Each week, SHESAID features an inspiring woman who has been kind enough to share her story with our readers. She might be a leader in her chosen field, someone still on their own path striving to make a difference or simply someone with a remarkable story to tell. These women contribute their own knowledge, expertise and life lessons in order to truly inspire others.
Name and role:
Jodie McLean, director of June Dally-Watkins Brisbane
What do you do on a day-to-day basis?
As the company has 2 facets, I am Managing Director one of Australia’s top Model agencies, Dallysmodels and Australia’s first School of Personal and Professional Development, June Dally-Watkins.
I am also a Professional Speaker and Corporate Facilitator, this role has me traveling abroad, I am currently working in Papua New Guinea and China, two very extreme environments, however the experiences have given me so much, not only professionally, but more importantly personally.
How/when did you know this what you wanted to do as a career?
My wonderful mother enrolled me into a JDW Personal Development course when I was 15 years of age, I was so unsure of myself, like so many 15year olds, felt insecure, shy and unattractive. The way the teachers made me feel, how they introduced me to the philosophies of being the” Best you Can Be” really resonated with me. When I graduated I was really beginning to like me, dare I say it even love me for who I truly was.
Where do you find your inspiration?
My mother – she always wanted the best for me, her children are her most valued things in life. She pushed me, believed in me and held my hand every step of the way. Still to this day, she is so proud, mind you she does not always say that, but I know she is, and that lights up my heart.
Did you have a mentor? Who/what helped you to get your career off the ground?
Initially my mother, then my tribe of wise elders began to grow. I love the fact that these incredible women open the encyclopedias of their lives and share them with me. Dianne Cant, Cecilynne Jurss and Coleen Oswald were my teachers at JDW, I wanted to be like all of them, and they were such great role models. Colleen has left us but, but she will always be in my heart and mind. Cecilynne and Dianne are still dear friends of mine 35 years on.
June Dally-Watkins has always been a mentor for me from very early in my career. Like me her mother was a big influence on her life and career path, I also was such a convert to the JDW ways as her philosophies changed my life. Another was and still is now is Ursula Hufnagl I admire her so much, and she has shared so much time and gentle learning, I consider her as the true catalyst in my life, as she has always said to me, “ you can do it Jodie. Just do it!”
What were the stumbling blocks, initially getting started on your career path, and since then?
If I am true to myself and totally transparent, my biggest fear and obstacle was and sometimes still… is ME.
That voice we all possess in our heads, sometimes we need to change the tape that is playing, telling us what we cannot do, giving us reasons to why we will fail. Sometimes it is much easier to give up, and not face your fears, and this best is done by looking inwards, learning about what scares you, break it down and work through it.
Being grateful, not only for what you have, being grateful for your friendships, your loves your losses. Taking time to sit with you and just be.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to follow the same path as you?
Be teachable; realize that we don’t know everything. Elders or mentors can share so much with you, they can help guide you along this journey of life. Take time out to find what makes you happy; learn to like the skin you’re in.
And if you can try to start your day, before you hop out of bed, with three things you are grateful for in your life, may just be the start to change that tape that is playing in our heads from time to time.