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Lets Talk With Rachael Sheldrick

Rachael Sheldrick
What’s your current role?
I’m the Director of G S Mechanical Pty Ltd, which is a motor mechanic business at Whitebridge that I run with my husband, Glen. I am also the director of The Workshop Whisperer, a consulting business that helps self employed mechanics to run their businesses more profitably.
What job have you enjoyed most?
Definitely The Workshop Whisperer. Helping someone to turn their business around and get their life back is a wonderful feeling.
When you’re not at work, where can we find you?
At crossfit at Andres Gym in Bennetts Green, or spending time with Glen and our 3 kids who are 11, 7, and 3.
Where do you get your inspiration?
From my husband. His work ethic and attention to detail never ceases to amaze me. Also from my mum and dad, who have always soldiered on no matter what.
I am always inspired by some of my friends in business. I make sure that I surround myself with people that have goals and dreams as big or bigger than ours are. Proximity is Power!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
“If you are going to play the game, be prepared to collect the trophies”. That’s from my Dad, who probably got it from his Dad!
I’ve always carried around the thought “Do it anyway”, but I’m not sure who that came from.
How would you like to see our region develop over the next decade?
I’d love for our region to become known as more of a business hub. I’m forever travelling to Sydney or Melbourne to attend seminars, expo’s, and conferences. It would be great if we could attract the business gurus and motivational speakers to put on events here in Newcastle.
Tell us something that most people wouldn’t know about you.
While one of my strengths lays in being a futurist, I’m also a history nut! Anything to do with the World Wars or Prime Ministers or Presidents and I will read or watch it!
Are you reading anything at the moment?
2 books: “Feed a starving Crowd” by Robert Coorey - this is a must read for anyone involved in marketing a business. I’m also re-reading “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill
Do you have a favourite line from a film?
“Build it and they will come”…Field of Dreams…..that line is just so true