Persistence + Perseverance + Perspiration = Walking Again

See my right knee?
It’s the one on the left.

I’m standing on it.

It still aches, particularly after walking on a rocky beach from the Kingscote Jetty to the bird-house at Reeves Points, then up 75° incline – with my amazing 5yo son Jai alongside me, my Canon 7D and new zoom lens. I shot some amazing shots, some of them without Jai in them.

It still aches because about 55 weeks ago it somehow collapsed under me for no easy-to-explain reason. I stood at the kitchen sink of our Adelaide home with 1yo Aidan in my arms, went to turn right – and my knee basically slipped to the left side of my leg, stretching ligaments and hurting so bad that Aidan’s (still sitting in the nook of my left arm) eyes bulged out from the naughty words I screamed. Holy mo…. you get the picture. But I thought of him, and twisted my leg to the left – because I knew I was going to collapse BUT I DIDNT WANT TO FALL ONTO HIM. The knee then twisted around to the right side of my leg. I fell, no I collapsed. Aidan was bawling his eyes out.

But me, despite the fuc… intense pain, I started pulling my pants down. I’ve done some seriously bad injuries to my knees, ankles, elbows, and hips in many stupid stupid accidents over the last 30 years. I knew the parademics were going to cut my pants off. But I liked those denims, I didn’t want to lose them. (I did.) But I really had to know how bad it was.

Fargnl. I screamed for everyone – who were out in the shed doing something. Probably making bee boxes for LSBeez Kangaroo Island Honey. I didn’t care. Jai arrived first. I yelled at him to get mummy. Know what he did first? Got me a towel to put under my leg.  

Then Sarah (my wife) and Lynne (my MIL) arrived. I did not care that my jocks were on show. My right knee was expanding – and only I knew how bad the injury was.

But I was lucky. Sarah knows why and how I break so easily. She rang for an ambulance. I sat on kitchen floor, ice on knee, waiting. 40mins later it arrived.

Ambulance took me to Flinders Hospital.

We ramped behind 4 other amb’s for about 3 hours. 

Then I got a bed, a vomit bag filled with ice chips to hold on my knee … and the doctor arrived around midnight. The accident happened around 4.30pm.

There’s much more to the story. 

But my knee works again. I walk just fine. I was still limping from thr injuries when I first arrived on KI in Feb 2017. I don’t think any of you would know if I didn’t tell you.

Persistence. 

Perseverance. 

Perspiration.

I may not have a paying job right now. But I know what it means to fail and succeed.

Photos from today can wait. My knee aches.

/ Originally written for Facebook. But go so long I decided it needed bigger audience!

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GO BEYOND YOUR LIMITS! (10 Years on Youtube)

Of all the YouTube channels I subscribe to, there is only one that I return to over and over again – Casey Neistat.

A recent vlog is now watched repeatedly. This one is a gentle yet constant reminder what I want to achieve on my own channel. I have watched it 5 times. It blows my mind. Which is it? Wait, it will be the last video I show in this list.

I have had a Youtube channel since 2007 – again, another 10 years with one channel – yet it’s not the longest! I digress. Back on track…

MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL HISTORY

For the longest time I did almost nothing on YouTube. I remember saying to someone in 2008“It’s just a fad, it won’t last.” Oh dear, how wrong was I! Mostly I liked and categorized videos, probably like a lot of people did. I had a U2 collection, plus some series of cartoons that intrigued me. But YouTube kept changing the privacy on stuff, and then deleted channels that somehow violated their terms – yet nobody could see why.

In early 2012, whilst working on a Government ITC Help Desk, I worked with a young guy who said “Instead of playing PS/Xbox/Wii games, I just watch their YouTube channels – it’s cheaper!” Within a month I was hooked on a few youtube gamer channels whose style was consistent, crazy-funny, and catching worldwide attention. You may know who I mean.

Late 2015, thanks to a friend on Facebook, I was advised to check out Casey Neistat Apple batteries vlog . Then he started vlogging daily. Vlogging became a word.

Early 2016 I revamped my YouTube channel, removing all the Liked videos and vlogs, and uploaded a dozen videos shot by my wife – using them to show off her honey business on Kangaroo Island, planning to use them on our GoFundMe page. The funding didn’t pan out as imagined, so that also needs a revamp! Yet I still love the bee vlogs I created…

Then I started vlogging our weekly visits to Cleland Wildlife Park … so all our Australian-Zoo visits also got uploaded!

In mid 2016, after a very long hiatus being the Dead Reds Wine Group photographer, I decided to vlog the night’s drinking – and everyone who went appreciated it. Actually, vlogging made it all the more fun – people spoke to their camera!

I found finances to buy a very decent movie editor program: Movavi. Windows Movie Maker was insufficient! Movavi has been great for creating eclectic music to go over wind-filled footage, converting and compressing, then uploading to YouTube without any problems.

Then in July 2016, I twisted my right knee so much that my vlogging took a backseat until I recovered sufficiently to get around without pain. I still shot a lot, but I was getting so tired from the exercise needed that tonnes of footage sits incomplete.

