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It’s time to take over the jungle, metaphorically (Lesson 90) 90 day challenge

I met a man who had all the trappings this world had to offer and he looked at me saying “Tom, I can’t even taste food any more” He lost his appetite for life. He resembled the sadness of a Lion trapped in a cage, just waiting for its meals and the day it will… Continue reading It’s time to take over the jungle, metaphorically (Lesson 90) 90 day challenge

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Know your audience and don’t bow to the crowd (Lesson 89) 90 day challenge

All to often when growing an enterprise we neglect our audience and get distracted by the crowd. What’s the difference between a crowd and an audience? A crowd A crowd stands at a distance A crowd is not committed A crowd doesn’t appreciate your commitment A crowd walks away after the event An audience An… Continue reading Know your audience and don’t bow to the crowd (Lesson 89) 90 day challenge

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Hear both sides of the story and stay neutral, until? (Lesson 88) 90 day challenge

In a world that corners itself and nothing gets done or someone just loses out, learn the art of influence and diplomacy. Wether it’s dealing with government or negotiating a business deal it’s amazing hearing stories from two different camps. Both have very persuasive arguments and neither may be correct. Life is definitely more fluid… Continue reading Hear both sides of the story and stay neutral, until? (Lesson 88) 90 day challenge

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Choose carefully and be accountable to someone, why? (Lesson 86) 90 day challenge

Children have an uncanny ability to share their thoughts, have a fight & reconnect in no time. As we get older we exchange childish transparency for a more sophisticated life. We spin ourselves a spiders web of complexity and in doing so we entrap ourselves. Unhealthy habits form when we carry too much baggage internally.… Continue reading Choose carefully and be accountable to someone, why? (Lesson 86) 90 day challenge

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Launching an idea is costly, relaunching is a miracle (Lesson 83) 90 day challenge

Three things are vital when preparing for the launch of a new idea. 1. Muster all the fuel you can get The first three to six months takes up so much energy to break through the atmosphere to reach the orbit of Signing up your first client Being free from the negativity of those that… Continue reading Launching an idea is costly, relaunching is a miracle (Lesson 83) 90 day challenge

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You obey the rules, why are you still unhappy? (Lesson 82) 90 day challenge

Freedom comes at a cost, it’s all possible but it comes at a cost Knowing how to obey the laws of ethics rather than rules voted in by the democratic process is a start. I attended a political lunch of an upcoming candidate from an opposition party. The keynote speaker spoke with a feudal voice,… Continue reading You obey the rules, why are you still unhappy? (Lesson 82) 90 day challenge

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Calm before the storm of opportunity (Lesson 80) 90 day challenge

Quiet seasons don’t necessarily mean calm seasons Quiet seasons can often stir up mixed emotions of uncertainty, being the opposite of feeling calm or tranquil. Calmness is that sense of peace 1. There’s food in the fridge 2. The bills are paid 3. Relationships are in harmony 4. There’s a general sense of well-being However,… Continue reading Calm before the storm of opportunity (Lesson 80) 90 day challenge

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Our words govern us, use them to your advantage, how? (Lesson 79) 90 day challenge

Peace and war are in the power o the tongue With sayings like “Watch your mouth, put a zip in it, shut your trap, if you haven’t got anything good to say anything at all” etc.. In thousands of years of human development, we still struggle to tame the tongue First sign of maturity is… Continue reading Our words govern us, use them to your advantage, how? (Lesson 79) 90 day challenge

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Finding satisfaction in our work, an ancient desire (Lesson 78) 90 day challenge

Even ancient kings looked for meaning in their work. In this day and age of work / life balance, we are forever in our search for meaning, we are no better than our ancestors. The free world tries to sell the retirement plan as a meaning, rather than find meaning throughout our work / life.… Continue reading Finding satisfaction in our work, an ancient desire (Lesson 78) 90 day challenge

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Starting over won’t kill you, it will renew you, How? (Lesson 77) 90 day challenge

The problem with achieving too much of the wrong reward too early, it becomes a weight around our ankles, hindering our potential. Potential ~ having or showing the capacity to develop into something in the future. Life’s mountain is way more majestic than the plateau we find our selves settling in for. When mentoring young… Continue reading Starting over won’t kill you, it will renew you, How? (Lesson 77) 90 day challenge

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Perfection is just for a moment, chase it anyway (Lesson 76) 90 day challenge

