Scott Bidmead is the co-founder of Euda Wellbeing, an AI-driven dashboard supporting the wellbeing and mental health of corporates around Australia.
1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?
I haven’t had the most straightforward career path but it has been one interesting ride! I started off studying journalism then hosting and producing TV shows all over the world. I also launched a number of businesses.
I then went back to uni to get my masters in psychology as I had a passion for growth and helping people which started with martial arts, philosophy and my passion for having an impact. I have since won awards for entrepreneurship, consulted agencies and clients and was the chairman of headspace Adelaide.
I am currently the CEO of wellbeing company Euda. Euda utilises the science of wellbeing and innovative software to help people flourish. We support workplaces and experts around the country with our software and solution.
I am also the founder of film studio Mead Media. Having worked across various international TV shows, commercials and film projects, alongside A Listers such as Jason Momoa and clients such as The Commonwealth Games, Swisse, and Microsoft.
2) What does a day in the life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?
I usually do my planning the night before, and have my best creative inspirations at night. So usually in the mornings I just get up, do a workout or head into the office.
I once hated Mondays, so now I purposefully make them my favourite day of the week. Every Monday we have someone come into the office and do a 45 minute breathwork session for the team.
I hit a class at the gym and have a sauna. Then I get into some deep work, meetings and lunch with someone. Night I will do something social or just chill – and I am trying to get into nature more.
3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?
I am pretty lucky that I can work from anywhere on Euda, with most of our team in QLD and I am based in NSW.
When I have a production shoot or TVC through my agency, I get to go on location. Otherwise I do a couple of days a week from home/cafes and the rest in the office.
4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?
For me it is all about finding a measured dose around the key areas of PERMAH (a key concept in pos psych) which is positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, accomplishment and health.
I think it is about finding a sense of work life harmony and integration. Having awareness to tweak your focuses and habits as you go through the different chapters of your life and career.
5) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?
I have recently started taking up more social hobbies, and I am moving away from just going to the gym to lift weights. I have done martial arts for most of my life and am recently getting into Jiu Jitsu, playing tennis socially and a bit of yoga. I even did my first ever pilates class recently, which was surprisingly hard but probably not my thing long term!
6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?
I love anything philosophy related, Russel Brand is great, and a former client of mine, Success Resources put out some great content here in Australia.
7) Are there any products, gadgets or apps that you can’t live without?
Well I love the Euda app of course, but I have to say that! Euda also provides business leaders and experts with analytical insights and wellbeing trends, guided meditations, video and resource distribution, daily PERMAH check ins, live wellbeing events and much more. Not to mention the list of exciting new features and upgrades planned for release with our ‘Flourish Update’!
8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?
I would have to go out there and say one of my favourite philosophers, Marcus Aurelius (if I could go back in time).
Or maybe L.P Jacks who wrote this quote and seems to know what’s up:
“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”― L.P. Jacks
9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?
Sometimes we need to disconnect in order to truly connect. Burnout is no longer a badge of honour, and investing in your own growth should be a priority. Wellbeing doesn’t have to be fluffy. It can be practical, real and authentic.
Sometimes (a lot of the times), knowing is only half the battle. Executing is the defining factor. By taking time to understand yourself and equip yourself with powerful tools and guidance, you can reach a new level of mental, physical and spiritual health.
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