17 Principles of Personal Achievement

Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich is one of the bestselling inspirational business books ever. A recent USA Today survey of business leaders named it one of the five most influential books in its field, more than 40 years after it was first published. It was a book that resonated with me at a young age and his principles have been a huge contributor to my own personal achievement.
Here is an adapted version of Napoleon Hill’s 17 Principles of Personal Achievement from his book Keys to Success. If you are yet to read Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, you can purchase it here.

How to stay fit for life

Recently I had my 30th birthday, turning 30 was once something I was worried about. I worried as I had so much I wanted to get done before age crept in and was always conscious of getting the most out of life. As I got older I added more and more things into my life, which meant I had less and less time for working out.

During my teens and early twenties I was obsessed with training and building muscle. In my early twenties, with a marriage, kids, and a business to run my ability to stay as focused and as committed to training started to waver.

When I was younger I used to brush off the excuses my older clientele would feed me as to why they couldn’t commit to their health and fitness due to their ‘responsibilities’. I swore I’d never let those excuses affect me. Sure enough as more and more responsibilities I had laid on myself the more the excuses started to surface.

Thankfully, I value my health too much to have let slide for too long. After a brief stint of being unhappy in my own skin and having to upgrade to a 34 size pant up from a loose 32, I decided to put together a plan that would get me back into my former 20 year old body without killing myself in the gym with unrealistic training and eating routines. A plan that would see me stay fit for life.


Daily Habits – Today Matters

One of my daily habits is to read. The last book I finished was John C Maxwell’s ‘Today Matters’.

If you were to ask people about their expectations and circumstances in the future most people would indicate that their future will be brighter than today and that things will get better. The truth is for many people it will not.

Most of us look at our days in the wrong way: We exaggerate yesterday. We overestimate tomorrow. We underestimate today. Today is the key to your success. Hoping for a good future without investing in today is like a farmer waiting for a crop without ever planting a seed, says Maxwell.

In the book Today Matters, Maxwell offers 12 decisions and disciplines-he calls it his daily dozen-that can be learned and mastered by any person to achieve success. I wont go over his list of 12 daily habits however I did take the time to reflect on my daily habits and made a list of the habits that I will continue to improve upon, and of those that I will work to reduce or eliminate entirely.  This exercise is something I’d recommend as a regular check up to see if you are indeed making the most of each and every day.

In order to change your life you need to change something you do daily.  (more…)

Tony’s 16 week body transformation

With Summer here now, and the warmer months ahead, here is an inspiring story of a friend and client of mine Tony, who over the last few months has totally transformed his body and achieved amazing results.

– No drugs, no photo-shop, no tan, no lighting tricks, no starvation diets, no extreme cardio commitment, this is Tony’s body transformation.

Tony’s results

*Pictures taken post weights workout for both the before and after

Before measurements and pictures taken 2nd of June 2014  – After measurements and pictures taken 7th of Oct 2014

Weight: 73.8 kilograms


Chest: 94cm
Waist: 86cm
Hips: 104cm

Body fat 20.6%


Weight: 65.1 kilograms


Chest: 95cm
Waist: 72cm
Hips: 94cm

Body fat 9%

Body Transformation = -9.25 kilograms of fat lost, and an increase of 0.55 kilograms lean mass in just 16 weeks

Here is a short clip about Tony’s body transformation at Vision Personal Training Clarence St


The Power Of Now: learnings from Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle’s book the power of now is a powerful study of mind, ego and Being. Ultimately its a guide to help you reach that mythical place of enlightenment, of inner freedom from external conditions, a state of true inner peace.

The book is quite spiritual (for me anyway). For it to be fully comprehended you need to train your mind not to overly think about the concepts Tolle is writing about. I discovered in The Power of Now, that enlightenment is all about rising above thought.
Would this book give value to you? Here are some questions you can ask yourself to find out:

Do you have a fear of what others might think if you fail or who it will affect?
Are you enjoying this day, a gift given to you that is denied to many?
Do you glorify the past, focus on the future and neglect the present?
Are you constantly projecting yourself into the future seeking some sort of release or fulfilment there?
Do you derive your sense of self from the content and activity of your mind?

If you answered yes to any of these I highly recommend the book: The Power Of Now, it has shed light on areas of work-on for myself, and I can see in leading others how it could impact on them too.

