Author and ex-creative director, Bryce Courten...

Bryce Courtenay (Photo credit: Yodel Anecdotal)

Last week, one of Australia’s great literary geniuses, Bryce Courtenay, sadly lost his battle with stomach cancer at the age of 79.

He was a terrific writer who had 21 books published, including his final novel, “Jack of Diamonds” which was published only weeks before his death.  Courtenay’s best known work was “The Power of One” and he sold 20 million books in all, a truly remarkable achievement especially when you consider that he wrote his first book at the age of 55.

I recently stumbled across a small book of inspirational and thought-provoking musings written by Courtenay in 2007 called “A Recipe for Dreaming.”

It contains these words:

Superannuation is what we get paid for being bored for thirty years.

It seems to me we’re obsessed with having things.  We put ourselves in debt for thirty years to own a house.  We work at thankless jobs we hate for thirty years to have sufficient money to retire with security and to die in absolute obscurity.

There is another way.  The idea is to dream up the things you want to do and make them happen.

Life is not about having things, life is about doing things.

Doing things has a rewarding result. 

You either make more money that you need without being bored in the process, or you discover that you don’t really need all that fiscal security to live happily ever after.

You also die smiling.

Thanks Bryce for a life well lived, for living your dream and encouraging us to do the same.

Have you ever read a Bryce Courtenay book?  If so, which one was your favourite?

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