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The radio wasn’t offering what I was looking for last night, so I listened to US motivator Tony Robbins talk about self-confidence.

Why Aussies should stop whinging and be positive!

Peter Switzer
16 August 2016

By Peter Switzer

I did something unusual on the way home from doing my TV show last night. Instead of listening to the usual radio program in the car, which repeatedly told me what was wrong with the world, I decided to go looking for something that actually would be good for me!

You know, something that would make me smarter, more competitive, more positive and in a better position to help myself, as well as others. As an employer, parent and media influencer, I figure that’s a part of my MO (my way of operating or modus operandi).

Unfortunately, last night, the radio wasn’t offering what I was looking for, so I went to my iPhone, typed “self-belief” into Youtube and bingo, I listened to US motivator Tony Robbins talk about building up self-confidence.

For those of you who read me to make money or get an insight to invest better or to build a better business, stick with me on this one.

Robbins was talking to an audience where he told them to look around the room for everything that was brown. He then said “with your eyes still shut, tell me everything in the room that is red!”

Of course, because people were focused on brown, they missed a lot of the red in the room. He makes the point that if we focus on negative, unproductive things, then that’s what we’ll see. But the opposite applies as well.

Now, I’m not making the case to be unrealistic, but I am making the case for positive thinking over negative.

There’s that old saying “nothing is achieved by a negative person”. That’s not quite true because what is achieved is usually what you don't want — losses, bad vibes, disappointing results, etc.

There’s a lot more going for positivity and let me list a few:

  • A stock market goes up eight years out of 10 and the average return is around 10%, with half of that coming from dividends.
  • Australia’s last recession was around 1990-91. Since then, we’ve avoided a recession for 25 years and soon will break the record for continuous growth for any economy — now that’s a gold medal I’m really proud of!
  • The average age we live nowadays is into the 80s and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare says “In Australia, a boy born in 2011–2013 can expect to live to the age of 80.1 years and a girl would be expected to live to 84.3 years compared to 47.2 and 50.8 years, respectively, in 1881–1890.” Now there’s a positive!
  • The unemployment rate is 5.8%, so out of the workforce for those who want to work, only 5.8% are missing out. I know some groups like the young have a high unemployment rate but my story today is aimed at helping those unlucky Aussies, who’ve usually been fed the wrong psychology for too long.
  • In 2016, there were about 9 million private dwellings in Australia, each with, on average, 2.6 occupants. About 70% of dwellings were owner-occupied, which is one of the largest proportions of any country. 
  • In 2008, the Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal created an Index of Economic Freedom and we came in 4th out of 162 countries.
  • In February 2015, the SMH reported that “Australia is one of the best places in the world to grow old in. And that’s official.” Natxis Global Asset Management sponsors the international comparison assessment and this is what the group concluded: “While Switzerland takes out the top spot in the 2015 Global Retirement Index, Australia's position has improved to 3rd in 2015, from 11th in 2013 and 5th in 2014.”

I work in the media and missed this great piece of news, but I do remember the bleatings from Bill Shorten and the Greens about how bad things are here in this country. And when Tony Abbott was Opposition leader, I heard more about carbon taxes, mining taxes and stopping the boats than I did about all the great stuff that’s going on here in Australia.

When we look at our Olympics results (and the whinging has started and it will get greater), I’d like to make the point that maybe we have brought up our athletes in a wrong, too negative environment.

I recall the soon-to-retire RBA Governor, Glenn Stevens, making a public comment, post-GFC, about how the rest of the world was surprised about our negativity, when comparatively we did so well dodging a recession back in 2008-2009.

Our unemployment rates were lower than most countries, our interest rates were higher for savers, our currency was high and growth rates were the highest in the Western world. Still, we were negative.

People like Robbins tell their followers that it’s your attitude that determines your altitude and how high you go up the success ladder.

Robbins was a guy who wanted success so badly. He was hungry for it. He then wisely worked with one of America’s best motivational speakers Jim Rohn, so he hung out in positive company and turned himself into what he wanted to be.

Rohn is famous for the following observations:

  • Never wish life were easier. Wish you were better.
  • Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced everyday.
  • Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune!

In November 2015, Forbes estimated Robbins’ net worth at $480 million, which looks like a great return on investing in positivity!

Last night, I took the road less travelled. I must admit, I have been doing this for some time. Let me assure you, it makes all the difference.

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