• When you think you’re having a bad day…

    Last week, I was having an early morning surf before work. I was sitting out the back waiting for a wave and just quietly praying about the day ahead. My mind was full of all the things I had to do, including the opportunities and challenges in front of me, which is all part of running a company. As I was paddling back out after catching a wave, I saw a guy coming down the line, surfing on...

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  • How to make your disadvantage your advantage

    I am reading an amazing book called Chase the Lion, which was given to me by my pastor. Don’t you love it when you have a big-thinking pastor who is daring you to chase a lion (roughly interpreted to chase something bigger than you believe you have the skills to)? In the book, the pastor, Mark Batterson of National Community Church in Washington DC, tells the story of Alfred Adler, who...

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  • When you do whatever it takes…

    I read with interest over the weekend about a senior executive at Muffin Break in Australia and the struggles they are having in getting young people walking off the street to apply for work. As she states, prior to Instagram, young people were eager for employment, but in the search for a large Insta following, they are becoming a bit too cool to work in the food court. I guess if you’ve...

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  • Why you need to set your goals… then get going!

    I’m a big believer in setting goals – and then putting them in a place where you can regularly review them. I am also instilling this in my children so that they learn from a young age that you need to be purposeful with your life. ‘If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time’ goes the saying. And it’s so true. For many, Groundhog Day is much more than a fictitous movie; it...

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  • Learning to embrace tough life experiences

    Over the Christmas break we were on holidays and were staying with family. My little girl unfortunately likes to rise at 5pm, which is a little too early for my liking. Fortunately it is only 7 mornings a week though… Anyway, so I could keep the rest of the family asleep, I was taking her to a nearby café each morning so I could grab a coffee and let her make all of the noise she does,...

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  • How to raise successful, Godly children

    As a parent of four children, I have to tell you that I am particularly keen to see them all do their best in life. I believe they only get one shot, I tell them to dream big, and I want them to reach for whatever it is they are dreaming for. I’m happy to let their fate rest in God’s hands. And luckily, because as Dale Partridge notes: The chances of your child becoming famous...

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    ABOUT MATT DANSWAN

    Matt Danswan is the founder and CEO of
    Initiate Media – a leading global Christian
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