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What a birthday!

Last Thursday on August 28 was my 45th birthday. Instead of receiving gifts I decided to give gifts. The gift of vision.

Here’s the story. At our annual Accountants conference this year (6 weeks ago in Bali) I pledged 10% of the funds of those that signed up to the 2015 conference to a very significant charity in Bali. The registration total on the day came to $312,700. So $31,270 to be donated. See big cheque below.

The charity selected was created by the legendary John Fawcett. His charity is He started it 26 years ago with the single view of helping Balinese people to see again. To give the gift of vision. Blindness is a rampant problem in Bali due to diet, sun, diabetes and its even hereditary. Bali has one of the highest ‘blindness per capita’ ratios in the world and the foundation John started is doing something about it. In 26 years they have given over 40,000 Balinese the gift of sight. Quite staggering. Their goal is 80,000 by the year 2020 – and they’re on track for that.

The Balieye team are small (around 25 people) with 5 mobile vans and they are busy doing 6,000 cataract surgeries every year. It’s not a big foundation but it is very lean and it survives 100% on donations. Of the donations received only 9% is taken up in Administration costs and the rest goes to fix the problem.

Our donation will screen 10,000 and give glasses to those that need them. It will also create sight from total blindness of approx 100 people. On the day we visited I was especially moved by Ketut.

He is 31 years old and has been totally blind since birth. A French couple found him in the jungle and brought him to Sanur where the head office is. On the Friday afternoon he had the surgery (on just one eye at this stage) and on Saturday morning they took the patch off. For the first time in 31 years he saw his brother. He was very overwhelmed with the entire experience (as you would) and didn’t say a lot. He did say (through an interpreter) that he was keen to get the surgery so he could get a girlfriend!

It was an incredibly moving event to know that we are doing something good in the world. All through the power of Accountants! The photo’s tell the story but the video tells the best story about Ketut.



Ketut after surgery Ketut surgery Rob birthday Rob Nat John F the Cheque

Lessons from an Ironman – Jack Daly

I am pumped that the legendary Jack Daly has agreed to do a full day professional sales training program at our Annual conference next year. In my view he is the best sales trainer in the world today.

We already have 375 Accountants registered to attend the conference. It’s on July 12-16 2015 in fabulous Bali, Indonesia. Tickets are available for next 30 days @ A$1,250 per person. You can learn more about the best Accountants conference in the world here.

Here’s a snippet on Jack’s philosophy on business.


What is the new normal?

  • Now that Uber have turned up in many major cities is free water, mints & cheaper fares the new normal?
  • As far as I can see Amazon invented ‘one click’ buying. Is the new normal less hoops to jump through?
  • Western civilization is addicted to their phones - but not for talking. Is text communication the new normal?
  • Who gets new software in a box any more? You’d be crazy to use hard drive software. Cloud everything IS the new normal.
  • Social consciousness is rising (just look at #icebucketchallenges everywhere). Is giving the new normal?

What is the new normal for you? Is your space being disrupted? Do you need to reinvent?





Cool Accountants – Roberts & Cowling

New wheels – breaking with to get a breakthrough!

Today was my first ride on my new wheels. I selected the brand GIANT, the model PROPEL and with VISION wheels. I figured 3 powerful words might make a difference. I don’t think the names made a difference but I do think the brilliant engineering and carbon fibre did. By comparison a massive upgrade on my old clunker. I was able to smash 10 personal best times this morning and it rode with ease without being as tired afterwards.

It got me thinking about business. I started thinking about equipment changes making a big difference. Then I realised it was all about ‘breaking with’ something to get a ‘breakthrough’. My buddy Michael Sheargold first coined the phrase “A breakthrough often happens after a breakwith.” My breakwith was the old bike to get a breakthrough for better times, smoother ride and less fatigue.

I wonder what people in business need to breakwith? Maybe systems, methods, equipment, people, clients, old habits or products. Could a breakthrough happen in your business if you ‘brokewith’ some things?