Rod Janover - True Identity
Rod Janover is the founder of urbanstay.com.au, a service providing accommodation for travellers, young professionals who are looking for a place to stay for around 6 months. Rod has arrived at this place after studying and searching for an occupation that aligned to his identity and excited him every day.
Pivotal Moment 1: Studying Commerce/Law
- Studying Commerce/Law when you don’t know what else to do.
- Questioning the topic of study throughout.
- A lack of connection with the subject matter.
Pivotal Moment 2: Working for Siemens as a graduate
- Choosing a grad program with lots of rotations over two years.
- The opportunity to break free with the tools and systems of today.
- The restriction of new technology in a big enterprise.
- The role of a structured mentor program during the graduate rotation.
Pivotal Moment 3: The decision to leave
- Searching for self vs. the sunk cost of being invested in.
- The realisation that everyone and everything is replaceable.
- The lack of value in the long-term and opportunity cost.
- Accepting the reality to taking a step back to go forward.
- Seeking advice and support from family.
Pivotal Moment 4: Looking for the next step
- Ruling out corporate work.
- Taking an interest in start-ups and attending some meet-up groups.
- A period of investigation, reading and reflection.
- Looking at small business ideas.
- Attending Fitzroy GSD
- The role of community and mentorship in learning and growing in GSD vs Siemens.
Pivotal Moment 5: Using these new skills to move forward
- Learning and applying the systems learnt.
- Processes driven vs problem solving and creation focused.
- Urban stay rising again as the main project.
- Accepting the risk and exposure of start-ups.
- The dad to son chat that focused things.
Pivotal Moment 6: Urbanstay.com.au
- Going pro with urbanstay.
- Creating a vision for the future of the business.
- Raising the bar of quality, and putting the business on the map.
- Connecting work with identity.
- The role of leadership, business and founding.
Rod’s Advice: The role of uncertainty
- Life is uncertain, and we mask this with rights of passage and systems we place around ourselves.
- Exploring is worth the effort, and there is usually only a small risk in doing so.
Rod’s 10 min Activity: Past, Present and future:
Brief: We think that the order of things is past present and future, however, the reality is we visualise our future before moving into it.
- Visualise and document in detail a future that excites you, this could be 1 week, 1 month 1 year, 10 years into the future.
- It may not be exactly what you want, however, it will spark the ideas and thoughts that will help you begin your journey.