Jacob Carlile: Businessman, entrepreneur, author, investor and speaker


Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia born-and-bred, Jacob Carlile wrote and published a book before the age of 21.

Jacob Carlile explained in the podcast interview above what the book is about: “The Dynamics of Change is a book about how to successfully recognise and adapt your mindset and, most importantly, your actions to win in what I think is an ever changing world.”

Jacob also talked about other things such as setting goals and being motivated.

Read the Jacob Carlile Podcast Interview TRANSCRIPT

Andrew MW: Thank you very much for your company. Look, we have a very interesting individual. He is a person that sounds like, and I think we’re going to learn a lot more about him but appears to be quite self motivated. Not everybody has self published a book that’s out for sale in commercial terms at the age or just under the age of 21 so I have a chat with Jacob Carlisle. We have Darryl Nicholson , he’s a Toowoomba advocate on the line. Darrel, how are you?

Daryl Nicholson: Kind of very well. Andrew, thank you for this opportunity. We really do appreciate this weekly podcast we put together for the community.

Andrew MW: Absolutely. Now you’ve got Jacob Carlisle on the line and you mentioned just before we hit the record button that you had him up on stage at the Toowoomba carnival of flowers. I it was really good to learn a little bit about him, but you can have a chat with him now

Daryl Nicholson: Yes sure, but going introduce you to a local community minded a young entrepreneur. He’s also in real estate. He’s a business person. He’s a mentor as well. He’s a podcaster and a blogger. Ladies and gentlemen. Jacob. Carlisle. Good morning Jacob. How are you ?

Jacob Carlisle: Good morning Darrel, how are you very well, thank you.

Daryl Nicholson: That’s good. Good. Like before the age of 21 I don’t know, whether was that I, you know it’s him and I need to sell it and I’m going to run him publish my first book from 21 and you did that just within that Hey it is whisk up getting the whole thing published and put together say tell us about the story of your book and how it all came about.

Jacob Carlisle: Yeah. Look, I’ve always been a, as Andrew said, a pretty self motivated. The book came about just because I really wanted to share from younger perspective I guess my thoughts and insights on what I’ve learned so far in my business journey and in my journey of entrepreneurship and life I guess. Sorry, that’s sort of where it all stemmed from and you have really wanted to get that done by age 21 don’t know why. Just that was the goal. I thought that was pretty impressive, a pretty impressive thing to put on the resume sort of thing. That’s where that came about.

Daryl Nicholson: And you might have been watching your blog, podcasts, you do the weekly debrief and, and I’ll just watch the a hundred the weekly debrief 112. And you talked about setting goals and reaching those targets and challenging yourself. Tell us a bit about that, that weekly debrief and how much work really winning to self publishing a book.

Jacob Carlisle: Yeah, for sure. So the weekly debrief is my weekly video series that I’ve put out and it goes out via podcast and video on Facebook and YouTube and all that sort of stuff. And basically, so we’ve just, we’ve just tracked over two years of doing that every week. And this week’s episode was all about goal setting and, really setting goals bigger than you can even imagine because I think that is super important for young people, especially the we can sort of feel a bit restricted I guess by you know, the society and the social norms. And I think it’s a great thing for young people to go out set big, hairy, scary goals and to go out and achieve them and you know, sort of stick it to those who said that they couldn’t. So I guess that’s, that’s my thoughts on goal setting is to set them big enough and scary enough that it, that it scares you, but motivates you to really go out and grab it.
And for me that was self publishing a book by 21 that was, you know, I still thought of think that it was quite unachievable, but I went out and did it and just snuggle down and got into it.

Daryl Nicholson: Look, it is a good grade. And one thing I want to ask, and Jacob really, where do you sit yourself in a, you’re in the gen Y or millennial where whereabouts you fall in at your age at 21.

Jacob Carlisle: Yeah. So I just fell short of the official millennial bracket, but I sort of identify myself as a millennial and someone who has grown up very native to modern technology and to to the new world I guess. I think that’s a very clear difference between eugenics and your baby boomers and that sort of thing and their thoughts and then the new age that the gen Y gen Z, that millennial demographic.
I think there’s a very clear difference between those two. And I definitely identify in the millennial sector.

Daryl Nicholson: and at the graduation. My daughter graduated a couple of years ago at Mount lofty state high school, Toowoomba state high. You talked about fail and tell me what you your perception of if how higher it means.

Jacob Carlisle: 100% it’s okay to fail. And that’s something that I think a lot of people, young and old beat to really reconsider their thoughts on the word fail. So when I use the word fail, I use it as an acronym and it’s First Attempt In Learning. So whether you’ve succeeded or failed at whatever you’ve gone out to try to do, if you can learn something from that, if you can take one positive little nugget of experience and then go in and prove yourself as a result of that or go and make something 1% better. In my eyes, that’s not a failure. That’s a success in its own right. And again, you know the pressures of society nowadays and you know, everything’s online. Everything’s out there for the world to see, you know, we very much see everything is black and white, failure or success. Whereas I think it’s a bit more grey and, and failure isn’t necessarily failure.

