Monthly Archives: April 2016

Four Pillars of a Good Life- Health Wealth Love & Happiness

The Four Pillars of a Good Life are – Health, Wealth, Love and Happiness.

AGood Life’ is relative to the individual and the ‘4 Pillars of a ‘Good Life– Health, Wealth, Love and Happiness are the main criteria in varying degrees to achieve this goal. Together, they can create the lifestyle you seek and the ‘Good Life‘  you deserve!

Let us assist you in creating the Good Life with the Courses and Resources we have made available to you at Michael Thornley Org.

The Dalai Lama tells us that “The point to life is happiness.” Yet so many of us struggle to find it in a world full of stress and expectation.

(AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

People tend to believe that in order to achieve happiness you need only have money (wealth) and to amass a host of material objects. But to have wealth alone does not necessarily bring you health, love and/or happiness.  Additionally, many people judge success purely on wealth, yet it is a combination of all these factors that achieves positive results in your life.

Remember, we should also be rich of heart and soul as well , an important asset to have in driving your passion to achieve your goals. And believing in yourself and having the faith and fortitude to step outside the square or at the very least to push out from your bubble is paramount in obtaining the ‘Good Life

I firmly believe that a combination of Wealth, Health and Love can indeed equal Happiness.  A ‘Good Life’ is a balance of all these factors. :)…………..

Michael Ellis Thornley
Author and Lifestyle Entrepreneur

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Rich Dad Poor Dad- 4 Pillars of a Good Life – Wealth

                                Rich Dad Poor Dad- 4 Pillars of a Good Life – Wealth 

Today i am sharing with you a video from my Youtube  Channel featuring Robert Kiyosaki on the Oprah Winfrey Show a few years ago.

Robert Toru Kiyosaki (born April 8, 1947) is an American businessman, investor, self-helpauthor, educator, motivational speaker, financial literacy activist, financial commentator, and radio personality. Kiyosaki is the founder of the Rich Dad Company, a private financial education company that provides personal financial and business education to people through books, games, seminars, blogs, coaching, and workshops.[3] He is also the creator of the Cashflow board and software games to educate adults and children business and financial concepts…. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I agree with Robert’s philosophy and it continues to ring true. It is our ‘mindset’ that holds many of us back from achieving our full potential. We need to break away from the archaic education system that teaches us to be ’employees/followers/serfs/workers’. We have been brainwashed to serve others. Time to serve OURSELVES!

Michael E Thornley
Author and Lifestyle Entrepreneur

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Indie Author – a Self Publishing Author with Michael E Thornley

                                                     Indie Author – a Self Publishing Author 

Indie Authors (Indie being a short form of Independent) are basically ‘If you see yourself as the creative director of your books, from concept to completion and beyond, then you’re Indie.”

There is some debate  over the use of this term but for me I consider myself an ‘Indie Author’ as I conceive the idea, write the book, self publish it and promote and sell my work.

And talking of work and writing, I am currently in the process of writing about ‘Self Publishing with Kindle Self Publishing and it is my intention to have it out early May! A great mothers day present 🙂 Or if you mother isn’t into writing her own books how about reading some of my others!!! 😉 CLICK HERE


So in the interim, how about you visit my Authors page on Amazon Kindle CLICK HERE

Or here !!!

Author synopsis
Michael Thornley was born in 1960 at Manly NSW Australia and grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Since 1986 he has resided mostly in Queensland Australia and for a short period also in the USA and Spain.

As an Author, Entrepreneur, Blogger, Humanitarian, Conservationist, Photographer, Ornithologist and Traveler, he has experienced many an adventure and met with some ‘interesting’ characters and of course, some wonderful people along the way.

( All work published by Michael E Thornley including Novella’s, Short Stories, Guide Books etc are the original work of Michael E Thornley.)

“Twists of Fate” is available NOW on as an Ebook (Kindle)
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Twists of Fate is a spellbinding collection of 5 short stories set in the land down-under by Australian Author Michael E Thornley. The decisions and consequent outcomes made by the individual characters gives credence to the saying ” You Reap what you Sow’.

