WESTPAC WIRE – “Food and fire: Pauline Nguyen’s path for growth”

“Pauline Nguyen, her partner Mark and brother Luke were having a beer early one morning after another long night when it sank in: they were broken. It was the mid-2000s, a few years after opening Vietnamese eatery Red Lantern in Sydney’s Surry Hills in 2002, and while success had flowed, so had the toll on their health and lives. And the Nguyen siblings, who migrated to Australia in the late 1970s after fleeing Vietnam by boat, had experienced it all before. “We were working 80-90-100 hour weeks because we all knew how to work hard, it was literally beaten into us, we just didn’t know how to work hard and work smart,” Pauline says. “I remember finishing work one morning, it was 2 o-clock as usual and we sat down and it was like ‘look at us, we look like (crap)’…I actually developed alopecia. And I just had flashbacks of my parents working like dogs when we were growing up as well and it was like ‘this is history repeating itself’. “It was that night when it was like; ‘we’ve got to do things differently’…”

More Inspiration

First Light
First Light
First Light – A Potent and Magical time of Day to be doing ‘The Work’. #badassbydesign #thewayofthespiritualentrepreneur
Read more
❤️Happy Birthday to Me❤️
❤️Happy Birthday to Me❤️
So, I just turned 50 and bought myself a tuxedo with tails. Custom made. Because I can. Some understandings I choose to celebrate at half a century young…. The degree …read more
Read more
Love people so freely that they wonder why.
Love people so freely that they wonder why.
Many come close, yet few dare, so boldly, to live without judgement, to give without expecting, and to love for no reason. The more flexible the body, the more flexible the …read more
Read more
Who is Pauline Nguyen?
Who is Pauline Nguyen?
Who is Pauline Nguyen? Always a fun question to have a play with on a podcast. I am always playing. #conversationswithcarl #BadassByDesign #thewayofthespiritualentrepreneur
Read more

NEWSLETTER

SUBSCRIBE TO WEEKLY INSPIRATION HITS AND LATEST UPDATES

Newsletter