By Nancy Youssef

Melanie Mingus, editor of Australian Broker magazine, has been a huge supporter of my recent book launch and when she offered to feature me on the cover of the magazine, it was a huge honour – as well as an incredible opportunity to share the message of Fear Money Purpose. My book is all about overcoming your fears, finding your purpose and harnessing your true potential. Below is a brief excerpt of the story as it appeared online; the full story is available here.

Nancy Youssef reflects on her career as a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist and offers her advice for those who dream of making a difference Like many of her industry peers, Nancy Youssef chose a career in broking for its fast pace, flexibility to travel and the thrill of a new challenge. She had experienced firsthand the process of securing a mortgage through a bank and had worked with brokers in her early career – factors that presented a strong business case to complement her personal goals.

After specialising in corporate training for a finance company at the national level, she was also keen to take charge of her own destiny and make a difference to the lives of those she encountered. “I was born with a lot of ambition and being pigeonholed into a job didn’t really suit my curious personality; I felt like I could do more and had an entrepreneurial drive from a young age,” she says.Like many of her industry peers, Nancy Youssef chose a career in broking for its fast pace, flexibility to travel and the thrill of a new challenge.

She had experienced firsthand the process of securing a mortgage through a bank and had worked with brokers in her early career – factors that presented a strong business case to complement her personal goals.

After specialising in corporate training for a finance company at the national level, she was also keen to take charge of her own destiny and make a difference to the lives of those she encountered.

“I was born with a lot of ambition and being pigeonholed into a job didn’t really suit my curious personality; I felt like I could do more and had an entrepreneurial drive from a young age,” she says.

Classic Finance launched in 2003, when Youssef was still in her 20s, but little did she know that it would become the foundation on which she would launch a series of other ventures over the next 16 years.

“I was quite out of my depth in those early days. I didn’t have a clue how to start a business, let alone operate one successfully! I didn’t have a business plan at all and, if I’m totally honest, I didn’t really know how to put one together. 

“I thought it was only something you needed to worry about if you were running a bigger company, not a one-person show,” she says.

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