The Journey of an Education Entrepreneur – Rowan Kunz

Rowan Kunz is the founder and director of Art of Smart Education, one of Australia’s most successful education companies. However, his path to success was far from linear, involving diverse experiences that helped cultivate resilience essential for overcoming obstacles.

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Throwing Ideas Against the Wall

In high school, Rowan began brainstorming business ideas with friends. This resulted in an importing venture, his first experience in entrepreneurship. While it didn’t succeed, it sparked Rowan’s interest and built community around him. Throwing ideas openly is important for doors to open, opportunities to arise, and having support.

Committing to Self-Education

After realizing law school wasn’t right, Rowan immersed himself in books on varied topics. He even wrote a personal manifesto on who he wanted to become. Self-education outside the classroom cultivates invaluable long-term skills that prove useful for future ventures.

Finding Balance through Parallel Pathways

Balancing full-time university with starting tutoring and businesses, Rowan maximized time efficiency. This freed time for budding entrepreneurial pursuits while still pursuing his degree. Finding balance enables the successful pursuit of parallel ventures.

Gaining Experience through Trial and Error

Rowan’s first tutoring client was an economic referral, sparking the idea to self-publish an educational book. Diverse experiences build resilience for overcoming obstacles by developing competency and grit through directly confronting challenges.

Building Brick and Mortar Opening

Art of Smart’s first location required meticulous planning involving access, supplies and approvals. Perseverance is needed to overcome such obstacles in building a company.

Ongoing Growth

Today, Art of Smart helps thousands through dedicated online and physical resources. Rowan attributes his success to diverse experiences confronting challenges directly. His passion remains directly helping students achieve their potential.

Throwing Ideas Against the Wall

Rowan began his entrepreneurial journey in high school by brainstorming business ideas with friends, resulting in an importing venture. While it didn’t succeed, it sparked Rowan’s interest in entrepreneurship.

Committing to Self-Education

Realizing law wasn’t for him, Rowan immersed himself in books on marketing, coaching and more to cultivate skills for his future ventures. He even wrote a personal manifesto reflecting on who he wanted to become.

Finding Balance through Parallel Pathways

Rowan balanced full-time university with starting tutoring and various businesses. He maximized uni efficiency to free time for entrepreneurial pursuits, learning to prioritize tasks.

Gaining Experience through Trial and Error

Rowan’s first tutoring client was an economic referral. Noticing reward from directly helping students, he identified an opportunity and self-published a study guide book.

Building Brick and Mortar Opening

Art of Smart’s first location required meticulous planning around location selection, disabled access, and supply sourcing amid development approval challenges.

Ongoing Growth Today

Art of Smart helps thousands through online and physical centers. Rowan credits diverse experiences and confronting challenges directly with Art of Smart’s success. He remains passionate about directly helping students.

Key Takeaways

  • Throwing ideas opens doors, builds community and spotlights opportunities
  • Self-education cultivates invaluable long-term skills
  • Finding balance enables parallel ventures’ successful pursuit
  • Diverse experiences build resilience to overcome obstacles
  • Directly confronting challenges develops competency and grit

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All the best,

Tom Barclay

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