However, the choices that we make in life may not necessarily provide us with the outcome we desire. Yet it may reward us with the future we deserve, whether we wish it or not!. So be careful what you wish for as it just may come true!

Written in the narrative style of the ‘Twilight Zone’ the ‘Twists of Fate’ may not be what you expected. It certainly was not what the characters in the book expected!… that is part of the charm and enjoyment of this series of short stories by Author Michael E Thornley.


Digital Information Products are the go! – with Michael Thornley

Digital Information Products are the go! – with Michael Thornley

oday’s post was inspired by a message from one of my Mentors Matt Lloyd, CEO of MOBE (My Online Business Education). 

Now I am a Titanium Business Consultant for MOBE. Yet the purpose of my blog today is to share with you the mindset and apparent reluctance exhibited by some of people when it comes to purchasing or trusting in digital information products. 

My business structure is based on digital information products. These include my published Amazon Kindle Books; my Business Education material with over 100 courses and resources available to you through my partnership with MOBE and my Travel Club offering experiences and opportunities through World Ventures Dream Trips.

” As someone who markets digital information online, you will from time to time meet people who ridicule the idea of paying money in exchange for something they can’t hold in their hand.

Such people don’t understand the potential value of ideas—information you can use to do things, including making money.” Matt Lloyd

This does apply in some cases and in particular to those of an ‘maturing ‘ age 🙂  The younger ones have mostly accepted that we are already well and truly in the ‘Information Age’ (and yes, many of us older ones like me have also! )

” The kind of person who argues that buying digital information is essentially buying nothing (because you can’t hold it in your hand) is the same kind of person who would rather hold on to his $100 and suffer in freezing temperatures—perhaps become ill or even die—because it doesn’t buy him something he can hold in his hand.”

Indeed and perhaps they will never change. Yet let us look at just some examples of where one pays for ‘Information’ I share the following from Mat Lloyd.

” Digital information and downloads are the most modern method for doing something we’ve been doing for centuries: paying people for their knowledge and experience. Here are a few examples of that:

  • Education. You can pay five or six figures for a college education. You aren’t paying all that cash just for that piece of paper you get at the end, are you?
  • Lawyers. It can be quite costly to hire a lawyer to handle your will, divorce, incorporation, or to defend you in a legal matter. What do you carry out of their office in exchange?
  • Consultants. You hire them to advise you on how to expand your business or how to redecorate your home. Even a personal trainer is a consultant for your physical improvement. What do you take delivery of after you pay them?
  • Tax preparers. Unless you truly love to do your own taxes, most of us are more than grateful to be able to pay an expert to do it for us and, with electronic filing, walk out their office completely “empty-handed.”
  • Plumbers, mechanics. They often give you the benefit of their knowledge, even if they don’t have to replace parts.
  • Movies, concerts, sporting events. You buy a ticket and attend the show or event and all you get for the price of your ticket is an experience—nothing you can put in your hand or your pocket (except the actual ticket).”

Therefore we have already been accustomed to this type of service only that so much more is now being offered world wide via the Internet.

I know that from when I first got on the Net that my knowledge and skills have been enhanced immensely. The people I have met ‘online’and continue to learn from in life is totally amazing. AND I have grasped this opportunity with both hands and learnt what I can to continue to improve upon my experiences and my knowledge.

So if you have had some reluctance in expanding your horizons on the Net, then it is time to push out from your comfort zone as you are missing out on so much information and personal growth.  I am here to assist you and guide you….. my supporters and my friends…..  so please do not be afraid to ask for guidance 🙂

One last question to you…. Have you read my E-books from Amazon yet? If you find the ‘thought’ of  reading  books in Kindle format a little daunting, I can assure you that it is very easy! Do not be embarrassed and simply as for help 🙂 just send and email to

Michael E  Thornley 

Rhino’s – On the brink of extinction

                                                       Rhino’s – On the brink of extinction


As many of my friends know I have been a conservationist all my life. No not a ‘greeny‘ as such but a realist in that sometimes ‘mankind’ MUST assist in the conservation of all that Mother Earth nurtures.

