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Melissa Tantchev

Co-Founder & Director Bookabuy & Puzzle Post Retail

Alexandria New South Wales, Australia
Member Since May, 2018

"Smile often. Laugh uncontrollably. Dream big."

I am the co-founder and director of Bookabuy, an book subscription service that specialises in creating personalised reading journeys. I am also the co-founder and director of Puzzle Post, a personalised puzzle subscription service.

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Why are you a Business Chicks member?

I am a member of Business Chicks because it is a community of amazingly talented and inspiring women.

What's been the biggest pinch-me moment of your career?

The biggest pinch-me moment of my career was when we moved our little business run from the spare bedroom into our dream office space in Alexandria. It was a very surreal feeling!

How do you deal with setbacks, failures and fear?

No matter what happens in life, I always ensure that I take time to reflect on what I have learned from my experiences. A setback is never a bad experience, just another one of life's lessons.

What's the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Mahatma Gandhi said: "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

Which women inspire you and why?

J.K. Rowling has been a huge inspiration for me. Before Harry Potter, people loved to read, and even after Harry Potter ended people loved to read, but Harry Potter did something truly special. It took an entire generation of kids and turned them into lifelong readers. It inspired little girls and boys to become writers. It sparked imaginations. It will continue to inspire for generations to come. Most importantly, J.K. Rowling never gave up on Harry Potter or her dreams. Though she faced multiple rejections from publishers, she showed her fans how determination and faith can pull you through just about anything, and that hard work really does pay off.

What's been the biggest challenge you have faced and how did it help shape who you are today?

My biggest challenge was to manage the infancy of my business on the side, during weeknights and weekends. Giving up my full-time day job allowed me to dedicate myself to nurturing my business to success. Walking away from a promising, steady long-term opportunity for something unpredictable is scary - especially if you've never run a business before. I am glad that I didn't ignore my instincts!

What are you really good at? (We know this one's hard, you guys! As women, we tend to talk about what everyone else is good at. But now it's your turn.)

I am really good at making people happy!

What makes you happy?

I am happy when I am surrounded by my family members and friends.

What's your definition of success, and how will you know when you've got there? (Go on, aim high!)

Success is the ability to do what you love every day.

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