Jan Roberts – Incubator Mentor 2020

Jan Roberts’ 50+ years of professional and business experience ranges across retail pharmacy, natural medicine, communication, education, promotions, product and service development and endorsement, sales and marketing and more. Since the publication of her first book (1996) she has promoted wellness services and a number of best-of-breed products on behalf of her own company and others. While her specialty is having healthy babies her wellness message is relevant at all ages and life stages. She is the author of six books and ebooks, with multiple translations in print and now three mini ebooks. Jan has presented to lay and professional audiences around the world, has written for consumer magazines and professional journals and now on a daily basis, on behalf of Symphony Natural Health, corresponds with women of every life  stage seeking health (and hormone balance)

Quick Q + A

Where did you grow up?

A home overlooking Pittwater was where I spent the first 20 years of my life, so I swam, water-skied and surfed until travel to Sydney University by bus to complete my Pharmacy Degree became too hard. After 20 years living on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, I became a complete convert to inner-city living (London and Sydney).

Given the choice between living in the city or country which would you choose and why?

Somewhere in between. Now a resident of Leura in the Blue Mountains for six years, I love the quieter pace, the fresh air, the small community. I’m only an hour and a half from the city, but after a visit can’t wait to get back to the mountains.

Describe your area of expertise?

Preconception healthcare for both prospective parents, as the way to improve every aspect of reproduction, is the area I’ve specialized in for close to 40 years. But the diet and lifestyle recommendations for couples planning a pregnancy are equally relevant at any life stage and as I’ve got older, I find myself offering advice to women (in particular) wanting healthy aging.

What are you looking forward to most about participating in the Norfolk Island Incubator Programme?

Sharing what I’ve learned in my long career of wellness-focused entrepreneurial adventures.

What wisdom or knowledge do you hope to share with the participants?

My major and significant learning has been that it’s not about the outcome, but about the journey! In the four decades since I abandoned my pharmacy career for one in nutritional medicine there have been dozens of things which didn’t come to fruition, multiple opportunities that looked fabulous but went no-where, heaps of dead-ends, and to be honest, more bodies of work than is decently good for one woman in one lifetime. But I believe you have to look beyond the financial reward, you have to look at the great learning experiences, the wonderful creations, the productive partnerships, the lifetime connections.

My firm belief is that I’m only in charge of the ingredients, the end result is out of my hands. It’s a belief that keeps me keeping on! I’ve always believed that creative energy can’t disappear into a black hole. It has to come back in some form and the timing is up to someone else. Seeing things in that light means there are no failures – everything is an achievement.

What is the greatest hurdle you have had to overcome in your career and how did you do it?

Overcoming my natural reticence and becoming a tireless self-promoter! How I did it? Training in public speaking, running workshops and seminars, standing at Expos spruiking my books (and much, much more), making media appearances … all helped.

If you could solve one problem or issue what would it be?

Encourage independent thought and improve critical thinking skills in the community. I believe there is too much mindless acceptance of mainstream media and orthodox dogma.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Trust your intuitive self! Your mind is a BS artist – only your heart tells the truth.

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?

My two sons (young men of 30 and 35). They are smart, thoughtful, great conversationalists and they’re really nice to their mother! Whenever we’re together they make me hugely proud, but also conscious of the benefits of preconception healthcare (and the blessings that bestowed on our whole family). My boys also remind me how privileged I was to be a stay-at-home mother during their early years.

Best advice you have been given?

Don’t judge – act on every opportunity as if it is the best thing that ever happened.

What are you looking forward to most about participating in the Norfolk Island Incubator Programme?

Meeting new. like-minded people and being involved in a really exciting project!

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