Do You Really Seek Personal Development? If So, Open Your Heart to the World…

 

For real personal development, travel and meet peopleSo last night I was invited over to a mate’s place in the complex where I live, then was asked to fetch my guitar for a few tunes.

 

I found myself playing guitar, singing songs, drinking and chatting the evening away in the company of a guy from Chile, two German girls, a Brazilian girl, a Germanic Aussie guy, a Pakistani male, a Pommy guy and an American girl (though we call her the Mexican). I had only just missed catching up with an Indian girl and a lady who is a fellow Jersey bean from the original Jersey in the English Channel Islands. Meanwhile across the courtyard, people from France and Sri Lanka were sitting on their balconies. (We even allow Kiwi’s to live here!)

 

Is it any wonder that it reminded me of my 14 years running a Perth-based backpacker hostel?

 

I reflected this morning on that trans-global mixture and thought to myself, ‘How lucky are we in this day and age of xenophobic nonsense being stirred up by the likes of Donald Trump, that we can share the nuances and subtleties of our cultural differences with nothing other than joy and friendship.’

 

hands across the worldWe laughed about the complications of learning different languages. Everyone present knew at least a minimum of several phrases in other languages, while some of us could converse in two or more tongues.

 

If you’ve never had the chance to travel, the next best thing you can do to broaden your mind is to meet up with people from other countries, ask them about their culture, their language, and their beliefs and keep an open mind. You’ll find that beneath the apparent differences and even the humorous stereotypes, people are all basically the same, no matter where they’re from.

 

They all want to smile, to laugh, to sing, to socialise and to have fun with friends.

 

If only we could get that same message and feeling across to the extremists of the world and agree to live and let live. Whether you’re an atheist, or you believe in God, Allah, Brahman, Jehovah, Ra, Baha, Waheguru, Thor or Sir Alex Ferguson, as far as I know, and correct me if I’m wrong, none of those religions believe in the random destruction of the rest of humanity.

 

So my Christmas message for you is one that my parents have drummed into me from my childhood – “There are good and bad in all nationalities”. The sub-text is, ‘So don’t discriminate against people just because of the colour of their skin, where they were born or what they have been brought up to believe’. To discriminate is the act of a closed mind and I can assure you that you will have a lot more fun in life if you overcome the fear of the differences between people and instead learn to embrace them as part of your education and personal development.

 

How a Dahab girl climbed her camel

How a Dahab girl climbed her camel

In 2007 I remember sitting in Dahab at the Red Sea, chatting with our Egyptian dive instructors over our lunch break. Achmed and Abdul (yes they really were their names) wanted to know how their country was portrayed in Western media. They wanted to know what we thought of them and what we were being told by our television stations. They were genuinely lovely people and we had some really interesting chats, fantastic diving experiences and a wonderful time. As we travelled through Egypt we had guides called Sharif and Mohammed, who was a Coptic Christian. I can tell you that he was delighted when we called him from Australia several months later to wish him a happy birthday.

 

As a former hostel owner, raised in family hotels, I already had friends from all over the world who had visited me, but as I have travelled more myself I have made new friends in many countries and I love it. I’ve also learnt a lot of important things:

 

  • I’ve learned that people can be happy whilst living even in extreme poverty, like the kids I saw kicking a football between two sticks on a beach in the Solomon Islands with no sign of an X-Box or an I-pad
  • I’ve learned that people can re-examine their beliefs, like Nick the Russian Israeli who confessed to killing twelve Arabs because he had been brought up to hate them, yet wept as he told me he now knew that was wrong

 

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Happy kids in Tulagi, Solomon Islands

  • I’ve learned that children are fascinated with travellers and new technology, like the group of kids who posed for a team photo on the island of Tulagi and giggled with wonder when they saw their own image on the screen
  • I’ve learned that a whole family plus babies and pets can balance on a motor bike in Cairo and Bali alike
  • I’ve learnt that porters as old as 60 on the Inca Trail of Peru can run at high altitude carrying 25kg loads in their backpacks, and do it with a smile on their face
  • I’ve learnt from our guide, Lewis in the Amazon jungle that you can find a specific plant to heal just about anything – though the pharmaceutical companies don’t want you to know this!
  • I’ve learnt that music unites people from the Samba tunes of Brazil, to the flute tunes of Peru or the airport band in Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu. One of my favourite stories is when I played with a band in Papua New Guinea and ended up helping them to score a regular resort gig for that band when they brought their instruments across by boat from one island to the other
  • I learnt as our Yucatan tour guide, Maurizio pretended to sacrifice me to the Gods that the Mayans regarded such a ritual as an extreme honour to die for your community because your passing secured the sun and the rain for your people
  • I’ve learnt that strangers can look out for you and help you without any thought of recompense, like our hotel security man in Cancun who warned us about the extortion Police further along the sands or our underwater videographer who pulled my partner out of a strong current in the ocean at East Borneo
  • I’ve learnt that people love their families and friends everywhere in the world and that a stranger may just be a friend you haven’t yet met

