Archives for November 2010

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


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


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.

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Champions are made from…

The Greatest

Ali was "The Greatest"

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision.

They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

Muhammad Ali

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Ruby Bridges – Dreams are not all black and white


Ruby Bridges goes to school by Artist Norman Rockwell

Only fifty years ago this week, in New Orleans USA, a six year old coloured girl walked into her local school for her first day’s attendance.

That is a big moment in anyone’s life, though for most of us that day would disappear as just another day in the haze of our distant childhood memories.

For an innocent little Ruby Bridges though it became an unforgettable day. For American citizens everywhere, it was an unforgettable day. For the human race it became a significant day.

Ruby was one of only six African-American children who passed a test for selection to be admitted to an integrated school. ‘Integrated’ referred to the integration of caucasian students with coloured students.

Of the six, two opted to remain in their existing schools, three were assigned to McDonough Elementary School and only Ruby was assigned to nearby William Frantz. Ruby’s father was understandably concerned for his daughter’s safety and was reluctant, but her mother insisted that she should go and set an example for all African-American students, who deserved an equal opportunity for education.

A seething and vociferous crowd gathered to protest this historic decision.

Ruby said later as an adult that she could remember the crowd chanting “Two, four, six. eight. We don’t want to integrate!”, but it did not really upset her because she just recognised that it rhymed, but didn’t know what ‘integrate’ meant.

What does still give her nightmares is that one white mother protested with a black baby doll in a wooden coffin outside the school. She still relives that childhood trauma today.

Another ‘white’ mother threatened to poison her, such was the tide of feeling against African-Americans.

The child had to be escorted to her first day at school by US Marshals, who feared for her life. They insisted that she only eat food brought from her own home to be on the safe side.

Ruby Bridges escorted to school by US Marshals

US Marshals escort Ruby to school

One of the Marshals, Charles Burk said of Ruby, “She showed a lot of courage. She never cried. She didn’t whimper. She just marched along like a little soldier and we’re all very proud of her.”

As soon as Ruby started her first day at school, the white mothers came in and removed their children from the school. All but one of the teachers, refused to teach a class in which a ‘black girl’ was enrolled. Teacher, Barbara Henry from Boston, taught her as if she was teaching a whole class, alone for a year.

This brave stance against appalling discrimination came at a price though – Ruby’s father lost his job and her grandparents were turned off their land in Mississippi.

Happily,both black and white people rallied to help, however and a neighbour employed her Dad. A white lady babysat, others formed a neighborhood watch to keep vigil over the family home, some formed a guard of honour behind the Marshals walking Ruby to school and other white parents began to send their kids back to continue their education.

A psychiatrist, Robert Coles, volunteered to provide counselling for little Ruby during her first year at school, so she survived the awful bigotry, though it would be impossible not to be affected by it through her whole life.

Ruby went on to work as a travel agent, married and had four children of her own.


Ruby now inspires others

In 1999, Ruby, now Ruby Bridges Hall set up the Ruby Bridges Foundation, “to promote the values of toleration, respect and appreciation of all differences”.

Ruby summarises her mission, “racism is a grown-up disease and we must stop using our children to spread it.”

One happy snippet was that this year Ruby had a 50th Anniversary re-union at Franz Elementary School, where she met up with Pam Foreman Testroet, who was the first white child, then aged only 5, to break the boycott and return to school.

Ruby now travels and is an inspirational speaker, promoting her message of respect and tolerance for all people of all races.

How amazing to think that all of this was only 50 years ago!

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Tony with Thai dive crew

Tony’s view: It all starts with a dream. Martin Luther King had a dream. Ruby Bridges’ parents had a dream. They faced huge adversity, yet their courage prevailed.

Be bold. Life is shorter than it should be, so make it count!

Write a list of places you want to visit, things you want to do, people you want to meet.

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Take The Time


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.”


Sound advice indeed!

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The Ultimate Example Of Living Your Life Above The Line


You alone choose your destiny

The first part of this article is something that has been mentioned again at one of my Advanced Business Mentoring Group Sessions, so I thought I’d share it with you and add a couple of real life examples.

I don’t know the original source, but the concept is a simple one that could have been drafted by a number of people.

Above  =                               Take Responsibility

Below =                                    Lay Blame/Justify


People who live their life above the line accept the principle that they are responsible for their own life and will therefore shape their own destiny.

People who live their life below the line prefer to blame everyone else for everything that goes wrong and therefore absolve themselves from the responsibility of having to take any action to change or improve things.



A powerful book

This reminded me of a tremendously inspirational book that I read a while ago, called “Man’s Search for Meaning” by an internationally renowned psychiatrist, Dr Victor E Frankl.

It is a very moving account of a man who endured years of suffering in a Nazi Concentration Camp in World War 2 and ultimately triumphantly survived, as a result of his attitude.

He asked himself why some people seemed to just give up and die, while others coped with incredible pain, yet they lived.

In a nutshell, he concluded that the ones who lived focused on what they would do after this hell had finally finished and the War was over. They instilled in themselves a belief in their own future and gave themselves a reason to live.


