Expect And You Shall Receive

A few days ago a reader of this blog questioned my authority on the law of attraction. There was a statement about me “building a financial empire”. Wow! Thanks for the Manifestation! All help is appreciated. Seriously, I’m an Aussie and laugh more than I frown. That’s a quality in the part of the world I’m from. I expect that the rest of the world is the same.

My motto is:
If you beleive you will think back and laugh at it 1 year from now – You Might As Well Laugh Now !

After watching a great video on my friend Ange’s blog, I thought about this post. So, I have decided to share a part of my precious childhood with you and the influence the 2 greatest people in my life had on me. This is what I have attracted in my life so far:

Pay extra attention to the word “Expect

Sean RasmussenWhen I was in my late childhood and early-mid teens, I didn’t have a lot of the “stuff” that other kids had. I’m talking materialisticly. I had a great childhood and I wouldn’t swap for the world. My parents gave me the best possible upbringing I could possibly ask for. They grew their own veggies and only bought spices, sugar, milk, soft drink, flour and (very occasionally) some mince. Dad made his own red wine and port from our own cherries and berries. I bred rabbits and that was our primary meat source. Minced rabbit, rabbit stew, roast rabbit, you name it.

OK guys! Get off the floor. Stop rolling around from laughter and start reading the post. I’m getting to a point… 🙄

When I was a teenager, my dad started to get ill. The activities and exposures a man endures working in many industries are outright criminal. His lungs were giving in and exposure to lead, heavy metals, chemicals etc took their toll. My decision to get out of the workforce was very influenced by watching the man I loved, admired and called my father slowly die over 20 years from emphysemia. I was not going to go through that.

You Want – You Earn It

My mum worked about 2 months a year and my dad stayed at home doing the other work such as the gardening, being mainly vegetables. We lived on mum’s income. We had a lifestyle that required very little money. We didn’t go without, or at least it didn’t seem that way to me. I didn’t expect any more than what I had. Most of the other kids had the toys, bikes and gadgets that I ended up getting (some of) when I had earned the money. My dad installed a work ethic in me that meant: you want something, you work for it.

We didn’t have a bathroom. The bathtub was a “tub”. Our WC was a long drop. To get hot water we had to fire up the stove and run water through copper coils in the stove (that dad built). Our heating was firewood which dad and I spent weeks on end every year collecting and chopping. We got water out of a well in the back yard. When the pump eventually died, we did it with a bucket and a rope until we had money to fix the pump. 90% of my clothes were hand-me-downs from my cousins. School excursions were normally not something I could do. Even in high school. If it had a cost attached to it, I didn’t even tell mum & dad about it. I knew they would spend the money but I knew it was needed elsewhere. The things that people take for granted as living essentials were not things that we expected.

100% Matter Of Perception

I don’t even recall other kids giving me a hard time for these things. I had some very good friends and they took me for who I was. I suppose (actually, now I know), it is 100% a matter of perception. I didn’t perceive it as something bad. Therefore no one gave me a hard time about it. If they did, I certainly didn’t notice.

As a matter of fact, it was good. Very Good! My success today very much related to what my Mum and Dad gave me: Integrity and Ethics

I never recall mum or dad ever complaining about (lack of) money or going without anything. They were very happy with their lifestyle. One of the happiest (material) moments I recall is when my dad brought home a new TV. The old black & white model had lost its picture and only had sound. All the other kids would talk about last nights TV programs on the school bus and for the 40 minute ride to school, it was the big event; talking about the TV from last night. The going joke was to ask me if I had “listened” to TV last night. It seemed like 6 – 9 months until we finally got the new TV. I knew mum & dad were getting the old one fixed. They took it away and I waited at home until they got back. Dad took it into the lounge and switched it on. I sat for about ½ an hour watching it, glued to the screen (literally).

That’s when dad turned on the colour. He had deliberately turned it down to black and white to tease me. He turned the colour on and that was definitely a Kodak Moment for my parents. My jaw dropped and I was the happiest kid in the universe at that time!

