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Meet Mike Dowsett | Contributor in the Spotlight

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Meet Mike Dowsett | Contributor in the Spotlight

Mike Dowsett is the founder of Engineer Your Business. He’s worked with small to medium businesses in the engineering field since graduating from University with a degree in Applied Physics in 1989. He’s been a part owner and general manager of a mid-sized engineering firm with 13 offices in 5 countries around the world, 85 staff and a presence on the world stage in their field. His time with the company included 20 years in a management role, 9 years on the board of directors and responsibility for many top-tier local and international clients.

Mike credits his success to having an uncommon ability to analyse complex data and simplify it into easily understandable concepts. He gets excited about innovation, efficiency and systems and enjoys working with business owners who want to turbo-charge their business to maximise their output and boost their bottom line.

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Mike, who is your business idol and why?

Richard Branson. I really admire his:

  • entrepreneurial spirit
  • thoughtfulness
  • concern for his people
  • sense of fun
  • being of service
  • generosity
  • no-fear attitude and willingness to put everything on the line
  • drive and work ethic
  • imagination and vision
  • disruptive approach to business

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

Book Blueprint – How any entrepreneur can write an awesome book by Jacqui Pretty

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

Richard Branson, because he looks like he has a pretty awesome mix of cool work projects and great fun during his downtime.

What is something you’ve always wanted to try but have been too scared to?

Bungy jumping. I got very close once, but chickened out at the last minute. Although in my defence, I have done the Nevis canyon swing in Queenstown New Zealand, which is the world’s biggest swing, at a height of 160m above the canyon floor and reaching a speed of 120km/hr. It was completely awesome!

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Being a father to 3 wonderful young men, all of whom are independent, interesting, engaging, confident, capable and entrepreneurial.

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

Kayaking on the upper Yarra River with my wife, enjoying being outside, the tranquility and the amazing scenery that we have in Melbourne so close to the city.

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

I love business – it fascinates me. I love talking to people about their business and seeing how things could be improved, what opportunities might be out there to generate more income, save on costs and innovate with systems and processes to get their business engine running more efficiently.

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

Attending the Anthony Robbins live event “Unleash The Power Within” was life changing for me. Doing a barefoot firewalk was amazing – I had always been dubious when I had seen or heard of this in the past and thought it was somehow rigged, but doing it myself and witnessing firsthand the power of our own thoughts and what can be achieved when we are In State was incredible!

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

I’ve been with my wife for 26 years now, so I’m very rusty on these. Sadly, I needed to google “cheesy pickup lines” to come up with something and found some absolute shockers, which made me even more glad that I haven’t had to worry about dating for the last two and a half decades! One I found that didn’t actually make me want to throw up was “I’m not a photographer, but I can picture me and you together”.

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

I’d be Blue, because that’s like the ocean – steady and strong.

What’s your favourite ’90s jam?

I’m a bit of a fan of heavy rock, so ACDC’s Thunderstruck from 1990 is a favourite that always gets cranked up to full volume in my car.

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? 

I’d quickly scan through the whole list and delete all the ones where I didn’t instantly recognise the sender’s name, with the exception of course of the ones from people I didn’t recognise with a title saying “I want to pay you to do some work for me”.

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