Inspired Stories

Be unstoppable in life and business

Success in life and business is about having confidence in yourself to act, and giving yourself permission to ‘course correct’ as needed. Today, business and life coach Dianna Jacobsen from Shine At Business gives her top tips to making you unstoppable as you navigate your journey to ‘success’, whatever that means for you.

Women scientists rally for future of the natural world

Convinced of the power of women scientists to change the world, Fabian Dattner launched a women’s leadership program with a difference. This program, Homeward Bound, would take women scientists to Antarctica, equip them with the tools for change and give the voice to help them halt the destruction of the natural world.

Young women box their way to confidence

As women fed up with society’s expectations for women to play small, Lisa Longman and Stacey Ward founded The Young Boxing Women Project to help 12 to 25 year old women unleash their inner confidence. Through boxing and group discussion, the young women boxers are shedding their fears, stepping up and unlocking a world of new possibilities

Sue Tredget – A tale of depression, self-discovery, and determination to help others

Today’s Inspired story is a reminder you don’t necessarily have to launch a charity to be inspiring. Sometimes inspiration comes in the form of finding the personal strength to overcome your own inner battles and then gathering the courage to help others by sharing your experience with the world. Perth woman Sue Tredget has done just that, using her experience with depression to speak up to help the millions of others battling with the grip of this ever-increasing condition.

Claire Middleton – Saving lives in the battle with eating disorders

When Claire Middleton’s two teenage girls contracted anorexia, Claire embarked on a battle to not only save her family from the perils of this mental illness, but also to help thousands of others grappling with eating disorders. She founded The Butterfly Foundation which has gone onto raise awareness and transform care for people battling such conditions. In doing so, Claire has saved scores of young lives.

Linda Buller – Saving Bali’s street dogs

Linda Buller has dedicated the past 20 years of her life to saving Bali’s abused street dogs. As a survivor of abuse herself, she is awed by the dogs’ capacity for recovery – at the way they can forgive humans for abuse, and remain open to healing and love.

John van Bockxmeer – Hooked on the high of doing good

Western Australia’s Young Australian of the Year for 2014 John van Bockxmeer has started three successful charities, volunteered internationally and won an impressive list of awards. Oh yes, and he manages to fit in a job as an emergency department registrar too. Samille Mitchell has a chat with John about his major charity Fair Game, and is amazed at his motivation, his depth of feeling for healthy communities, and his incredible ability to fit so much into an already over-worked doctor’s schedule.

Darren Lomman – Dreaming big for the disabled

This Aussie lad launched a non-profit, Dreamfit, to fulfil the dreams of people with a disability. Dreamfit transforms mechanical equipment such a motorbikes and bicycles so people with varying levels of physical ability can experience the thrill of action once more. In the process Darren has captured the hearts of many for his innovative mind, caring nature and can-do attitude.

Will MacGregor – Bush healer

Australian of the Year for the Northern Territory Will MacGregor has helped thousands of troubled Aboriginal youths to overcome drug addiction and find a new hope for life through Bush Mob, which offers a safe house, horse healing program and escorted bush getaways. He says it’s incredible to witness the transformations that occur when these people take a break from their everyday lives, connect with their elders and heal with the magic of nature.