Editors Letter – Adversity Edition

Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head; William Shakespeare L uxury, comfort, safety; we say we want these things, we work hard to have them but they are the polar opposite of what makes us. We are all forged by the…

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Sports

More Than War: Beyond the COMMANDO

I GREW UP IN QUEENSLAND, MOVING FROM REDCLIFFE TO MARYBOROUGH AFTER YEAR 10. I WAS 16, RIPPED OUT OF MY FRIENDSHIP GROUP AND HAD TO START ALL OVER AGAIN. I DIDN’T DO ALL THAT WELL ACADEMICALLY BECAUSE I WAS REALLY QUESTIONING MY LIFE BUT TRAINING IN THE GYM GAVE ME AN OUTLET. I guess I…

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Business

Building Resilience into Organisational Culture

O rganisations that experience adversity as part of the everyday, offer an uncommon opportunity for coaching impact. They are usually comprised of a workforce made up of individuals who occupy one or more of the following categories: Experienced in looking for, and quick to embrace, alternatives to create more harmony within the organisational environment; Aware…

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Life

Burn Bright through Challenging Times

My work has given me a legitimate window to look into the lives of others. Professionally, I have chosen a career where people in many situations choose to share their stories and experiences with me as a leadership and wellbeing coach, author, educator and creator of Living Savvy TV. T he day to day lives…

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Life

What you put out is what you get back: The Boomerang Effect

Successful elite athletes are masters of dealing with adversity, challenges and obstacles – otherwise they wouldn’t be the best. F rom 25 years of experience working with the ‘best of the best’ athletes, not only do they wholeheartedly accept adversity but welcome it into in their lives. This offers them the very opportunity to challenge…

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Sports

Coping with Success

CHASING THOSE 5 RINGS In 2004, after spending 15 years following the black line, chasing an Olympic Dream, it was time to hang up the goggles and cap. I had been lucky to represent my country a number of times and felt as though I had gone as far as I could as an athlete…

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Sports

The Modern Umpire

Growing up in Essendon, I played junior football but as I am only 168 cm tall, I thought it would be hard for me to pursue a career playing football. At 16, I saw an advertisement looking for umpires for the local Essendon District Football Competition by the Umpires Association and decided to give it…

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Editor Choice, Sports

Tackling Tough Times

I played as a local junior in the St George area and made my debut with the Dragons in 1987, at age 18. I ended up playing over 100 games in my 10-year career with Western Suburbs from 1989-92, then with Parramatta from 1992-96. I had a knee injury in my last year of contract…

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Life

Coaching powerfully through pain

Here I was, at the age of 26 years old, sitting in front of a computer with empty cans of beer littered around me, having googled “quickest and painless way to die”. Right then, in that moment, it felt as though the floorboards of sanity had crumbled in my mind and there was nothing left…

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Business

In Case of Emergency: Aviate, Navigate & Communicate

The way I see it, you are the Pilot of your own business and Captain of your own life. So if things are starting to head ‘South’ and you feel like you are losing control of where your business or finances are headed, then read on… I am a pilot and have grown up around…

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Business

The Hidden Value of Adversity

This article post is adapted from Jack Delosa’s new book, Unwritten – Reinvent Tomorrow. A book about innovation, entrepreneurship and living a life on purpose. I believe that life is a continual process, growing out of and into your best self. I believe that’s ultimately why we are here: to have the experiences that will…

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Sports

Winter Is Coming

In the early 80’s, I was a national-level mogul skier, and in 1984, was ranked No.2 nationally. I was also in the top 4 for aerial skiing at the nationals in the same year. Throughout the 80’s, I worked as a ski instructor in Austria during their winter season December to March/April, and spent the…

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Sports

Try Tri Again

I got involved in triathlons by accident. I was an aspiring track athlete originally but was injured in 1988, so took up triathlons for a bit of fun and fitness. Ironically, my original injury was from riding a push bike. I went over the handle bars and the front chain ring cut through my Achilles…

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Sports

Coaching the Mind of an Athlete

Coaching. What exactly is coaching? Patterns on a chalkboard? The X’s and O’s of plays and formations run ad nauseam in practice until they become second nature to the athletes on a team? Recruiting of individuals to your team? It is all of these and more. I have been practicing my own coaching art for…

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Life

Two Years Left To Live

As a professional athlete at 17 years old, I’ve had a different life to most. I was a part of the Nutri-Grain Ironman Series while at school and continued to the big-time at 19, competing with household names in the Uncle Toby’s Super Series with prizemoney of well over $1,000,000. I moved to Queensland with…

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Sports

Adversity: The Growth Creator

I used to be a fairly overweight, beer-drinking, sailing, boat-building type person. One day I decided to get incredibly fit, train for a sport way above my level and push myself to extremes physically and mentally. I joined a still water rowing club, who told me to leave as I was too small. If I…

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Business

Dealing With Financial Adversity

The first thing that I did when I was suffering financial adversity was set up an account to be charitable. I realised that if I could give money away (no matter how big or small), I must be ok. Someone else is worse off than me and I can make a difference in his or…

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