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Ashak Nathwani, is a true living personification of what the Australian dream represents for many of us who have landed on these shores. Whether it is being force to fleeing from a dictatorship or seeking a better opportunity you will find Ashak’s story both personal, uplifting and practical.

In August 1972, the then president of Uganda, Idi Amin, ordered the expulsion of the Asian population of the entire country, some 50,000 people (many of them born in the Uganda) only 90 days to leave the country and all of their possessions. This racist Indophopic policy of governmental discrimination, stereotyping and segregation left Ashak and his family no other choice but to leave the country and flee to foreign shores.

Fleeing to Australia came with its own challenges. Australia had a white Australia policy between 1910 and 1975, whereby only white immigrants where accepted into Australia. Ashak arrived in Australia in 1972, before the final dismantalisation of the White Australia policy by Gough Whitlam. You can imagine both his apprehension of coming to Australia and those of Australian’s who now had to embrace these new “non-white” immigrants.

Forty five years on, Ashak Nathwani retells his journey of his trials and tribulations and the shares his timeless success principles which have allowed him to prosper in Australia.

In this episode we explore the following:
– Fleeing Idi Amin’s Ugandan dictorship (31:30)
– Arriving in Australia with only $100 in his pocket (35:00)!
– The importance of networks both in the early years as a support and later on as a way to contribute to others
– How the Council of Churches helped Ashak who was a practicing Muslim
– Getting his first job in Australia (36:30)
– Loyalty at work
– Importance of education in long term learning
– Role Models and Mentors (54:00)
– A life of community involvement and service to others (1:00:00)
* Rotary Community
* Engineering Community
* Gujarati community
* Ismali Community
– Productivity Hacks and Morning Routine (1:05:00)

– Success Quotes
“Life is a challenge you have to face it with a positive attitude”
“Never Give Up”
“Have Faith in Human beings – there are good people in the world”

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