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Five Questions with Jamie Lee

What inspires you? 

My professional inspiration has no separation from my personal

inspiration: it is from people who are passionate about making a

positive difference to other people’s lives. 


I was never the smartest academic student in class but I always

make sure that I surround myself with positive thinkers and

game-changing friends. People influence people, and nothing

inspires me more than having amazing friends around you who

have high aspirations. As Zig Ziglar says, “you can’t scratch with

the turkeys if you want to fly with the eagles.” 


How do you get motivated to get out of bed? 

One of the best ways to improve your personal effectiveness is to master your motivation and find your drive. My drive is to learn, create and contribute to missions that I believe in. 


I joined Carousell as their Country Lead for Australia during mid-2017. With over 110 million listings, we are currently one of the world’s largest and fastest growing marketplaces. Our mission is to inspire everyone in the world to start selling so that they can fill their lives with more meaningful experiences. There are two reasons why I jumped at this opportunity: 

  1. Before joining Carousell, I already knew my direct manager-to-be, JJ, from his time at Airbnb and I was excited to be mentored by someone whose perspective and skills are immensely different to mine

  2. I love how customer-centric Carousell is, and I wanted to help the organisation to build a community of advocates

Of course, no one is motivated or happy 24/7 - but I make sure that I don’t waste time feeling for myself or waste energy on things that I cannot control. 


How do you get over fear? 

The question I’ve come back to again and again in my life is, “What would I do if I wasn’t afraid?” and then I’d reassure myself with, “what’s the worst thing that could happen?”


One of my greatest fears in life is to have regrets. 


I believe you don’t overcome fear or challenges by making them smaller, but making yourself bigger, and if the thing that you want to do is both terrifying and exciting - then you should definitely pursue it. 


Who is your biggest inspiration? 

100% my mum. 

She is the most positive and compassionate person that I know. 


My parents got divorced when I was 12 years old. My mum

was heartbroken, depressed and devastated, yet she was

fearless in raising two children in Australia on her own.

She soldiered on with such dignity that no matter how tough

things got, she still managed to forgive and rise above the

mess with a smile. She has never stopped inspiring me with

her positive view towards life and her compassion for those

who have less than we do. From her, I learnt to look at what

I could do to raise others up, rather than at what was lacking

in my life.


One of the biggest lessons that my mum taught me was, 

“to give and to share is a blessing in itself. The most effective

ways of giving is to share your innate talents and pursue your

passions – because when you are good at something,

you inspire others by your excellence.” Mum's view towards

life inspired me to start my first business at the age of 20.


Everything I get accolades for, is a product of how my mum raised me.

What is a quote you live by?

“At the end of the day people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” This quote reminds me to lead with empathy and compassion.


Many may say that new technology and innovation are going to change the world as we know it - but no one can change the world or succeed just by knowing technology – you’ve also got to understand humanity.

What is one thing you want to tell women around the world? 

A study done by Hewlett Packard shows that men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them. We don’t have enough faith in ourselves and I believe women need to have more self-confidence. 


We need to shift from thinking “I’m not ready for that.” to thinking ‘I want to do that because I can contribute” - and I’ll learn by doing it. 

She is an inspiration to myself and many! Her passion and dedication is inspiring! 

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