Back on track: Grant Turner on overcoming health hurdles, resilience in real estate and an inspiring cycling comeback

In the face of life's most daunting challenges, some individuals not only persevere but also emerge stronger, wiser, and more compassionate. Grant Turner's story is a testament to the transformative power of resilience. When confronted with a sudden and serious health condition, he refused to let it define him. Instead, he embraced the struggle, rediscovered his passion for real estate, and committed himself to making a difference in the lives of others.

In this episode of the Courageous Conversations podcast, host Leanne Pilkington engages in a candid and inspiring discussion with Grant Turner, a real estate professional whose journey is marked by success and significant challenges.

Faced with the sudden onset of epilepsy mid career, Grant found himself grappling with the profound impact it had on his personal and professional life.

He shares the raw, unfiltered reality of his struggles, from the initial shock of the diagnosis to the daily challenges of managing a chronic condition while striving to maintain a successful career in real estate.

Yet, through this adversity, Grant discovered a well of resilience within himself.

He candidly discusses how he chose to confront his epilepsy head-on, refusing to let it define him or hinder his ambitions.

By embracing a mindset of acceptance and gratitude, Grant not only adapted to his new reality but also found renewed purpose and strength.

Grant’s story takes an even more inspiring turn as he reveals his upcoming 700km charity ride across Thailand to raise money for Hands Across The Water, an organization supporting underprivileged children.

This endeavour stands as a powerful testament to Grant’s determination to rise above his challenges and make a positive impact on the lives of others.

“Things have only got stronger and stronger from there, and right now, today, I’m filled with a lot of gratitude for having great people around me and great support.”

Some key highlights of this Courageous Conversation, hosted by Leanne Pilkington:

  • 01:18 – Ready for real estate: Deep-dive into Grant’s entry into the real estate sector, the distinct landscapes of residential versus commercial transactions and how harnessing a residential approach can elevate your success.
  • 03:06 – Endurance beyond limits: Grant’s transformation from casual 5km runs to conquering a marathon, and discover the parallels between physical endurance and thriving in real estate.
  • 08:18 – Navigating life’s storms: Grant’s battle with epilepsy, the upheaval it caused in his life, and the resilience required to face such unpredictability.
  • 09:55 – Grace under pressure: How Grant responded to life-altering health challenges, adapted to significant lifestyle shifts and navigated personal and professional obstacles with strength.
  • 14:54 – Transforming fear into power: Uncover the pivotal shift in Grant’s mindset from fear to acceptance and gratitude, and how it helped him embrace life and real estate.
  • 19:26 – Triumph and giving: Grant’s inspiring comeback journey and why his heartfelt engagement in the Digital Live Charity Ride is a full circle moment.
  • 20:31 – Supporting dreams: Find out how contributing to Grant’s cause can make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children in Thailand, emphasising the real estate community’s power to impact positively.

Epilepsy Awareness Month: Every 22 minutes, a life is turned upside down by Epilepsy. March is National Epilepsy Awareness Month in Australia. This is a time to raise awareness, reduce stigma and dispel myths about living with epilepsy. Purple Day is on the 26th of March; for more information on how to support and make March Purple, visit

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Leanne Pilkington

Leanne Pilkington is Chief Executive Officer and Director of Laing+Simmons.


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