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Paul Giles is an Australian author, model and columnist with a passion for promoting and facilitating men’s personal development. Author of The Gentleman’s Guide To Cool and creator of Styleshift, a Male Development Consulting company, Paul has devised his own unique personal development process designed to promote a positive mindset and wellbeing solutions for males of all ages. Recently he has extended his work into speaking with secondary school students with whom he shares his personal stories and challenges.

In a recent SA Weekend article Paul shared some of the advice he has been promoting to male students. He speaks of the challenges young men face today in a society that has undergone significant social, technological, and cultural change over the past forty years. In his article 15 ways to live better he touches on many ideals that align with our School values of Truth, Respect and Service. Here is some advice he’s been sharing:

  • Always be true to yourself.
  • Think positive, be confident and never doubt your abilities, and values.
  • Never stop laughing or making other people laugh.
  • Live with purpose. When you are on course you are powerful. You may stumble, but you will not fall.
  • Your life is shaped by what you feed it, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
  • To move forward, you have to give back.
  • Move your body and exercise your mind and respect both. You only have one of each.
  • The reason we have two ears and one mouth is to listen more and talk less.
  • Good manners are never forgotten and exude class.
  • Always stand tall with head held high with warm and welcoming eye contact.
  • Live in the moment and you may see further than you ever have.
  • Pick three people in your life and ask yourself would they be proud of this decision and choice I’m about to make.

Some excellent advice for ways to live better. As we enter this season of Lent I have encouraged all Middle Years students to identify an element of their life they would like to develop further, and use the next forty days to set some specific, realistic and measurable goals to make this a reality.

Mr James Tamblyn
Head of Middle Years