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Life Lessons is a blog about:

  • Critical thinking
  • Personal Development
  • Spirituality (Meditation, Mindfulness, Psychedelics)

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If you want to learn more about me…

Central Park, New York City. Guess which one is me?

Blogger. Critical Thinker. Philosopher. Spiritual seeker. World Traveler. Wise guy.

1. I’m from New Zealand

All Blacks, New Zealand

Hi, I’m Michael Frank. 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

Melbourne

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. My personality type is INTJ “Mastermind” 

INTJ is: Introversion, Intuition, Thinking, Judgment.

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 like to spend a lot of time alone reading, writing, thinking, learning, listening to audiobooks and podcasts, meditating or watching YouTube

5. I’m a pisces

Pisces

My birthday is March 13th 1980. I’m 38 years old.

6. I’m short

I’m 5 foot 6 inches ‘tall’

7. 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.

8. I’ve Traveled the World

travelled the world from August 2013- August 2016 and completed my bucket list before age 35.

I’ve 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
  • Mexico
  • Jordan
  • Israel
  • Egypt
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe
  • Zambia
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Peru
  • Colombia
  • India

New York

After visiting more than 100+ of the world’s most famous cities and towns my favorite places are:

  • New York
  • Tokyo
  • Rome
  • Jerusalem
  • Bangkok
  • Amsterdam
  • Melbourne (My home)

9. Most people would describe me as…

I asked people who knew me well (family, friends, ex-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:

  • Honest
  • Sincere
  • Inquisitive
  • Intelligent
  • Intense
  • Enthusiastic
  • Loyal
  • Determined
  • Obsessive
  • Confident
  • Seeker
  • Funny
  • Unforgiving

10. 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.

11. I’m a morning and a night person

I love mornings and nights. Afternoons – you suck

12. Favorite things

13. Least favorite things

  • Arrogance
  • Ego
  • Cruelty
  • Dishonesty/fakeness/lying/masks
  • Drama queens
  • Loud mouths
  • Negativity
  • Office politics
  • Political correctness
  • Rudeness
  • SJW’s
  • Virtue signalling
  • Stupidity/ignorance is bliss mentality
  • Being the centre of attention
  • The media and their never ending lies, propaganda, and negativity

14. Favorite books

I AM THAT

  • 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

15. Favorite Cartoons

  • Family Guy

…and as a kid:

  • TMNT
  • X-Men
  • Batman: The Animated Series

16. Favorite Comedians

Seinfeld

  • 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

17. Favorite Clothing

  • Hoodies
  • Track Pants (they’re comfortable dammit)
  • Jeans
  • T-Shirts
  • Suit Jackets
  • Nike runners

18. Favorite Coffee

Coffee, Latte

Vanilla Latte

19. Favorite Foods

  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Thai
  • Italian
  • Pizza
  • Sushi
  • Chocolate

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.

20. Favorite Ice-cream

Chocolate, Mango or Strawberry – 3-way tie

21. Favorite Snacks

I think my all-time favourite is dark chocolate coated blueberries (I have a sweet tooth)

22. 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
  • Ghostbusters
  • 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
  • Scarface
  • 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)

23. 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
  • Christopher Walken
  • Don Cheadle
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Michael Caine
  • Sharon Stone
  • Emma Stone
  • Sigourney Weaver
  • Patricia Heaton

24. Favorite Directors

Quentin Tarantino

James Cameron and Quentin Tarantino

25. Favorite TV Shows

Zach Braff

I like sitcoms:

  • Impractical Jokers
  • Seinfeld
  • Scrubs
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Late shows:

  • David Letterman
  • Jay Leno
  • Jimmy Fallon
  • Conan O’Brien
  • Craig Ferguson

I also like watching Oprah interview.

26. Favorite Music

  • 80’s music
  • Michael Jackson
  • Bon Jovi
  • Def Leppard
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Hootie and the Blowfish
  • Love Songs
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Hip Hop/Rap
  • The Lonely Island
  • Lots of one-hit wonders

27. Favorite Sports

  • MMA/UFC (Fedor Emelianenko is my favourite fighter ever)
  • NBA (Isaiah Thomas and LeBron James)
  • 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)
  • Cricket

As a kid I also loved WWE/WWF and my favourite wrestlers were Hulk Hogan, the Ultimate Warrior, Brett “Hitman” Hart, Sting and Goldberg.

28. 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:

  • Boxing
  • Muay-Thai
  • BJJ
  • Wrestling
  • 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.

29. 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.

30. Marriage/Kids

Neither. I’m not married and I don’t have kids.

31. Spirituality

I’ve always been interested in ‘spiritual’ things and in my teenage years I was a Christian

My beliefs now lean towards something called ‘Non-duality’ or Advaita Vedanta which is very similar to Taoism and Zen.

I like a number of ‘non-dual’ teachers such as:

  • Adyashanti
  • Eckhart Tolle
  • Gangaji
  • Jed McKenna
  • Lao Tzu
  • Mooji
  • Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Ramana Maharshi
  • Rupert Spira
  • Sadhguru

I love satsangs, reading and listening to spiritual books and meditating.

32. Strengths

  • 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)
  • Driven
  • Focused
  • Persistent
  • Persuasive
  • 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.

33. Weaknesses

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.

34. Fears

Public speaking, Deep Water

35. Values

  • Honesty
  • Humility
  • Integrity
  • Love
  • Compassion
  • Kindness
  • Respect
  • Awareness
  • Intelligence
  • Critical Thinking
  • Open-mindedness
  • Discipline
  • Persistence
  • Confidence
  • Intensity
  • Accountability
  • Reliability
  • Self-control
  • Truth

36. 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 to call it like I see it.

37. 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.

38. 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 videos on YouTube, than outside in the sun doing nothing.

39. 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

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