TPC Gold | Why Positive Thinking Doesn’t Work!

Today’s bonus snippet is from our conversation with Chris Helder – a certified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), renowned public speaker, and author of Useful Belief, Re-Ignition, Cut the Noise, and The Ultimate Book of Influence. 

In this TPC Gold soundbite, Chris discusses the #1 obstacle that holds people back from achieving success!  

Tune in for invaluable perspectives on mindset and behavioural patterns that will help you balance and excel in multiple roles – whether in your family, relationships, career and everything else in between. 

Listen to the full episode here: Episode 113 | Why Positive Thinking Doesn’t Work! 


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478 | What Happens When Money is Used to Control: How She Escaped It & Overcame Scarcity & Gender Wealth Inequality – Chat with Amanda


For our final episode in our 2024 Summer Series, we’re welcoming Amanda, an extraordinary guest who is not only a TPC listener but also an empowering qualified property investment advisor at Ben’s advisory!   

Today, she’s sharing an incredibly eye-opening and gut-wrenching story…  

Amanda grew up in an environment where…

“Money was frequently used as one of the tools on the coercive control toolbelt by my dad… There was also financial inequity between the males and females in my family growing up.”   

From battling psychological, physical and financial abuse to rebuilding her family’s life from scratch after a life-changing epiphany, we’re unpacking a tale that demonstrates Amanda’s strength and determination at every turn.   

But this story isn’t just about Amanda.   

We also get to celebrate how her inspirational supermum escapes from this abusive relationship and takes control of her future – also using property as a vehicle! 🙌🙌🙌      

This episode explores the scars that are left from financial abuse, the determination and bravery it takes to start again, and the financial disparity (be it finances, property investing or superannuation) that still exists between men and women.  


It’s a truly impactful and heartwarming story – we’re finishing our 2024 Summer Series with a guest we’re so proud to have on the couch and in our team.  


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Helpful Resources

This week’s episode explores serious financial issues. For those looking for assistance or support, especially in dealing with financial abuse, you are not alone. Below, you’ll find a collection of helpful resources and links. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for support.  

  • 1800RESPECT is a 24-hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced or is at risk of these occurring. Learn more about what financial abuse looks like on their webpage or YouTube 
  • Facing financial abuse? Equip yourself with 1800’s financial abuse support toolkit.  
  • Financial counsellors can be contacted via 1800RESPECT or the national debt helpline on 1800 007 007. You can also visit the National Debt Helpline’s webpage.   
  • The Centre for Women’s Economic Safety offers a supportive space for individuals seeking guidance on financial matters. You have the option to schedule an appointment through their Money Clinic online, or you can call them at 1800 730 031. (Please note – they do not provide direct financial assistance.)  
  • Each state and territory has police specifically dedicated to supporting family and domestic violence. Often called Domestic Violence Liaison Officers (usually women), those facing financial abuse can ask to speak with one at a nearby police station.  



  • 0:00 – What Happens When Money is Used to Control: How She Escaped It & Overcame Scarcity & Gender Wealth Inequality   
  • 1:26 – Welcome Amanada!  
  • 1:59 – Living with financial abuse 🙁  
  • 4:36 – “Our psychological, physical and financial safety were shifting plates beneath us” 
  • 6:26 – What was it like living with financial gender disparity?  
  • 8:30 – First jobs and sent away to boarding school 
  • 12:15 – Growing up with a parent who was narcissistic…  
  • 14:36 How she used these experiences to positively shape her life.  
  • 16:00 – Cutting contact & finding courage at her wedding  
  • 17:32 – Ben’s family faced financial abuse too. Here’s his story.  
  • 20:51 – Amanda’s mum used property to change her financial future 🙌🙌🙌  
  • 22:42 – From the grieving period to re-building confidence  
  • 29:32 – Amanda’s first big rock in the jar!   
  • 30:37 – Managing money as a couple & love languages  
  • 32:34 – The solvent money management system they used to save   
  • 33:54 – “We jumped onto the property ladder on an oily rag”  
  • 36:50 – Raising Kids & Renovating: Why did they decide to stay?  
  • 41:23 – The 10-property strategy  
  • 45:00 – Amanda’s epiphany moment and leaving it all behind…  
  • 47:39 – What motivated them to make this life-changing leap? 
  • 49:17 – Finding their dream home!  
  • 51:52 – Future plans & landing the debt plane ✈️ 
  • 53:22 – The transformational career pivot & finding The Property Couch 
  • 57:11 The War on Wage Disparity  
  • 1:02:33 – “I just want to live my life authentically”  
  • 1:04:15 – Folks, you can always pivot.  
  • 1:10:20 – A message to anyone facing coercive control… 
  • 1:16:19 – Amanda, we’re so proud of you!  
  • 1:20:10 – “Where I am right NOW is my FAULT, IF…”  
  • 1:21:14 – Our Mission   
  • 1:22:30 – How can the Moorr platform help with your Lifestyle by Design?  
  • 1:33:20 – Stay tuned! We’ve got historically revolutionary updates in store!  
  • 1:40:50 – Keep sending us your stories! We read every single one of them 🙂  


