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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Episode 17 – Book Interview: Winners Don’t Cheat

Although I feel slightly indulgent to speak about my new book, I pass the interviewer’s mic to good friend Jordan Shopov. We talk about the lessons in my book, in particular, how an intolerance of your circumstances, developing focus, improving your writing and taking advantage of the unique opportunities Australia offers all conspired to fuel my turnaround. For a copy of the book please visit Connor Court Publishing.

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Episode 15 – Lifeguarding with Luke Ingwersen

For something slightly different, I talk to Gold Coast Lifeguard Luke Ingwersen on the range of roles a lifeguard plays, from local tour guide to first responder. It’s a great discussion on rips, some general water safety, the changing nature of international beach-goers and the challenges of being responsible for public safety in one of the busiest places in the country.

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