In early 2017 we moved to Kangaroo Island. Within a month I uploaded a short vlog that received 200 views in a few days – which blew my mind and reminded me of my journey. I was back on track!

Then Casey added his “DO WHAT YOU CAN’T” vlog. Wow. It was like a smack in the face for me.

It brings me back to his channel once a week to remind myself of what I am aiming to achieve.
Yet I say it is probably not the best mantra.

I prefer to say “GO BEYOND YOUR LIMITS”.

It’s true, a lot of people set limits on their goals, consequently limiting their potential. Ashamed to say I have done the same, and possibly still do on some issues.

Some people have budgetary constraints, some have fear of success or failure limits, and many put limits on themselves because they don’t believe in their ability – even though they have never had a go!

Whenever I think I have limits, I imagine living in a 3rd-world country where there is no money, life is all hand-outs from foreign aid, and living is day-to-day. You and I have a far better life than that: We have a roof over our head, a bed each night, and we know where your next meal is coming from – and it’s three times a day!

So what is your limit? Probably next to nothing by comparison!
I am not going to lie: When I had money, I bought things that I knew I would utilise and would last a long time. Good camera gear, particularly the accessories. What I didn’t forsee is how I would use them.

The planets have recently realigned for me.
Expect more vlogs over the next few months.
What will they be about now? Well, I have to thank my Radio show for revitalizing my self-confidence, particularly my speaking and writing skills. So I have a few ideas in mind. Now to create them with almost no budget!

Let’s see what I do next (week)….

Job Hunting Requires a Honed Resume

Of the nine CV mistakes outlined in 9 Common Resume Mistakes Every Job Hunter Should Avoid, I consider these two the most important:


Mistake #1: Emphasizing tasks instead of achievements.

Those bullet points underneath each job entry? They shouldn’t read like a list of daily duties. Instead, they should emphasize the impact of those duties.

What did you accomplish in each role? How did your daily responsibilities help make or save money, boost efficiency, solve a problem, improve customer acquisition or retention, or otherwise make the company better?

If you want your resume to stand out, you need to go beyond listing tasks and highlight the achievements that make you a valuable employee.

Mistake #8: Opening with your education

If you just graduated from college or are new to the world of work, ignore this. Otherwise, include your work accomplishments before listing your education.

Employers are more interested in your achievements in the workforce than they are in your degree. So keep your work-related information at the top.


This is said after 18 years of state government employment – wherein I read, wrote and assisted people in writing effective CV’s applications. Over those years I wrote over 200 applications, 20 in my first year. (I was a contractor, so it was expected). 

It’s a daunting task, yet if done right will sell your strengths and attributes.

The best thing about a well-presented CV – it becomes your persona. You read it regularly and say “Yes, I did that, I can do that, I accomplished that, I am that which I say I am.” Breathe in and out. Do you like that feeling? That’s self-pride. There’s nothing wrong with it, so long as you don’t proclaim it too much. Have a healthy ego, just don’t over-inflate it.

Yet like many around me, I too seek employment.We have moved our small family to Kangaroo Island to support my wife’s passion and small business, an island where day-jobs are scarce. Yet I do not sit idly: I am currently working on an entrepreneurial idea that involves my photography. The outcome of that will be published on facebook within the next few months.

Happy hunting to us all, may our CVs be filled with accomplishments & pride, and give us success.

I wrote this for my own benefit as much as for anyone else. A self-reminder of value, strengths and abilities is always important when rejected from jobs you feel positive you’ve done well.

POSTSCRIPT: Iwill publish a followup post soon outlining how winning interviews is easier than winning jobs!

Dell Upgrades Causing Intermittent Buzzing

My DELL laptop, running Windows 8.1, started buzzing every 60 seconds during YouTube video’s earlier this evening (16 Feb 2015). It was annoying and I wasn’t sure what was doing it. Was it Youtube? Was it the laptop? Was it my gaming software?

Rather than being an average user (ie: wondering how much I would have to pay Richard Pascoe to fix my laptop), I researched online to determine if it was a known issue.
Colour Coded

TIP #1: The first thing you learn on most ICT help-desk’s is that Mr Google is your best friend. Heck, every job interview I have there is nearly always this question:
Q: What do you do if you don’t know the answer to a user’s query?
A: Google it.

Bingo. I had to test a few key words; Initially I was thinking it was due to Nvidia updates,  so I searched Google for ‘recent Nvidia update problems’.

TIP #2: Always seek for your issue with the word ‘problem‘ in the search. Then select ‘Search Tools‘, drop down on ‘Any time‘ to ‘Past week‘, thereby reducing search range to most recent information. If you don’t, it will default to the most common looked at page – which are often many years ago!

Initially some of the results suggested Nvidia, but most were not recent enough. I suspected the issue might be closer to home: The laptop. So I changed to the search parameters to ‘dell audio buzzing’, the answer was revealed and verified in the DELL community support forums:
Pile of Computer Boards

1. Open ‘Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features’
2. Remove ‘Dell Support Assist’ and ‘Dell Support Agent’
3. Reboot or Restart your machine.
4. Play youtube video to test if issue persists.

