Yes, you read correctly. I've had a great week, but it also involved ripping my pants apart!
Check out the latest VLOG here.
For more info on the great work Ashanti Branch is doing:
Ashanti's Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M34wU...
Ashanti Online - http://whiteboard.stanford.edu/ashant...
The Ever Forward Club - https://everforwardclub.org/
My very talented and wonderful friend Tessa Mansfield-Hung visited a few times, shot some footage and we had some interviews over the last year and a half. I am humbled to have gotten back this piece.
"I've changed my definition of success from how much I can accumulate to how much I can do. As soon as your definition of success changes from you can get to what you can do for others, the meeting or the long time in the factory or these back-to-back meetings with non-profits doing stuff, it doesn't matter, it's helping people. When that's the definition of success, you're winning every day.
Through the violence I experienced, I've found a fighting spirit that has allowed me to get on with things in a different way. To own that fight internally and use it externally to fight for opportunities for people who are unable to fight for themselves. I think boxing as an 11 year old was a big part of that process, turning violence into fighting spirit.
Because when you love something, you fight for it. Not against it."
Music by Delsinki Records and Brooke Taylor
Because when you love something, you fight for it. Not against it.
Head over to check out Tessa Mansfield-Hung on Youtube and Vimeo
I cannot thank her enough for her wonderful work, friendship and massive heart. Turning hours of filming into a few minutes of interview I would find hard to edit myself.
Purpose, Happiness and Impact.
Words that get thrown around a lot lacking clarity of definition. How can we attain things that we cannot define or describe?
This VLOG looks at what a good impact looks like, and what we need to do if we are to improve the ways that we help others achieve an equality of opportunity.
With a lifelong goal of improving equality of opportunity for people, it is important to also improve discussion and understanding around what opportunity actually looks like.
If you'd like to learn more about measuring difficulty from the starting line after watching. I have written about it here also: one-white-privilege-we-should-give-up-immediately.html
Thanks for watching! Like, share, subscribe and as always, just be nice.
What a cracking way to get back into the swing of things after being away for a few weeks! Caught up with Ben Connelly today to drop off a care package from the RUOK Day team as he walks from Lake Eyre (The lowest point in Australia) to Mt Kosciusko (The highest point in Australia).Its a mammoth effort and he's a great guy. Check out his efforts on his webpage www.pittopeak.com
For more information on RUOK Day and how to have better conversations with your mates, check out www.ruok.org.au
Maybe the first ever video book review to be done at Niagra Falls!
Check it out here, subscribe to my YouTube channel, read some books, be nice to people!
That's pretty much it!
Ever heard someone say they 'want to start a business' but they don't know what the business is?
How about if someone wanted to be a professional athlete, but wasn't sure what sport?
There are other questions to ask yourself before you jump into the deep end of starting a business. There are better discussions we can have with people before they go out on their own.
Be patient, be good and as always, just be nice.
This VLOG is a little different to some of the others, because it is filmed in one take to document a particular experience.
It is just one take, to show that it is OK to not be OK all the time. Really. It can seem like its the people that always have their lives all together that are telling others to be OK, or on the other side of the coin, that there are people who seem constantly plagued by difficulty who talk about it the loudest. Everyone has their moments, everyone has times of doubt or sadness.
I thought today that I would simply show without editing, that there are times, or things that strike an emotional chord with you and can upset you, and that's OK.
Today is a difficult day for a young friend of mine, and rather than simply say "It's alright to be upset when you are feeling down" I thought I would lead by example, go first, and put it out there. Talking about a time in my life when I needed a little push to be able to allow my emotions to come to the surface. It's not easy, but that's why it is important.
Feel free to share this wherever you think someone needs to hear it or see it, and thank you for taking the time to watch it.
For more information on how to have good conversations with your friends visit www.ruok.org.au
If you need support, or someone to speak to you can contact these organisations
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Kids Help Line: 1800 55 1800
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
Josh Reid Jones - Founder of The Just Be Nice Project and Odin Sports