I count myself extremely lucky to have been born in Australia. Because of that happy event I have a very good chance to achieve great things – far more so than if I had been born in another nation that did not have any of the natural gifts, political stability, infrastructure and facilities that are available to us all here in Australia. We have one of the highest literacy rates in the world. If you want to live longer, Australia ranks right up there for longevity and health. If you want to be wealthy, we have one of the highest incomes per capita globally and planet of opportunity to invest in business or property or other assets to grow wealth.
In my lifetime, I have travelled to over 30 countries. I left Australia in 2009, after selling the Aspire Group, moving to France, Switzerland, UK and later Hong Kong, before returning to Australia 4 years later. Extensive travel and living in Europe and Asia opened my eyes in terms of the quality of life I used to take for granted here in Australia.
When I read that Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook and one of the world’s richest men, had pledged to give away 99% of his wealth to charity, I was intrigued, excited and fascinated all at once.
I’m sure you have heard of the saying that the rich are getting richer? According to a new report by Credit Suisse, this has never been more true. And the reason for this?
The rich own assets that are appreciating in value. Particularly equities which have had a strong recent growth period.
There are few things more important to having a high quality of life in our Western society than having money. One of those things that is way more important than having money is having health – good health. Not a lot of point in being the richest person in an early grave.
At 51 years of age, I have one eye firmly focused on my health. I plan to live a long, happy, healthy life. How my body feels has a direct correlation to how happy I am and how much I can enjoy my life.
I don’t watch the news very often or read too many newspapers these days. It’s just too much “white noise” – most of it negative, stuff I would rather not put in to my brain.
But it’s very hard to ignore what has just happened in Nepal. The earthquake was the worst in over 80 years, and so far it looks like 3,500 people (probably a lot more) are dead, with hundreds of thousands without their homes or shelter.