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Hi, I’m Robert Domanko

I figure you are reading this page because are interested and intrigued to find out more about me and why I have created this site. Yes, firstly I am a real person.

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After 50 plus odd years living on this planet, I have been fortunate and unfortunate enough to have many highs and many lows. Some of them have been amazing and other pretty devastating. I have made many good, and probably many more bad decisions as well as some very serious family issues.

I live by my motto, “Numquam Cesseris”; Never give in, Never give up.

In reflecting in my past life, a number of the bad decisions I was my worst own enemy. Not by circumstances or bad luck just poor choices and trusting the wrong people. I have had to change from being the victim to taking responsibility for my contribution.

Yes, there are bad people out there to take advantage, and this is unavailable. Yes there things that happen outside our control. Yes,, there are unforeseeable accidents that happen. Yes, you can be in the wrong place at the wrong time. On the whole, as individuals, we can control our outcomes in our lives.

With all my life experiences, the good, the bad, the ugly and the amazing, I am hoping that the articles, the tips, and advice giving may provide at least one person out there so it can change their life.

So who is Robert Domanko

Robert Domanko born in 1961 is the first generation Australian to immigrant parents. He is the first born of two children to parents who escape a Communist/Social country back in the 1950s. Both parents arrived in Australia via Italy by boat through the immigration intake of the ’50s. Australia was not their first choice; it was the USA. They didn’t know anything about Australia. They arrived on in Australia not knowing what was ahead for themselves. They did not know the local language. They had no family and no friends in Australia.

When they arrived in Melbourne port, where they were transported to an immigration camp in rural Australia, the Immigration office arranged farming work. They eventually moved to Sydney. My father was a butcher and eventually started working in a meat smallgood factory, and my mother’s first job was making hand-made chocolates in a factory. They worked for the next 35 years in their respective jobs. Both were not ever very happy with there jobs.

I was brought up in a working-class home in Sydney with my younger sister by my parents. I was brought up with strong family and work values and ethics. Many of them I have questioned and changed over time. Not they were wrong but were not for me.

I went through the Australian government junior and secondary education system followed by undertaking an Electrical Engineering Degrees at university on a part-time basis. During the last year of my secondary education, I had no idea what I want to do when I left school. It was going to be a bit of a lottery. I thought a university education would help me get a professional career as I knew that working on the tools was not for me. I just filled out the university entry form, by chance a friend father was as an Electrical Engineer, it sounded like a pretty cool career, so applied to do an Electrical Engineer degree. It sounded good, it paid well, and my working-class parent wanted me to have a professional career, so I did it. I always struggled with my academic studies and did as well at university.

I still remember to this day, the room was filled with over 300 students, they said to look to left, to the right, in front and behind you, and remember only one of you will finish the degree. They were right!

What got me through is being persistent and working extremely hard in my studies. As my motto states, never give in, never give up. I know, I did double, triple the study effort to a lot of my friends at university. It paid off, with a honors degree and 6 years.

Growing up, I was always very interested in playing active team sports. I wasn’t too bad at playing my chosen sports, reaching representative levels. During representative selections, it was the first situation where I was exposed to sporting politics or politics in general that impacted me personally. It was demoralizing and disenchanting. It stopped me progressing to higher representative levels. I did not play the politics game. I learned a very valuable lesson.

To this day, I still enjoy keeping fit. I run 4-5 times a week, swim a couple of times, surf every Saturday morning with my mates and go partner-dancing a couple of nights a week. It brings me so much energy as well as keeping me in a positive state of mind.

Midway through my first degree, I was fortunate enough to get a scholarship to study and work in England. What an experience for a young person. I knew no one there. Did I grow up! And quickly! Loved my stay in England and personally grew up from a teenager living at home to a young man as well gaining some worldly experience.

In my early twenties, I came back to Australia and finished my degree and continue my work.

For the next 30 years, I had several professional management roles for varied companies. Even though I moved up the career path, it was never really satisfying. I wasn’t very happy. I didn’t like leaving for work before the kids getting up and coming home just about the time they go to bed. The long commutes to work and, often working in different cities wasn’t conducive to family life. At that time, I thought I had to sacrifice for the greater good of the family. I believed and thought that it was the right thing to do and was a very small price to pay. I believed, during this time, this what it is meant to be. The price was higher than I expected. Another lesson!

For a while I started and operating a business consulting firm for several years, created another business this period, where I invested all my life savings.

