Meet John Broadbent who is on a new business adventure! – Celebrate Living History

Meet John Broadbent who is on a new business adventure!

We are on the quest to interview business owners over the age of 60. This week we visit Sydney and chat to John Broadbent who started his new business adventure on the first of February this year!


He has been self-employed since 1987 and has experiences across a range of businesses including IT, retail and manufacturing.

He is excited to be finally doing work he loves.

Can you tell me a little bit about your business and what you do?

Realise Potential Pty Ltd is the culmination of many years of informal mentoring and formal life and business coaching. I had a software development business for manufacturing, which I left to my business partner, to pursue a deeper purpose and level of fulfilment.

What motivates you to keep working after 60?

I absolutely love what I do so it isn’t ‘work’!

Having a solid and clear purpose (Helping people realise their potential) ensures I stay on track and aligned with my mission.

Seeing young business people learn and implement from my experience, and the success it brings them, is so rewarding.

I also have two sons, 15 and nine, and as a single father, need to continue to provide for them, so may as well do what I love.

It also sets an example for them and in fact, my 15 -year -old son has already started a business.

 What do you like most about having your own business?

The freedom to work when I wish, be with my sons for almost all of the time they’re with me, see them off to school, be at home when they return and plan my travel for when they’re with their mother.

What have been some of the struggles you have faced with running your own business?

Managing cash-flow, ensuring I don’t get distracted when with my sons, ‘switching off’ when they come home from school and being mindful about burning too much of the midnight oil!

What are some of the most important lessons you have learnt in life?

We can never learn less. Everything we desire is on the other side of fear. I’ve learned to trust myself implicitly and when I do make errors of judgement, use those as a learning opportunity by owning them and changing so it’s not a repeat situation.

What advice would you give to the younger generation?

Have a go at anything that inspires you. You’ve got so much time to try and try again, and each experience expands you as a person ,so fail often, fail fast, learn and move onto the next adventure!

If you could jump into a time machine what era would you visit and why?

I’d stay right here. I’ve watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon, started using PCs in 1981 (and still love them, although I’m now a MAC user!), seen the birth of the Internet, solar power, cost-effective aviation, space travel, the ISS, missions to Mars, advances in medical technology, manufacturing automation and robotics, helped build several ‘smart factories’, lived in multiple countries … I feel so blessed to have experienced this era.

Anything else you would like to add?

The world really is a place to explore, in so many facets. Find what motivates you, what will get you out of bed each and every day and work out what you can do, from a place of service, to make the world a better place each and every day.

We don’t know our potential until we stretch ourselves and understand our capabilities and capacities.

Imagine what the Earth would be like if each and every person did this!