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I assume you’d pass the Mirror Test. It’s a test you don’t need to study for, don’t worry. The whole point of the test is to determine whether you can recognise yourself in the mirror.    Does that sound like something you can handle? Are you sure?    This test was invented in and around the 1970’s and requires putting a mark on an animal’s body. If the animals can recognise the mark, it is believed to recognise itself and normally tries to scratch it off.    Animals that can handle the Mirror Test   Elephants, magpies, apes, dolphins, some types of whales to name a few, are

Tips on Buying a Car (Though I’ve never bought my own).    Imagine that university degrees are like cars.  Because a car is for sale you assume that it’s in perfect working order - but when you take it for a drive on the freeway you find that it blows out, breaks down, or if you’re really unlucky, crashes! It turns out that you drove the car incorrectly, that it wasn’t meant to be used that way, and the car had a few handling problems that the salesperson didn’t tell you about.    It’s easy to blame the car salesperson   It’s easy to blame the car salesperson

Last time around we opened with the following story:   “I bet you feel loneliest after you leave a social gathering with your friends” I said to the young lady.    “YES!” She screamed back at me, with a glint in her eyes. As she shouted a couple of other people in the bar looked around at us to see what was going on, which was quite amusing.    But what said much more than that three-letter word was that glint in her eyes. It’s that glint that says, I’ve always felt this way and thought it was just me, that there was something wrong with

“I bet you feel loneliest after you leave a social gathering with your friends” I said to the young lady.    “YES!” She screamed back at me, with a glint in her eyes. As she shouted a couple of other people in the bar looked around at us to see what was going on, which was quite amusing.    But what said much more than that three-letter word was that glint in her eyes. It’s that glint that says, I’ve always felt this way and thought it was just me, that there was something wrong with me, but you’ve just shown me this is

I am not a pleasant person to play soccer or football with. The zen and calm Aussie you’re all used to disappears on the pitch, replaced by an angry commander.    I’m not the most blessed by ability unfortunately, but my Dad ingrained in me from a young age the importance of on field communication and leadership as a point of difference. I’ve been compensating for a lack of ability with my barking instructions ever since.   “Why don’t you work!”

In 2018 a group of young students from my old school took time out of their trip to Nepal to visit us and witness the work of From the Ground Up.    Nick and I spent the day with them discussing the story of the organisation, the communities of Ghumarchowk and Sankhu that we were working in, and we toured our projects and brick factory.    At the end one of the school teachers made a point to the boys.    She pointed out that whilst Nick and I could be doing anything with our lives, we were choosing to help people. This was meant to

In 2014 I had all of my eggs in one basket. Then something crashed into me and I dropped the basket.    The eggs broke.   I’m not the first, nor will I be the last to put all my eggs in one basket. Despite the conventional wisdom.    It’s easy to fall into the trap when everything is going well - an example that will keep repeating itself is housing. When the market is hot, it’s hard for people who have never put eggs in baskets before to understand that the temperature will eventually change.    They stretch themselves more and more to get into more and

I woke up at 5am this morning so I could avoid feeling depressed, isolated, lonesome, devoid of meaning and ostracised from the world and those I love.    That’s a good incentive to wake-up early.    At 5:30 I had arrived at a park for @the530Club.ryde. I sat on a picnic rug with a small group of people and meditated for ten minutes. I was excited for the day ahead but tried to bring focus to my breath.    At 6:00 our morning cafe opened. I sat, opened my laptop and started writing. Around me people were reading books, typing away, or chatting lightly.    We do this

Forbes is refusing to do an article on me.    Despite frequent emails, submissions and protests. My contention is, I’m one of the richest men in the world. But they refuse to recognise it.    Here’s their latest email.    13th September 2020. Subject: Reply to ‘Stop leaving me off Wealth Lists’ - Joe Wehbe   Dear Mr. Wehbe.    We appreciate your continued correspondence and persistence, but we must ask you to respectfully cease communication on this topic.    Whilst you have an abundance of this ‘real currency’ - as you call it, this is not a currency that can be factored into your net wealth. In fact, your net wealth

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