My Dad literally had to peel me off the TV that night.

It was such a happy moment for me I have tears in my eyes from thinking about it. The thing is that I didn’t expect a colour TV. All the other kids had one and still I didn’t even contemplate getting one. That would have been a big chunk of their savings at that time. And the look on my face would have made that a worthwhile investment for them. Having kids myself, I know what a parent feels like on occasions like that.

Don’t Talk About Money

Money was something we didn’t talk about in public. Mum and Dad bought a house and paid it off in about 6 – 7 years. They were never totally comfortable until the bank had no hold over house. They both grew up during the 2nd world war in occupied territory. They had seen some pretty bad stuff (from both sides). There were good and bad guys on both sides. They had seen the government reset mortgages and people dying from malnutrition. They grew up with recent history of entire families of children wiped out from disease such as the flu. (My great grandmother was the sole survivor of 5 kids when the flu hit Copenhagen. She was sent to the country being the youngest and weakest of 5 kids. She returned home later that year an only child)

Mind you. I only know these stories because they have been told once or twice. The bad things are rarely told in public. Money was definitely kept quiet.

Don’t Expect? – Don’t Get!

Many of us are brought up to be modest about any success we have. Money is (perceived as) bad. “Keep your financial situation to your self” – people say. “Don’t tell anyone you’ve got money, else they might take it away” – seems to be the story. These stories originate from several generations of our forefathers (and foremothers) that experienced these things in the past and have passed on their beliefs to us.

I had to break that mould. I know, in life you only get what you expect. Don’t expect – don’t get. It’s as simple as that.

I went totally against everything my upbringing (school and society) had taught me when I posted my personal success story in a public forum in 2005 and made it publicly available online. It scared the **** out of me. I still did it. Now I get emails almost every week from someone that was inspired by those few words.

Success stories are important. My story wasn’t a great deal. It was simply the words of someone inspired at the time. That was the day I changed my Expectations of Life. The story means more to me than anyone possibly can expect. I now know what is possible and what I deserve out of life. The same as everyone else. I hope to make as many people realise this as possible.

If you don’t expect (i.e. you don’t believe) then surely you won’t be getting it because you won’t be actively chasing it or making any effort to achieve it.

That’s why I expect to live a much longer life that anyone that expects to live a normal lifespan. I know I have to expect it to truly get it. I’m not planning to switch off my Life-Clock at 70 – 80 or 90. No way! I expect to go to 100 and beyond! I owe it to the world to give as much as I can and that can only be done in MANY years!

Expect and you shall receive

1000 quiet achievers won’t inspire anyone. 1 public one will. Imagine what would happen if 10% share their spiritual success, the growth of their confidence, their renewed outlook on life…. The list of success stories is endless. Money is just one success and it’s also only a tool to achieve success with.

So, The Law Of Attraction does work. But don’t expect it to do the work for you. You use it like a tool – a tool that is used through Taking Action and loving life!

I was brought into this life by 2 beautiful people. I’m sure I would have expected that. My parents are everything to me and without them I would’ve been nothing…

Appreciate the people around you and most of all: Tell Your Parents You Love Them

It’s (almost) Biblical: Expect and you shall receive

Have a most outstanding day!

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
SeanRasmussen.com © 2004 – 2008

Niels Rasmussen 1930 – 2001 R.I.P.  I love you Dad
Niels Rasmussen

About Sean Rasmussen

Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.


  1. Thanks a lot.

  2. lol… Sean, fantastic post ^__^ good on u!

    Thank for sharing, your story is so inspiring!

  3. John alias Greenfalcon says:

    Sean I have sent out a digg on this – you have nothing to justify but I have loved reading your story!
    It gives me now a bigger picture of the man I count as a friend and exemplar!

