Hello once again, I am Warwick Janetzki, founder of Growphasis. Happy Tuesday to everybody. This is the part 2 of my self-interview answering the questions posed by Dragos Roua. Once again I’d like to thank you for taking the time to read.

Part one can be found here.


Warwick Janetzki’s Self-Interview

Who’s Your Most Dangerous Enemy?

I don’t believe in ‘enemies.’ I believe that ‘hate’ is too strong a word and something that is thrown about too freely. I believe that we have natural competitors throughout life and business. These are the people and organizations that are fighting for the same space in the market that you are.

Otherwise, I would argue that I find myself to be my most significant enemy. I am certain my own biggest critic. I get into my own headspace a little bit too often for my liking. This is something that I am working to overcome. I believe that I have made inroads into that.

Where Do You Live?

The place that I live in South East Queensland. I was born in the western suburbs of Melbourne. I spent several years living in the United States. I’ve been here in Queensland since the middle of 2015. It hasn’t always been easy, but the weather is generally glorious and it’s a healthier lifestyle. I do miss and love Melbourne though!

Brisbane - Warwick Janetzki

I live near Brisbane in South East Queensland

Do You Think You’re Strong?

Yes. I do believe that I am strong. I’ve had to be. I don’t usually give myself enough credit for it.

I’ve overcome a lot in this lifetime already. I lost my true father figure when I was 15. The following year I lost several of my closest friends in a car accident. My father died when I was 18. Less than 6-months later I began caring for my mother around the clock as her only carer. I cared for her until a week before my 22nd birthday when she too passed away. At 24 I survived a cancer scare. At 26 I suffered a stroke. I had a few crazy years to end my twenties.

Although I had developed a respectable resume throughout my twenties I didn’t even start becoming university educated until I was 30. I now have 3 degrees and a further diploma in business leadership.

That’s taken quite a lot of inner strength. It’s been a lot of deep experiences. These are experiences that I now want to use as I’m getting older to build not only myself but others. These situations have helped me relate to other people in ways that I probably wouldn’t have been able to.

What Was The Most Important Thing You’ve Done So Far?

I think the most important thing that I have accomplished so far in my life was getting life experience after my mother died. I would argue that some of the most important years in someone’s life are the first years of adulthood. They are the years where you explore the world with responsibility for the first time.

Unfortunately, mine were utilized caring for a mother who literally couldn’t move. She couldn’t even take herself to the bathroom. She refused professional assistance because there wasn’t anything that they could do.

Therefore, I lost those years. Getting to and moving to the United States gave me many life experiences that most never get to experience. And while not everything went according to plan I met a lot of very cool people and had a lot of great times.

Warwick Janetzki's mother, Margaret

Warwick Janetzki’s mother, Margaret

What Was The Most Stupid Thing You’ve Done So Far?

It’s in the errors and the mistakes that we make that help shape as human beings. I’ve done a lot of stupid things throughout my life. However, the one big regret that I have is that I failed to put in the hard work when I was a kid in school.

I breezed through primary school. I was easily top of the class with regards to grades. My mother tried to keep me down at the end of grade 5 because I was the youngest student in the grade by some margin. Traditionally the school, which she taught at, would have agreed with her. However, my grades were too high. I got to put up into grade 6 which again I flew through as a straight-A student.

However, I wasn’t mentally advanced enough to go be in high school when I did get there. Sadly, I became a very lazy student. This is because I didn’t do my homework. I was shy and held back a lot. I never had a great number of friends through those I did have were good people. Unfortunately, my grades were never the same as they had been at primary school.

If I had my time back, I would have worked a lot harder throughout my high school years. I would have gotten a greater grade than what I did and would have finished when I was supposed to. While I couldn’t help my mother falling ill, I could have studied university through correspondence. Ultimately, I wouldn’t have wasted those years as much as I feel like I did beyond caring for my mother.

Do You Love Yourself?

To a certain extent, I can say that Warwick Janetzki loves himself. I’d love to improve myself in areas such as health and fitness as I know I’d feel a lot better about myself then. However, yes, to a certain extent. I hope that the majority of people do. You need to be able to love yourself before anybody else can or will.

What Do You Fear The Most?

While the easy answer here is a failure, and for the most part is true, I’m a firm believer that a fear of failure tends to manifest when the real fear is of success. Therefore, although I don’t like to admit it – nobody does – I think I do have a genuine fear of success.

From a ‘thing’ standpoint I have a real firm phobia of needles. Unless I am dying I will reject a needle! In fact, the last time that I willingly had an injection without putting up a fight was when I collapsed on the sidewalk in Portland. Doctors discovered that I was severely dehydrated even though I had been drinking plenty of water.

What Is Your Favourite Word?

This is a simple answer. My favorite word is ‘grow’, and its various nouns, etc.

Growth is the process of developing physically, mentally, or spiritually. It is also the process of increasing in amount, value, or importance.

It is my favorite word because of what it means. When you have experienced life events and walk away from them having learned and developed in some form you can claim that you have grown. This is a significant part of the reason for the naming of my company. I hope to help many companies experience their growth.

Warwick Janetzki grow

From little things, big things grow

When Was the Last Time You Cried?

I’m a soppy type of bloke. It was Wednesday evening just gone. My favorite television shows are DC’s Arrowverse shows, especially The Flash and Supergirl. I’ve always been a fan of Professor Martin Stein’s character played by the brilliant actor, Victor Garber. Garber is going to be performing on Broadway in Hello, Dolly! Unfortunately, this means that his character was killed in their major crossover event. It was terribly sad. I cried.

What Is the Best Thing That Could Happen To You Right Now?

The best thing that could happen to me right now is the success of Growphasis. This would help align a lot of things in my life and help achieve personal growth.

What Is the Worst Thing That Could Happen To You Right Now?

I know what rock bottom feels like and I know how to overcome that. The thing that hits me the most is the death of loved ones. Consequently, an unexpected death would be the biggest tragedy in my life right now.

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