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CEO Q&A: Brent Jackson, Rubik Financial

Published 06 December 2012 05:13, Updated 06 February 2013 21:03

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What was your first job?

When I was 10, I used to sell mushrooms by the road and water vineyards in Margaret River. When I was 12, I used to rent out video game machines at school.

My first job “working for the man” (when I was 14) was pumping petrol and selling oil at the local service station. It wouldn’t be a legal job nowadays.

How much time do you spend at your desk?

About an hour or two a day, more when a large contract is being negotiated.

Where do you do your best thinking?

At my desk.

How do spend your downtime?

I am a volunteer surf lifesaver. I spend my downtime at the weekends driving a duck (an inflatable life-saver boat) around Bondi Beach. It’s a great way to stay “in the moment” – and to rescue Irish tourists from the surf.

How do you improve your skills?

While Flipboard, Twitter and LinkedIn provide a constant stream of new insights, I read the Verne Harnish growth guy blogs every week, as they provide a great reminder of the discipline needed to run a business.

What’s your top timesaving tip?

Control the email by keeping the inbox empty.

What is your worst habit?

Being repetitive, saying the same thing again, and again, and again…