  4. Thanks for sharing mate.

  5. Great post Sean! I am still reading your new book and will let you know when I’m done. I’m not really a proponent of “the law of attraction” (I don’t call it that), but it’s because I think of it in terms of my Zen religion – which really amounts to the same thing. If you know what you want and are working hard and smart, you must expect to win! If you don’t, you are expecting to lose.

    Bobby Revells last blog post..The Federal Reserve: The Enemy Within

  6. Cheers Bobby. Yes, I agree with your view on the law of attraction (I read your blog). The bottom line for me is to get the point across to people that the must believe in themselves, then put it into action.

    Believe – then receive (with “taking action” in between)

    or: Expect and you shall receive (include taking action)

    Thanks mate. Your views are always appreciated.

  7. So true, I love the stuff on perception. I experience the same stuff with my friends at school. They are into video games and gadgets. I’m not as rich as them, but they are actually jealous of me, due to the fact that I can live and totally enjoy life without gadgets etc. I have friends who stay in a multimillion house in a luxurious area, and I stay in a humble small apartment/villa. But I center the focus around the wonderful neighbours I have, and they all like to come to my house a lot :D.
    Expecting is really important too. Simply ‘wanting’ won’t help. But sometimes you fail recognize that you are xpecting bad and wanting good.
    Great post!!!

  8. Graeme Telfer says:

    Inspiring story Sean, especially the point on how your parents taught you integrity and ethics, something that seems to be missing in the mainstream today

  9. Kelvin Lim Lo Suy says:

    What an inspiring story you’ve got, Sean! Thank you for sharing that! It gives us all a better appreciation of what a true inspiration you are to the rest of the world!

  10. Jenny Nelson (nee Xuereb) says:

    Wow Sean! It’s true what they say. Some people who’ve had it easy all of their life just expect good times to keep rolling & don’t bother doing anything good.
    I know some people like that & I have no time for them now.
    Good on you for finding a way in which to improve your life & share it with others!

    I have been on the disability support pension (DSP) for almost 5 years, I live in public housing & I struggle from week to week, because of a serious car accident.
    My whole life changed in that instant & I lost pretty much everything (inc my health & my kids), but I don’t see myself as a victim of circumstance; no sir. I see my situation as an eye opener which has made me see what’s really important. So I can relate to what your saying.
    I have big goals & I will attain them, it may take me a little longer than most, but I always look at the positive & I’m grateful that I’m still alive & I found you.

    I guess that what I’m trying to say is that I could relate to your story, and never ever stop going in a positive direction.
    Who cares what others think, say or do.

    Jen 🙂

  11. I read your first post and now this one and I liked them both – you are making a difference.

  12. Awesome read Sean! Well done, you are truely living from a place of inspiration and its also nice to hear you are sharing and caring.

    love it


  13. Sean I can relate to all you have outlined , as I was the eldest of six children who came from a poor but happy family and we also ate rabbits which we caught in the wild & between them and rolled oats we survived. I could tell stories that people would not even believe , but will leave it at that.
    Hey……..life is good………

    Allen Sentance

    Allen Sentance (FISHERMAN)s last blog post..My MINDSET Matters

  14. Thank you Sean for sharing. It’s all in the attitude and nothing beats ‘positive’. I too have that gem the Aussie sense of humour. Certainly not always understood, but that’s their loss and you never know one day they might even see the light.

  15. Richard Colum says:

    Sean, I grew up with some fantastic people who are Italians,and the message that you have sent in this message is the exact same up bringing I saw my friends have, I myself can remember a lot of things about my up brining and are very proud to say that i love my mother and father very much and as you i’m here with a tear in my eye as well.
    You know my life up bringing was very much the same we had to help and do chore’s which at the time I probably did not like but I’m certainly a better person for it now.

    I could go on Sean but I get your message here and I EXPECT to give all the time and receive back what ever come my way.

    Thank you

    Richard Colum

  16. To all the above people responding: Thanks! Your words are appreciated and I value every single comment you make. It shows you care and more importantly: You are participating in life! i.e. taking action.

