50 Random Facts about me
Central Park, New York City. Guess which one is me?
Blog Artist. Critical Thinker. Philosopher. Spiritual seeker. World Traveler.
1. I’m from New Zealand
I was born in Mount Maunganui, a small beach town in the North Island of New Zealand. I’ve travelled all over the North and South Islands of New Zealand and my favorite city is Wellington the capital.
2. I live in Melbourne, Australia
I left New Zealand in 2005 when I was 25 and moved to Melbourne, Australia which has been voted “The world’s most liveable city” for the last 6 consecutive years.
3. I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters
I’m the oldest in the family and I’m also the biggest kid.
4. I’m a confident introvert
Most people who meet me mistake me for being an extrovert, but I’m not. I’m a confident introvert. I make friends easily but I generally prefer my own company. I’m very introspective and I like to spend a lot of time alone reading, writing, thinking, learning, listening to audiobooks and podcasts, meditating or watching TV.
5. My personality type is INTJ “Mastermind”
INTJ is: Introversion, Intuition, Thinking, Judgment.
6. I’m a pisces
My birthday is March 13th 1980. I’m 37 years old.
7. I’m short
I’m 5 foot 6 inches ‘tall’
8. I’m a morning and a night person
I love mornings and nights. Afternoons – you suck!
9. I love personal development/self-help
My life was changed forever in 2001 when as a 21-year-old I read Tony Robbins book “Awaken the Giant Within”. That book ignited a passion for personal development within me that never went away.
Since 2001 I’ve read over 500+ books on:
- Personal development/self-improvement
- Mind power
- + a lot more
I’ve also been to lots of seminars with people such as Tony Robbins, Richard Branson, Robert Kiyosaki and Tim Ferriss.
10. I’ve Traveled the World
I traveled the world from August 2013- August 2016 to complete my bucket list before age 35.
I’ve so far been to Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, Poland, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Germany, France, Hungary, Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England, USA, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and India.
My favorite places are New York, Tokyo, Rome, Jerusalem, Bangkok, Amsterdam and Melbourne.
11. Most people would describe me as…
I asked people who knew me well (family, friends, girlfriends etc.) what 10 words they thought best described me. I said they could be positive or negative – they just had to be super honest.
Here’s how they described me:
12. I’m an all-or-nothing type of guy
I’m either ALL IN or ALL OUT. 100% or 0%. EVERYTHING or NOTHING. I don’t do things by halves and I don’t want to. I either exercise every day or never. I either write every day or not at all. I love getting obsessed with things and losing myself in them. It took me a long time to do Yoga but when I finally started I did 325 days in a row. When I did Martial Arts, I practiced morning and night, 10X a week.
13. I can’t cook
I can’t cook and don’t have even the slightest urge or desire to want to learn.
14. I can’t dance
I can’t dance and I don’t like dancing. I do appreciate Michael Jackson style dancing though and some hip hop dancing. I can’t sing or play any musical instruments either. I learnt to play the piano as a kid but gave it up because I didn’t enjoy it. I’ve never once regretted that decision.
15. I can’t drive
Not entirely true but I haven’t driven a car in 10+ years so I don’t think I would feel comfortable driving. I also live in the city so I don’t need to drive.
16. I love the beach
I love swimming and being near water. Oceans, lakes, rivers etc. make me feel incredibly good. It’s a spiritual experience.
17. I LOVE rainy days
Thunderstorms? Lightning? Hail? Bring it on! A rainy day is a good day! The more rain the better! I’d much rather be inside reading, writing, learning, meditating, listening to an audiobook or podcast, or watching TV, than outside in the sun doing nothing.
18. Role Models
As a boy and as a teenager growing up in the 80s and 90s the person I most looked up to was Arnold Schwarzenegger. In my early-mid twenties it was Tony Robbins. Now it’s spiritual teachers like Adyashanti and philosophers like Sam Harris.
19. I’m open minded
“Having a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing”. – Wayne Dyer
I used to be very closed minded and rigid in my beliefs when I was younger but now I’ve come to the realization that I don’t know anything. That’s not humility, that’s the truth. I honestly don’t even know what it means to know something.
What does it mean to ‘know’ something? What is the proof of truth? I honestly have no idea.
20. But skeptical
I don’t take anyone’s word for anything no matter who they are.
