32 AT 32

Nov 25, 2020

Here are 32 things that coach Shane O'Leary has learned in his 32 years!

1. You’re never too old to push yourself. For my birthday I did a high ropes and zip-lining course. I’m more of a land mammal than a heights person, but man did I learn how far I can take my body if I learn to quieten my mind.

2. Don’t wear shorts that have a small tear when you also need to wear a harness. I am glad no squirrels were around as for about 5 minutes…a nut was out.

3. Birthdays are more about experiences and memories now than just getting “stuff”…though I will always love receiving “stuff”.

4. Find someone who laughs at you and makes you smile endlessly. Then appreciate the hell out of them.

5. Walking in the sand with your feet in the water is relaxing AF.

6. Don’t underestimate the power of great songs to sing for long car rides.

7. Yes, time is limited, but don’t rush the time you have.

8. Surround yourself with people who help you up but also push you to be better.

9. 32 lessons is harder to think about than you realise.

10. A year is a very long time if you make the most of it.

11. Be thankful if someone is willing to pay you for help. L&Z, all the MN fam and past clients and friends, this is at you.

12. You can’t please everyone, so stop trying to.

13. If you get injured or things hurt, deal with it. Don’t be too stubborn to not address a weakness.

14. Never assume what someone thinks, it’s likely not about you anyway.

15. Make time for friends and family, it’s lonely otherwise.

16. Reading, playing, and self-guided education is underrated.

17. Time is the biggest healer but the slowest to work.

18. Don’t blame yourself for not knowing, we all start somewhere.

19. Any question. It’s the fastest way to learn.

20. If you make a choice and it doesn’t work, you still made a choice. Well done.

21. Sometimes you have to really suck at something before it finally makes sense, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.

22. Money is easy to make and easy to spend. It’s a tool for growth and compounds massively over time.

23. If you’re under 30 or new to a job, the biggest thing you have to give is time. Being sought after and ‘successful’ will come later.

24. Knowledge and experience are both important, usually one will give you more of the other.

25. Don’t rush quality.

26. You may not even know your biggest strengths yet. That’s ok.

27. If you do, don’t be afraid to use them.

28. If you don’t know what you want to do in life, do a little of everything and find what you love.

29. Relationships take work. If you don’t want to lose it, invest in it.

30. Always say goodbye to your cat/dog when you leave and say hello when you get home. To them, you are everything.

31. Sex. Coffee. The simple things in life are usually the best…and better if you can get all three.

32. It’s your life, so live it how you wish to leave it, but be kind to those around you. A little can go a long way to make someone else’s day as well.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.