Portrait of Ricky Browne

Authentic Self

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Ricky Browne

Ricky Nolan Browne was born in 1977 which makes him a Xennial. This is the micro-generation between Gen X and Millenials.

Born in Australia, Ricky has lived most of his life in country NSW. Growing up on farms at Molong near Orange and Geurie near Dubbo, gave him a love for the bush and its diverse flora and fauna.

Ricky Browne is now forty-five and has written multiple books over the past three years, and is working on more. It took a few epochs of change before Ricky was able to write consistently.

He has written books for himself and made up books for his family, and has self-published six others. Four of his self-published books are humour, another a book of poetry, and one book on his principles for life he gleaned from his experiences and reading. Ricky also has two blogs containing short pieces of writing on society, politics and self-development.

Ricky Browne is an agnostic who takes inspiration from the bible but is in many ways critical of Christianity and the church. Ricky’s wife is a Christian, and he considers that to be one of the reasons she’s such a wonderful individual.

Ricky has incorporated a lot of insights from western and eastern philosophies and has done a fair amount of reading on modern psychology including positive psychology, which he has incorporated into his mental schema.

This incorporation of knowledge of the mind has given Ricky a high level of self-awareness and has made him a very logical thinker to a large degree.

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Small things teachers can do may have a big impact

I once was in a meeting with a primary school principal and he said of three year-three Aboriginal school girls that they were lost causes and my son should steer clear of them. Unreachable by year three. That’s a harsh statement.

I’ve never been a teacher but I assume it would be easy to become jaded and cynical and start to see certain groups of kids or individual students as lost causes. But it’s important to remember that they might not have any positive role models outside of school, and you never know what small acts can do to a kid on their journey to adulthood. What direction does your presence push them towards, and how are you helping in the creation of their self-image. One word may make all the difference or even enough that you’re providing a perspective to lean on now, or at a later date.

Words matter

Kids internalise all sorts of rubbish their parents say. Some succumb to it and internalise the words as fact. Others rail against it. This does neither group any justice. I myself took decades to overcome things that were said out of frustration that stuck in my psyche.

The Truth Teller’s Dilemma

Those who fit themselves within the parameters of the system’s culture, and don’t look for what’s right, but what it is that will help them advance; are often rewarded for it. And those who are contrarian, who speak of the errors and misgivings of the culture are often ignored and even punished.

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