    Bless you all

  17. This is such a great insight – particularly your thoughts about keeping a sense of humor! That is a great thing to remember as you learn about and use the universal laws of attraction. Thanks!

    Sharon Wilsons last blog post..How Can You Use Universal Laws of Attraction to Make Selling Into a Whole New Process?

  18. Phil browne says:

    Hi everyone well done sean.I have a similiar story we moved to an outerwestern suburb what seems a long time ago.Unfortunately my mother died so we were left without a mother.As you we basicaly had nothing but the clothes on our backes.Dad had to keep working to provide for us.Our lives from that moment took a dramatic turn for the worst so I thought at the time.We were locked out of the house by our stepmother and let in two minutes before dad arrived home.To cut a long storey short I lived on the street for a couple of years and ended up with nothing and nowhere to live.Believe it or not I meet some amazing people on the street.I now have a beautiful family which brings me to my point I believe if you put your head down aand chase your dreams they will happen you only get if you put the effort in.But mostly care about the people around you.Next time your at mackers put that spare coin in the charity box and I promise you it will come back to you in ways you will never imagine it did for me.Help poeple who need it it may be you next.enjoy life

  19. Hi there Sean, TrudyVan here

    I believe in your statement: expect and you shall receive. I also believe is as you give so shall you receive.

    I love your teachings and have only one regret and that is I am so far away. It would take a miracle to me and my hubby to even attend one of your meetings but maybe in a year or two. That would make my year.

    I hear from allen and I hear the motivation in his voice that he is following your teachings. I love it.
    Kindest regards

    TrudyVans last blog post..It sure is hard to move house

  20. I’m now inspired to write another post. LOL. Thanks guys

  21. Hi Sean,
    You know, if you build a “financial empire” then that would be a GOOD thing because I just know you would be helping so many others even more than you already do now. So, to that person who questioned your authority…..what are YOu doing to help others as much as Sean already does? Anyone with that sort of mindset needs to visit your posts every time they come out and learn a little about the law of attraction. That person is fortunate in that they have come across someone like you Sean. Perhaps they are just still in de-nile 🙂 A bit of that Aussie humour in there too, sorry.

    If you look at people such as Dolly Parton, Oprah and others who came from a poor (money wise) family, you can see that the law of attraction really does work. We all have our own awakening moments in life; some of us in the up-bringing and others in life’s experiences along the way. It is what we choose to take from those experiences that makes us who we are today.

    It was a pleasure to read the posts here tonight and know that people have open hearts.

    Tonight, I add to my “grateful list” that I have such an inspiring blog to read from and learn from.

    Warm regards, Eileen.

  22. Hey Sean

    Great honest blog post. Sort of sounds like your upbringing that provided only the minimum of necessities manifested in you a desire for a greater want from life.

    Growing up myself involved various amounts of poverty, where at the age of 14 our family lost our home due to the ’87 stock market crash. It is this event and subsequent loss, that drives my own personal desire for a greater existence today and the future. Motto’s I follow are:

    “Ask and you shall receive”, and slightly different to yours is “Have low to no expectations, and everything else in life is pure bonus!”

    Cant wait for your webinar tonight Sean!!

    .-= Kieran´s last blog ..Kmackaz: RT @gideonshalwick Fantastic video covering, "10 Steps To A Six Figure Launch" http://bit.ly/6xZQxe =-.

  23. A truly beautiful tribute Sean. As a mother myself of two beautiful and energetic little boys to have them one day write a tribute to their parents like that as you have will know I was a success and left the world a better place. There are too many superlatives I could use so I will just say “beautiful mate”.
    .-= Vittoria´s last blog ..Bucket List; How it can help you in finding your passion. p.2. =-.

  24. Dean REARDON says:

    Deep down inside our hearts we all know what is important.

    Lest we forget.

    Dean REARDON

  25. Sean, The way you say, Is the way it was always meant to be! Biblical indeed! I am fortunate to still have my parents nearby; you’re helping me to keep my eye on the bigger picture. Cheers, Wayne.