 

I could continue on for days and still not recount or even remember everyone who has touched my life in an amazing way, so I’ll sum it up with this thought:

 

Travel and/or meeting other people from around the world will broaden your mind and lead you to new discoveries about our amazing planet and about yourself. Just open your mind and your heart.

 

Have an awesome festive season and may your God go with you.

 

 

“A Great Guy with a Genuine Love of Life and Humanity” – Bernie Krokzec, Perth WA

 

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Bernie Kroczek recommends Tony Inman

Tony Inman is a guy who has no limits.

I’m amazed at some of the things he does, like running in the City to Surf, still playing soccer at 50+, diving, travelling to exotic places and now business and personal coaching.

He is prepared to travel all over the country for training and to improve his knowledge and, most importantly his willingness to share is quite rare in the modern world.

Above all else Tony is a great guy with a genuine love of life and humanity.

Having initially met in a business relationship, I now count him as a genuine friend.

He is also a Man U supporter so that says something about his impeccable taste for fine things.”

 

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‘Read the book and loved it. I have sent it toNZ to a mate of mine.

It’s something that made me want to feel like I was on holiday and was there.

Spent a lot of time in Vanuatu myself and had a real deja vu trip.’

Gary J Cody – Melbourne, Australia

‘Hey, just finished reading your book – had a good laugh. Well done!!!!!! 🙂

Britt Crockford – Fremantle, Australia

“I’m glad I got your book.”

Dave Covell, Perth Australia

“A ripping yarn. Well done.”

Mark Raine – Somewhere in the middle of Australia

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Some Latest Book Reviews!

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The Parrot and the Ladyhere are some recent reviews!

The One Liners

‘All he thinks about is sex! I enjoyed it though’. – Alan Small (Australia)

‘Who the xxxx is Tony Inman?’Probable comment from The New York Times (USA)

‘Hand of God scores own goal for German dive team’Possible comment from The Daily Mirror (UK)

‘Absolutely no comment, ever’News of the World (UK)

‘I have no recollection of this incident’ former USA President Richard Nixon (Doesn’t remember where he is)

‘My Dad used to say that self-praise is no recommendation. Well sorry Dad, this time you were wrong – it’s the best book I’ve written so far!’Tony Inman, best selling Perth author (Australia)

‘I guarantee an optimum level or satisfaction’Rajeev Vindaloo, Dive shop proprietor (Vanuatu)

‘It just makes me want to have sex with Tony Inman, but he knocked me back’What Paris Hilton might have said (USA)

‘I laughed out loud several times!’Catherine James, Perth artist (Australia)

‘A light and entertaining read’Stan Nelson, Perth Self-defence Instructor (Australia)

‘… such an entertaining piece. Your insights on life are masterful and just go to show that whilst we are all different, deep down we are all pretty similar.’ Andy Inman – Shrewsbury, UK

‘Having read this book today from cover to cover, whilst lying in bed recovering from my snip operation, I laughed so hard I popped a stitch… Bo!!@cks! It was nevertheless a day well spent and I have been laughing like a drain. I can’t wait for the next instalment…’ – Ministry of Defence Spokesman – UK

‘It was a great read and I chuckled all the way through. Can’t wait for the next one! Everyone you need to read The Parrot and the Lady! Excellent stuff!’ – Denine Booker, Michegan, U.S.A.

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The More Detailed Reviews

‘The Parrot and the Lady by Tony Inman follows the exploits of, Randy Short 008 Secret Agent.  The scene is set in Vanuatu and alternates between present day and major historical events.  Tony’s knowledge of Vanuatu, its history, politics and geography is astute and insightful and he has the wit and humour to make what he had to say funny and enjoyable.


Tony takes great pleasure in the minutia and some of the stories he tells reflect this, like, for example, his story of  Gus McTompkins who plays a crucial role as Randy’s accomplice or Tammy Whineburger and her unfortunate lack of luck.

