How I Succeeded: Temple And Webster’s Mark Coulter

How I Succeeded is a regular series on Lifehacker where we ask business leaders for the secrets and tactics behind their success. Today: Mark Coulter from Temple and Webster.

Current gig: OCo-founder and CEO of Temple & Webster. Co-founder and Chairman of ParcelPoint
Location: Sydney, Australia
Current mobile device: iPhone 6
Current computer: Macbook Pro (home) and HP Spectre x360 (work)
One word that best describes how you work: Competitively

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? for work and Facebook and Instagram for time wasting.

What social network do you find the most useful?

Facebook. As a Sydneysider by way of San Francisco, London and everywhere in between, keeping up with my nearest and dearest is critical to me!

What were the most important lessons you learned while growing your business?

The people you work with are everything. We have the food test: work with people who offer you the last sandwich on a plate & are naturally glass half-full. Also hire people who know orders of magnitude more than you do in their fields and then trust them.

What has been the most surprising part of your business journey?

If you build a great brand, deliver a great service for your customers, and never lose sight of your vision — your team will surprise you with their commitment and resilience to the journey even when it gets bumpy.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

I’m sure lots of people are good at it, but I’ve never been lost! I’m basically just a big pigeon.

What’s your sleep routine like?

I have successfully fought my genetics to become an early riser and now like to gym before work. Still working on the whole “going to bed early” thing.

What advice would you offer to other businesses on how to succeed?

Listen to all of the advice you get given and then run your own race. If you and your team don’t feel like you are making things up as you go then you are probably not pushing the envelope enough.

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