RK: You know, when I see the sparkle in someone else’s eyes, it lifts something in me; you know that you’ve connected in a way. It’s the most energising, beautiful feeling. And I must share that my life has been transformed once I decided to be committed to living in the now, living in happiness, to living in joy— to living a life of service. Most people think ‘we have the rest of our lives to do stuff’—but it can be snuffed out in a second. It’s not so much about ‘influencing’ other people to do these things, but living it yourself. It’s how we deal with people; how we listen, how we answer, and it’s not a conscious thing. I don’t walk around in life asking, ‘how am I going to influence people. How am I going to show them how to change’ I am however in an extraordinary position where I get invited to speak and to share my thoughts and experiences, but that’s me, and that contribution doesn’t work for everybody. So I really don’t try to go around and influence people. All I can do is be me… and that’s all anyone can do.
“It's not so much about ‘influencing' other people to do these things, but living it yourself. It's how we deal with people; how we listen, how we answer, and it's not a conscious thing.”
FC: So do you think ‘people’ are what motivates you?
RK: You better believe it! I read self-help books; there are so many people who motivate and inspire me—totally. I can’t get enough of learning more and more about inspiring people.
FC: It’s interesting you chose OzHarvest instead of starting another business and we wonder how successful you would be at running another commercial business?
RK: I’ve run my own business in the past, but I started OzHarvest because I found that making money for me, just didn’t inspire me anymore. There is always this feeling that we need more, but when I actually examined my life I found that I have my two sons, a roof over my head and food on my table. And that’s really why I started a social business, because I figured ‘I’ve got everything I need, now’s my time to give back, to do more’. I’d spent 15–20 years on my family just having enough for me, and it didn’t fill my soul, it didn’t fill my heart, it didn’t make me think. I always wanted more.
FC: We wonder about that too, in our own business. You’ve really used your business to expose something that touches people’s hearts, and we always think of how we can do that. Do you think it’s about bringing people on the journey with you?
RK: I really do. I think that I’m a vehicle for other people’s goodness, and it’s interesting how you said ‘I’m so much part of OzHarvest’—that was really an unconscious, unintentional thing. I never set out to be an ‘inspiration’ or a ‘story’, but very early on in the piece a particular PR person recognised that it would help the brand immeasurably. And I didn’t even realise this possibility until she began to see it in the business. And even then, I don’t think she had any idea as to where it would go. All I wanted to do was to start something meaningful. And yes, we have created a brand, and yes we have created something incredibly special, and I do believe that it is a vehicle for purpose, for people to fulfill their spiritual souls through OzHarvest.