No one gets special treatment and nothing is safe, sacred or off limits. Not science. Not religion. Not philosophy. Not psychology. Not anything. I believe that 99% of what we see, hear, read, watch and listen to on a daily basis from friends, family, TV, the media, blogs, podcasts, YouTube etc. is complete and utter BS.
Because of this I don’t believe anything until I’ve examined the evidence and checked it out for myself. Until then I won’t believe and I won’t disbelieve. I won’t accept and I won’t not accept. I’ll simply keep an open mind, admit that I don’t know, and not rush to any conclusions.
I don’t have many goals because I’ve completed my bucket list and achieved almost everything I’ve ever wanted to. I’ve seen a lot and done a lot. I’ve traveled the world. I’ve drank Ayahuasca. I’ve skydived. I’ve completed my bucket list. I’ve had mystical, spiritual and out of body experiences. I guess my future goals are to travel the world again (once is not enough) and make Life Lessons a huge success.
22. Favorite things
- Critical thinking
- Personal development
- Late shows
- Stand-up comedy
- Yin Yoga
- Deep conversations
- People who can’t stop laughing
23. Least favorite things
- Drama queens
- Loud mouths
- Office politics
- Political correctness
- Stupidity/ignorance is bliss mentality
- Being the centre of attention
- The liberal media and their never ending lies and propaganda
Public speaking, Deep Water
25. Favorite Books
- I AM THAT
- Be as you are
- The Power of Now
- Spiritual Warfare
- Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing
- How to achieve enlightenment
- Tao Te Ching
- The Essential Rumi
26. Favorite Cartoons
- Family Guy
- American Dad
- The Simpsons
…and as a kid:
- Batman: The Animated Series
27. Favorite Comedians
- Eddie Murphy
- Dave Chappelle
- Jim Carrey
- Jerry Seinfeld
- Adam Sander
- Andy Sandberg
- Craig Robinson
- Jonah Hill
- Chris Tucker
- Kevin Hart
- Mike Myers
- Pablo Francisco
- Reggie Watts
- I also like the Comedy Central Roasts
28. Favorite Clothing
- Track Pants (they’re comfortable dammit)
- Suit Jackets
- Nike runners
29. Favorite Coffee
30. Favorite Foods
I’m a picky eater. I like to go to a restaurant with EVERYTHING. 7 things on the menu? No way. I need at least 50 choices. PS: I’m allergic to peanuts.
31. Favorite Ice-cream
Chocolate, Mango or Strawberry – 3-way tie
32. Favorite Snacks
I love all kinds of snacks but I think my all-time favourite is dark chocolate coated blueberries (I have a sweet tooth).
33. Favorite Movies
My favorite film of all time has always been Terminator 2 Judgement Day ever since I saw it at the movies with my grandfather back in 1991 when I was 11. As a kid I also liked: Aliens, Commando, Kindergarten Cop and Rocky 3.
Now I tend to like comedies:
- Billy Madison
- Coming to America
- Dumb and Dumber
- Happy Gilmore
- Kung Fu Hustle
- Not Another Teen Movie
- Old School
- Private Parts
- The 40-year-old Virgin
Or movies with great acting:
- A Bronx Tale
- Boogie Nights
- Pulp Fiction
- Taxi Driver
- The Departed
- The Hateful Eight
- There will be blood
- Wall Street
- Wolf of Wall Street
I like most Quentin Tarantino films (except Jackie Brown – way too boring), most X-Men films and I love a good movie trailer.
34. Favorite Actors/Actresses
As a kid it was definitely Arnold Schwarzenegger, but now that I know what good acting is its:
- Daniel Day Lewis
- Marlon Brando
- Jack Nicholson
- Al Pacino
- Robert De Niro
- Josh Brolin
- Bryan Cranston
- Kevin Spacey
- Don Cheadle
- Morgan Freeman
- Michael Caine
- Sharon Stone
- Emma Stone
- Sigourney Weaver
- Patricia Heaton
35. Favorite Directors
James Cameron and Quentin Tarantino.
36. Favorite TV Shows
I like sitcoms:
- Everybody Loves Raymond
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- David Letterman
- Jay Leno
- Jimmy Fallon
- Conan O’Brien
- Craig Ferguson
I also like watching Oprah interview.
