How a Sri Lankan Refugee Became an Australian Army Major – Six Life Lessons in Self Leadership

I couldn’t be happier and prouder of one of my best mates Major Seralaadan Tharmarajah aka Lavan.  This week, he became a Major in the Australian Army. 19 years ago we both landed on Australian soil to call this land home. Both from single parent households, both from developing countries with a history of racial tensions and violence and both of us looking to find our place in multicultural Australia. We had alot in common as we sat next to each other in our Homebush Boys, Year 10 ESL class! Lavan is not one who usually talks about his journey....

Digging Deeper To Higher Ground – A Reflection on How to Gain a Fresh Perspective

A few weeks ago, on my way to work I was listening to a podcast from Tim Ferris interviewing the author of Vagabonding, An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long Term World Travel. Its been cultivating a wanderlust in me. Because I’m not travelling at the moment, I’ve been creating opportunities to see Sydney through the eyes of a traveller. Despite living in this city for over 19 years I’ve started creating the space to appreciate the beauty that is right in front of my face but that I’ve missed for so long. I feel like over the past...

Philosophy: My Musings

Thank you so much for the overwhelming and heart warming FB, txt messages and calls throughout the weekend. You made me feel very special. I turned 33 years old – and I certainly am feeling older wiser. As far as birthdays go you may already know that i tend to get reflective and introspective. Last night as I was laying in bed about to go to sleep wondering what the next 12 months will hold. IMAGINING what I will create in the world and who I will BEcome the following lessons came to mind that I knew would be worth...

Philosophy: “I shall never surrender!!”– By Kresant Mahilall

“We shall not flag nor fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France and on the seas and oceans; we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air. We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be; we shall fight on beaches, landing grounds, in fields, in streets and on the hills. We shall never surrender and even if, which I do not for the moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British...

Philosophy: The Beginning of Brilliance

*** The Blog Post that started it all back in 2006 *** So …I’ve started this blog and I figured it fitting to tell you a little about myself. Its hard to talk about yourself. You know when your doing an introduction and your in a group whether at school university or at work, people ask you to say your name and a little bit about yourself. I always stumble….there are so many facets to Kresant Mahilall…(and i’m sure the same is true for yourself). I was faced with this situation when I first joined Toastmasters (a public speaking education...