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Sharon O'Sullivan - Editor

When my friend Lisa and I formed a business partnership at the age of 20 and published our first issue of Perth Bride Magazine, I had no idea I would still be publishing the Magazine, bigger and better than ever, 27 years later.

I had no idea that I would have a circle of clients I regard among my closest friends and confidantes and that my hard work would be repaid several times over by loyal support and rewarding friendships.

Life is like that. Hard work and an open mind are as good as any university course you can find. Take my journey: On completing year 12 I held a position in a bank for two years, waitdressing at night. I believe that both of these jobs gave me a great start for running a business of my own, providing me with both the general business and people skills which are critical to a businesses success.

It also helped me develop a thirst for more knowledge so I made a decision to leave the bank and waitress full time while applying for other positions. It is amazing where your next job might come from. One particular job application requested a photo of myself be included so I went to a photographer to have one professionally done. He was looking for someone to run his office. I got the job!

When we started Perth Bride Magazine I had no formal training in publishing. I feel that a lot of hard work, a willingness to learn and a preparedness to meet new people has helped me to where I am today.

If I could give just one piece of advice to any young person out there it would be that if anyone offers you work (paid or unpaid) you accept it. You never know where it might lead you.