Carolyn Fisher – Founder of Give Yourself Permission To Shine

“Failure is just an opportunity to learn to do things better and to never give up on a dream.”

Meet Carolyn Fisher


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After 50yrs living a not so great life that TAUGHT ME SO MUCH I’ve reached a turning point. I grew up in a family life that was very confusing for me, a strong but overpowered woman, a father who didn’t care and wasted all of the money we made from my Mums brains and his blab and a religion that separated me from how the World really worked. I experienced severe mental illness but worked hard when I could. I’ve been abused, sexually, physically, emotionally. My Mum and great friends saved my life countless times and now I am ready to get going and give back by starting my business Give Yourself Permission To Shine. It will be a not for profit enterprise with all I make going to support those around the World and in my backyard who need it most, including organisation I BELIEVE are doing great work in this area. I see the digital era as a fantastic opportunity to do this.

How long have you been an Entrepreneur?

All my life I think. I’ve had to find smart ways to survive when everything was against me. This taught me failure is just an opportunity to learn to do things better and to never give up on a dream

Did you leave a job to become an Entrepreneur?

I guess you could say yes. I worked very hard for other people for a long time but my ideas were taken and I wasn’t appreciated

What is the name of your current project / company?

Give Yourself Permission To Shine

Please describe for us in 1 sentence your current project.

An enterprise that will create income to be given to those who need a hand up and organisations I BELIEVE are doing this very well

Where did the idea of your current project come from?

From my own experience. I’ve had it in mind for 18 years but haven’t been well enough to do it. Now I am.

Why do you do what you do?

To help others become successful in whatever way they choose. Rise up out of poverty and suppression and be a success in whatever way they define this.

What’s the one thing you wish you could go back and tell your younger self?

You’ve got what it takes, just choose wisely whose opinions of you you take on board

What’s the most important piece of advice would you give to someone just starting?

Do your research. Don’t just listen to any and everyone. Learn from those who have similar values to you and check them out carefully before you do anything with them or how they tell you to.

What does your typical day look like?

Sorting out all the odds and ends left over from my last 50 years. Putting things right. Buillding a solid platform from which to launch myself. Helping my dear friend Cass who experiences terrible schizophrenia (that can be quite a challenge, but I love him and he doesn’t have anyone else) Spending time with those who matter most to me. Reading and learning about how to develop and make my business successful.

If you were to start again, and could change one thing, what would it be?

Nothing. I believe everything I have been through has prepared me for today and for who I am becoming. Despite all the pain and hardship if I am where I am now, and this is just the beginning of that GOOD LIFE I BEGGED FOR above, then am okay. I only wish other people didn’t suffer because of what I went through.

What is the most important thing in life?

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LIFE ITSELF – ALL LIFE. LOVE THOSE WHO LOVE YOU, GIVE BACK TO SUPPORT OTHERS TO BE A SUCCESS, CREATE A MORE EQUATABLE WORLD AND STOP DESTROYING OUR PLANET.

What is one problem you encountered as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

People who you can’t reason with. Don’t waste your time with them. Move on. Go where you are needed and wanted and your skills and intelligence is recognised and encouraged.

Tell us something unique about yourself.

I campaigned REALLY REALLY hard here in Western Australia when our Mental Health Act was being reviewed 5 years ago to make certain changes. One of my ideas made it into the new act. That was, for severely mentally ill people, who often don’t have reliable family or friends to advocate on their behalf, a provision to be made for A NOMINATED PERSON of their choosing to be enshrined in the legislation to be able to make decisions with them and for them against what the health system and social care system might want to do with them. This is really necessary here and IT MAKE IT IN. I couldn’t believe it. I did that when I was really ill mentally and physically. It was tough and I had to persist all over the place Government Ministers, politicians, bureaucrats, mental health sector, get like minded people on board. I DID IT.