In this, the first of two shows, Tim and Des talk together with Wez Hone, a Christian businessman and investor, to talk about financial stewardship. Listen to podcast.
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About our Guest
Wez grew up in Reading, United Kingdom. Although Wez did not grow up in a Christian home all the essentials were provided.
The entrepreneurial spirit was alive and well very early on and Wez found many ways to make extra money from different ventures – the biggest of these was fulfilling the need to the latest high school craze; juggling. Each afternoon Wez would ride to the local supermarket and purchase bags of ‘chickpeas’, then cut up his board-short to make juggling balls.
After writing instructions to juggle for each customer he would sell them – for 3 pounds. After netting over 90 pounds ($250) Wez was asked to stop immediately by the principal of the high school. In 1993 Wez’s whole family moved to Brisbane, Australia and started a new life (with sunshine). School was a struggle for Wez, simple maths and English were hard to comprehend. This never stopped him as he just wanted to finish school and become an entrepreneur. After school, Wez took a job– where he started to learn the many facets of business – leadership, sales, marketing, stock control, financials and budgeting. This led him back to the UK at 19 years of age – to start his first official business; window cleaning.
After building and selling a few window cleaning businesses, Wez moved back to Australia and immediately started building another window cleaning business, which was very short lived as he wanted a more professional career. After a few businesses Wez opened a business coaching practice and he knew from that moment he had found his calling in life.
Just before that time, Wez was searching for more. Life had become less than enough and the void was filled by some undesirable behaviours. Although he had no concept of Christ, after a simple invitation to church, Wez decided to attend – not believing for a second that this was the answer he was searching for. On the first Sunday that Wez attended church his life was changed forever. He knew that this is what was missing – a one on one relationship with Jesus. The next few years, Wez spent time reading, listening and attending everything he could to build his understanding of the faith. Much of what he studied didn’t make sense but with perseverance and the fact that the Spirit was alive within him, it allowed Wez to take the scriptures and make them practical to his life.
Wez went on a rapid journey with Jesus and over the next couple of years, Wez started to de-code what the scriptures said about business/ leadership/ money and mindsets. Wez then started to teach them to his business coaching clients. These clients went on to achieve massive gains in their business profits and before long Wez was a sought after Business Coach in Australia. Even though Wez was prospering he knew that it was not his ability that achieved these outcomes – it was the hand of God on Wez’s life. After coming to Christ, Wez developed an insatiable thirst for knowledge. Reading a minimum of one book per week (and still doing that to this day) his vocabulary developed and his repertoire of strategies began to build.