Alison Donaghey - Reinventing the Domino Effect

A single Mom at the age of 20, Alison Donaghey realized that the minimal number of jobs she was qualified for were never going to put food on the table. While also working three part-time jobs, she set her sights on a degree in Criminology with the understanding that sacrificing time with her young son now would hopefully pay dividends down the road for the both of them.

It was while studying criminology that she began to notice her unique perspectives and viewpoints on the world and how she saw things in a different light. This enhanced way of thinking caused her to switch to social work, but again the rigid thought process of the industry didn’t seem to gel with her perspective. This road block was enhanced by the chance meeting of a man who told her she could make a lot more money and spend more time with her son while in the painting business. She left school, began a relationship with this man, and learned the art of painting.

Unfortunately, right after moving in together her boyfriend had a drug relapse and the ugliness of addiction resurfaced, culminating in his death. Struggling to figure out her next move and rid herself of credit card debt caused by her ex’s addiction she threw caution to the wind and started her own painting company, Sonshine Girls Painting.

Within a few months Alison and her son were completely off welfare and the business was booming. Being able to communicate and understand her clients’ needs and empower her staff was the key to success. Things progressed and the very next year she returned to university and finished her degree in one year, completing with a Bachelor of Arts and a double minor in psychology and sociology.

When Alison was asked to speak at an event, she realized she had something other than painting to offer the people and business owners of the world; the ability to look at a situation differently and anticipate potential outcomes. This was the seed that led to Alison creating Domino Thinking.

Alison is also an international Bestselling author of “Think Opposite: Using the Domino Effect to Change Your Business and Change the World” and hosts a live online radio show called “The Alison Donaghey Show”, where weekly guests challenge the views of its listeners and offer different perspectives. She speaks to entrepreneurs, small business owners, and coaches about the power of critical thinking. She believes an unexamined perspective, an unexamined law, and unexamined government, business, life, relationship…are all deadly viruses. And the Domino Effect Decision Matrix is the vaccine with which to make the world a better place.

Tune in to hear Steve, Mary, and Richard chat with Alison about domino thinking and thinking opposite.



In This Episode

She was a single mom on welfare

House painting created a whole new life

The journey to Domino Thinking

Considering the outcome

#MyPart explained

Make choices that make your life easier

Connecting to your worthiness

There are strings that make us all attached to each other

We impact things and never know why


Previously On Reinvention Radio

Reinventing Core Expectations – In this episode, tune in to hear Steve, Mary, and Richard chat with Art Costello about what core expectations are and that obstacles are only as big as we make them.