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Don’t we all have a dark history…

It’s a special day for me today, September 4th. 
Each year, on this day, I take a moment to reflect on my life and how far I’ve come. 
And with gratitude celebrate the fact I am still alive, I am free to walk the earth and no one is telling me what to do. 
On September 4th 1999 I was arrested on the streets of Brisbane and charged with 7 counts of theft, 7 counts of break & enter, 1 charge of wilful damage and 1 charge of common assault. 
Now why would I tell you that? 
Because the night of September 4th changed my life forever. 
It threw me into ‘the dark night of the soul’ that some of us need to finally wake up and start thinking, acting and being different. 
So different am I now that it’s scarcely a memory in my mind and has become more of a legend than a story. 
But either way… my story continues and I am grateful. 
It took 15 months to go through the judicial system with 12 appearances in court. 
My lawyer encouraged me to gather letters of recommendation of which I did
And to begin voluntary community service to show I am repentant and ready to give back to society for all I had taken. 
I undertook a drug counsellors course with an organisation called Drug Arm and began fortnightly street patrols giving out food and blankets and helping drug users find help and support. 
I was 19 years old. 
Every young person on the street was attracted to me and shared their deepest wounds. 
I found myself listening with attentive ears to stories of teenage drug abuse, overdose, rape and more.  
Emotionally I grew rapidly. 
From my working class, 2 parent family 
Acting out to break the mould by busting into parked cars to steal small change for a thrill 
To hearing real life hell on the streets of Brisbane from girls and boys as young as 12. 
On the day of sentencing the judge took kindly to my efforts to restore my life and with this statement let us go:
“You’re a good kid who made some bad choices. But if I see you here again, I’ll throw the book at you!”
My friend and I received a ‘no-recorded conviction’ meaning no permanent record, and 150 hours community service. 
I was over the moon and ready to move on with my life. 
I had deferred University a year earlier and was working full time managing Vodafone stores throughout Brisbane. 
A natural at sales and leadership I was promoted quickly and given many opportunities. Money was abundant and so were the accolades. I was excited to continue my growth in business and in life. 
On the short walk out of the courtroom I was faced with the man who caught my friend and I 15 months earlier as we were trying to break into his car. 
He was broad shouldered in a dark leather jacket. 
As I walked past he glared at me. Into the cell phone at this ear he said: 
’Yeah, they got off!”
It was chilling. 
Yet I was free, and quickly regained the lightness in my step as I strolled out into the sunshine. 
The next morning on my drive to work I met this man once more. Screaming at me through the open window of his car telling me he was going to kill me. 
I couldn’t make this stuff up!! 
I sped off through the red light shaken but not stirred. 
The next morning I woke up to find a brick through the back window of my car. Not a good sign. 
The following day a phone call came through telling me I was going to die. 
My friend and accomplice of the past was still tied to the streets and was able to find out who he was. 
The owner of a local car audio shop it turned out… Hmm, interesting. 
A day or two later I received another phone call this time the man was threatening to kill my 9 year old sister. 
OK, this just got real! 
I told my Dad. A short, stout, part Maori, ex-footballer from Sydney with a hell of a temper and a history of violence. 
We drove to his shop and my Dad promptly got to work threatening him back. 
To no use. 
He had decided I was part of a crime syndicate out to destroy his small business. 
Some connection he derived in his mind about my girlfriends, sisters boyfriend who was the manager of a car audio shop in a chain throughout Brisbane. 
All of a sudden I was a ‘goon’ (his words) sent to wreak havoc and collapse his empire. 
Say what!!??
I was working full time, trying to clean up the mess I made the year before. 
Crime was the last thing on my mind, let alone being a ‘goon’ trying to put some poor bastard out of business. 