Over the years I completed two Graduate Diplomas in support of my career. I did enjoy the learning of new ideas an concepts. Personally, I have been unsettled in my career always looking for a more fulfilling, rewarding and balanced lifestyle. Never liked the long hours, conformance, the stress, the unrealistic expectations and most of all the internal politics.

I was the typical stereotype 1st world western society male professional. I had some assets, family home, nice car, investment property, and some shares. The home environment was good for the family. We lived a very comfortable life, even with the divorce settlements and alimonies to both wives.

I always felt something was amiss. From the outside looking in, my lifestyle looked good. For me, living it never was quite there. I felt that I wasn’t getting enough out of my own life. I was trying to be a bit of a martyr, for the good of everyone else.

Working long hours, in stressful environments, personal pressures, family struggles all so they would not go without for material aspect, but I missed out on some fatherly things and so the children and my ex-wives. There has been a monumental price in hindsight too big a price to pay.

As for my family life, I have three, now adult children and two ex-wives. I was close to my sister and parents. My sister passed away at a young age from cancer. My elderly parents still have not got over the death of my sister. How can you? Parents always expect to die before their children. Now, I am looking after my elderly parents; both are quite ill.

\While my children were growing up, I became a Scout leader for over a decade. The main reason was so I could do some activities with my children, as well contribute somewhat to the community. All my children went through the scouting movement. I cannot tell how good the scouting movement is. Even to this day, two of my adult children are still involved in the scouting movement. I did enjoy it.

Financially, I have had highs and lows. Highs when my consulting firm was doing well and share trading doing well. Lows after the divorces and some poor property investment decisions and a bad business sale. In most, I was able to recover to some extent, though it was a real struggle.

As for my family life, I have three, now adult children and two ex-wives. I was close to my sister and parents. My sister passed away at a young age from cancer. My elderly parents still have not got over the death of my sister. How can you? Parents always expect to die before their children. Now, I am looking after my elderly parents; both are quite ill.

While my children were growing up, I became a Scout leader for over a decade. The main reason was so I could do some activities with my children, as well contribute somewhat to the community. All my children went through the scouting movement. I cannot tell how good the scouting movement is. Even to this day, two of my adult children are still involved in the scouting movement. I did enjoy it.

Financially, I have had highs and lows. Highs when my consulting firm was doing well and share trading doing well. Lows after the divorces and some poor property investment decisions and a bad business sale. In most, I was able to recover to some extent, though it was a real struggle.

About seven years ago my world fell apart. My business went south in a big way incurring big, not big, huge debts, lost my revenue stream, and I got divorced for the second time. Basically, at 50, I was completely broke and in debt. I felt angry and bitter. I lost faith in the world and the universe. I lost so much confidence. I felt my world fell apart and was not recoverable. I doubted myself. I stopped doing so much. I put on over 25% in body weight and size. I was playing the victim. I lost purpose in my life. I was in a mess.

There was a moment, I recall, while I was packing up to move into a granny flat, for a beautiful federation home, that I was the only person who could do anything about my position, that impact all my family. I have discovered that I needed to change. I had two choices; one keeps doing what I have been doing or change. I didn’t want the same outcomes, so the later was the only choice.

I realized I need to change my mindset. The way I was thinking behaving and talking to myself was destructive and truly unhelpful.

I commenced by finding a life coach to commence a process of change. I undertook over the next years, and still, am, several personal development courses, understanding and spiritual aspects of life and a financial development educational activities to enable me to move forward bugger and better.

For me, at times the transition has been difficult as it stretched me both mentally, emotionally and spiritually. During the process, there were several areas in my life, attitude, and personality that I discovered that I didn’t like at all. I made a choice to change. The way I think, the type of person, the way I prioritize and the way I see and interact with the world has completely changed.

The journey has been worthwhile. It has given me so much more inner freedom. It has helped my decision-making process in all aspects of my life. Changes to my beliefs and the way I think is still work-in-progress, though it a quantum leap from where I was before. It has taken a lot of effort and time.

And it is working.

I know I can provide some value through my life experiences, the tools that I used, that I believe others can use and help others. At least not do the same mistakes that I have done.

Do you want a change?

I am assuming you do as you would not have read so far.

If you are tired of not living the life, you really want. Tired of not having the freedom and you want. You want to move towards having a more fulfilling life.

This site may be a way of getting ideas and tips towards the goals you would like to achieve.

I also run a facebook group you may be interested in joining. I give daily tips and hope for some inspirational ideas.

BTW  This site is a personally sponsored as a direct result from one of my income earning activities

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