  26. Enjoyed your blog Sean, the more successful people I get to ” meet” the more I realize that most of these people are not just out to make money for their own lifestyles but to make an influence for the better in all spheres of life on this marvelous planet earth. It’s an integrity and ethics that more and more people just expect.

    Appreciate to have “met” one of those people tonight,
    Warm regards, Ilse

  27. would you tell your mum for me that she and your dad did a great job !!! Regards.

  28. The Buddha said that everyone has 83 problems. In my business, people are continually coming through my door to tell me their major problems and to ask me to help solve them. But there is a part of me that thinks they are perfect the way they are, problems and all. (I have to be careful not to slip into this part of me when I am giving therapy, people don’t feel like paying me if all I say to them is that they are perfect). Their problems are their teachers. The secret is to enjoy every moment of life regardless of the problems. Dr. Hew Len says to his problems, “I’m sorry, please forgive me, I love you, thank you.” He takes full responsibility for all he creates, and, in his mind, he creates all his experiences. Ah! sweet mystery of life…

  29. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    I loved hearing your story. I think it’s safe to say that you have made your parents very proud. You honour them by the way you choose to live your life. You live your beliefs.

    I think you are a man of substance. I love your passion for living honestly, with integrity and complete transparency. Also, as a woman, I love seeing a man who honours his wife and children in everything he does.

    I am truly grateful that I have the opportunity to know you and it is definitely a privilege to be mentored by you and your team.

    Thank-you for revealing your personal story. Please let your Mum know that she and your Dad are incredible parents. The things your parents taught you, you now teach us, and, we in turn teach our children. This is a very special gift to the world.

    Have a wonderful day!

  30. Some fantastic inspiration in this post thank you for sharing. Although it was over 12 months ago when this was first posted.
    Your kids are so very lucky to have such an insightful and caring Dad. Im sure your influence will rub off as they grow and learn from you and Cherie. I agree that your parents have done a great job with your upbringing. While they have certainly been a great influence on who you are today it was “you” who chose this path in life. It was “you” who created the world that you live in with your family. And it was “you” who decided to have a passion for helping others to help them achieve and be the best that they can be. The greatest legacy we can all aspire to is to leave a trail of motivation and inspiration to many others for years to come.
    I wish you and your family all the best that there is in life and many years of happiness and proud parent type moments as your little men grow into big men just like their Dad

  31. Anthony Greentree says:

    I am a strong believer of the law of attraction, “like attracks like”…. I thought I was the only one who listened to the TV when I was growing up. It was an old “His Masters Voice” HMV T.V. that my parents had with the old turn click channel knob. It certainly brought back some memories when I read this post for I recall pulling the on switch out to listen only to the TV. I broke the mould also and I am known as the “Black Sheep” of the family. But without the family I have who brought me up, there would not have been a mould to break for me to become who I am now becoming. I kept my morals and old fassion values. And it seems you certainly have many of your fathers great values. He’d be proud of you. Congrats again on your success.
    Warm regards,

    Anthony Greentree

  32. Erin Brough says:

    Hi Sean, it is so great to read not only about your childhood but the fact that you saw it as being fantastic. Many kids today would only see what they don’t have and not take all the positives from it that you did. As a mother of two children who are now 18 and 23, I have always tried to get them to see that although it is nice to have the material things in life it is not that part which is important. Giving and receiving love, being a good friend and just being the best that you can possibly be in all areas of your life are what really matters. (the 23 year old is there. The 18 year old – what can I say – he is still a teenager! but I know he will get there).

    I was fortunate enough to have the best parents anyone could wish for, who instilled in me the same sort of values you were brought up with. My lovely Mum also died of emphysema so I could totally feel your pain in the few words you did say about your Dad’s disease.

    So thank you for sharing your story and for being such an inspiration to us all.

  33. Thank you for sharing your story with us you are an inspiration to all what else can I say that hasn’t already been said I concur with all the above.