We left his shop having got no further, other than to realise the man was serious.
Seriously delusional!
He meant what he said. He was going to kill me if I made “one wrong move”. 
Whatever that meant. 
On Dad’s advice we went straight to the police and put a restraining order on him.
The crazy man in the leather jacket was no longer permitted by law to speak with me or come within 100 meters of me or my home. 
Phew! Done! 
The next morning (you know how this goes right) he called me. 
“The Police just visited me! You’ll be dead by this afternoon!” 
I told Dad. 
“Ok son, you’ve got 2 options” Dad started. 
“One, we put you in protective custody and you fight this lunatic in the courts.”
“Two, you get on a plane right now and fly back to Cairns (where we grew up) and stay with Aunty Kathy.”
I was shellshocked and stunned. I asked Dad what I should do. 
He told me to pack a bag… you’re getting out of here! 
I called work and told them I had to leave… immediately. 
I reluctantly sent a fax (ah the good old days) with my letter of resignation. 
Dad covered me under a blanket in the backseat of this car and drove me, at speed, to the airport. 
Having worked for Qantas as airport ground crew for the past 8 years Dad just swiped his card and drove straight into the secure compound.
He literally walked me onto the plane (having phoned ‘work’ and got me a seat. Again… the good old days)
He told the flight attendant, whom he knew well, to take care of me. 
Two hours later I was met in Cairns airport by my dear Aunty Kathy. 
Feeling overwhelmed with emotion I asked if I could borrow her car to have some time alone. 
I drove to the old lookout at the top of what was then just a bush track overlooking Cairns city. 
And cried. 
And cried. 
And cried. 
For more than a few hours I totally lost it. Totally broke down and wept like I had never before. 
My life was in ruins. 
I quit University for the job of my life. A long career in corporate making incredible money. 
I had 16 criminal convictions, albeit non-recorded. 
My family was ashamed of me. 
Friends didn’t want to know about me for every time I went to a party I got stupid drunk and ended up in a fight. 
All of this in just 2 years since leaving high school head held high as School Captain and head of the Student Representative Committee. 
I was a good person. I thought. 
At least that’s what I wanted to be. 
So what happened? How did it all get so wrong?? 
I reflected deep that day well past dark. I thought of everything that had happened in the past few years. 
I asked myself the tough questions that a 19 year old usually doesn’t’ seek answers for. 
But I was now different. 
From courtrooms to drug addicted street kids; to high rolling, making lots of money. 
I was changing so fast it was hard to keep up with ‘who I am’.
I started to piece together some common threads in my mind and I came to realise a few things that may have contributed to arriving in this desperate place. 
1. Violence had caused me a lot of pain. 
I received my back belt in Karate from the Police Youth Club after 6 years of training with some of the most honourable men I will ever know. My Sensei (head teacher) was a decorated bravery award winning SWAT team officer. My Sempai (second in charge) were 3 other Police officers of great standing. 
6 times state champion in full contact Karate. I attended the Australian championships as the only Brown Belt there. An early disqualification saw me out of the race. Never mind. My dreams of becoming a professional fighter still held strong.  
When I left Cairns and the Dojo I fell into Ronin territory, a wandering warrior with no allegiance. I was lost without their guidance. 
At 17 I stood up to my father, who was again drunk, and he hit me. Not hard but enough to rush adrenaline and my instincts to kick in. 
I bashed my father in a rage and our relationship splintered. 
At 18, just out of high school I began to drink alcohol myself for the first time. My system lapped it up and rage grew in me. 
Every party I went to for the next 6 months I was in at least one fight. On a few occasions I decided to fight 3 or 5 guys at once. 
I was in so much pain inside I didn’t care, I just needed to fight. 
So, atop that mountain, I realised violence was a root cause of my current issues. 
Oh yeah… don’t forget the assault conviction. Shit! 
