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54 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2015 I was truly sick of rice and pineapples, but it was an amazing experience. I realised that anyone could do the receptionist job, but not everyone could do what I did. So I adopted the mantra that I believe Richard Branson uses when he is asked if he can do something challenging: “Say YES and work the details out later.” If you can’t do all of it yourself, surround you with people who share your vision. Growing Up Asa12yearoldImadeapactto myself never to do sport again, and never to worry about it. I blocked a source of joy from my life. I kept that up for 22 years. A couple of days after my 34thbirthday I decided it was a really good time to get fit. I saw a Paralympics registration search and I went, tried out, and received great encouragement from the coaches from all the sports I tried out for. I got a letter back from the Paralympics Organising Committee: “You have all the physical attributes of a Paralympian if you train for it.” Are there areas in your life that you have a high level of resistance to? What you resist persists. At some point, to make peace with yourself, you need to give in to it. If you want to run, then run. If you want to paint, paint. If you want to be a fireman, join as a volunteer. On my feet I am 6’1”, with very long arms. I can’t use my right hand, but can use a little of my left hand. Looked at rowing, table tennis and bocce. Tried out for discus, and the shocked physio gave me an exercise program. The Paralympics is classified by degree of disability for fairness, so you are given a letter and a number. I was poked, podded, talked about by medicos like I wasn’t sitting there. Talked about in other rooms while I was ignored. They said I would be in a harder classification, and I was disappointed because I could see “Mike, I’m going to Rio, and not for Bocce!” I won a state title, in discus, and won a medal nationally. Went through classification through an international panel, and tried out for track racing. I am now working on representing Australia at the Paralympics next year in Rio. There was always something missing in my life, but I didn’t realise it was sport! Bringing my sport and my business together was the catalyst for a great resurgence in my life. I had to love who I am, right now, and love what I do. Everything you do, ask yourself ... is it authentic? Your best value in the world? I couldn’t go it alone. You need a support crew around you, cheerleaders, you as well as me. But be aware there are DreamStealers around you. Be careful what you share with these Energy Vampires. Don’t talk to them about your hopes, dreams and desires, be superficial when you discuss what is important to you. Keep your fire inside and don’t let them rain on you. Do you know you become the average of the five people you spend most of your time with? (And that includes the tv, books, radio). Are you happy with that? If not, what will you do? This is your life! if you are friends with people who don’t want to make an effort, you will not rise. You need to find people who share your desire to go ahead. What would YOU like to be better at? Who is strong in that field? How can you improve? Spend quality time, with high quality people Weekends like this are brilliant. You are here in a room with people who share so many of your dreams and objectives. Support is not one way. What can you give? Can you be a Greg Smith (D C Direct), Kerry King (TAFE SA), Cess and Bill Batten (Gawler Drycleaners), Dennis and Kym Turley (Souths Drycleaners, Broken Hill) and guest speaker Linda Chaousis.
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