worked globally in conference and event management, PR, sponsorship, marketing and publishing and is the author of many, life-changing books. It is Lisa’s ‘can do/everything is possible’ attitude that inspires many.
I am SO honoured to introduce you to the AHHHHHHMAZING Lisa Messenger…
Leigh: I am endlessly inspired by your ‘I can do anything’ attitude. Have you always thought this way or has this evolved with age and experience?
Lisa Messenger: I think it was always within me but probably sitting fairly latently. I think definitely with age and experience it has developed as I have worked on the tools to become more and more resilient. I write a lot about this in my first book Daring & Disruptive which goes into a lot of detail about how I have developed this mindset and become less and less reliant on external validation and more and more sure of my own self belief.
LV: You have so many projects on the go. Each time a new book is launched, I think ‘how on earth did she do that?’… How do you manage your time? Do you have any time to switch off?
LM: Ok so this is the trick. Basically I have an unwavering vision – to empower as many people as possible to be the best version of themselves. However the platform and delivery mechanism is largely irrelevant and interchangeable. That keeps everything fresh and exciting. So I basically learn a platform from the ground up (I never pretty much know what I am doing before I start) and then I put a team in place and systemise it. I’ve done it over and over and over again across multiple platforms. I’m really the brand architect, the strategist, the visionary. Then once the team is in place for each business unit I step back and empower them to get on with running it day to day. I am always across every aspect and dip in and out of each more as I am needed. But this gives me leverage and the ability to scale quickly. Therefore I am productive which is better than just being busy. I definitely have down time by putting in place absolute ‘not negotiables’ – like I rarely get to the office before 10am. I spend the morning grounding myself – journaling, writing, meditating and exercising because as soon as I arrive in the office it’s ON!!
LV: What has been one of the greatest ‘pinch me’ moments of your career so far?
LM: It’s funny – I started my first business on 22 October 2001 so really it was going for almost 11 years before the idea of Collective Hub even popped into my head. In those first 11 or so years, perhaps once every six months I would have had a pinch myself moment. NOW literally since launching Collective Hub in February 2013 I would have a pinch myself moment every single hour of every single day. It’s big and it’s a high growth global platform now. Things blow my mind every single day. What I can say that I now know, for absolute sure, is that absolutely anything is possible and we are all equal. Just step into your ‘why’ and your genius zone will flow.
LV: Many would view you as being very successful. What does ‘success’ mean to you?
LM: I haven’t even started yet. For me I’m still literally on paragraph one, page one of a very, very big vision. As soon as I believe I’m successful, as far as I’m concerned it’s game over. I’m just doing what I love every single day. But success for me means having the freedom and choice to do what you want every single day. And even if I had 10 million dollars I would choose to do what I am doing now. So – in that sense – yes, I guess I have achieved some level of success.
LV: You came from a PR and book publishing back ground before launching ‘Collective Hub’ in 2013. Did you have any doubts about embarking on this new path?
LM: I can’t even begin to explain just how right it felt when I decided to launch Collective Hub. BUT that decision was years and years and years of failures and really not having a great sense of who I was…. Everything finally just came together. And then no – I didn’t have any doubts. I just knew it was what I had to do. Now – again I have written a lot about this in Daring & Disruptive as it took at a lot of work to get to that place. I haven’t really allowed myself to have doubts because the doubts and fears I could have would have been absolutely endless and I would have been permanently catatonic in a ball on the floor unable to move. Again – I have taught myself over the years how to develop a mindset to push through all of this and let it wash over me. It’s been the only way. Because almost everything I have done on this journey goes against everything that SHOULD have been possible.
Lisa Messenger’s Current Top 5 Loves…
- Snapchat – obsessed – my snapchat is ‘lisamessenger’
- Silicon Valley – TV show
- My team – I wouldn’t be where I am today without them
- A good hard work out with deep house dance music (I’m serious!!)
- Weekends with best friends – lots of laughs and great food