So violence had to go. 
I made a vow that day, now January 25th 2001. (I celebrate this day like it’s my birthday every year)
I vowed, not hoped, not wished, not even decided. 
I vowed!! 
To never lift my hands in violence again. 
And I never have! 
18 years later and I have never been in a fight
Never thrown a punch (other than in training) 
And learned to calm the fire in my belly to use it for construction, not destruction. 
I am very proud of this. 
The second realisation I had on that day was that I had been doing what everyone else wanted me to do and not what I wanted to do. 
I was ‘a pleaser’. 
I pleased my parents by going to University 
I pleased my school principal by acting in the way she wanted me to (let’s call it proper).  
I was pleasing society by striving into the workforce and making lots of money (I knew at the age of 19 I would be a Millionaire). 
But with all this pleasing others, of doing what ’they’ wanted… was I actually doing what I wanted?? 
The answer was NO!
So… on that day, and everyday since, I vowed, VOWED, to never do what anyone else wants me to do ever again!
That I would do what I wanted to do and nothing less! 
Ahhh… that felt better. 
A weight off my shoulders. No one else to please, but me. 
“Well then…” I asked myself. 
“What DO YOU want then?” 
Wow. The cup was empty. 
As I sat looking out over Cairns, now just a twinkling of lights, I took a deep breath and sighed. 
What do I really want? 
I want to be happy!
I just want to be happy. Nothing else. That’s it. 
Just to be happy. 
“Well what does that mean?” My mind asked. 
Great question!!! 
“Well… I honestly do not know. Because right now, I am miserable!”
It was then I had the great idea that has guided my life ever since.
“What if I do all the things I’ve ever wanted to do… maybe that will make me happy!!”
“And what do you want to do Scotty?” I asked myself with great interest. 
“I want to travel the earth! 
“I want to jump out of airplanes! 
“Go rafting and kayaking
“Scuba Diving and all the fun things I’ve always dreamt of doing!”
With a huff and a chuff I was excited!! 
I decided then and there that my life would be nothing less than an incredible adventure of doing everything I want to do… to be happy!
I trotted down the mountain with a lightness in my step. 
I slept sound. 
The next morning I awoke to find my Aunty and Uncle at the breakfast table, a little hesitant and unsure as I approached. 
Upon asking how I was… I exclaimed: 
“Amazing! I’m so excited!” 
And proceeded to tell them all about my 2 vows and my dedication to being happy by doing ‘all the things I want to do’. 
I said all of this still standing, mind you. As if giving a great speech to an important audience. 
My uncle offered for me to start with breakfast. I did. 
And when we were eating he told me about his recent Scuba Diving adventure where he earned his PADI dive certificate. He suggested my adventures may begin there. 
2 days later I was breathing underwater for the first time. 
2 week later I was working as a Dive Master Trainee on the back of a boat bobbing upon the Great Barrier Reef. 
2 years later, after having received dual instructor certification with 13 specialties, been to 65 meters solo, shagged more tourists than one man should, partied harder than any dive instructor I know… 
I left diving and moved to Japan to learn the first of my 2nd languages. 
And so the adventure continues to this day. 
Following my heart
Doing what I love
Being happy. 
Nothing more. Nothing less. Nothing else!! 
Happiness is all I desire from that day until my last. 
And so today, I celebrate all of this and more. 
The man I am because of who I was. 
The man I am becoming because of who I am today. 
Deep breath! 
I have a feeling it’s all perfect. Even when you’re about to die at the hands of a lunatic in a store. 
It’s all perfect. The rain clouds and the rainbows. The sunshine and the storms. 
I am just so grateful all of this happened now 19 years ago
That I’ve been able to live my dreams every day since 
I was one of the lucky ones who got to ‘wake up’ early and enjoy the fullness of the day. 
Thanks for listening. 
I hope my story inspires you to follow your dreams.
To be happy. 
To give up pleasing others and trying to be someone you’re not. 
I love you. I am you. We are one. 
I’ll see you on another adventure soon!!
And until then…
Just be yourself. 
Scotty Ze