More often than not is is because of ‘Mankind’ that species are threatened or become extinct.  However we also have the power to try and rectify the atrocities caused by archaic beliefs or simply from greed and some weird ego play these modern day so called sporting  ‘hunters’ have.

Rhino’s (Rhinoceros) the world over have been hunted and poached for their horns or forced to the verge of extinction by increasing demand on their habitats.

Breeding herd of White Rhinos at Australia Zoo, Queensland Photo- Michael Thornley

I for one support captive breeding in order to save the species and there are many movements that are working hard yet need our support to achieve this.  Withing the Order of the Southern Cross Organisation of which I founded in 2010, we have a Conservation arm- CSO-OSC Conservation of Species  group committed to the education and awareness of ‘mankinds’ effect on all living things.
                                                       CSO-OSC Conservation of Species
And I personally support the International efforts to create breeding populations of all 5 species and subspecies to assist in the protection of those remaining in the wild.
In addition, I encourage the education of certain traditional cultures surrounding the NON aphrodisiac properties in the keratin of a horn and the reduction of poverty in the  ‘poaching’ communities of Africa.

The following is just one of fabulous International efforts to save the White and Black Rhino’s by relocating 80 individuals to Australia.
The Australian Rhino Project


Michael E Thornley
Author & Lifestyle Entrepreneur

Paraprosdokians – What did you say?

I had heard of them and used them but I have never known what they are called. Well now I know…. Paraprosdokians

They are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected and is frequently humorous. (Sir Winston Churchill was one who loved them).

1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it
2. Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?
3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.
5. We never really grow up — we only learn how to act in public.
6. War does not determine who is right, only who is left.
7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
9. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
10. In filling out an application, where it says, “In case of emergency, notify…” I answered “a doctor.”
11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.
12. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
13. I used to be indecisive, but now I’m not so sure.
14. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
15. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian, any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
16. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.
17. I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one now.
18 Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
19. How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
20. The last thing I want to do is hurt you … but it’s still on my list.

Paraprosdokians ….My kind of humour 🙂
Michael E Thornley
Author &  Lifestyle Entrepreneur

Solitude – Why solitude is good for business and your life

Solitude – Why solitude is good for business and your life

Greeting and blessings to all,

Once again my own mindset is in alignment with others. I am ready to take my ‘Bardic Gypsy’ tour from June this year to…….. whatever and wherever the Universe takes me.

Catriona Pollard is another I subscribe to both in the physical sense to her mailing list but more importantly to her mindset, her values and her guidance.

So I share with you now  her Email about Solitude and recharging that which is within. Part of the reason behind my road trip is to have that solitude, recharge my soul and experience the many wonders that Mother earth has out there waiting for us.

I am creating the life I wish to lead. No one else will do it for you. Many long hours and sacrifices have got me to this point where I can live the the ‘Laptop lifestyle’ I yearn for…. yes there are still some issues to overcome, but they are all external issues. In my heart and in my soul I know it is right for ME!

So what steps are you taking to make your life ‘RIGHT FOR YOU‘?


Smile 🙂
Michael E Thornley
Author, Entrepreneur & Traveler
The Bardic Gypsy Tour starts soon!


Why solitude is good for business and your life
by Today’s Guest Blogger Catriona Pollard

Over Easter I decided to have a holiday on my own. I’m not talking about booking a room at a fancy hotel for a couple of days R&R. I chose to walk about half of the world famous (and gorgeously beautiful) Great Ocean Walk in Victoria on my own.

While I’m a born hiker, I’ve never walked on my own. Some of my friends and family were concerned, but I just knew I would be okay.

The thing was. I craved solitude.