  34. Hi Sean, Thank you for the reminding us of our humble beginings, especially our mums dads and grand pas and grand mas, this is gratitude to your dad, and thanks for the share.
    May God protect and bless us.
    .-= Terence Pera´s last blog ..Songs of Today =-.

  35. I see that we, particularly us older folk had Rabbits as part of our staple diet I was 1 of 7 and I remember us all going out with Dad & Mum rabbiting and coming home with the weeks meat Roast Rabbit Sunday dinner, stew most of the week Ahhh !! the memories.

    Thank you for Your story Sean

    • G’day Rita,
      Mate, you forgot the mushrooms which were picked while rabbiting. We lived in rural Victoria and the ” mushies ” were a thousand times tastier than those bought now, don’t you agree ? Think I had my 1st .22 rifle for rabbiting from around 10. Strictly supervised and trained by Dad.
      .-= Harry Lynn´s last blog ..How Proud Can One Be ? =-.

      • Hi Harry,
        Your right I did forget the mushrooms and yes they did taste so much better, we were also in rural Victoria only it was Hamilton in the Western District.
        .-= Rita pepper´s last blog ..SEO Training =-.

  36. Hi Sean, thanks for sharing this story. It makes clear that you don’t have to be born with the golden spoon to be a success in life. And it shows me that I can achieve whatever I choose.
    I love the part with the “repaired” TV suddenly go colour – that’s exactly what my Dad did with us. And apparently I managed to even watch TV when there was nothing on, just the test screen (do kids these days still know that? TV and nothing is on? gee – I must be old 😉 ).
    Your conclusion really is biblical – “Ask and you shall be given” – but we still have to go through the action of asking. Why are we humans so resistant to learn success??? I guess sometimes we think too much for our own good.
    I am sure that you are as good a Dad to your kids as your father was to you – which is the best start they can have in life!
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Overcoming Procrastination =-.

  37. You said that you bred rabbits… Just checking that wasn’t “bred like rabbits”? I had to read that twice… 🙂

    I’m NOT laughing Sean, promise! 🙂
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Richard Branson Business School: A day visit =-.

  38. Sean

    I love hearing about your growing up and how your family has inspired you.
    Ah I remember the long drop days having come from a rural family. We didn’t need to resort to the rabbit thing though.
    I can relate to the rabbit,rabbit,rabbit. When I was working and living on a chicken farm guess what the meals were? I couldn’t even look at a chicken (or should I say chook) for a long time

    Appreciate where you have come from
    .-= Gee´s last blog ..Why You Should Just Ignore Fad Diets (Part 2) =-.

  39. Hello Sean,

    This blog “Expect and You Shall Receive” gave me a smile, and brought tears to my eyes at the same time. What amazing parents you had. Its very rare to have a childhood that is blessed as yours was, and then also to move beyond your back ground to attract all that you have in your life. That is priceless.

    We are raising our boys without all the games that children have access. We do not have a T.V., nor a Wii, nor a D.S, nor a vidoe/DVD player. Its not because we can not afford to, its because we want our children to grow into the best possible men that they can be.

    Great to hear that other families are raised with the same ethics and standards so that the children can be the best that they were born to be.

    RIP Sean Dad.

    .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..Searching For Gratitude Rocks =-.

  40. G’day Sean,
    Mate, I am honoured to have shared this very meaningful story of your early years, and thankyou for letting me into the personal part of your life. Like you I had the most wonderful loving parents who supported me in all my endeavours, particularly the music. I have learned since reading SLOA to express my gratitude for them daily.

    My Dad had many things in common with yours, in particular the love of vegetable gardening . Like your Dad, he ended up passing on far too young at 76 from emphysemia as he worked from age 30 in a power station. Full of asbestos in those days.

    We kept chooks and sold them for the 2 big occasions of Easter and Xmas each year, and from a very early age I was allowed to go rabbiting with a .22 single shot rifle and fishing for trout locally. On our 2.5 acres we had an orchard, so my popularity was high when the fruit was ripe.