11 How to reduce your biggest expense – Tax!

What do you think your biggest expense in life is? 🤔

Tax!! 100% it’s Tax.

You can reduce your Tax to Zero by working online

In Australia we are blessed with a safe society and world class ammenities.

However is paying 30-50% of every dollar you earn worth it?

That’s a question you’ll need to answer yourself. It’s a beautiful world out there with lots to see… with a little travel you’ll realise there are upsides to living elsewhere as well!

In this video I’m going to show you how to reduce this massive expense by building your brand online and running your business completely on Social Media…

So you can skip town and travel the world all while being a Non Resident for Tax Purposes and effectively paying Zero Tax.

Remember… this isn’t legal advice. Check with your accountant or call the ATO directly (or your home countries tax office). This is just what I do and have done to live the life I live.

Where would you go? What would life look like?

If you were completely free to travel the world… where would you live?

Let me know in the comments below 👇


You don’t need to be a celebrity to be profitable on Social Media

You don’t need to be a celebrity to be successful on Social Media. 

You don’t need to reach millions of people to make millions of dollars a year. 

1) If you have a killer offer… 10 out of 10

2) If you know your audience back to front, inside and out: their pain points and their desires. 

3) If you craft the right message to speak to the right person at the right time…

You will be profitable. 

Social Media is a pay to play environment. You can literally pay Facebook to put your message in front of the exact audience promoting your perfect offer… 

For a few cents!! 

This is the power of Social Media. 

So let’s break down the essentials of what you need and make this super simple. 

Enjoy the training

Find purpose and change your life

Take a look at most people in the world. Majority go to work every single day with no real inspiration. Of course some people like their job, but it’s clear that in this society, only very few actually love what they do. 

With the 9 to 5 way of living, 30 days yearly holidays, life became about getting one thing done after the other in order to make a living. People are tired and bored. Work places lack inspiring leaders and one of the main reasons is because, in general, people aren’t clear on WHY they do what they do. When we don’t create meaning and purpose, it seems like life is happening at us instead of feeling like we are creating it.

Our WHY is what creates true significance. Even when we come across challenging obstacles. Whether you work for someone else or for yourself, knowing what most inspire you in this world is what will guide you in finding clarity to be able to take your next move towards what you want to do or what you are already doing.

Our why fuels our actions and inspire us to persist. People who are very clear on their WHY not only give their best in their current circumstances, but they also continually seek improvement. They don’t settle for anything less than what will lead them towards their goals. Defining our purpose is a way to stay on track and see if our actions are in alignment with what we want.

Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why, said: If you don’t define your purpose you end up falling into the trap of making a living instead of designing a life. He also said that “finding WHY is a process of discovery, not invention”. It’s ok not to know straight away. It isn’t that obvious at first try. It is a process and it can be refined as you go. It’s a journey of getting to know who we are.

A lot of people who dive deep into this process often realise that their why is bigger than themselves. And that is because human beings need a sense of belonging and contributing in order to feel fulfilled. Sometimes we need to dig deep to discover the real reason behind our motivation. 

This is very much part of what I do. I’ve been introducing people to one of the best educational platforms available and I see what happens when a person redefine their purpose and start creating life on their terms. One thing we don’t lack these days is information and education. There are plenty of resources, books, workshops, podcasts and seminars. All it takes is being hungry for more. Hungry for change.

I’ve been on a journey of personal development for a very long time. And through this process, the more I found what I wanted and how to achieve it, the more it was clear that the 9 to 5 way of living is making majority of people forget their dreams and live without enthusiasm. It became part of my mission to guide people towards a better life. One of purpose and abundance. 

If you are sick of living a mediocre life and you’re truly ready to create meaning and reach for the stars… Click on the link below and download my free Affiliate Playbook. In it I map out a step by step game plan you can follow to create freedom in your life too.

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Why online businesses are taking the world by storm

The amount of digital entrepreneurs is growing at an incredible pace. Business owners from all over the world are moving online. And it’s not only business people who are moving online – an outstanding amount of professionals, corporate workers and sole traders from different walks of life are captivated by the opportunity to create an income location-free from their laptops and phones.

But why? Here are some of the reasons why online businesses are expanding so rapidly:

Ask any online entrepreneur and 99% of the times they will tell you this:  Number one reason why I’ve started is to create life on my terms.

It’s not hard to understand. Picture a beautiful morning. You go for a surf, come back home, pack your laptop and go to your favourite cafe go get some work done while sipping on your favourite superfood smoothie. Pretty cool, don’t you think?

But hey, don’t confuse freedom and flexibility for time to slack off. Serious entrepreneurs value the time they have and understand that the hard work is well worth the freedom to spend more time with the people they love and participate in activities most people miss out on because they are part of the 9 to 5 treadmill. 

Organising your schedule to suit your lifestyle is awesome, but another very good reason why people are choosing an online business is that the start-up and operating costs are, most of the time, remarkably lower.

This not only makes it possible for people with smaller budgets to get started but also allows for your investment to be much more cost effective comparing to the start up costs of an “offline” business. You will be able to eliminate expenses like rent and long-term lease obligations for example and you also won’t have to tie up your money in inventory. With lower upfront costs, you are more likely to be able to invest in marketing for example, and things that will help your business move forward faster.