Finding passion in your work

I have been thinking a lot lately about career path, job satisfaction, fulfilment and how to stay engaged whilst finding passion in your work.

One reason for this is as a leader of people I have a constant battle to keep employees engaged and thinking big picture for their own self advancement and that of the business. And the second reason, more significantly is for myself. Having a lot of time off since implementing my 4 hour work week has provided me a considerable time for reflection and self discovery.

Recent learnings from great books, insights from my circle of influence and mentors has given me greater clarity about how to think positively about our work and turn our work into passion.


11 tips for financial freedom

Early on in my teens I decided to make sure that long term my personal finances would not be a deciding factor on whether or not I enjoy my life.

One of my clients used to say those who say ‘money doesn’t buy happiness’ have never really experienced not having any! Whilst having money alone is not the key to happiness, it does buy you a level of comfort, provides choice, freedom and when used wisely and amassed ethically can indeed increase your levels of happiness through experiences, opportunities, reduced stress and liabilities.

Over time I have collected advice and pointers from financially successful people, and from financially independent people who live with little worry and stress. I have also taken note from financial disasters and make conscious decisions to avoid the same fate.

I committed myself to studying those who had the success I yearned for, and implemented the same principles and disciplines. Of course I have faulted along the way or done things my way despite advice from others, like buying a Ferrari at 26… Im not a total bean counter and have had a lot of fun along my journey to financial freedom which I’m well on the way to achieving. I hope this post will help you in your journey towards your own financial goals, and ultimately financial freedom.

Here are my 11 top tips for working towards financial freedom

Have short and long term financial goals. Once you have your goals written down, attach strong emotional reasons for reaching those goals. Combine the goals with faith in your ability to achieve said goals. Goal setting is important for a success-orientated person. Without them you are just playing around. Short term goals allow for smaller […]

Ferrari Ownership for just $22 a day

At the age of 26 I purchased my very own Ferrari. I had owned it for 20 months, travelled 5000 kilometres, shared the Ferrari ownership experience with over 30 people and have now moved on and sold it.  The Ferrari ownership experience only cost me $22 a day. How you ask? Well let’s find out!

I was able to purchase my Ferrari for a very reasonable price considering its condition. This was due to the rapport I had developed with the previous owner, understanding the market, the inherent difficulty in selling a Ferrari and my (wife’s) negotiation skills.


How to own your own personal training studio

One of my trainers Daniel at Vision Clarence St in Sydney’s CBD asked me the following questions, to aid in his development and attaining his dream of owning his very own personal training studio.

I thought the questions were very good and hopefully my responses- which have been edited for this post provided him clarity and a better idea on how to make his dream a reality. This post will ideally give those who wish to emulate some of my own journey and successes with an insight into these commonly thought and asked about questions.

How much money do I need for a studio?

The more the better of course! Each and everyone will have a different set of circumstances and financial hurdles they will have to overcome to obtain the finance necessary to fund the opening and initial running expenses of your own personal training studio. My advice would be to consult with a financial planner who will get you on the right track according to your specific current position and your future goals. Inform them of your dream to open a studio and they will tell you exactly what you need to do to make this dream a financial reality.


Keep your clients interested

How do you keep your clients interested? Here are two sure-fire ways to ensure you are interesting and providing a great customer experience to your clients.

Consistent Service



Are you scale-able? What does this mean exactly? Being able to scale means you can continue to grow and meet clients changing needs all while keeping the client motivated, inspired and subsequently engaged in your service.

Have you noticed that your clients will never ask you “what’s old?” That’s because they are not interested in what’s old! Your job as a coach and a leader is to keep coming up with interesting and exciting answers to the question “what’s new?”

Understanding this important lesson on keeping your clients interested will mean being disciplined in many facets, with personal development being one of the most important aspects of having a successful coaching career. You can only take someone as high as you are. In coaching and personal training your ability to take clients on a journey is dependant on you walking the talk. I never had a client compete a half marathon until I had done one myself.

One of my high profile clients gauges a lot of his staff and the time he spends with them, on their ability to teach him something. He is constantly asking the question what can I learn from this person? We have all had those relationships where it feels like a one-way street of information and knowledge sharing, whilst getting minimal in return. How good do you feel about those people and how much time, do you want to commit to a non-reciprocal relationship of little benefit to you?

This is compounded when you have a paying client expecting to get a result, through the education, […]

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