    Since meeting with you and Yang 2 years ago, I am learning that it is OK to expect good things. SLOA has reinforced this very strongly. I know I will succeed in IM, although my pace may be a little slower than a couple of the forum members, but never the slowest. Thankyou for your inspiration.

    I dedicate this comment to Niels Rasmussen and Walter Lynn, our wonderful fathers.
    .-= Harry Lynn´s last blog ..How Proud Can One Be ? =-.

  41. ‘Expect and you shall receive’ does not say what you are expecting nor what you shall receive, nor does it say whether the ‘you’ is the one doing the expecting, nor does it say when in the future the receiving will occur. Somehow there seems to be a lot of information missing from these words. I can think of numerous times when I have expected something to occur and was totally surprised to discover that it didn’t. There has to be more to it than that. Having said that, it sure helps to expect. If a footy team expects to lose the match it is much more difficult to win. Expecting success, therefore, certainly beats the opposite.
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

  42. you you know what i respect Sean, you are also scribing history for your kids. when they get to an age that they want to know more, they will have many tails that will give them peace of mind. thats pretty cool

  43. And I’m sure your parents love you more than they can ever express. Times are certainly changing and it’s all up to us not only to embrace the changes but to cause them. Thanks for causing one 🙂
    .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..Shadows of Poetry by A F Stewart =-.

  44. Thank Sean for sharing your story. I loved reading about your simple upbringing. Gives me a lot of hope.
    .-= Jackie Stenhouse´s last blog ..Falling Pregnant =-.

  45. Hi Sean,
    I can relate to your upbringing as well and like others have said. Australia was hard. Not like today. Our family lived in the bush most of the time. Money was short but we had enough to eat most of the time.

    My father provided a beautiful vegy garden and we had chooks, and collected the eggs. I recall my father digging a well at one place we lived so that we could have extra water. We had tank water mostly, and a dry toilet out the back.

    Having family values and a good standard of ethics was more important than anything like you say.
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Common Law Marriage – What is Common Law Marriage? =-.

  46. Hey Sean,
    Thank you for sharing your story. Buddha said
    “Success is not the key to happiness,
    Happiness is the key to success,
    If you love what you are doing
    you will be succesful”.
    Enjoy a long, happy and healthy life my friend.

  47. Hi Sean, thanks for sharing your story. I have wonderful parents too who did a great job raising us without having a lot of money. I’m really practicing “Expect and You will receive” right now and I want to thank you for inspiring me.

  48. You’re right Sean,money is only a tool to achieve what you want out of life! Willpower and belief will get you there! Most people Want, and do not Expect. Some people Expect and Believe but do not Want!
    I have met some very successful people in my life, not all have the integrity and ethics you have Sean. It is a pleasure to know you!

  49. G’day Sean,

    On reading your great article and the comments, I find it amazing the number of us who grew up in similar circumstances. Not much money, hand-me down clothes, outhouses, no running water unless you ran to the well to get it, water heated on a stove, baths in a wash tub, but parents who cared, development of integrity and ethics, expecting to succeed and and then doing it.

    If you have the mindset, most things can be achieved with patience and perseverance. And there is nothing wrong in announcing to the world that you have done it. In fact, that in itself will be an inspiration to others, as your success has no doubt shown. And to paraphrase you, expect to achieve your success but also be prepared to do the work yourself.

    Thanks for sharing your childhood with us. It was an extremely enjoyable read as usual.

    All the best,

  50. Wow Sean, Such an inspiring article. You have reminded me to look back and be grateful, live in the present and expect the future and it does become reality. I needed the reminder and I accept it. Thank you for sharing your story, very touching & humbling.

  51. Thanks for revisiting this Sean! I never grow tired of the updates you have given on your life experience.
    My current state of mind I owe in large part to your mentoring over the last 2-3 years!

    Thanks Mate

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