Co-founder of Livin
“It ain’t weak to speak”
Losing a good friend was the motivation for Sam Webb and Casey Lyons to begin ‘Livin’. With the aim of eradicated the stigma surrounding mental illness and encourage people to speak out and reach out, Sam has been on emotional journey with plenty of sweat and tears.
Helping others, saving lives, they now want to make a generational change.
What drove you to start Livin?
The loss of a good friend, Dwayne Lally, was the final tipping point in my motivation behind everything I do. Mental illness has rattled my family in more ways than one, and I felt the need to make a change.
What’s been your proudest moment in business?
I would have to say getting messages from people saying we have saved their life. It’s very humbling hearing positive stories from such a terrible experience and this makes it all the worthwhile.
I would trade back everything to have those who I love and have lost in a heartbeat but that cannot be done. Our mission is far greater than that now. My goal is to make a generational change.
What mistake have you learned most from?
Although I use mistakes as stepping stones to growth and becoming the best version of myself for others, my greatest would have to be thinking I can save every single person.
I remain as positive and upbeat as possible but I have had to admit to myself and set realistic expectations that this mission is far greater than our power and our influence as a single player. This is a team approach between all the great organisations and groups out there and no one single person or organisation has the ability and answers to everything.
Setbacks are part of the journey and I have had to open my eyes more to see that this initiative is a lifelong commitment that will require collaboration for us to be successful. You just need to remain focused and set realistic goals that are achievable. Persistance beats resistance.
What would you say is the recipe for success in your sector?
Without a doubt, I believe the recipe for true success is collaboration, community and connection. We all need to work as a collective to be able to truly make a difference.
What have you learned about yourself?
Resilience, patience, and most of all, perseverance. This has been an emotional journey with plenty of sweat and tears, however it has given me a greater mind in the way I look at day to day life. The past few years have been a true blessing to me and I am very thankful for being a part of this life that I will cherish for ever.
What has been your biggest sacrifice for the business?
I don’t think the word sacrifice is the best term, I think its choices. I have had to make choices for the greater good. I am very lucky to have found my life calling or purpose because for a very long time I was lost. I am extremely grateful. It is like a double- edged sword though. It took so much pain and heartache to find my purpose and I will be forever thankful. I have Dwayne to thank in a lot of ways.
Given what you know now, what would you do differently?
I only know what I know in the moment of time given the information I have. I can’t make changes on historical events because I didn’t know what I know now. But if I could tell my 99-year-old self, I would say, enjoy the simple things and don’t make impulsive decisions. Every single day is a new beginning. Something so small can greatly affect your outlook. One thing I have learnt in the past few years is; If you don’t ask, you will never know or the answer will always be a No. If you are in doubt, reach out. That goes for everything in life.
Who would you most like to employ in your business – famous or otherwise?
I believe anyone can make a difference. Yes- fame can draw attention to the cause, but the individual must be passionate about what we are trying to accomplish. I am very lucky to work within a small group of people who are extremely passionate about Livin, this makes all the difference.
Best piece of advice to other not for profits/charities?
The best piece of advice I can give is If in Doubt, Reach Out. Teamwork makes the dream work and if we truly want to make a difference, we must help each other and ask for help.