Living is about answering the question: “Where do I fit in?” Living well helps us to understand and respect ourselves and each other, and the language, customs, honourable traditions, rituals, and values of the people and places from which we have come and to where we are going. Living, therefore, is the search for relationship that helps us to appreciate “Our People” and “Our Place” with humility and gratitude and to meet the expectation to "Earn our place".

Living well is all about figuring out “Where do I fit in?” As you form and contribute to relationships, you need to come to appreciate "My People" and "My Place" with both humility and gratitude. You will learn how to look after yourself and to make a difference in the lives of others.



Your ability to do this will develop as you understand the history, traditions and background of your culture. If you want to live well, you must first know where you have come from and who you are. This doesn’t mean being stuck in the past and accepting the status quo; you may recognise what was and keep what is still important while building a better solution for a new time.


Values are an important part of culture. As you engage with others in relationships where you create the right culture together, you will need to be empowered by ideas and beliefs that situate you in your world with relevance and meaningfulness:

  • Context: Approaching life as it is presented in your own situation and relating this to a broader understanding of the world
  • Research: Cultivating a disposition for truth in life by identifying, investigating and responding to evidence
  • Inquiry: Consolidating your views on what matters in life by asking the right questions and using the right tools to answer them
  • Review: Seeking continuous improvement of the processes and outcomes of your life by looking at impact, evaluating data and honing in on what works
  • Creativity: Encouraging yourself to be innovative by harnessing the possibility of your ideas, thinking through them carefully, and paying attention to detail

It is in relationship with others that you will truly find your voice so that you can positively and meaningfully contribute your ideas as a Good Person, Responsible Citizen and Team Creator. These relationships will also help you to direct your agency and your advocacy on behalf of others. It is the combined impact of these that will help you to determine the impact you have upon people you live with in community throughout your life.

“All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be”

Rev Martin Luther King Jr



The challenges and opportunities of our world require each of us to take long-term action as individuals striving towards a better future. At the same time, your sense of how to apply shared values, create culture and develop the right solutions should grow as you form connections and close friendships with people of your age and stage of development. Together, you will learn, interact and become increasingly responsible for your actions. This has to be done while you juggle your own daily tasks and needs (like your relationships and education) with the things that happen on a wider scale.

You need to be well to manage all of this with success. On your journey, you will be supported by your peers and mentors. You also need to take responsibility for your own wellness. Your wellness directly impacts your character, affecting how you live and who you become. You need to look after your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health, as well as your life satisfaction and your connection to your community.

This connection will be grounded in the respect you have for those who have come before you, those who are presently living within your community, and those who are yet to come. In time, this respect will also be given to you as you earn your place. The respect will become mutual, especially through the values that you share and exchange with each other.


Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others? Making a difference – having the right impact – is something that can compel you to embark on a journey of character development that is focused on the needs of others. It will encourage you to take on the challenge of The Pathway to Excellence. As you step forward and up, you will come to realise that it’s not just about you – it’s about us and how we live together.

Family and Friends

The fellowship of family and friends is the enduring way that human society creates shared connection and purpose. The network of people with whom we are in close relationship helps us to belong, to fulfil our potential, and to do what is good and right. Answering the question “whose am I?” is the most immediate and powerful reason for us to become the best version of ourselves on The Pathway To Excellence...

Home Life and Finance

The way we build a sense of home has a great bearing on our capacity to pursue The Pathway to Excellence. Our work in creating a safe, orderly, and reassuring environment around us is very important. It gives us a secure base from which to operate geographically, socially, emotionally and financially. It gives us a place where we belong, a place in which we might invest, and a place where our love can reside and be nourished...

Relational Development

Our relationality helps us to connect and work well with others in our lives. We need to learn to be open in our outlook and to show respect for both our common humanity and the differences in how different communities and cultures express this. This means looking for the worth and dignity that lies in each other and contributing whole-heartedly together to create and curate purpose-driven and high-functioning teams...

Family and Friends

Family Connections

We all need to belong; we need to know who our people are. For most around the world, this is family. Many of us have full and positive experiences of family, despite the inevitable ups and downs. Others have much more difficult times to recall. Others still have little or no remaining connection to the households into which they were born. It is impossible to generalise about family in a way that correlates exactly to the lives of everyone...



It may seem obvious, but we all need a place where we can live and feel as though it is home. Our most basic needs involve shelter, safety and security; a place to live which provides this is essential for all of us to be able to thrive. What this looks like in physical form is a matter of culture and taste – everyone has different opinions about what this looks like and what might go into the construction of such a place...


Relational Skills

All around the world, when people are asked about what they want from their leaders, the idea of “listening” keeps coming up again and again. We need people who will listen to us and hear the voice that lies within. We need people who will employ their competencies to refine this voice and help it to emerge into the market-place of ideas in a state that is fit for purpose...



Many of us often talk about how we are defined by those around us. The reason we do this is because, to one extent or another, it’s true. In fact, our immediate and continued exposure to everything around us plays a role in defining the person we are and the person we will become. For this reason, the process of choosing the people we surround ourselves with should be very important to us...



Understanding what we jobs we want and need is about who we are, who we are becoming, and where we want to find ourselves. This understanding is deeply connected to what matters most to us in our lives and how we can best provide the space, time, resources, and energy to do those things well. For different people, different things will matter when considering their employment and earning capacity...



Being able to communicate with people all over the world opens up the possibilities of engaging in new activities, experiencing new cultures, reading new literature, and viewing new types of media. A life that is enriched by the perspectives of other cultures and other societies can be opened up to us through our capacity to speak the same language. We need to work on a range of language skills that will enable a broader, richer, and more compassionate experience of the world...



Socialising is a key component of learning. Our mental health and wellness are significantly buffered by creating time in our busy lives to spend with our friends and those people whose company we enjoy. Finding communities and being a part of clubs both play a central role in helping us feel accepted, welcomed and important. We do better in all respects when we are connected to healthy communities that allow us to enjoy life. These communities of structured activity that carry with them formal and informal social ritual and meaningful tradition that promote a culture that is worth passing on to others can also assist us...



Money plays a central role in our lives. We learn about it as we grow up, building the skills and habits required to use it well and manage it effectively. Acquiring the skills of budgeting and saving can give us the resources we need to pay our bills, put food on the table, and take care of our responsibilities as well as having a bit of fun along the way. We need to work through the best ways to manage our finances and personal debt...



Where we come from in life can tell us a lot about where we are going. There is a narrative that we weave between yesterday, today and tomorrow. History, geography, food, clothing, language, music, religion, the arts – all of these things matter not just in themselves, but also how they connect us to our sense of who we are. If we are what we do, then that is because what we really believe and values can be traced most effectively through our actions...



Recreational activities are essential to our feeling of fulfilment, purpose and enjoyment in our everyday life. Finding activities that keep our bodies and minds active is essential to growing our creativity, innovation and depth as healthy and happy people. It’s important to regularly make and renew commitments to teams, groups, or activities to ensure that we can continue to enjoy these benefits...



There is a volume, pace and intensity to the world around us which demands so much. We can try as we might to keep up and do everything required of us, but it always seems as though there is more. We can rush from place to place, constantly trying to keep up with a seemingly unending set of demands on our time and energy, and often emerge feeling as though it can’t possibly be done...



If we feel as though we belong and we know where we fit in, then we are more likely to fulfil our potential. If you feel as though we belong and are fulfilling our potential, we are more likely to do that which is good and right in our lives. If all of these are happening in our lives, we will feel as though we are developing in character and competency and making progress on the pathway to excellence...