How to Choose –  SHOW NOTES

Season 2, Episode 6: The Artist

Tessa Mudge & Ken Smith


In Season 2 of How to Choose, we interview guests who work in a range of different professions to see what they can teach us about decision making in their specific work contexts – and about how they first chose to enter their profession.

In this episode property investor Lachlan Vidler offers some useful tips on how to make investment decisions.


Being good at something isn’t always enough to be successful, according to Kirra you need a certain level of obsession as well. It still pays to follow the advice to do something you’re good at and enjoy, but perhaps before quitting your day job think about whether you have an obsession, or just a hobby.

We talk about the importance of focusing on the important but not urgent tasks in Steven Covey’s Urgent/Important matrix. Time spent here is what is likely to make you successful.

Taking calculated risks is essential to progress in most endeavours but particularly in small businesses or creative pursuits. Kirra talks about how easy big – seemingly risky – decisions were for her because her goals have always been so clear. Check out out ‘Stay or Go’ episode in season two for more on this topic.


If you want to see some of Kirra’s work check out her website:

Or her Instagram:

Or her current creative collaborators, Mad Gene Media:


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We’ll hear from Doug Braiden, a school principal and former police detective. He talks about how he has been able to transfer skills between what, on the surface, might seem very different professions. And he shares his passion about teaching and shares his vision about how secondary education can be transformed.

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