“Success is a poor teacher. We only learn by making mistakes!”
This famous quote by Robert Kiyosaki helps me to console myself for the many mistakes that I’ve made during my employment and business career.
Whilst I’ve enjoyed both success and failure along the way, I’ve learnt and grown most from my mistakes – all of which, I’m proud to say, have been honest ones.
Forty-odd years (some would say forty VERY ODD YEARS) in sales, marketing and management – as well as several years of self-employment, have been very gratifying.
The most fulfilling aspect has been the many wonderful people who I have met.
To quote the great Zig Ziglar, “It’s the people that you meet and the books that you read” that helps shape a person.
Along my life journey, I’ve met many amazing people – some of whom have encouraged me to pursue my current vocation.
Now, at an age when many people are considering retirement, I have a great zest for life and work because of the opportunity to be a source of encouragement to people who are looking to better themselves.
These days, I teach people how to use Personal Franchising to create a lifestyle that is rarely available to those in the employment sector.
- Personal Franchising is a business model that …
- Enables people to work from the comfort of their own home – or from anywhere in the world for that matter.
- Enables people to work part-time or full-time – the hours are completely flexible.
- Requires no previous business experience.
- Requires only a low capital outlay – which means low risk
- Is non-discriminatory. Race, religion, skin colour, shoe size – or even belt size is irrelevant.
Tess and I have been happily married for more than forty years.
We have three children – two daughters and a son – all aged in their thirties and all married to wonderful partners. The two girls live and work in Adelaide and have produced us with four beautiful grand-daughters. Our son and his wife live and work in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Having grown up on a farm, I love the outdoors. My three younger brothers and I had a great childhood. Despite the usual fights and arguments, (especially over LBW decisions!) we were, and still are – very close. We are very fortunate to still have such a close relationship – which stretches to our extended families.
Most sports – especially football (Australian Rules Football), cricket, squash, scuba-diving and marathon running – albeit mainly as a spectator now, thanks to ‘buggered knees’.
Swimming and cycling are activities that I really enjoy – and I exercise at home most days of the week.
Para-gliding is something that I have done a number of times, but mainly tandem flights. A goal for the not-too-distant future is to get my solo license.
– Ornithology (Bird-watching)
– Pottering around in the vegie garden
– Relaxing on one of my many hammocks
– Outdoor cooking – especially with camp ovens
– David Attenborough documentaries
– Cirque du Soleil productions
I’m still trying to work out the best way to avoid having to explain that my school days were pretty much a waste of time and my parent’s money!
My two favourite lessons were lunch and recess.
Education just seemed to interfere with my pursuits of playing football/cricket and ‘chasing chicks’ – not that I achieved even a moderate level of success in any of these activities.
Anyway, I couldn’t really see the point of gaining an education because my goal, upon leaving school was to start at the top and work my way up.
For some unknown reason, things didn’t quite work out that way!
Fortunately, in my mid-twenties, I recognised that if I was to succeed in anything, I would have to improve my knowledge, attitude, skills and habits – and so I became engrossed in Personal Development – in particular through ‘Jaycees’ (a now redundant, international, young-person’s, service organisation) – and later Rotary International.
Through my involvement with these organisations, I discovered the teachings of people like Robert Kiyosaki, Earl Nightingale, Jim Rohn, Tom ‘Big Al’ Schreiter and Eric Worre – just to name a few.
Education is still very high on my list of priorities, and I rarely drive anywhere without listening to an audio book. A favourite pastime is lying in one of my hammocks listening to a book on Personal Development via my smartphone. ‘Audible’ is a great app – check it out at Audible.com.
Info coming soon