Why it was joyful

I loved the solitude because I deliberately chose it. It didn’t have any tinge of loneliness because it was self imposed and intentional which felt positive. It allowed a settling of thoughts and a burst of creativity. It allowed me to simply let ideas and concepts float to the surface.

Walking with butterflies

I didn’t need to fit in with other’s priorities or needs, just my own. So often in our lives – personal and professional – we can walk on paths that others choose for us – or that circumstances of life chooses for us.

 As I was walking all I could hear were my footsteps, the crashing of waves against the massive cliffs and the rustling of gum leaves in the trees. At times, I was joined by butterflies as I walked my path. And it truly felt like my path.  

Connected but isolated

Even though I was on my own I felt really connected. So incredibly connected to the world around me, to my creativity, to my thoughts and ideas, to my sense of self and to the people who texted me every evening to make sure I was safe.

Seeing the beauty

As I walked I took the time to create ephemeral sculptures. Finding interesting sticks, stones – whatever caught my eye, I created sculptures which I simply left there. This practice represents the transitory nature of our lives, our problems and issues we face. We can create beauty from simple things around us.

My walk was a gift to myself
My limbs were aching, my toenails bruised, and as I finished the last few kilometres I felt like a warrior woman. You know the “hear me roar” kind of feeling. I’m now back in front of my computer with renewed energy for myself and my business!

So is there time for solitude in your life?

Here’s to seeing you in the spotlight.


Catriona-Pollard Solitude

Catriona Pollard
From Unknown To Expert
CP Communications


P.S. I ran a session last week for top level executives about personal branding and media. You know, I just love teaching people about these topics. Chat with me about speaking or training in your organisation.Contact me here.

Catriona-Pollard Solitude

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Mindset- It is a Choice with guest blogger Kristen Owens

Mindset- It is a Choice with guest blogger Kristen Owens

How often do we sit contemplating an issue or just mull over an idea AND then we see or hear a reference to it. There is truth in putting a request out to the ‘Universe’ or to ‘God’ depending on your belief and it will be answered.

I was actually thinking about peoples different mindsets and how one can look at life form ‘a glass half empty’ whilst another can look at a ‘glass half full’. And these differences can often be seen in members of the same family.

So whilst siting back with a coffee contemplating this very issue, that familiar ‘mail received ding’ came through on the mobile phone (Cell phone to you North Americans).  And there before me was Kristen’s email of which I will now share with you.

AND don’t forget my books await your eyes and why not read them on one of our Dream Trips 🙂

Michael Thornley
Author, Entrepreneur & Traveller.  

How to solve the ’Eeyore Syndrome with Kristen Owen

You know those people that walk through life with a rosy outlook, they always expect things to work out, looking at the bright side of life and finding joy in every day.  Then there are others that may have a more negative outlook, feeling like life is a push, things are a struggle and they always get the short end of the stick.

We’ve all come across both types of people. Maybe we’re one of them.  Do you know the irony here? Life will follow each type’s perspective because their mindset leads the way – it is the set of glasses through which they see the world.

The people with positive outlooks will always find the upside of every situation and the more gloomy people will see the downside of the same exact situation … like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh!

It’s the power of MINDSET!

What people forget is it’s a CHOICE. As humans, God has given us free will. Even when we may feel that our way is the only way, it’s because we haven’t given ourselves the opportunity to crank open what we think we know and allow for something new.  You have within you a gold-mine of resources to take you to where you want to be.

In my experience, it’s easier to stay where you are.  It’s easier to build someone else’s dreams than your own.  It’s easier to not grow yourself and stay the way you are because growing yourself means ending old habits and a bit more work than we admit to want to do.

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know that I am big on re-building habits.  Transforming your mindset is about changing the habit of what you think.  The battlefield is literally in your mind.  If you want more in your life, if you want to reach your exciting goals, if you want to live a life of possibility, you know the one God has for you, then I have something for you.

For the next 5 days I will be guiding you to jumpstart your mind. Get clear on what and why you think what you do in order to make a new choice and rewire your brain for new pathways and increased success.