Tony presents lots of fact and figures on the history of Vanuatu and the President Coolidge and the bibliography of the book would suggest he did detailed research. In addition, and from reading between the lines, his research would appear to be also gleaned from folk tales, local myths and literature and materials he would have picked up as he experienced Vanuatu as well as the joys, turmoil and politics of everyday living. The real gems in this book were the humorous anecdotes, witty observations and laugh-out-loud comments made by Tony and there are many.

The concluding chapter of the book sums up Tony’s perspective on life by saying, “If life hands you a lemon, it’s up to you to turn it into lemonade “. This is one of those rare books that can beautifully blend facts and be funny seamlessly.’

Joanne Small – Perth, Western Australia

‘As your first attempt, the book was a very enjoyable read. It kept my interest in the main story and was full of great side stories which at times had me laughing out loud. I look forward to the next Tony Inman addition to my bookshelf.’

Alan Wilkins – Perth, Western Australia

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Why Have I Not Posted Much Lately?

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Baby Hayden

The fact is that I have been very busy sharpening the tools so to speak! Lots of training – more details to follow there!

June was a difficult month, with Jo’s Dad being very ill before finally passing away. My Dad was again close to ending his days but is now only six weeks away from his 70th wedding anniversary – amazing!

Then on July 3rd we had the arrival of my first grandson, Kim and Michael’s baby boy, Hayden. What a delight he has been. (Pictured left)

I completed  a 4 day NLP Practitioner course in June in Perth, followed up with a 6 day Master Practitioner Course in Sydney, before enjoying a 3 day Sydney break with Jo joining me as the course ended, and meeting up with her bro and sis, Andy and Emma, with toddler Maddy.

Having just returned, we have just had a weekend away down at Yallingup with friends, including a wine tour and cave visit.


Of course this has all coincided with the arrival of my paperbacks for my first novel, ‘The Parrot and The Lady’. I have also begun work on the prequel.

Last Friday also included a course in Facebook for business. Exciting new stuff there too.


I have also been doing some coaching work – yet more exciting stuff!

Anyway that’s it for now – normal service will be resumed!!! Phew!

You Are The Master…


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Napoleon Hill




“You are the master of your own earthly destiny just as surely as you have the power to control your own thoughts.”

Napoleon Hill


Napoleon Hill is a celebrated author of many books about success, motivation and positive thinking.

In this quote he reminds us that we can shape our own destiny by the way we think.

Thoughts are very powerful things. How many times do you witness a game of sport for example, where one team think they can win and the other team begins to doubt whether they can.

The second team start to show it in their body language – their heads drop, they look despondent. Accordingly their play begins to deteriorate as they lose that mental will to win.


tony-sydney-harbour-bridgeTony’s view: Everything that happens in your life is affected by the way you think.

Think positive thoughts and you will attract positive results!

Whenever things start to go wrong, I try to stop myself from reacting badly and think “How can I turn this around to a positive?”


One of the best ways to restore the positive in your life is to take some time to rest and recuperate. Have a change of scenery and a break away from the mudane things in life.

For me, I love travelling to different places and I love to go scuba diving around the world. For you it might be just lazing by a pool or it might be doing something adventurous.

Have a look at the incredible holiday ideas available from the Resorts 360 Vacation Club, via my site at www.bucketlistholidays.com

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Or if you just want to save some money on great travel discounts in Australia, check my site at www.clubred.com.au

Until next we meet, think big and shape your destiny!

“I’ll never forget the people we met there…” Natalie Miller, Scotland

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Nat from Scotland

Another young lady who stayed in Tony’s Perth-based tourism business was Natalie from Scotland, who wrote:

“I can truly say this hostel made my time in Oz the best. It was like making a new family.

I only planned to stay a week while visiting relatives and ended up staying for 3. I was so upset when we had to leave! Everyone was brilliant, the guests and the staff.

When we arrived it seemed like we were already part of them. Instead of going out with your friends you go out as a family. I noticed it was the only hostel in Perth that seemed to be that way!! I loved it so much and can’t wait to go back. If you’re thinking of going definitely do! We thought we had landed lucky with such an amazing place and I’ll never forget the people we met there.”

Natalie Miller AKA Scottish Nat…, November 2005

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Nat made a really important point that is one of the greatest benefits of travelling the world – the people you meet can change your life.

The places you visit and the things you see will also change your life.

Find out more about how you can travel the world in luxury at amazingly cheap prices.

Look at www.bucketlistholidays.com

Take The Time

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This could be you!

“Take time to think – it is the source of power. Take time to play – it is the secret of perpetual youth. Take time to read – it is the fountain of wisdom. Take time to love and be loved – it is a privilege. Take time to laugh – it is the music of the soul. Take time to give – it is too short a day to be selfish. Take time to work – it is the price of success.”

