In episode 88, “The Lottery of Life,” Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to entrepreneur, adventurer, philanthropist and 1986 Australian of the Year Dick Smith AC. Dick is widely known for founding Dick Smith Electronics, Australian Geographic and Dick Smith Foods.

In a lively conversation, Dick shares with us his remarkable adventure, one that truly showcases his entrepreneurial flair and deep desire to make a difference. We hear of his enthralling aviation exploits: weathering hurricane-force winds in a balloon and persevering nasty conditions to make a timely appointment with Prince Charles in the first successful solo circumnavigation of the world in a helicopter. Looking back, Dick reflects on the crucial moments that led to his successes and his hopes for future generations.

Dick was awarded Companion of the Order of Australia in 2015 for eminent service to the community as a benefactor of a range of not-for-profit and conservation organisations, through support for major fundraising initiatives for humanitarian and social welfare programs, to medical research and the visual arts, and to aviation. He recently published his autobiography, My Adventurous Life, where he shares more of his inspiring story and the lessons he’s learned about staying true to yourself.

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