Striving for perfect moments While perfection is just an illusion, human beings strive for that moment where everything aligns. It’s in our DNA to achieve, progress and renew A young couple look for meaning in a relationship. They court one another and plan for that perfect wedding that lasts for just a moment. A baby… Continue reading Perfection is just for a moment, chase it anyway (Lesson 76) 90 day challenge

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Boredom & Rockbottom have two things in common (Lesson 72) 90 day challenge

Unhealthy habits begin when we get stifled and we look for immediate gratification Long term goals can get exhausting, like planning for your retirement at 30 years of age; or your job and relationships are just a repeat unconscious actions. Unhealthy habits form to replace nature’s endorphins. Boredom & Rockbottom have two things in common… Continue reading Boredom & Rockbottom have two things in common (Lesson 72) 90 day challenge

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When did you stop laughing? (Lesson 3 revised) 27 days

When I visited one of my closest friends in hospital, it wasn’t long before my friend pleaded with the nurse to make me leave. I made him laugh too much and his stitches were tearing. An ancient proverb ‘A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones’ There’s nothing that… Continue reading When did you stop laughing? (Lesson 3 revised) 27 days

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Your mind, body and emotions need some rest from worry, not activity (Lesson 5 Revised) 27 days

An Ancient Eastern Proverb - It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones. Resting body, mind & emotions opens up the world to new experiences Even nature reveals in our early development the… Continue reading Your mind, body and emotions need some rest from worry, not activity (Lesson 5 Revised) 27 days

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Fire breathers and entrepreneurs always attract public interest, why? (Lesson 8 Revised) 27 days

Fire breathing and starting a business is always risky, you have to juggle between attracting an audience and staying alive. 1. They both must bedazzle the audience Fire breathers are conscious that an audience wants to be bedazzled, it’s all part of the entertainment Starting a new business has its own opportunities for the same… Continue reading Fire breathers and entrepreneurs always attract public interest, why? (Lesson 8 Revised) 27 days

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Motivation is an inside job (Lesson 9 Revised) 27 days

Some people remind me of balloons, you can pump them up easily but they deflate just as easy, why? We’ve been trapped by marketing trends and the expectations of others, rather than run our own race. Get rid of doing anything seasonal, break every rule and get motivated and I’ll tell you why? Motivation is… Continue reading Motivation is an inside job (Lesson 9 Revised) 27 days

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Run in your own lane and stop tripping others up (Lesson 10 Revised) 27 days

The teacher made me run a race I didn’t want to run. In my high school days I was made to do athletics. I hated it, so I turned up on the field fully dressed wearing my boots. The teacher in his wisdom made me run a race I didn’t want to. I reluctantly ran… Continue reading Run in your own lane and stop tripping others up (Lesson 10 Revised) 27 days

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Storms that take us on a different course (Lesson 11 Revised) 27 days

There are storms that strengthen our resolve and there are storms that take us on a different course. It’s hard to recognise which storms do what until the right storm comes that changes our course forever. This is the storm that feels like you are completely off course, why? 1. You’ve tried everything that has… Continue reading Storms that take us on a different course (Lesson 11 Revised) 27 days

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Politics – The debate of governance, property and rule (Lesson 13 Revised) 27 days

From the kindergarten playground to the grave, politics is a way of life. Most people are happy to mind their own business until their business gets disrupted. This is when we see the festering wounds come out. Political machines are feudal by nature and can turn on us at any given time. How do we… Continue reading Politics – The debate of governance, property and rule (Lesson 13 Revised) 27 days

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The committee is dead, how do we bring it back to life? (Lesson 15) 27 day challenge

The vote has already been predetermined and committees legitimise and hide the strongest influencers. let’s be honest and reinvent the value of a committee Leadership is the prerequisite of any movement or progressive organisation. The idea of committees was birthed to control excessive powers or legitimise them. Noble or Divisive, committees are a tool of… Continue reading The committee is dead, how do we bring it back to life? (Lesson 15) 27 day challenge

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Dare to be different for two reasons (Lesson 19) 27 day challenge

Mankind has a bazar obsession with individuality. It’s become a trend to speak out, speak up and be contrary. With the rise of social media in a democracy, everyone can have a voice and be heard. If we’re going to be different, don’t do it just because you can, do it for two reasons. 1.… Continue reading Dare to be different for two reasons (Lesson 19) 27 day challenge