The primary goal of any business is getting customers, right? What if you had unlimited growth opportunity? Starting any kind of business will always be challenging, whether it has a street address or not. But an online business has some amazing advantages. A brick-and-mortar store for example, relies on local customers and occasional tourists, while an online business is not restricted by this and can market to an unlimited audience. Once a successful marketing and advertising strategy is in place, an online business can simply open up its target and increase budget to optimise growth.

You can literally run it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even while you sleep.

Seriously. There are no geographical limits and there are no specific hours of operation – an online business can produce income around the clock. 

The benefit of having access to the entire world from the moment you login and the ability to target specific groups of people or countries, gives a very attractive advantage to online-based businesses.

And In case you are one of those people who are a little bit scared of technology and social media: You don’t need to be an expert to succeed online. There are plenty of free information, training and support to get you where you want to be. And you can always hire affordable experts to give it an extra boom.

An online business, like any other, requires planning, strategy, investment, taking risks. Success doesn’t happen automatically and without focus and dedication.

I’ve been operating a highly profitable online business and am very passionate in teaching people to create the same opportunity for themselves. 

I’ve put together this short, yet powerful training to show you the 5 steps to a 6 figure income online. 

How to: 

  1. Tap into the global trend of online shopping, 
  2. Find a product you believe in to promote, 
  3. Put that offer in front of the right people using social media, 
  4. Automate everything using digital technology,
  5. Fast track your success by standing on the shoulders of giants

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Life is made of choices!

Picture a scenario where you are at a huge line at a music festival to order a meal for yourself and your family. Your partner and kids are pretty hungry. You stand there patiently for over one hour  and when you get to your turn, the cook shouts that they have sold out of the only thing you were interested in on the menu.

Like every situation in life, your evening could go in various ways. Obviously, if you were allergic to everything else available, you would probably feel very upset and frustrated. But otherwise, this unexpected situation would likely be as good or as bad as you chose it to be. As hard as it may sound.

And that is because life is, mostly, what we make it.

By being angry and dumping all your frustrations at the young girl at the counter, you could for example completely miss out on coming in contact with the very person who would have taken your business to the next level should they have had the chance to invite you to their campsite for dinner. Or perhaps the cook would have given you a voucher to get anything you want free of charge. Whatever. The point is, when we let our emotions take over, we blind ourselves to our surroundings.

The very moment you make a decision: How can I turn this experience into a positive one considering the circumstances? A whole new world of possibility opens up and you see life with a trusting and constructive mindset – which happens to be the kind of vibration miracles enjoy operating in, just saying.

And that is the point here: Mindset – the way we choose to look at life – is the key to achieving everything. Life is made of choices.

But please, I’m not saying here that every time something bad happens to you, some other miraculous thing will happen straight after if you just keep calm. It is alright to demonstrate emotions. What is not alright is to let your emotions dictate how you are going to deal with the obstacles you come across.

The huge line and sold out food situation was merely an illustration to say that at every moment, we have a decision to make about how we are going to move forward. People who tend to blame and complain quite often miss out on creating an environment for positive experiences to happen and for things to flow.

And this is exactly where I make my point.

Consciously choosing growth and expansion involves accepting responsibility for your life and taking the appropriate actions to improve it. It means turning the growth switch on inside you and being on a mission. It’s not going to be easy. But it’s going to be worth it. Choosing growth is not about some crazy technique or tool to make quick fixes. Self control and improvement is a way of life .It’s about opening up your mind to the not so obvious truth: life expands in proportion to our ability to believe in ourselves and to know that we are the creators of our own reality.

I have been on this journey of personal development for many years. I am constantly on the lookout for experiences that will add value to my life and to ‘who I am’. It is my passion to inspire others to believe in themselves and to develop and sustain a prosperous mindset –  particularly regarding the ability to think outside traditional ways of creating success. 

I strongly believe everybody should invest in their personal growth. Personal development education integrates all areas of life, including our relationships with other people, the way we hold our bodies and how far we think we can go. 

If life is made of choices, what have you been choosing?
Are you ready to take action right now? 

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This training may change your life!!