South West WA
Nic and LAS Vino hails from the Margaret River Region of WA...
not a bad place to spend time as you can see from Nic's images above and below
I am a winemaker and run a small business making and selling wine.
Do you remember what you wanted to do with your life when you were a teenager?
I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life when I was a teenager and at the time I thought that there was something was wrong with me because of that. I was always jealous of people who knew exactly what they wanted to do with their life. It took me until about 28 to find out what I really loved doing. If you know what you want to do when you’re a teenager that’s great, but I wouldn’t worry too much if you don’t. I know 40 year olds who don’t know what they want to do with their life. I hope to change what I am doing every 5-10 years.
Some life advice...
*Things work out best for people who make the best of the way that things work out.
C= Outcome of the event
We can rarely change the events that occur to us in life.
Sometimes a curve ball will be thrown that you never expected.
However, you can always change your attitude towards the event and that will nearly always determine the outcome. Happiness is a present attitude not a future condition.
Explain a ‘typical’ day for you at work.
It depends on the time of the year. At the moment I am picking grapes and turning them into wine in Margaret River, at other times of the year I am in China, London or the USA teaching people about the wines I make and selling wine.
Which part of your job gives you the most satisfaction.
Creating, Travelling and choosing when and where in the world I work.
Tell us briefly how you ended up doing what you do. Did you do many other jobs or start many other businesses before?
I have done everything from housekeeping, being a waiter, working in fruit and veg, farming, accounting, banking, applying for medicine, photography, and now I am making wine.
If you don’t know what you want to do, spend your early years discovering what you love to do in a broad sense. It will take you a few years, and I guess for me I learned what I loved doing from doing jobs that I really hated. After a long time travelling I found out I received immense pleasure from ‘creating’. At first I did this through film and photography, after I realized I couldn’t make money doing this I applied it to making wine.
What one piece of advice would you give to your 15 year old self or younger generations still at school today?
You determine your own destiny. You can honestly do anything you put your mind to. But remember it will be a lot of hard work, you have to really want it. There will high walls you will have to jump nearly every day to get there, but determination always trumps intellect. If you want it enough you can achieve it. Don’t waste a minute of your life and say ‘yes’ to all the things that life throws your way.
What was the best year of your life and why?
Every year I am in is the best year of my life. I used to fear aging, but in all honesty life just keeps getting better and better the older I become. You become more comfortable with yourself and who you are.
How do you believe schools and or universities might be changed to be more relevant or effective?
Most schools and Universities kill any bone of creativity you have in you. Yet the older you become you realise creativity is one of the most important skills you can have. An attribute that could cure many of the worlds problems. So I would ask schools and teachers to embrace all of those kids that are a little bit different and weird because they’re probably the ones that are going to change the world.