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3 thoughts to stay on track (Lesson 20) 27 day challenge

If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re probably going in circles. 1. Moving through terrains, it’s wise to be prepared I often marvel at professionals that are decisive and make things happen. These individuals aren’t reckless, they see way ahead and anticipate movements along the way. Experience does two things, it makes you fearful… Continue reading 3 thoughts to stay on track (Lesson 20) 27 day challenge

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Be a MAVERICK with a SOCIAL CONSCIENCE (Lesson 21) 27 day challenge

Independent thinking to create cohesion and freedom The term Maverick is said to derive from a Sam Maverick (1803-1870), a prominent Texan landowner who despite intense pressure from other cattle farmers, steadfastly refused to brand his cattle and allowed them to freely roam, instead of being penned within fields. In the new age of independence… Continue reading Be a MAVERICK with a SOCIAL CONSCIENCE (Lesson 21) 27 day challenge

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3 Reasons the weakest link needs removing (Lesson 22) 27 day challenge

Proverb ‘You are only as strong as your weakest link’ Wether it’s a toxic relationship or an unhealthy habit, it’s the weak links that keep us from achieving our end goal. 1. Weak links render the whole chain weak Weak links emotionally blackmail the chain to its lowest denominator, or worse, make the whole chain… Continue reading 3 Reasons the weakest link needs removing (Lesson 22) 27 day challenge

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TRY NEW THINGS (Lesson 27) 27 day challenge

Growth develops in uncomfortable settings During lockdown rules of Covid19, societies have had to adapt to a new way of living. Most will miss the opportunity to grow during this season and can’t wait to go back to their complacent norm. I’ve taken the opportunity to say yes to three new things over the last… Continue reading TRY NEW THINGS (Lesson 27) 27 day challenge

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TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE THAT DESTROY PROGRESS (Lesson 28) 90 day challenge

When setting on a new path, it’s wise to remember where you’ve come from. An old Italian Business Man in his nineties shared with a board room full of young people. He started with a quote ‘If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you won’t know where you’re going’ History has its place in… Continue reading TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE THAT DESTROY PROGRESS (Lesson 28) 90 day challenge

HIGHWAY TO THE HOLY GRAIL
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HIGHWAY TO THE HOLY GRAIL (Lesson 32) 90 day challenge

Ancient Proverb 'All roads lead to Rome' or all paths lead to the same goal. The sickest souls on earth are those who fight against their conscience in order to gain something that is not real. The modern digital roads take us to places Ancient Rome couldn't even conceive. Centuries later when the Medieval Templar… Continue reading HIGHWAY TO THE HOLY GRAIL (Lesson 32) 90 day challenge

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SEEK TO UNDERSTAND SO YOU CAN BE UNDERSTOOD (Lesson 36) 90 day challenge

Here’s a couple of books from my ever dwindling library. (I can’t think of how many books I’ve given away) Having strong republican friends and knowing the Clinton's are quite polarising, I’ve always been encouraged to disdain Hillary Clinton, so I bought her book and let her speak for herself. After reading her book, I… Continue reading SEEK TO UNDERSTAND SO YOU CAN BE UNDERSTOOD (Lesson 36) 90 day challenge

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THOSE WHO HOLD THE GOLD MAKE THE RULES (Lesson 73) 90 day challenge

In the space of a few short weeks, individuals are drawn down to their last pennies, some companies are pushed to the wall, faith groups and other community enterprises such as sports clubs and entertainment have been decimated. Remember the golden rule, those who hold the gold, make the rules. Meanwhile our government’s footing has… Continue reading THOSE WHO HOLD THE GOLD MAKE THE RULES (Lesson 73) 90 day challenge

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SETTING ON A NEW VENTURE (Lesson 37) 90 day challenge

Bigger, Bolder, Brighter Every now and again you have to change directions, wipe the slate clean and reset. Our journey is long, our quest is noble, our loyalties are fixed. We have but one Master and our God given conscience leads us into the unknown. It’s in the unknown we discover something truly remarkable about… Continue reading SETTING ON A NEW VENTURE (Lesson 37) 90 day challenge

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Angels we meet in difficult time (Lesson 39) 90 day challenge

