From humble origins as a Sri Lankan raised on a small rubber estate in war-ravaged Malaysia, Maha Sinnathamby migrated to Australia some 40 years ago and has faced countless obstacles and many failures. Yet through fierce determination, unrelenting drive, sheer hard work, and extraordinary vision, he has an enduring legacy of community-building achievements to his name and was listed within BRW’s 50 Most Wealthy Australians in 2011. In 1992 Maha’s private, under-capitalised firm purchased 2,860 hectares of inhospitable, inaccessible land in an economically depressed region of Queensland, Australia. Two decades later, despite innumerable setbacks, Springfield has emerged as Australia’s largest privately-owned, master-planned city; and is a striking example of what’s possible when you design a city exclusively around the needs of the community. Stop Not Till the Goal is Reached explores the 10 principles for fearless success that have guided Maha throughout his life. It explains the principles through Maha’s personal journey and provides other examples of astonishing achievements from around the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lucy Price-Lewis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/014399/bk_adbl_014399_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
During the 15th century, China had become economically and technologically advanced compared to civilizations in Europe at the time, and its fleet, which had reached a total of 3,500 ships, was unmatched by any other world power. Nevertheless, after conducting several trade expeditions with the massive fleet, the Chinese ships were either burned in the docks or left to rot. With that, China began to revert to the xenophobic policies of its past and reduce its presence in other lands. By 1525, the largest naval fleet in the world had essentially been destroyed or dismantled by China itself. While China was in the process of isolating itself from the rest of the world, the European explorers were beginning to discover new lands, such as North America and South America. Among the countries doing the most exploring during this time were the Portuguese. The Portuguese had reached India in 1498, and by 1509 they had established part of their empire in India. In 1511, the Portuguese captured the large spice trading center of Malacca in Malaysia, and like their base in India, Malacca allowed the Portuguese to have a foothold, thereby providing access to China and Southeast Asia (Brinkley 1904).The Portuguese explorer Jorge Álvares visited the Chinese coast in 1513 and was the first European to do so via the sea. Shortly after, more Portuguese visited around the Tunmen Inlet, which is believed to have been somewhere around the Pearl River Delta, and an establishment was set up there in 1514. The location of Macau was beneficial and strategically chosen by the Portuguese, as it was in close communication with Guangzhou and connected via a river system. In contrast to their earlier dealings with the Chinese, the Portuguese attempted to appear more humble and comply with the wishes of the Chinese rather than with force.Meanwhile, the 19th century saw the rise of one of the largest, most powerful empires of the modern era. The sun never set on t 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Teutsch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/129149/bk_acx0_129149_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.