While coming from a poor dysfunctional family background and suffering from ill health and dyslexia he never passed one grade at school. However, from this humble beginning he developed a deep faith in God and confounded the sceptics. At seventy years of age he still aspires, works and looks like someone much younger.
Happily married to Robina for forty-nine years he enjoys the love, friendship and support of a very close knit family with three children and eight grandchildren. The mass media at times has called him a ‘religious nut’ and a ‘battle scarred champion’ of a dozen crusades when he fought pornography and an ‘adrenalin charged salesman’. The business community has said of him ‘he could motivate an Egyptian mummy to walk’ and yet others call him an ‘International Business Statesman’.
Church leaders refer to him as a missionary to the business world or a merchant of hope and speak widely of his generosity. He has received many honours from universities, theological college, governments, business and humanitarian organizations around the world. Thousands flock to hear him speak wherever he travels across the globe and his books sell at a frantic pace. One tape recording on encouragement is attributed to have reached over one million copies. He is a genius for creating simple business formulas to solve difficult problems and has spoken to more live audiences throughout the world than any other Australian.