Survive or Thrive? Phase 1

T H A N K Y O U for kicking this project into reality, you are making dreams come true!

The overall goal is to provide the world with real life human examples of Thrivers. A long time ago I watched a movie called “The working girl”. I know that it was that movie and the music in the movie that inspired me to live in NYC one day, how else would a young girl on a farm in the middle of Zululand know about Wall Street?

It became clear whilst doing years and years of research that access for me to real life success stories was limited. Access to victims and any aspects of how terrible things can be, that was easy. I want to create something that focuses on the good aspects of life regardless of experience, education or even culture. My hope is that this documentary provides many many people with real examples that help them make the decisions they need in order to Thrive.

This was the first step in creating a lift off for Survive or Thrive. Technically I had NO idea, at all, what goes into making a film, nor creatively for that matter. I’ve surprised myself, again, my respect for Hollywood increased ten fold.

A shout out Thank you to Koelle, Nathan, Mary, Carrie and Lora. There is no way this would be posted without your help either.

Click here to view Survive or Thrive on YouTube: Survive or Thrive? 1.11min (if anyone can help me make the clip small enough to be viewed instead of a link please please email me!)

Next step: complete the 10min clip, send to Advocacy centers and Schools

NOTE: I thought it was really amazing to come across this speech by Jeff Bezos (Amazon founder) on “Gifts and Chooses” today. Delivered to the Class of 2010 on May 30th at Princeton University. Some of the points that inspired me were:

– the wise words of his grandfather “Jeff, one day you will understand that it’s harder to be kind than clever”.
– “all the curious from the ages would have wanted to be alive most of all right now”
– “Tomorrow, in a very real sense, your life — the life you author from scratch on your own — begins.”

He goes on to ask some pretty important questions, it’s not long and a great read, I highly recommend it. Jeff Bazos Princeton Speech May 30, 2010


The Carbon Diaries 2017

I LOVE to read. These days I’m allowing myself to see what captures me and move on if I find myself saying, you ‘should’ read this…………

Found this fabulous article written by Vic Groskop on Saci Lloyd. I guess I really related to Lloyd when she described she had “done all sorts of things” before finding her niche as a teacher/writer/activist. The path covered being a cartoonist, touring the US in a band, working in advertising and then as a script editor. Each of these experiences taught her valuable lessons like “being in film taught me to trust my instincts and realise that if it’s not a big yes, it’s a no.”  Think I’ll be using that as my Mantra for 2010.

Overall what I loved most about Lloyd’s interview was that she says “My aim is to write big, rich stories about characters battling with reality”. How cool is that, who out there does’nt battle with reality as some point in their lives?

The article ends with this quote, “We have to vote on what matters. Not on ‘growth’. Everything else is just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.” I’ll be following Saci Lloyd as she continues on her path!

Here’s the link to the full article The Teacher who turned down a Hollywood fortune you might find it interesting that she turned Jonny Depp down

Sydney Opera House

We went to a Brazilian dance/capoeira/hip-hop show at the Opera House this afternoon!  AMAZING, these people move their bodies like most of us move our fingers. I was taken by the creativity and simplicity of the costumes. (think lion king meets blue man group dancing). The energy was electric and to be seated in such a magnificant building topped the whole experience. Was amazed to learn that the shells of the roof was all created as sections from a sphere. In some way’s I felt like I was at the Taj Mahal of Australia. Here’s a peak at the show, not sure if they’ll be traveling but if you hear of these guys (Bale de Rua) and are up for some fun, I recommend highly!

Thanks to Rosalie a school friend that I’ve not seen in 18 odd years for putting this together! You Rock!

CDO’s, CDS’s and the House of Cards

While working on Wall Street, I spent endless moments trying hard to understand lots of terminology & products. Often feeling like a fool and never giving up. Today I caught the tail end of this video on CNBC – Memories came flooding back. Endless conversations I had had trying to understand some of the credit products like CDS’s, CDO’s and MBS’s. Selling million $ software was not an easy 6 years. This Video brings back LOTS of memories. Lessons I plan on keeping close to heart, my number 1 lesson is to keep asking questions, no matter how stupid I Feel.

Here’s the link if anyone wants to take a look, you’ll even get to see Greenspan admitting he didn’t understand some of the credit products himself. My question to Greenspan would be when, and to whom did you say “please explain more?” House of Cards –