Unless you’ve been here, you’ll never appreciate the sweet, sweet taste of life’s beauty unraveled by the oddest people we meet. Here’s just one glimpse that will last a lifetime. 1987, My wife, our baby girl and I are living thousands of kms from our family and community trying to build another community to give… Continue reading Angels we meet in difficult time (Lesson 39) 90 day challenge

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Who’s your Master? (Lesson 40) 90 day challenge

“Who’s your Master?” He said (a comment made to me by a client) For though I am free from all me, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more ~ Paul, known as the Apostle 'Who's your Master"? To the modern day slave, that’s easy to answer, to the… Continue reading Who’s your Master? (Lesson 40) 90 day challenge

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XCOP, XCRIM, XPREACHER have a common thread (Lesson 41) 90 day challenge

Casual Friday - For city Folk, it means not wearing a tie, for us, it’s a little bit more relaxed. What does an XCOP, XCRIM and an XPREACHER have in common? I often catch up with my oldest friend Mario on Fridays, we shoot the breeze and enjoy coffees at the beach. It's good to… Continue reading XCOP, XCRIM, XPREACHER have a common thread (Lesson 41) 90 day challenge

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Original Gangster – Changed the rules to two (Lesson 42) 90 day challenge

They accused him of associating too much with the Scum Of The Earth. Who did and why did they accuse him? Lawyers & Do-gooders Individuals that just see with shallow eyes and not with the heart. He rebuffs these legalistic and self riotous accusers with a classic line. “Those who are well have no need… Continue reading Original Gangster – Changed the rules to two (Lesson 42) 90 day challenge

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Was it Black Jesus at Times Square? (Lesson 43) 90 day challenge

Clash of two worlds I watched this homeless man take a seat at the head of the table at Times Square and he just sat there watching the world go by. Joan Osborne’s song ‘One of us’ came to mind as I watched the world go by with him. ~ What if God was one… Continue reading Was it Black Jesus at Times Square? (Lesson 43) 90 day challenge

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Delete retirement from your vocab (Lesson 44) 90 day challenge

Longmore, Riverbank juvenile prisons among others was the main topic of discussion with John, who’s now retired after decades of serving our youth. Retirement should be eliminated from our vocab, the moment we stop giving is the moment we start dying John is in his mid 70s and shares that he is soul searching when… Continue reading Delete retirement from your vocab (Lesson 44) 90 day challenge

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I AM JUST A GRAIN OF SAND (Lesson 45) 90 day challenge

"I am just a grain of sand" During my visit in Manhattan, New York I'm asking random unsuspecting people big questions about themselves and society. From the homeless, business people, lawyers, producers and this guy. A picture is worth a thousand words. I’m sitting in the foyer of the hotel and couldn’t help but take… Continue reading I AM JUST A GRAIN OF SAND (Lesson 45) 90 day challenge

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There’s no escaping, so don’t waste a minute (Lesson 46) 90 day challenge

Plan like you'll live forever, live like it's your last breath. It may sound morbid but I've always been fascinated by funerals, even taking photos with my 35mm Camera back in the seventies at a family burial. I'm surprised no one stopped me and thought it may have been distasteful, maybe they saw the value… Continue reading There’s no escaping, so don’t waste a minute (Lesson 46) 90 day challenge

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True freedom seems frightening (Lesson 47) 90 day challenge

I raced my dog on a track and field and he didn't stay in his lane, he just raced all over the field having fun. Then the thought occurred to me ‘The day I stopped running in the fictional white lines painted by my previous task masters was the day I discovered a new world’… Continue reading True freedom seems frightening (Lesson 47) 90 day challenge

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Don’t judge a book by its cover (Lesson 48) 90 day challenge

Don't judge a book by its cover The Lyndon-James's family understand Social Capital at its finest I started hearing about this guy called Peter Lyndon-James some time ago and didn’t think much of it, just another story of a guy that went from the dark side to a fanatical religious side of life, or so… Continue reading Don’t judge a book by its cover (Lesson 48) 90 day challenge

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Love & Marriage (Lesson 49) 90 day challenge

LOVE IS A CHOICE I just think a lot of men just need to be that - MEN and chase your lady till the day you have breath no more.   The following helps if you want a marriage partner for life (From my perspective) 1. Are you attracted to them (no-brainer) 2. Do they… Continue reading Love & Marriage (Lesson 49) 90 day challenge

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He challenged them to think (Lesson 50) 90 day challenge

