• Deb Donnell Author

Hi from Deb Donnell

Welcome to my online home. Thanks for stopping by to find out more about our mutual interests, especially relating to the life journey of continuous personal development.

My focus with this website is to share the stories from mine and other people's entrepreneurship journeys. And by doing so, maybe you'll find a gem to inspire you to take the next step in your journey now...

My Mission

To empower you to discover what makes your heart sing, and pursue passion-based ventures.

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You Are the Hero in Your Life Story

You have a story to tell, one where you are the hero in your life, not a participant in other people's.

In your story, you travel from your ordinary world to discover the valuable diamonds that are buried and hidden deep inside of you. And just like any heroic tale, you will meet mentors and make allies, face enemies and tricksters, and overcome obstacles and challenges.

As you travel into the deep unknown, you will learn much about yourself, develop new skills, and grow stronger. You will find treasure, in the form of valuable diamonds, which you will want to share with others. On your return to the ordinary world, you may choose to become a thought leader, to build an authoritative business, and empower others in your communities.


Good Mentors Travel With You

"A mentor enables a person to achieve. A hero shows what achievement looks like."
—John C. Mather

Many times in my own life journey, I have travelled ahead of you. I've gone deep into the special worlds of personal development, entrepreneurship, publishing, and technology. I have fought and overcome demons, shape-shifters, and shadows. I have returned with many multi-faceted diamonds which I am sharing with you here, and in other projects I am involved with (these are presented within the content I publish).

As you travel your journey, I hope to travel some of the way with you, to guide you on the path of self-reflection when you need it, or to be your ally along the way. I look forward to connecting with you on the road ahead, to sit by the campfire, share stories, and lot's more.

May you find strong mentors and allies on your journey, and the diamonds you seek hidden inside.

Deb Donnell

The Diamond Metaphor

I regularly use the diamond metaphor and analogy in my communications for a number of reasons, including:

  • I grew up in and worked in the jewellery industry. I got my love of diamonds from my father, who is a manufacturing jeweller and valuer;
  • I studied the journey of natural diamonds, from formation to being set in jewellery and sold. This journey has many shared characteristics with our own life journey.
  • When a diamond is cut and polished, it has multiple facets. When a person starts to mine, cut and polish their rough diamonds, they become multi-faceted.
  • Diamonds are one of our most valuable gemstones. And they are not only used for jewellery; they also are used in just about every industry to help manufacture products that improve our lives and help us become the best human beings we can be.


“There are three things extremely hard:  steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.”
Benjamin Franklin 

The Entrepreneurship Journey

Transform your valuable diamonds into a profitable venture.

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Self-Motivation Resources

Become more self-motivated to achieve your dreams.

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Success Strategies

Leverage off the strategies that successful people use.

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Browse My Books

Topics include Christchurch, writing, publishing and more!

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