DISCLAIMER: This remedy fixed my laptop with its specifications. It may not suit every brand or computer. If you are not sure or don’t feel confident doing this yourself, I highly recommend Richard Pascoe, the Adelaide Tech Guy. I get no kickback from recommending him, we are just good friends.

Using Pain to Focus on What Matters

Thanks to a comment one night on my Facebook status, I spent the previous night dreaming through what my life would be like without a job. It wasn’t pretty, I did NOT like it.

Whilst my brain might be a bit addled these days with ‘Severe Vertigo‘, I still have the power to think, reason, create and succeed. I also have the fortitude to do things that others would see as unclimbable.

Chains of Success

A Little Bit of History

In 1992, thanks to the actions of one person, my life changed completely. After my emotions spiralled downwards temporarily (for about 2 years), I found the inner strength to lift myself out of the chasm.

For about 3.5 years after those two, I spent every day wearing a $100 suit and carrying a near-empty brief case to my local employment-office – to look the part of the person I wanted to become. It paid off.

In mid 1996 I acquired a 6-week temp’ job in a government department. It was the ‘in’ I needed to start my way up the job-chain.

In 2012, after 14 years of shovelling, I found myself in a role that not only enables me to utilise every skill I have acquired, enhanced and learnt over the preceding 20 years: I continually find it is actually fun and suits me.

Pylon Nuts

Back to the Future

So I focused my dreams last night onto what I would do to [1] fix my situation and head, plus what I would to [2] help a person whom I revere and respect immensely. Some days you need to focus on what matters, and not upon the things that hurting.

So I have TWO big projects to create and do over the next 11 months.
[1] Organise and participate in a 3+ person photo gallery. This will include the person I want to support, plus a few others whom I anticipate will want to be involved.
[2] Organise and participate in a 40+ person photo exhibition. Aha, you read right, forty people. There is a lot of work ahead of me for this project, yet it will be worth the effort.

Whilst you might think that this is a lot for any one person to do, I know I can do this. Plus hold down a 9-5 government job, PLUS do all the normal things I do.

Fortitude, strength, belief in self. Characteristics I have, despite what a few people believe or have seen of me.

So I am not quitting. I’m certainly not giving up. This is where I begin again. Thank you to those who didn’t believe me – you continue to strengthen me and give me the determination to achieve any goal I set of myself.

Those projects are not going to get themselves done. And my baby boy is not going to survive without my help.  It’s time to get off the couch, get on with life and do all I can to make myself better. I ain’t letting this one moment in my life tie me down or hold me back. This too will pass.

What are you doing today?

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4 Ways to Keep your Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive

It’s a busy day today. What I really wanted to do today was help my wife’s business to reach an online market. I also really need to sand off three layers of ghastly paint off the outdoor setting. I am also waiting for the child inside my wife to make that final decision to enter this world!

But what I really wanted to was find inspiration for my wife and I to keep our business spirit focused. Some might find this odd – yet because we both run small businesses, and as our lives are getting more frantic – particularly with a baby on the way – I find it important for both of us to stay inspired.

Cooking with my Pregnant Wife

Yet I do all the reading, learning, applying and doing. That’s OK:  The baby is her most important focus right now. I get that. I’m looking forward to reading and cuddling!

So I turn to the internet where a plethora of people and their sites provide enough to keep me going!

So my late morning was spent reading and gathering information. I wanted to ensure the article followed a theme, so was impressed to find a group of articles that each provided four main ways for both online and real-world entrepreneurs to stay active and focused, and that every online entrepreneur should be applying to their business (and) life.

Read on to discover what I have learned today:

Four Important Lessons for every Entrepreneur

1. Do one thing extraordinarily well, and don’t apologize for it.
2. Aesthetics matter.
3. Ride the wave.
4. Leverage the unexpected.

Visit the workingsolo.com to read the details of each lesson.

Five Questions Social Entrepreneurs Need to ask of Themselves

1. Are you willing to bootstrap?
2. Can you look down the road?
3. Is failure an option?
4. Do you know your limitations?

5. Can you build a team? This last only applies to those who are not flying solo!

Visit the forbes.com to explore each question.

Telescopic View

Lessons learned from Quotes by Albert Einstein

1. “Try not to become a man of success, but try rather to be a man of value.”
2. “Look deep, deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
3. “It would be better if you begin to teach others only after you yourself have learned something.
4. “I am content in my later years. I have kept my good humor and take neither myself nor the next person seriously.”

You gotta admit, those four quotes are enough to remind yourself that it is not the making of money that makes you a success, it is the creation of yourself and your business that breeds success.

Visit thenextweb.com to expand on each lesson.

Four Critical Traits of every Entrepreneur

These are so true! Without these, you are only being a business person. An entrepreneur is willing to help others around them, and possibly at their own expense without any financial gain.

1. Look for ways to make a difference.
2. Follow that overwhelming desire to take action.
3. Exert your influence as much as possible.
4. Help other would-be entrepreneurs.

Read the whole article by Glen Blickenstaff at inc.com to understand why these traits are important.

That is all for day – and it should be enough to hold you over until next week! To close off, watch this video to stay inspired.