Are you ready for that?

I hope you’ll join me! Monday April 11th is when it all goes down….you + me in your inbox. Let’s make this happen.

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I’m excited because these are the exact steps I still use to keep myself moving in direction that will make my dreams a reality.  Monday April 11th is when it starts but register now so you can get all the deets sent to your inbox.

I look forward to helping you up level your mindset to match your dreams!

Register Here

Here’s to Confidently Courageously YOU!

Kristen Owens
Success Coach to Faith Centered, Ambitious
Entrepreneurial Women who want to up level their  
Mindset & Self Image to Create the Time & Financial Freedom they Desire!
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My Books Await your Eyes! with Michael Thornley

My Books Await your Eyes! with Michael Thornley


I trust that this blog post finds you well. I know that many of you have brought at least one of my books as i have had some great feedback and I thank you. Please leave appropriate comments on Amazon dot com for the book you have purchased and read 🙂


There are currently five books that have been published
–  ‘Twists of Fate
–  ‘A Day in the Life’
–  ‘Dating on a Budget’
– ‘Who is in Your Family Tree’
–  ‘Being a Gentleman’

I am currently writing a guide to Self Publishing via Kindle to be sold through Amazon. I hope to have this published within the next week. So WATCH THIS SPACE!

If you would like to see all the titles then please visit my Michael E Thornley Authors page by clicking HERE.

They are all in E-book-  Kindle (Electronic book form) But Amazon has a FREE reader for either online viewing or it can be downloaded to your computer ie. PC, Laptop Ipad or even your Iphone and Android. There you can view any book at anytime and take your library with you! That is the beauty of Ebooks!

SO GET YOUR COPY TODAY!!! They only cost from US$2-99 to US$4-99… the price of a coffee! Please support my endeavours, i would be most grateful!

Kindest regards,
Michael E Thornley
Author, Entrepreneur & Traveller


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           Travelling Leads to More Sex, Weight Loss, and Feeling Younger, Study Says

Today’s guest post is by . Great topic with me recently joining
Dream Trips with World Ventures.

Please enjoy the article and then watch the short video afterwards.

YOU SHOULD BE HERE… will make sense after watching the video!

Michael E Thornley
Author & Entrepreneur 

Traveling Leads to More Sex, Weight Loss, and Feeling Younger, Study Says

Sometimes studies try to tell people what they don’t want to hear for example, oversleeping may kill you, or your excessive reality TV diet is making you more of a narcissist. This is not one of those studies. According to the following UK study traveling benefits people by helping them lose weight, have more sex, and feel younger.

Everyone can agree traveling is a good thing. Next to a feel-good Live Laugh Love craft painting you may have at least once seen this shaming cliche quote: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Forget that quote because traveling isn’t always possible, but if you can travel here’s some of the benefits to look forward to.

According to Uproxx, Expedia surveyed 31 million travelers who’ve been on vacation in the past year. 81 percent of travelers reported feeling better after taking a vacation. Some of the reasons why? People reported traveling helped them lose weight, gain confidence, and have more sex, maybe even in that order.

Vacation means relaxation time, which helps alter your mood. Psychologist Dr. Linda Papadopoulos, who Uproxx reports helped with the study, explains, “You’re free to do as much or as little as you like, which in turn makes you feel more relaxed. This can help reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol…As stress and anxiety decreases, mood increases—bringing many, often unexpected, positive benefits in how we perceive ourselves, motivation and productivity, and our general outlook on life.”

Over one million travelers reported losing weight while traveling. Going out on adventures will do that to a person, especially if it requires more physical activity than a person is accustomed to in their daily lives. Take my friend who just went to California and almost died when she found she had to hike up to the famous Hollywood sign.

“Exposure to a healthy amount of sunshine is also believed to increase the brain’s release of the hormone serotonin,” said Dr. Papadopoulos. “Which is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused.”

Speaking of physical activity, one million of the study’s participants said traveling helped their sex drive.

Happy traveling!

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