Startups battle tall poppy syndrome

Jirra Harvey took a big leap starting Kalinya Communications six years ago.

She didn't really know anyone who ran a business and says "there was a fair bit of naivety involved" launching the marketing company which promotes Aboriginal knowledge and entrepreneurship.

Harvey says she was worried other people might be critical of her ambition.

"I was really scared of it when I started my business," she says. "I was nervous about owning that and being vocal about the lifestyle I wanted to create for myself but actually it has been the opposite of that, I have had a lot of support."

Kalinya Communications now turns over about $200,000 a year and Harvey has carved out a niche sharing positive stories of resilience and ambition from the Aboriginal community.

Not acting on ambitions

Research by CGU Insurance found more than half of all Australians have thought seriously about starting a business but are yet to realise their ambition.

The CGU Ambition Index surveyed 2000 Australians, including 1000 small business owners, and found many people are not acting on their ambitions due to lingering perceptions of tall poppy syndrome as well as a fear of failure. Read more

Cara Waters - Brisbane Times - 28 Oct 2018

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