Running the marathon of life: balancing business, family and fitness with Gillian Stapleton | EP174

Introducing our special guest, Gillian Stapleton! This time around, we are extra fortunate as Gillian graces our podcast in a new capacity. Formerly the CEO of Direct Selling Australia, Gillian is now here to share her inspiring journey beyond that position. Both of us share a strong passion for empowering women in business and are committed to advancing a lifelong focus on health and wellbeing. Whether it’s running, swimming, biking, walking, or any other activity, we believe in taking steps to stay healthy and vibrant.


Gillian’s infectious personality shines both onstage and in the boardroom. She is goal-driven and a risk-taker, proving this when she completed her first marathon at the age of 49. Since that milestone, she has accomplished an impressive 12 marathons to date and even holds the prestigious World Majors Marathon medal. Gillian has captured her incredible journey and the valuable lessons learned from her experiences in her book titled “Running in Circles,” which draws insightful parallels to the world Direct Selling.


Her career started as a teacher in the UK before she ventured into a home-based direct selling business, which allowed her at the same time to raise her two children. Gillian’s hard work and dedication propelled her to the top of that business, and eventually, she was offered a corporate role in Australia. Known for her ability to foster nurturing and inclusive communities, Gillian has earned a reputation for increasing profitability wherever she goes.


So, whether you’re ‘filling your cup’ and sipping on a refreshing drink or saving this episode for your next run, get ready to be inspired as we dive into Gillian Stapleton’s remarkable journey. Tune in and enjoy the episode!

We’ll be talking about: 

➡ [0:00] Introduction

➡ [3:55] Catching up with Gill Stapleton

➡ [6:47] Passion for women in business

➡ [11:17] Never been good at sports

➡ [16:32 Relationship between running and business 

➡ [22:40] Follow your intuition

➡ [27:52 The feeling of recognition

➡ [29:50] Hard work and commitment

➡ [33:24] Small wins

➡ [35:50] Role modeling the right behaviours

➡ [40:12] A discipline that pays off 

➡ [42:39] Running the Boston marathon

➡ [47:16] Getting out of your comfort zone

➡ [52:08] It’s ok not knowing what’s next

➡ [55:32] Choosing your response

➡ [56:41] Check out Gill’s amazing book

➡ [59:29] Gill’s favourite book

➡ [1:00:52] Gill’s dream superpower

➡ [1:01:49] Gill’s favourite quote

➡ [1:02:50] Gill’s advice to her past self

➡ [1:03:37] Final thoughts


➡ Running in Circles by Gill Stapleton: https://amzn.to/44vvCCF

➡ Encore Episode with Gill Stapleton: https://youtu.be/uUwKyaVtn5E


Book Recommendations: 

➡ The Long Run by Catriona Menzies-Pike: https://bit.ly/43pBsEk



➡ “How do you eat an elephant? Break it down into small bite sized pieces.”


About our guest:

Gillian Stapleton is a renowned leader, public speaker and author. Gill is the former CEO of Direct Selling Australia and is the only woman to be appointed in its history. She has led multinational global organisations and Australian-based not-for-profit organisations. An entrepreneur at heart, Gillian has run her own business, served on Boards and is passionate about empowering others, particularly women, to be the best they can be by finding their true passion and thriving. 

As a regular keynote speaker and commentator on life, work, personal and professional growth, Gill enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience in cross-sectors and with the wider community. 


Connect with Gill Stapleton:

➡ Gill Stapleton’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gillstapleton/

➡ Gill Stapleton’s Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/gill.stapleton   

➡ Gill Stapleton’s Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/stapleton42


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