Anon.

Sound advice indeed!

Why not start the above by taking the time to have a really good holiday!

Nothing replenishes the soul like travel to an exotic destination and having some rest and recuperation.

Check out the options by going to my travel site at www.bucketlistholidays.com. Opt in with your details and I can show you how to stay in 5 Star Resorts for as little as 1 Star Prices!

Or if you like the idea of a cheap holiday in either Bali or Thailand, check out www.holidayspecialsbali.com

Overnight Success? Not usually!

One of the media’s favourite labels for people who achieve greatness is to call them ‘overnight successes’.

In most cases this is a long way from the truth.

I love reading biographies because you find that almost all of these people whom we adore, admire or call our ‘heroes’ started as ordinary people with extraordinary dreams. Furthermore, they focussed on those dreams, set goals, worked hard and overcame obstacles that would have made lesser people simply give up.

Here are just a few examples:


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The Beatles


The Beatles played really long shifts in crummy pubs in Hamburg, with bottles flying past them, til their fingers were almost bleeding, before they came back to Liverpool, announced as the Band from Germany.

They could have given up easily, but as John Lennon is believed to have stated, they wanted to be the biggest band in the world.


They certainly achieved that in their day!



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John Travolta



John Travolta worked hard for many years as a young actor and dancer before he achieved early success in New York musicals.

He then had to move to LA to earn his place on TV shows. Then came movie success with ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and ‘Grease’.

Alas, personal tragedy consumed him when his partner, Diana Hyland died after a battle with cancer. He disappeared into the Hollywood wilderness, but when he got his chance to star in Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’, the rest is history.



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Craig Johnston


Craig Johnston was a young Australian kid who wanted to be a professional soccer player and had a dream to play for his idols at Liverpool. At the age of six he nearly lost a leg through illness.

At 14, he wrote to four English Clubs before Middlesborough gave him a trial and his parents backed him by selling their house to fund his ticket to England. Sadly he was rejected. He was told to go home and that he was too small to ever be a soccer star. He used to practice kicking a ball against the wall relentlessly to hone his skills.

After a brief spell back in Australia, he returned to Middlesborough and gained another trial. He impressed and eventually earned his place in the Middlesborough first team at the age of 17.

He later joined Liverpool , playing 271 times, even scoring for them in an F.A. Cup Final, the ultimate accolade in English football. He retired early to nurse his sister who was very sick back home.


History is also littered with those gave up just before reaching the goal – they did a lot of the hard work, but just lacked that last bit of extra self-belief and determination to see it through to the result.

So it all starts with a dream and a commitment to make it come true.

One of the best ways to start is to do what I did and get away. Travel and connect with Nature and you can clear your head, figure out what you really want and ‘why’, then work out the ‘how’ afterwards.

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Tony in Crocodile Country

My love of travel and tourism has taken my life down a fantastic path, and I now help people find amazing holiday breaks that can recharge the batteries and refocus the soul.

If you would like to know how you too can visit 5 star resorts for as little as 1 star prices, then fill in the contact form and I’ll get back to you. It will cost you nothing to have a no obligation look.

Alternatively, if the only thing stopping you is a lack of money, I may be able to help there too. I have found a fantastic home based business opportunity. As above, if you want to know how you too can do that, from anywhere in the world, contact me, Tony Inman and I’ll help if I can.

Until the next time, “Make Good Things Happen!”


Tony

“I have no regrets whatsoever!” – Gordon Douglas,Scotland


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Gordy from Scotland

Another guy who stayed at Tony’s tourism business in Perth, Western Australia and had a blast was Gordy from Scotland.


Gordon had one of the best times in his life at Tony’s establishment and has travelled widely.


“I went backpacking in 2001 and landed in Perth. Luckily the first hostel I saw advertised was Redbacks, so that’s where I went and that’s where I stayed for the majority of my year in Oz! Some would say I wasted my year’s visa, as I only traveled in Oz for three months and spent approximately eight in Redbacks, but I stick by my decision and have no regrets whatsoever.

It was an amazing place to stay and party and work, as I even had the job of night porter and general handyman (it kept me from partying 24/7, seven days a week). I cannot recommend this place highly enough. It is a place that helped me change my life and I will never forget it . . . and I WILL return!!!”

Gordon (the rowdy northern pomme) Douglas, November 2005

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Tony at Rottnest


Tony’s viewpoint:

“Travel will change your life for the better. It exposes you to different cultures and people who do things differently, people who live their lives differently.

It also gives you some great new perspectives on yourself and that’s priceless!”

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