What’s It Like Leaving A Hedge Fund To Open A Yoga & Wellness Centre?

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In this episode we’re talking to Adrian Kowal, the owner of Evolve Wellness who provide an excellent resource for well-being through yoga, holistic treatments and innovative workshops.

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Adrian left his Hedge Fund world behind to open Evolve and embark on an entrepreneurial journey that has been full of ups, downs and learnings. He delivers some valuable insight that can be applied to entrepreneurs accross a number of different industries.

“I just felt that my purpose was not to wake up at 6 am and look at Excel all day long, even if it was to the benefit of my own pocket”

We cover some of the standard startup issues such as when to stop checking your email, letting go of your personal ego and how to really enforce a culture in the workplace instead of just talking about it.

Photo shoot during 2 yoga classes at Evovle Wellness Center

Adrian also highlights the work he’s done with Mind Valley who are real innovators of productivity in the workplace and we hear about the ‘Love Week’ experiment, gratitude emails and more.

Interview quotes:

” Once you come across something that really works, it’s so important to keep it going”

” It’s an amazing lifestyle if you can find the right balance”

“I used to think criticism was a direct assault on myself”

Adrian’s 3 key pieces of advice for entrepreneurs:

  • Clear your expectations
  • Make sure you have three times as much money as you think you need
  • Only hire kind, nice people

Photo shoot during 2 yoga classes at Evovle Wellness Center

If you’re interested in starting a similar business you might want to hear our interview about running a Pilates business using Google Hangouts with Denise Posnak. If, however, your mind veers more towards making millions with a tech startup then check out our interview with Chris who sold his company to Survey Monkey for $35 million.

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