Skip to content
Mindset Entrepreneurship

Pauline Nguyen – Resilience, business & happiness strategies

40 minutes

Maximise your business' digital growth in 2021 with Brett Campbell
How to master your mind and manifest your dream life with Reese Evans

Refugee to successful business owner

For some business owners, crisis and adversity can trigger a paralysing panic. But for another type of business owner, adversity is a lesson that they do not want to waste. Do you know where you stand? Our next guest on The Make It Happen Show has overcome incredible adversities in her life to become one of Australia's most-celebrated entrepreneurs.

Pauline Nguyen is the Co-Founder of Red Lantern, the most-awarded Vietnamese restaurant in the world, best-selling author of 2 books, and has been recognised as one of Australia's top 50 female entrepreneurs. But before she found success, Pauline faced some incredible challenges: from escaping war-torn Vietnam, to living in a Thai refugee camp and settling in Australia, suffering abuse from her father, and working 100-hour weeks as a business owner, Pauline has not let herself fall victim to the circumstances life has thrown at her.

So we thought there'd be no one better to speak about how to empower and inspire ourselves in spite of the incredible challenges we've faced this year. Find out Pauline's secrets to success that she's learnt through the hardest moments of her life as well as how we can continue to pivot into the new year as a calm, inspired and resilient leader. Sit back and enjoy listening to Pauline's incredible lessons and journey.

33. Pauline Nguyen promotional image for The Make It Happen Show

"We all have a choice to look back and see the things that happened to us: will I play victim, or will I play the beneficiary?"

— Pauline Nguyen

In this episode, you will learn:

  • 2:00 - How to survive in one of the toughest industries for 20+ years
  • 5:23 - How to pivot from challenges and adversity
  • 10:02 - How to prevent passing down trauma to the next generation
  • 15:23 - What it means to develop self-mastery vs. business-mastery
  • 18:30 - The key characteristics of a strong leader
  • 23:07 - Why it’s so important to receive mentorship in business and in life
  • 25:07 - What it takes to write a bestselling book
  • 27:30 - Being a part of the “Filthy, Rich and Homeless” TV Show
  • 34:07 - Make It Happen In A Minute




Great insight for business owners and super practical takeaways!

Bruce Casanovic

Amazing guests, great insights into their journey and what has helped make their businesses successful. Great to hear how some of the guests have navigated challenge as well. Loads of good practice takeaways.

Perfect for the Monday commute


Great to listen to on the commute to work on Monday mornings. Great content, well delivered and plenty of insights from industry leaders in a variety of fields. Good to see the entourage getting out there with a podcast series

Top-shelf guests. Top-shelf conversations.


This is so awesome, so helpful, and so fresh. Right from the get-go, the team at The Entourage have brought out the big names in the Aussie entrepreneur and business space to have conversations that every business owner should listen to. I can't wait to see who they bring on next.

Amazing guests


Loved the episode with Tim Fung, Airtasker CEO! You guys are getting some awesome guests in! Thank you!

Entourage on point again!

Adz Rodger

Great content again from The Entourage! Particularly like the 1st episode and the points Tim Fung made about making sure you make time to map out the future and don't get stuck on day to day 'work', as well as the observation that you really need to be strategic about your people management and not just try to save money. Two awesome take homes I have already taken action on!

For entrepreneurs and non-trepeneurs alike


Well this was one of the best things I’ve heard in a while. I’m by no means the target demographic, having zero business or entrepreneurial experience at all. Luckily the advice given for business growth and success is remarkably applicable to personal growth and success. Loved the conversational style, by the end of the podcast I felt like I knew both Tims personally, which is a great mark of engagement. And I loved hearing about the humble beginnings of Airtasker from the founder himself. Give this a listen if you’re craving a bit of personal or professional inspiration.


Your Entourage journey starts here. Join Australia's largest community of over 500,000 business owners and entrepreneurs, and receive instant access to the newest podcast episodes, exclusive resources, and all updates delivered straight to your inbox.