While travelling in India, one of my favorite teachings came to life while walking through a fishing village. Jesus the itinerant and his first message I was reminded of the first public message over 2000 years ago and the setting we have of Jesus’s itinerant ministry. History described him as one who walked among those… Continue reading He challenged them to think (Lesson 50) 90 day challenge

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When the bully loses (Lesson 51) 90 day challenge

When they give you an ultimatum, they lose   My encounter with a bully that equipped me to deal with other bullies We sat on a park bench discussing the affairs of the organisation and I shared my concerns. He was being polite and understanding to a point. He then goes on to say words to… Continue reading When the bully loses (Lesson 51) 90 day challenge

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Dealing with a Social Media Troll (Lesson 52) 90 day challenge

Nothing makes a troll feel better than tarnishing your character as they create an unreal image of their power in your mind. It's no different to the classroom or workplace bully. If you're in the public space, let's face it, you've become a target of Chucky, the undeveloped mind. Chucky is an undeveloped creature who… Continue reading Dealing with a Social Media Troll (Lesson 52) 90 day challenge

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Governments and a Cartels? (Lesson 54) 90 day challenge

King Solomon ~ "There is an evil I have seen under the sun, Kings and rulers make grave mistakes when they give great authority to foolish people and low positions to people of proven worth". I can understand parts of the world where autocratic rule and nepotism becomes the burden of the state. I can't… Continue reading Governments and a Cartels? (Lesson 54) 90 day challenge

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They call him Boxer – 80 yrs old and still gives the young ones a run for their money on construction sites (Lesson 63) 90 day challenge

Boxer walks around a construction site with a sense of urgency and purpose, like name like character. Boxer is one of those rare people that reminds me of the marble in a paint can, when the can is shaken the paint mixes well because of the marble. Guys like Boxer bring order to urgency as… Continue reading They call him Boxer – 80 yrs old and still gives the young ones a run for their money on construction sites (Lesson 63) 90 day challenge

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Entrepreneur – Modern Day Gladiators (Lesson 61) 90 day challenge

They show potential and the blood thirst of the economy must be fed so small business is encouraged at all costs. Modern-Day Gladiators, practicing their skills when no one is watching, waiting for the day they get a shot in the arena. The arena (THE MARKET PLACE) is packed to the brim, represented by every… Continue reading Entrepreneur – Modern Day Gladiators (Lesson 61) 90 day challenge

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Toxic Construction Culture weeded out by a new style of leadership

Updated June 2020 and the positive narrative continues. Seven years on and it's still happening, wholesome leaders empowering people to build amazing structures in Perth's high-rise horizon. pic taken at Langley Park nurturing good mental health and suicide awareness, a Hanssen campaign 'run for a friend ;' September 2018, I concluded a five year personal… Continue reading Toxic Construction Culture weeded out by a new style of leadership

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Razor Edge Authority (Lesson 66) 90 day challenge

The razor edge of authority Authority is likened to the razor edge of a surgeons scalpel and the two razor edges of a warriors sword. The scalpel- Knowing when to use the scalpel by mentoring others and surgically removing the cancers that eat away at a persons life. The two edged sword - Knowing when… Continue reading Razor Edge Authority (Lesson 66) 90 day challenge

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3500km MENTAL HEALTH DRIVE 3500km WITH MY SON

run for a friend ; Run for a friend ; is an idea that was fostered out of a tragedy when my youngest daughter shared that a close friend of hers took her own life. My daughter and I discussed how we can make Beth's short-lived life count and decided to launch 'run for a… Continue reading 3500km MENTAL HEALTH DRIVE 3500km WITH MY SON

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10 Life regrets I’ve learned from

I pray you go through life with minimal regrets.  I’ve thought of my ten standout life regrets and in many ways they have defined me. They have forged convictions and attitudes of what seems an unshakable resolve, I walk through life on purpose and I will not be deterred. I’ve been very fortunate to achieve… Continue reading 10 Life regrets I’ve learned from

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Senior Detective to Construction Mentor (Lesson 67) 90 day challenge

Looking for significance rather than job security. I've known Chris for over two decades and our paths have passed in recent years through the amazing world of social media. For years I had the privilege of using vehicles like Facebook, LinkedIn & Instagram, sending out daily messages in the hope of challenging the audience to… Continue reading Senior Detective to Construction Mentor (Lesson 67) 90 day challenge