Gai Williams supports newborn babiesCreative Folk, Entrepreneurs | April 18, 2018
Can you tell us a little about your business and what you do?
After owning and operating pharmacies for over 25 years, I sold my pharmacy in 2016 and started a new business called Willby Wind and Colic. This business offers advice, support and natural solutions to new mums whose newborn babies are suffering from wind, colic and reflux. We have a free advice hotline 1300794232 and we manufacture a preservative free natural herbal mix that relieves the painful symptoms of Colic. 40 percent of newborn babies will suffer Colic symptoms in their first weeks of life and this increases to 70 percent after a Caesarian birth so there is a great need for our services as there are over 300,000 babies born in Australia each year.
What were some of the struggles you faced when you first started?
The most important lessons I have learned in life are to grasp every opportunity with both hands and not to panic whenever you take a risk. A Cat Stevens song says that ‘Life is like a maze of doors and they all open from the side you’re on” and I believe that to be true. People often tell me that I am lucky to have always done what I love but I think I have made my own luck by always being willing to grow and learn. Change is constant and if you are not living on the edge you are taking up too much room! I love to network and you don’t have to know all the answers – you just need to know where to find the answers. I am not a natural technology person but that is where the future lies so you just have to push yourself to try and learn by your mistakes. Someone once told me there are no failures-they are just opportunities to learn and improve.
What motivates you to keep working after 60?
I am motivated to keep working because I love the challenges and the people and I want to help those thousands of poor mums with screaming babies because why should they suffer when I know we can help them? Too many people I know retire and become lost souls because there is nothing to motivate them to get up in the morning. I still travel and love spending time with my beautiful family but I also want to be stimulated by business interests as well.
What do you like most about having your own business?
What advice would you give to the younger generation?
My advice to the younger generation is to find a job or a business that you love and then give everything you can to make it a success. Do not work at something you hate because it will make you and everyone around you unhappy. Take reasonable risks and make sure that when opportunity knocks you open the door! Be prepared to push through the tough times – the world does not owe you a living – you need to contribute to the world. Just do what you love and love what you do.
If you could jump into a time machine what era would you visit and why?
I think I would take a time machine back to the roaring twenties when post war it was time to dress up, be glamorous, take risks, celebrate life and I think it was the start of women spreading their cheeky wings and learning to fly. Swing the pearls and dance the Charleston.
Anything else you would like to add?