With depression now his master, he abandoned what was right,
There’s no place in life for failures, he’d end it all tonight.
There were still some things to do, he’d have to shoot the cattle first,
Of all the jobs he’d ever done, that would be the worst.
Author : Murray Hartin
"Do you ever have days when everything feels... Not Very Okay At All? And sometimes you don't even know why you feel Not Very Okay At All, you just know that you do."
After attending our school's award night, I thought back to my not so illustrious schooling days. I can never recall being recognised for any awards during that time. I thought about all those students who didn't get awards but achieved greater growth during the year.
We all have strengths, weaknesses and face challenges. We all have the ability to positively impact our community or world. Focusing on being your unique self and striving to be the best version of yourself every day will cause less stress and anxiety than trying to compare yourself with others.
On this episode of ON THE WIRE, I speak to Gordon Jenkins aka The Visible Guy.
Born Manchester UK, Gordon now lives in Melbourne Australia and is an entrepreneur, passionate about life, international coach, mentor and speaker.
Gordon Jenkins (aka thevisibleguy.com) has faced many challenges, some life and death situations. He has ended up in the strangest of places such as a South Asian jungle instead of the Australian Outback. He is proof that no matter how bad your circumstances seem at the time, you are in control of your destiny.
We are all surrounded by lessons every day. As the old saying goes if you are not learning you are dead. Some of the most important lessons in life aren't taught to us by situations we find ourselves in, mentors or coaches, they can be taught to us by those who are closest to us.
This is the first in a series of blogs where I explore some important lessons that I have learnt from those who are closest to me.
The first lesson is that of Selflessness taught to me by my son Luke.
On this episode of ON THE WIRE our guest is Jake Edwards, former AFL footballer, founder of Outside The Locker Room (OTLR), soon to become author and clothing brand entrepreneur. Outside The Locker Room is an education and welfare program developed for local sporting clubs, schools and community groups.
The purpose of OTLR is to equip adolescent boys & girls and young adults, along with their parents, families and communities, with the information and resources to better enable them to tackle the increasing number of social and mental health issues in a productive and not destructive way.
As another ANZAC Day approaches I would like to share with you another piece of our families history. This year it is from my wife's family, the story of two brothers.
Cecil Howard Toms VX37531 and Claude Hector Toms VX33107.
On this World Health Day, I would like to start a conversation about depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. If these illnesses are left untreated they can result in catastrophic outcomes. On this episode of ON THE WIRE, I would like to share a conversation that I had with Simon Sharky Clark. Simon’s story is one of those examples when a mental illness is left untreated, life can quickly spiral out of control.
On this episode of ON THE WIRE, I had the pleasure, no I think it is better described as the honour to speak to Grant Monks. Grant grew up in Kyabram and is now doing some great work as an ambassador for Kidney Health Australia and the Alannah & Madeleine Foundation. Grant has battled with kidney disease for his entire life, has been faced with family tragedy, but still approaches life with his infectious wit and smile. Despite the adversity Grant has faced throughout his life, he still declares that he is the lucky one.
Grant truly lives his life with Resilience, Persistence and Determination
On this episode of ON THE WIRE, I had the pleasure to chat with an old mate, Jeff Wright. He is served his country with 20 years of military service, He has been a member of the Queensland Police Force, and more recently forged a career following a personal passion, as a building designer. But 18 months ago, he was presented with an unexpected challenge a challenge that would draw on all the skills life had taught him until now. this is an inspiring story of overcoming obstacles with Resilience, Persistence and Determination. I am one of the lucky ones, I get to call him Mate.