Monthly Archives: October 2015

Press Release

Tasmanian Entrepreneur Interviewed by David Koch at the Henry Jones Hobart

Samantha Townsend – Sunday Tasmanian – posted: Sunday, 24 March 2019

David Koch was in in Hobart today to interview local Entrepreneur & Youth Advocate Greg Lassig about his Business Networks which are Creating Opportunities for Australian Youth. The Television presenter who hosts Kochies Business Builders met with Greg at the Henry Jones:

Kochie:  What motivated you to get involved with young people?

Greg: I got involved with disadvantaged youth after working for myself in the cabinetmaking trade and small business for a number of years. In working with these young people I could see that many had great potential but had no hands on work experience, no support or mentors to help them get started in the work force.

Kochie:  What obstacles did you encounter along the way?

Greg: Money and time. Although the idea to help these young people was one I have had from the start, the opportunity to take the idea further was often hindered by no money for investing in the idea, no time to plan a strategy & no idea of how I was going to solve these  problems.

Kochie: What keeps you going?

Greg: Seeing the lives of young people change as they develop their creative potentials, self  confidence and independence and become leaders.

Kochie: You have real estate interests. How does it play a part  in your business.

Greg: We invest in properties which have renovation potential and these are good projects for training our young people

Kochie: Where to from here? what do you plan to do next?

Greg: We continue to expand our training into new skill areas & increase the numbers of trainees as the need arises. We develop mentoring programmes to motivate our trainees to achieve their own success.

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Week 4 See it through even if the heavens fall

Another week has gone by very quickly and has thrown a lot of challenges my way. I didn’t have my week planned very well, nothing written down & so I have found looking back that I am behind again and struggling to keep up. If I am honest I realize that I have been meeting the demands of others but not my own. I have managed to keep the exercises going but have struggled with Og after lunch some day when working. I may have to set an alarm for this. I have caught up with some of the Digital C. but still behind. I have noticed that the Giving & Receiving service card exercise has made a noticeable change and I have been conscious of greeting people. Expectations of others has been the major area that I realize I have to address; I sometimes have given in to requests of others which has left me with no time to achieve my own goals. I found Mastey Key 4:12 applied to this: ” When we start something and do not complete it, or make a resolution and do not keep it, we are forming the habit of failure; absolute, ignominious failure. If you do not intend to do a thing, do not start; if you do start, see it through even if the heavens fall; if you make up your mind to do something, do it; let nothing, no one, interfere; the “I” in you has determined, the thing is settled; the die is cast, there is no longer any argument.  I have become focused on the “World Within”. Helpful passages relating to this subject this week : 4:15 the “World Within” is controlled by the “I” and this “I” is a part or one with the Infinite “I” which is the Universal Energy or Spirit, usually called God. 4:20 ” Know ye not that ye are the temple of the living God?” Here, then, is the secret of the wonderful creative power of the “World Within.” I seem to be progressing with my DMP so I am happy with this, thanks to guidance from Sandra. I noticed that I am dealing with some negative emotions when things don’t go to plan. Fear and anger seem to be there and I want to blame someone else. But pressing on to week 5 I am looking forward to trying to consolidate what we have done so far & rising to new challenges. I am setting up a schedule for the exciting week ahead!

Week 3 War and Peace

This week was the biggest challenge of MKMMA course, my old self is fighting the digital army and I am wanting to wave my white flag and surrender to the pain, but I fight on! I am frustrated with my slow progress, just when I think I am about to defeat the enemy; one step away from victory, I notice that a key weapon has disappeared off the map, vanished into hyperspace and left me vulnerable. I regroup & charge back in for another assalt only to repeat the result. I go back to the battle plans again to check if i got it right the second time, but computers do not lie, it must be my execution of the maneuvers I think to myself. I was making progress, I am now declaring war on the digital army! I will never surrender! So, I am still finding the digital stuff challenging but am moving ahead in other areas.

My experience sitting exercise:” this morning I woke up, lay in bed for a short time, predominant thoughts were negative, my mind was telling me to get up, eventually I succumbed, walking around semi-conscious, my mind starting to think about what I have to do today. Thoughts still negative. I decide to read a scroll, and then sit, my mind is fighting it, ‘Have you got time?’ As I start I have a lot of things going on in my mind distracting me from the task. Then I focus and the senses start to kick in. The visual is strong as I begin and I see the day outside and the sun streaming in through the double -hung windows. A large tree outside is moving in the wind. The leaves on one side are rustling while some at the top right are just waving gently. My eyes catch 3 glass plant holders hanging in the window and I observe their shape and each has a large hole and 2 smaller holes at the top and a small plant inside. Suddenly I am distracted by a steady dominant sound coming from the desk in the corner of the room. It is the sound of the alarm clock ticking. Then a whole chorus of sounds come flooding in. I hear the sound of insects outside which has now become a drone as I tune in. I can hear vehicles quiet at first but almost roaring as they climb the slight hill outside. As larger vehicles pass I hear the double-hung windows rattle & I feel a vibration all the way to my chair. The sounds now seem to have dominated for a time and I hear a distant whisping sound of blades rotating, it increases in volume as it gets closer until it is almost a rumballing noise and then all of a sudden it just fades away. I am distracted by a thought,’Somebody might come soon’, I cast the thought aside & continued on. I close my eyes and I am conscious of my eyelids twitching and all seems dark & then colour starts to invade the space. It seems like a lavender haze. I start to drift and relax, then my thoughts go to my family. My mind brings each one to me, and I pray for each one in turn. I open my eyes and the visual is dominant again. I see a cupboard covered with bears. My eyes focus on a red circle, it is “Elmo’s” limb. I look across to the clock on the desk and as I focus again it’s monotone sound floods back strong again. I observe how the senses fight for dominance but as I drifted from one sense to the next the time spent was therapeutic. I glance back at the clock again and I realize I have escaped for 20 mins. My mind is at peace now and I am ready for the challenges of the day.”

Week 2 “Blogged down”

My first week of MKMMA was difficult; mainly with time constraints & therefore thinking that I might not be able to do the work. I found the DMP ok  once I got started; beginning is half done! I am enjoying The reading of the 1st scroll & am consistently achieving this although at times are a bit erratic. I am working on the sitting & beginning to enjoy this. I found that The blog was huge for me and I got a bit “blogged down.” I only wrote 2 one line blogs as test blogs. I just wasn’t understanding how to set up, but after listening to the videos several times I have started to make progress by breaking it up and doing one thing at a time. I only have a very basic set up but The small successes have given me confidence. I am encouraged by reading other posts in the Alliance area and getting ideas from others also. The guides have been helpful & just knowing some of them struggled in the same areas helps also. There’s hope! I missed the first Webinar due to techie problems but was very pleased to be at week2 webinar for the whole session. I really enjoyed the question time at this weeks webinar. I am starting to see the benefits of the routines. Sometimes things have come up which threaten to derail the routine but I still try to finish the day with positive no matter what the time. I found myself asleep one morning at 2.30 am still with Og in my hand. I am sure there will be more challenges but I look forward to facing them one at a time.

” I see only the objective the obstacle must give way” Napoleon