477 | How This Expat Family Built a 5 Property Portfolio: Escaping Property Price Crashes, Off the Plan Problems & Open Money Conversations – Chat with Emer


Folks, if you’re searching for a great property investing role model, then Emer, today’s Summer Series guest, is your person! ⭐🙌     

Today, she and her husband, Rod, own a five-property portfolio and are looking towards a future with a comfortable retirement and legacy piece to leave two kids.    

Getting to this stage, however, hasn’t come without its ups and downs.    

Tune in to hear Emer’s story as she swings from living paycheck to paycheck in Galway to meeting her future husband in sunny Australia to the property market crash they narrowly escaped. 

This is just the beginning of the story.      

We’re diving deep to uncover how they overcame getting stung by a spruiker, why they decided to go borderless, and the positive transformative process they underwent by getting a financial plan.  

It’s another motivational, heart-warming story with an awesome guest. Tune in now! 


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  • 0:00 – How This Expat Family Built a 5 Property Portfolio: Escaping Property Price Crashes, Off the Plan Problems & Open Money Conversations 
  • 1:18 – Welcome Emer!  
  • 2:10 – Generational Differences: Envy & Magazines 
  • 8:58 – She spent everything in those first weeks?! 
  • 11:41 – Trailblazing to Accounting & Australia  
  • 13:34 – The bullet they dodged with Property #1!  
  • 16:07 – Starting life again with just 6 boxes and 1 qualification😮  
  • 18:11 – First steps on the property ladder in Sutherland  
  • 20:13 – Emer’s efficient money management system  
  • 23:41 – So, why did she “U-turn” on a bigger house?  
  • 26:22 – They got burned by THIS textbook mistake 🙁  
  • 29:23 – Be wary of conversations like these…  
  • 33:15 – Pay off your home loan in 7 years: Why this tax strategy is dangerous 
  • 35:06 – Going borderless!  
  • 37:07 – Why did she want a financial plan? (From an accountant’s perspective)  
  • 39:22 – “Everyone makes the assumption when you’re an accountant that you can do everything… 
  • 41:00 – The seamless process behind Property #3  
  • 42:37 – How Emer & Rod invest in property AND keep their cool!  
  • 47:32 – THIS should give everyone confidence!  
  • 49:11 – What’s next on her property journey?  
  • 50:53 – Would she have taken the jump as a DIY investor?  
  • 52:57 – Here’s why Emer is the perfect property model… 
  • 56:09 – The inspirational reason she came onto the Couch 
  • 59:48 – What a remarkable story! Thank you Emer 😊  


476 | From $30k Debt to a $2.78M Portfolio: How He Rebuilt His Finances and Confidence After a Failed Business Venture – Chat with James


Imagine waking up to find yourself $30,000 in debt with a restaurant business turned bad and a great deal of self-doubt left in its wake.

Now fast forward a decade or so to find… 

You’ve amassed a $2.78 million property portfolio; you are now confident on your path to helping others and you are financially empowered.  

This is the rollercoaster ride of James, today’s articulate and inspirational Summer Series guest. 

From growing up “material poor but experience rich” in the heart of Canada (You’ll have to tune in to find out how this Aussie family found themselves in the remote province of Manitoba) to running a successful bar business that ended in disaster, we’re tracing the peaks and troughs in James’ career and financial life. 

Together, we unpack how he snowballs out of this debt, the advantages that come from having a wonderful accountability partner and wife, and his passionate pathway to self-development. 

Plus, we’ll dive into that heart-dropping moment that this self-professed “enthusiastic amateur” realised HE was working alongside spruikers 😮  

Yet another fantastic story that highlights the importance of smart money management, resilience, the power of financial education and so much more!  

Thank you for coming to the couch to share your story, James! Listen now folks.


