Today’s Topic is:

A time to reflect

I dedicate this show to my mum who on the 5th October 2020 would have been turning 74 – the same day I turn 50.

Take some time to reflect on your journey to know and celebrate your milestones.



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I dedicate this show to my mum who on the 5th October 2020 would have been turning 74 – the same day I turn 50.


Today’s topic is a time to reflect 

I can still remember my dad’s 50th like it was yesterday. 

I had taken my younger brother overseas for a month and we arrived back into Melbourne Airport around 9 pm to join the festivities.

We were picked up by Brendan and Lindy – I will talk more about Brendan later.

I remembered thinking about what I would like to accomplish by the time I reached 50. If only we had phones back then, I would show you what I wrote. 

I would like to be a little solve indulgent here and reflect back on the major milestones from that day to now. 

I want to encourage you to do the same to be proud of what you achieved. 


At the time of dads 50th, I had completed two bachelor degrees and was working at Coca-Cola.

I quickly rose through the ranks because I worked hard and smart – motivated by wanting to prove I got the job on merit and not because dad was a senior executive. 

My dad had achieved so much for someone who missed most of his schooling due to polio. Maybe mum teaching dad and me at the kitchen table rubbed off on me. His business letters. My English essays. 

I was so lucky to have a great base compared to dad, I didn’t want to let him down. 

To be honest, I was meant to fill in at Coke until I found the right company for me – I stayed for 18 years.

In those eighteen years, I went from a sales rep to a Director. 

I was promoted every 1-2 years and had many wonderful mentors who helped make me who I am today. 

Dad was computer illiterate and a young lady moved into the office next door and turned his presentations into a masterpiece. 

Dad and she would talk about his son, how he worked so hard and never had time for relationships. One day, she looked at a picture in dad’s office and asked why Paul Higgins was in it – then the penny dropped. The troubled son was a work colleague and Joe’s son. 

In April 1999 Linda and I got married and dad couldn’t be happier. They still stir each other till today.

Two days before the wedding – Brendan – a Groomsmen – got in difficulties swimming and I saved his life. It is hard to find a replacement groomsmen in 2 days. The significants of this event rings true soon.


I will pick up the pace here to keep it under 10min and fit in the life-changing parts. 

Linda and I had two amazing children 

We moved to support her mum and dad while going through cancer at the same time. Unfortunately, Linda lost her dad and I lost a great mentor. 

I left Coca-Cola in 2011 due to my health condition 

I was a coach and advisor

I built 3 businesses and exited one 

I loved my sport 

I loved exploring the world with my children 

I built a new home 

By 2018 I could not pretend any longer. My inherited condition called Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) had reduced my function to 6%.

I was very ill and went about finding a living donor. 

Linda was ruled out due to hypertension and then stepped in my mate of 30 years – Brendan or Richo to his mates.

He was a perfect match. 

It was easy – remove my kidney the size of a soccer ball and put Brendans in. 

The removal didn’t go to plan and I almost lost my life. I have the scars to prove it. 

I recovered on dialysis for 5 months until well enough for the transplant. 

I wrote my book called Build Live Give during this time. 


On February 29, 2019, the transplant went without a hitch. Brendan out in 2 days and me 4. 

I would spend the next 4 months in and out of the hospital but now I am great.

My mum was on dialysis for 10 years during this time. We had an amazing bond and her strength inspired me.

She got to see me have a better outcome from my mate of 30 years – someone she was incredibly fond of. 

She passed on the 18th of July 2019. 

It has been a great 24 years since dad’s 50th. 

I am now fit and healthy and ready to continue my mum’s legacy of helping people to Build, Live, and Give. 


Please take some time to reflect on your journey to know and celebrate your milestones. 

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