37. Favorite Music
- Michael Jackson
- Bon Jovi
- Def Leppard
- Fleetwood Mac
- Hootie and the Blowfish
- 80s music
- Love Songs
- Hip Hop/Rap
- The Lonely Island
- Lots of one-hit wonders
38. Favorite Sports
- MMA/UFC (Fedor Emelianenko is my favourite fighter ever)
- NBA (Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics)
- Rugby (All Blacks and my favourite player of all-time is Christian Cullen)
- Rugby League (Melbourne Storm, Brisbane Broncos and I support the Blues in the State of Origin even though they haven’t beat Queensland in 10, 000 years)
As a kid I also LOVED WWE/WWF and my favourite wrestlers were Hulk Hogan, the Ultimate Warrior, Brett “Hitman” Hart, Sting and Goldberg.
39. Martial Arts
I started practicing Martial Arts in 2001 when I was 21 beginning with Wing Tsun Kung Fu and since that time I have practiced:
- Reality Based Self-Defence
I don’t do MMA any more (I have different interests) but I practiced Martial Arts for over 12 years and I used to train 5 days a week morning and night. Prior to travelling around the world martial arts was my biggest passion in life and I was very close to opening up my own MMA gym.
40. Video Games
Since working in a Video arcade when I was 20, I now find it impossible to like, or to care about any video game. I just can’t get into them or want to play them no matter how hard I try. The spell is broken. The illusion is destroyed.
However, if you put a gun to my head and forced me to give an answer:
- Street Fighter 2 (Guile and Ken)
- Soul Calibur 4 (Xbox)
I also like Chess (I’ve been playing since I was 6 years old) and Monopoly.
Neither. I’m not married and I don’t have kids.
I love philosophy and have a lot of respect for many of the ancient philosophers of the past: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Lao Tzu, Confucius and Sun Tzu. I also like the modern philosopher Sam Harris. Like Socrates I’m very inquisitive by nature and love to ask questions about everything.
I love Ayahuasca and have the ultimate respect for it. The BEST and WORST times of my life have been drinking Ayahuasca. I’ve also tried San Pedro and have had some good experiences with that too. I’ve yet to try DMT, LSD or Magic Mushrooms but I will.
I’ve always been interested in ‘spiritual’ things and in my teenage years I was a Christian. Although I’m not a Christian now, I think REAL spirituality is the most interesting subject in the world.
I like a number of ‘non-dual’ teachers such as:
- Eckhart Tolle
- Jed McKenna
- Lao Tzu
- Nisargadatta Maharaj
- Ramana Maharshi
- Rupert Spira
I love satsangs, reading spiritual books and meditating.
My beliefs lean towards something called ‘Non-duality’ or Advaita Vedanta which is very similar to Taoism and Zen.
- Critical thinking
- Decision making
- Problem solving
- Emotional intelligence
- Strong sense of intuition (I read people very quickly and it’s almost impossible for anyone to hide anything from me)
- Super honest. I love to admit my faults, weaknesses and vulnerabilities and I have NO trouble apologizing or admitting whenever I’m wrong or have made a mistake. I like it. It feels good. I find it liberating.
Chocolate. Coffee. Junk food. Fear. I don’t forgive easily. I also have the worst sense of direction in the history of humanity and could probably find a way to get lost in my own bedroom.
I’ve had all kinds of jobs including:
- Paper run – when I was 11
- Working on a farm – when I was 14
- Working in a supermarket – when I was 15
- Working in a video arcade – when I was 20
- Working as a waiter – when I was 21 (my worst job ever)
Since my early twenties I’ve only had 2 jobs:
- Working as a Radio DJ in New Zealand (2002 – 2005)
- Working in IT Recruitment in Australia (2005 – 2017) – with a 3 1/2 year break in between from 2013-2016 while I travelled the world
I prefer to work alone for myself and I don’t like to work with others or to be part of a team where I have to ‘fit in’, ‘play the game’, or wear a mask.
- Critical Thinking
49. I’m a realist
I’m not an optimist or a pessimist – I’m a realist. Instead of being positive or negative I try my best to be objective and call it like I see it. I know that the truth is the ONLY thing that can help me.
50. My favorite quote
“You may control a mad elephant;
You may shut the mouth of the bear and the tiger;
Ride the lion and play with the cobra;
By alchemy you may learn your livelihood;
You may wander through the universe incognito;
Make vassals of the gods; be ever youthful;
You may walk in water and live in fire;
But control of the mind is better and more difficult.”
― Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi