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Meet Drew Browne | Contributor in the Spotlight

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Meet Drew Browne | Contributor in the Spotlight

Drew is a straight-talking financial adviser who believes that life is not about money. Driven by purpose and courage, he is intent on using business as a force for good in the community. Drew is on an epic quest to help Small Businesses unlock their full potential.

He is better known as ‘The De-Risking Authority” and believes that when people feel secure, they live bigger lives. Drew believes in applying a business approach to solving many of the world’s bigger problems, that courageous business is not an option and sees the rise of the conscious consumer movement as the grass roots of a significant opportunity for good businesses to become great businesses.

His company Sapience Financial & Investment is a Certified B Corp and Drew is a proud brand ambassador for the microfinance charity Opportunity International Australia. A child of the ’70s, Drew is also allergic to wasting food, safari suits, ‘self-made individuals’ and playing life safe.

CLICK HERE to read Drew’s Smallville articles.

Drew, who is your business idol and why?

The entrepreneurial women living in extreme poverty in the developing world who consistently take initiative and do the smallest things to help build their family out of poverty and onto the first step to a bigger life. The men don’t seem to have the same dedication to making the hard choices and following through, so if you empower a woman, you empower an entire family unit. You can learn more about them at Opportunity.org.au.

What was the last book you read without skipping through anything?

The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington and Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life by Dacher Keltner.

If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?

Jerry Bruckheimer, the big time Hollywood producer so I could introduce his industry contacts to my mate who writes the most fascinating movie and TV scripts.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Creating a radio grade audio Interview about courage with Mrs Patricia Kennedy OAM in 2015 called Project Patricia –  a 4 part radio interview with an Australian-Scottish Grandmother and her fight against HIV discrimination the 1980’s in Australia. You can listen to it HERE.

Where is your favourite place to go on a weekday afternoon when you have no plans or obligations?

A bookshop in inner-city Newtown with a Gelato bar on the corner that pours hot chocolate into the bottom of the waffle cones when you buy a double scoop.

What drives you to do what you do? What motivates you?

You have to be the change you want to see in the world and that takes courage.  Courage is something you do, not something you feel.   The most important things usually are the most uncomfortable so you just have to get used to that I suppose – you cannot be a leader if nobody can see you standing up.

Is there a documentary/book/event that really changed the way you thought about something?

The Project of Patricia – a 4 part radio interview with an Australian-Scottish Grandmother and her fight against HIV discrimination the 1980’s in Australia.

The book The Bridge to TerabithiaThe Chronicles of Narnia series by CS Lewis and anything by Tony Campolo.

What’s your favourite cheesy pick-up line? Have you ever used it for real?

Wow – the room just lights up when you smile. ☺

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?

White. Because you need it to make other colours look brighter and highlight depth and detail to the darker ones too.

What’s your favourite ’90s jam?

M People and Heather Small.

If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them, how would you choose which ones to answer?

The ones from people, (not companies or groups), who has taken the time to say ‘thankyou’ first.

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