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Mick Spencer, 2011 Anthill 30under30 Winner

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Mick Spencer, ACT (b. 1990)

Name: Mick Spencer
Age: 21 (Born: May 1990)
Gender: Male
State: ACT

Mick Spencer has been short-sighted for a long time. That is to say, he started wearing glasses as a toddler. But when it comes to the young man’s sports product and marketing company, OnTheGo, Spencer’s vision stretches for miles and miles.

The Canberra resident formed the business in 2010 while he attended university. From the get-go, he put emphasis on the brand — OnTheGo represents “an energetic way of life,” no matter where the label pops up. (Spencer, never one to think small, describes it as “the next Virgin brand.” Gangway!)

The gregarious Spencer — he loves to talk to people and hear stories — is eager to expand the OnTheGo brand and take it as far as he can. The website’s list of products and services list everything from garment manufacturing to screen printing to marketing advice. Philanthropy is a big goal, he says.

“I want to create a fun brand, a way of life,” he says. “Because I am living and working hard toward by dream, I’m a happy person, which means I inspire and make the people around me love life.”

Spencer, who walks the walk by racing mountain bikes, says he has turned his poor eyesight — along with a heart condition diagnosed at 14 — to his advantage by becoming comfortable with taking the risks necessary to succeed.

“Not being able to see properly, especially at night or in classrooms, meant things weren’t easy,” he says. “I had to learn things on my own, figure it out by myself. This became a habit and a personality trait.”

And with that has come early success. Spencer figured that, because he was a fulltime university student when he started OnTheGo, that $10,000 in turnover would be a good result for the first year. He cranked out $110,000. He’s setting his sights on annual turnover of $500,000 in Year Two.

“I have partnered with many great events, charities and initiatives,” he says. “I see something and say I want to be a part of that, then go out and get it.”

Anthill asks: Mick Spencer, what’s your superpower?

“I can comfortably take big risks. I am very confident. I love life and try my hardest to not take it for granted. I am passionate, full of natural energy. I also can talk to anyone.”

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