Month: November 2016

Dame Nellie Melba and Tony Robbins

Never Giving Up By Doug Wright At first glance it seems that Dame Nellie Melba and Tony Robbins have absolutely nothing in common. One is a famous Australian opera singer and the other an American motivational speaker, personal finance instructor and self-help author. However, both came from family backgrounds that seemed unpromising and rose to become top of their game through sheer persistence, hard work and a knack for doing the right thing at the right time. Helen Porter Mitchell, (later Nellie Melba, the name crafted from ‘Helen’ and ‘Melbourne’), was born in 1861 at Richmond, near Melbourne. She...

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A Mountain of a Man vs A Man on a Mountain

By Doug Wright The late, great Muhammad Ali was one of the most celebrated sporting icons of the last century, and one of the greatest boxers of all time. He began training to be a boxer when he was just twelve years old, and swiftly rose through the ranks, with his first gold medal win at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. His conversion to Islam and subsequent refusal to be conscripted into the Vietnam War, as well as his staunch refusal to be seen as lesser or secondary to the white majority, made him a source of inspiration...

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