Dr. Victor Frankl

No matter how much his oppressors tried to depersonalize his soul, Frankl referred to “the last of human freedoms”, something his captors could never take away unless he let them, even though all of the familiar goals were snatched away…

…You alone retain the ability and the power to “choose one’s (your) attitude in a given set of circumstances”.

This theory was further supported by the US servicemen who survived being captured and tortured by the enemy in the Vietnam conflict. The survivors refused to let their current circumstances make them live below the line and give up on their dreams.



Recharge your Spirit!

You don’t need to be captured though to realize this. Why not take a really good vacation instead?

Recharge your spirit and review your goals. Take responsibility, live above the line and have some fun.

Until next time, “Make Good Things Happen!”

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:


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!


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.


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.


Tony in Crocodile Country

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


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


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


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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“We just left it and we already miss it” – Mia from Sweden


Mia from Sweden

Here is another testimonial about the great time that Mia from Sweden had, while staying at Tony’s tourism business in Perth, Western Australia.

It’s further proof that travel has a huge impact on people.

“Oh, we just love this hostel. It’s so lovely and friendly and you never need to be alone. You can just be yourself and we promise you that you will love this place. We just left it one day ago. And we already miss it a lot. We cried a whole river when it was time to go. I have nothing bad to say about it.

The staff is totally lovely — Tony with his guitar, Keef with his lovely jokes, James, so wonderful and friendly. Awww, you will just have a great time over there. And I really hope I will be back.”

Mia and Anhulioo (the dirty Swedish nurses), December 2004

Tony at Kings Canyon, Australia

Tony at Kings Canyon, Australia

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“Then THE PARTY STARTED!!!” – Scott Martin, Canada


Scott from Canada

The following is a comment from one of Tony’s former customers, who also became a friend, from when Tony had a backpackers hostel in Perth. Tourism has always been in Tony’s blood and he loves working with people.


When I first landed in Perth I had no idea where to go. I talked to some people who were leaving Perth, and they referred me to (Tony’s old business) a place called Red Backpackers. I gave them a call and they picked me up from the airport.

Then THE PARTY STARTED!!! Being a single Canadian guy of 23, I like to meet new people and try new ways to drink wobbly pop, a funnel here, a shotgun there, and even if you wanted to relax you could sit on the front porch and read a book. (Not me, though.) Everyone you meet here is happy to learn about your travels and experiences. Tony, who you might see playing the guitar singing along with all the guests, is the most easy-going owner you will ever meet.

All you have to do is respect the place you are staying, and you will get the same in return. There is so much more to this hostel than a place to rest. You will get a full experience staying here. I planned to stay for a couple of weeks and it turned out to be a couple of months. There is a job board in the hostel if you are looking for work. Transportation is right at your fingertips. There is someone going to the beach everyday. There is so much more to tell you, but I think I’m going to run out of room.

The only thing I would like you to do is go see a local Perth football game (soccer). It will be an experience you will never forget. I stayed here a few years back, but I promise you if you mention “The Mad Canadian” I’m sure the stories and photos will come out. When you do get to Perth, say hi to Tony for me, it has been a while. P.S. bring your guitar.”

Scott Martin, aka “The Mad Canadian”, September 2004

Tony InmanThanks for the kind words Scott, and hopefully we’ll meet up again one day, somewhere in the world, especially when I find my way over to Canada! It’s on my list, so it will happen.

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The 7 Natural Laws



A friend gave me  this list recently and thought I people might find it thought-provoking.

The Law of Vibration and Attraction-

* Everything vibrates, nothing rests.

* Conscious awareness of vibration is called feeling. Your thoughts control your paradigms and your vibration (which dictates what you attract).

* When you are not feeling good, become aware of what you are thinking, then think of something pleasant.


Attract what you want

The Law of Perpetual Transmutation-

* Energy moves into physical form.

* The images you hold in your mind most often materialize in results in your life.

The Law of Relativity-

* Nothing is good or bad, big or small… until you RELATE it to something.

* Practice relating your situation to something much worse and yours will always look good.

The Law of Polarity-

* Everything has an opposite: Hot – Cold … Up – Down … Good – Bad.

* Constantly look for the good in people and situations. When you find it, tell the person. People love compliments and the positive idea in your mind makes you feel good. Remember, good idea – good vibrations.


Look for the positives

The Law of Rhythm-

* The tide goes out … night follows day … good times – bad times.

* When you are on a down swing, do not feel bad. Know the swing will change and things will get better. There are good times coming – think of them.

(Cartoon by Andrew Matthews, highly recommended & celebrated cartoonist and author.)

The Law of Cause and Effect-

* Whatever you send into the Universe comes back. Action — re-action are equal and opposite.

* Say good things to everyone; treat everyone with total respect and it will all come back. Never worry about what you are going to get, just concentrate on what you can give.

The Law of Gender-

* Every seed has a gestation or incubation period. Ideas are spiritual seeds and will move into form or physical results.

* Your goals will manifest when the time is right. KNOW they will.


I hope these Laws give you food for thought.

They remind us that we can make good things happen in life and certainly that we all have the power to choose how we view events and how we will react to them.

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