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  • 0:00 – From $30k Debt to a $2.78M Portfolio: How He Rebuilt His Finances and Confidence After a Failed Business Venture – Chat with James  
  • 1:22 – Welcome James!  
  • 2:43 – Travelling Family and Two-Dollar Chores  
  • 7:09 – “Materialistic poor but experience rich”  
  • 8:16 – A 6L tub of ice cream for dinner?!  
  • 11:11 – What happened when Mum took the reins financially?  
  • 15:50 – Pivoting from AFL to Events 
  • 18:20 – Money management…on a business level  
  • 19:53 – The Mistake Venture  
  • 23:25 – The financially transformative career he swapped into 
  • 27:25 – How he got out of $30k of debt 😮  
  • 31:37 – What did it feel like being financially free?  
  • 32:13 – Next Steps & Self Development    
  • 34:44 – …and then he realised he had been working with spruikers 🙁  
  • 39:43 – A warning from a self-confessed enthusiastic amateur  
  • 44:08 – THIS is how they decided where to buy  
  • 47:49 – Construction Grants & COVID 
  • 52:16 – Their first cottage investment property 
  • 56:32 – The perks of an accountability partner  
  • 58:10 – What has it been like being a landlord? 
  • 59:40 – Pulling the trigger (again) in Perth  
  • 1:03:19 – He now owns a $2.78M property portfolio  
  • 1:06:58 – What security means to James  
  • 1:11:51 – The card game that inspired him to share his story  
  • 1:16:10 – Folks, look at your skillsets  
  • 1:18:52 – Thank you, James! What a fantastic conversation  
  • 1:24:52 – We’re giving away some exciting stuff very soon…  


475 | “I Lost All My Money Through Day Trading”: How This Dive Instructor Rebuilt Her Life on Her Own After Losing It All – Chat with Jasmin


Welcome back to our FIRST episode for 2024!

To celebrate, we’re sharing the story of a Summer Series guest who encompasses all the great values we hope to bring into the new year. 👏🤩🙌  

Meet Jasmin, a brave, determined and resourceful investor whose drive has taken her diving around the world, to cruise ships in the Caribbean and to prestigious universities across the continent of Europe.  

If you can’t tell already…this is one awesome, action-packed tale.  

Tune in to hear Jasmin leap from discovering a life-changing passion to moving across the globe for love to losing every cent in her bank account in just one day. 😲 

We’ll uncover exactly how she rebuilds her life from this harrowing situation, finds her feet on the road to property and secures her ideal lifestyle (that includes some loveable furry friends 😉).  

As an aspirational, single female investor, this is the perfect tale of empowerment to kick off the new year. Tune in now folks!  


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  • 0:00 – “I Lost All My Money Through Day Trading”: How This Dive Instructor Rebuilt Her Life On Her Own After Losing It All 
  • 1:56 – Welcome Jasmin!  
  • 2:36 – “Things don’t come flying from the sky”  
  • 6:56 – Working before minimum age?!  
  • 8:23 – Growing up with an aspirational mum and grandparents 😊  
  • 14:27 – The biggest influence in her childhood was… 
  • 15:17 – Did Jasmin grow up to be frugal or a spender? 
  • 16:59 – From Germany to Australia: How she self-funded her trip at just 19?!  
  • 18:08 – The 1 decision that shaped her life path…  
  • 19:30 – Studying abroad and diving sabbaticals!  
  • 22:05 – Returning to Australia, corporate jobs and chasing adventure 
  • 26:30 – 2 very different challenges  
  • 28:02 – She lost everything in 1 DAY?! 😮   
  • 32:55 – Why was she ashamed about this experience?  
  • 34:55 – The shift to property that started with a webinar… 
  • 37:37 – How she found “The Property Couch”  
  • 40:00 – The invaluable benefits that come from experience 
  • 42:33 – Jasmin couldn’t find the answer to this Q. Here’s what she did.  
  • 44:52 – The lifestyle “middle ground” she’s searching for 
  • 47:51 – What does having this certainty feel like?  
  • 49:20 – How she is giving back to the community through property! 
  • 50:38 – She only needs THIS many properties to achieve her dream  
  • 53:25 – The paw-some charity she supports 🐶 
  • 56:09 – How visual money management helps Jasmin  
  • 58:55 – What does money mean to her?  
  • 1:01:20 – THIS inspired Jasmin to share her fascinating story 
  • 1:03:54 – What an empowering story. Thank you, Jasmin! 
  • 1:07:30 – The Surplus Challenge: How much can you trap?!  


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