Andrew MW: yeah. Jacob. Bringing that book together. Did you, was it your experience to that point where you just, you know, it flowed and before you knew it you had a book or did you actually learn stuff along the way when you started compiling and bringing chapters together?

Jacob Carlisle: Yeah, it was very much a research project I found. So I went out and interviewed a lot of, you know, business success or successful business people. Business influences, did a lot of online research around the likes of Henry Ford, Mark Zuckerberg, very successful people in their own right. What their struggles were, what their thoughts on change was. And that sort of led to the putting together of the chapters. At the beginning I had a plan. It was a very, I thought it was a really good plan and ended up just not following and just going with the flow.

Andrew MW: That’s the best plan, isn’t it?

Jacob Carlisle: Yeah, very much.

Andrew MW: Look, I’m also interested because I saw an interview that you’d done with Daryl a little while ago, and you said that you, you know, I wasn’t new for you to be around business for the family. You’d been around business for quite some time and that you felt that a lot of businesses were stocking, you know, I traditions and that I needed to challenge themselves out of that and be innovative and move forward. Essentially. That’s what you were saying from what I picked up. But you’re up in a Toowoomba area and the tagline is, you know, rich traditions, bold ambitions when you reconcile it. Is that important that you have both, that you have recognition of the traditions, but that you also innovate moving off that bias?

Jacob Carlisle: 100% I think. And you know, I’m only 21 so take all this with a grain of salt of course. But from, from a younger demographic perspective, I think, you know, yes, we, we honour the traditions and yes, that is incredibly important, but we shouldn’t let that hold us back from innovating and creating new ways of doing things, doing something just because that’s the way we’ve always done it, I think is, is a recipe for failure, is a recipe to be held back and to not keep up with the rest of the world.

Andrew MW: Yeah. You mentioned the 21 and that’s, that’s possibly what makes your perspective interesting because you’ve got your eyes open to business and the business community for the Toowoomba region. Looking at it from your perspective coming into it, maybe not having so much of the history as to where business is and why they do some of those things. What, how do you feel the health of the business community is in Toowoomba?

Jacob Carlisle: I think that Toowoomba is an incredible place for opportunity and a lot of young people especially tend to finish their schooling here and then off they go to Brisbane or Sydney or Melbourne and go elsewhere. And I’ve not done that. I’ve stayed in Toowoomba, I’ve studied in Toowoomba, I’ve worked in Toowoomba, you know, I’m local Toowoomba born and bred. And I think the opportunities that this town in this region has to offer is abundant. You know, we’ve got more than $30 billion being spent on infrastructural alone in the last couple of years. And moving forward, you know, we’re going to be a hub of agricultural and commerce from the airport, from the inland rail terminal, the second ranch crossing. So I think Toowoomba is really at a really good inflexion point of the future and of innovation as to where we’re heading moving forward.

Andrew MW: Yeah, you’re not going to disagree with that. Yeah, you Daryl.

Daryl Nicholson: Oh no no look up. You know, there’s people like Jacob, there’s James, I say this myself. We don’t want to live anywhere else. We love to Toowoomba and you know, we do love getting in, around the region and Jacob has been over Europe. He’s going to have a video blog happening where you can see some of his adventures around Europe as well. But he certainly loves Toowoomba, calls Toowoomba home like one last thing, give you a book of plug,the toddle and we know you can get the book tray with Anne Hewitt and where else can you get your book? Yeah, for sure.

Andrew MW: Thanks Daryl. So my book is called the Dynamics of Change. It’s all about how to successfully recognise and adapt your mindset and most importantly your actions to win in what I think is an ever changing world. You know, we’ve seen the rise of full of so many very prominent businesses in the last 10 to 20 years, even in just in my lifetime. And I think it’s so important that we yes, acknowledge the past as we said before, but also question why things are the way they are and move forward into tomorrow and today with a slightly different outlook and potentially a better attitude towards change.
Yeah, Jacob Carlisle, you can, you’ve got a website jacobcarlisle.com you can find all of the information there. You’ve got blogs and vlogs and everything else going on there plus there’s information about the book. Thank you very much for spending time with our listeners.

Jacob Carlisle: Thanks Andrew. Thanks Daryl. Appreciate the opportunity to speak to you.

Andrew MW: And Daryl, thank you very much for, you know, bringing Jacob Carlisle yeah. To the attention of people that it might be being in business for quite some time and they can get some fresh perspective from a younger person. And I think the two of you, the way that you talk and reflect, you know, the fondness of Toowoomba, but it’s probably a great time for you to jump onto your tag line.

Daryl Nicholson: It’s right mate, Toowoomba four, three, five. I’d say be more than just it’s code. It’s all of that community.