Keep up: Portia Large has us running in Robina
At the age of 21, the successful entrepreneur became a proud property owner and media sensation, something most twenty-somethings can only dream of.
In 2018 Portia is carving out a broader niche. Set to release her first book later this year, Portia Large has become one of a new breed of internet influencers focused on helping others.
What does 2018 look like for Portia Large? What exciting new projects for the year that you can share with us?
Aside from business as usual, 2018 is the year I publish my first book; Screenagers, A Guide to Navigate the Age We Live In.
It’s about the frantic pace we keep, the disconnected communities in which we live and the excessive time spent with screens that keeps us from being as happy and healthy as we can be. Now more than ever, it is essential to disconnect from technology and reconnect with humanity, nature and ourselves.
You’ve been a leader since a young age, winning an Order of Australia for community service and environmental conservation initiatives. What advice would you give young women who want to be entrepreneurs?
Be the leading lady of your life: this means focusing on your strengths, not doing everything alone.
With a curious mind, we meet people who build on and feed our curiosity. Ideas grow, momentum builds and eventually we can share our workload to focus on the big picture.
By connecting with and learning from a variety of professionals, I’ve become more intuitive in business and focused on delivering win-win outcomes.
You’ve founded several businesses, created a successful social media profile as well as achieving academic qualifications. In our new ‘insta-famous world’ what’s your advice to girls and young women on valuing education, rather than aiming for fame?
The most powerful women I work with all have one thing in common: They put in the time.
The truth is, whether you want to be an internet icon, leading e-commerce entrepreneur, digital nomad or scholar, there are no shortcuts to success.
Online innovators and thought leaders use social media platforms to showcase their talent; they find their niche and work tirelessly to defend it. They craft content that tells a story and takes followers on a journey.
Don’t mistake “insta-fame” as instant-success. The most interesting people I’ve met are life-long learners who value education and continually seek to grow their skill set. Today, everyone is competing to be well-known and my advice would be: seek to be worth knowing, rather than being well-known.
What are your best tips for achieving work / life balance?
I find balance by “earthing”. Also known as “barefoot healing”, the practice involves removing your shoes and reconnecting with the earth’s surface.
Buildings, carpet and shoes, are just some of the culprits preventing us from physical grounding, optimum sleep and wellness.
After spending hours slouched over a desk, walking on the beach barefoot is heavenly and so essential to my sanity!
What’s your favourite way to relax when you get some downtime?
Surfing, scuba diving and sailing are my absolute favourite ways to unwind and find my Zen.
Where’s your favourite place in the Gold Coast City?
Beyond the breakers at South Stradbroke Island where I can see our city skyline but feel a million miles away.
What are your favourite things to do in Robina? (and where do you do them?)
After coffee with clients at Robina Town Centre, I like to get my acupuncture fix then explore the surrounding green spaces for some fresh air.
Late last year, Gold Coast City Council released plans to transform the existing Robina City Parklands into the ‘Green Heart’ Park, drawing inspiration from New York’s Central Park and London’s Hyde Park. This is a project I really hope builds further support; I for one would love to make use of the fishing platforms, walking trails and event stages.