12 Books Every Young Australian Should Read

I thought I’d share with parents and young professionals some of the books that I wish I’d read sooner. Granted, this list may seem like a slight ‘stretch’ for a school-aged reader, as I didn’t conquer some of these books until my 20s. But I hope it achieves the right mix of self-development with a taste of the historical, economic and political issues that will continue to shape our country. A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey Growing up in early 1900s Western Australia (WA), the late Albert Facey had an impeccably difficult life, with much more heartbreak and loss than […]

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Free eBook PDF – How Do I Get My Kid To Do This?

Since releasing my book Winners Don’t Cheat, the most common question I get asked by parents is ‘How do I get my kid to do this?’ So I’ve put together a very short eBook on what worked for me in terms of forming good habits and setting goals coming out of high school. I sum up how powerful lessons from knowing better, getting the right role models, constantly ‘doing’ and showing grit can help generate discipline and instincts to improve. For a copy please click here (right click ‘Save Link As’), which is completely free. No need to sign up. […]

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Book Interview with the Menzies Research Centre

Being a fan of the journalist Fred Pawle I was stoked to be interviewed by him in his capacity as the new Communications Director for the Menzies Research Centre. We talked about not only the lessons in my book but how Robert Menzies – Australia’s longest serving prime minister – was the Jordan Peterson of his era. Check it out here.

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Nothing new under the sun: Marcus Aurelius, student-life and Meditations

During my first university tutorial, over a decade ago, I can still recall the gasps of horror as our Greek History lecturer first introduced us to the idea of ‘stoicism’. ‘It’s basically a preference for pain and hardship over nice things,’ I remember him explaining. ‘Ugh,’ cried one student. ‘Why the hell would you want that?’ complained another. Furrowed brows followed as he tried to explain this ancient philosophy to a room full of young restless minds, glued to the idea of instant gratification. But I suspect there were some in the room who, like myself, understood or ‘felt’ what […]

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3.2 Lessons Learned On The Way To 32

Edging my way into my thirties I thought I’d reflect and share some of the lessons from my recent book Winners Don’t Cheat: Advice for young Australians from a young Australian (Connor Court Publishing, 2018). A slow start out of high school, and not being able to get into university after eleven attempts, certainly refined my appreciation for adversity. But I worked through my international relations degree and things began to turn around. I had gone from a very poor writer with virtually no skills or experience to working under three prime ministers at the Department of the Prime Minister […]

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A margin of skill at the right time can be all you need

Listening to a recent chat between Russ Roberts – host of Econtalk – and Ryan Holiday – bestselling author and stoic expert – I noticed a great career message for young people, echoing messages in my new book Winners Don’t Cheat. While the discussion focuses on Holiday’s new book Conspiracy, documenting the billionaire Peter Thiel’s long-run campaign to take down the sensationalist publication Gawker, there’s a brief exchange on the anonymous 26-year old who first approached Thiel about the idea. The youngster’s daring approach – basically pitching to a billionaire co-backer of Facebook – opens up a wider discussion on […]

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