How I Succeeded is a regular series on Lifehacker where we ask business leaders for the secrets and tactics behind their success. Today: Justin Lowe from ASI Solutions.
Current gig: Director of ASI Solutions
Location: : Botany in Sydney. Actually sitting in lunch room due to not having a permanent desk
Current mobile device: Apple iPhone 5 - Screen not cracked
Current computer: Lenovo X1 Carbon
One word that best describes how you work: Odd
What apps/software/tools can't you live without?
Maps, RealEstate, Uber and, for home, Savant Pro and Sonos.
What social network do you find the most useful?
LinkedIn, kind of.
What were the most important lessons you learned while growing your business?
Communication and honesty is everything, I learnt from my role models (my parents, Ken and Maree) that these should be the standards behind running a business. Communication is so important and almost every issue that the business faces is around some sort of communication. So, communicate, communicate and communicate.
What has been the most surprising part of your business journey?
That I have enjoyed and loved IT! Despite my parents thinking they didn’t coach me into joining the business, they knew me so well that a position came up within the business that they knew I would enjoy and succeed in. The rest is history and the people I have met along the journey have been amazing.
What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?
Strategic positioning and looking after customers.
What's your sleep routine like?
All over the shop. We got broken into during the night twelve months ago so I constantly think I am going to confront three men on the stairs!
What advice would you offer to other businesses on how to succeed?
Business plans are not everything! Persist, yes you should have a business plan and work towards that plan but persistence and determination is what gets you through the tough days. I honestly do believe in the cliché that if you do set your mind on things you should be able to achieve them, except for my dream of being a professional singner like Mum was or playing for the North Sydney Bears like Dad did. Both, I am not sensational at but at least there is room for improvement.