Some lovely things people have said..

Hi Suzanne,
Just a very special thank you. I’ve just finished reading your book. I have to admit as an engineer , a book by a makeup and dancing queen is not really the sort of book I’d gravitate to. However, my life has roughly mirrored yours in its ups and downs (albeit several zeros less in the bank account in the ups and possibly a dollar or two more in the downs!)

However I’ve been largely in the doldrums over the last couple of years- largely due to a couple of bad business decisions. As a result my partner and I have felt that every thing we touch (or don’t touch) just turns around and bites us.

Your book has given me a good swift kick where I needed it, and my partner is now reading it. We both appreciate your candor and honesty in your writing..

We are now doing an inventority of our “assets” and liabilities with the aim of doing a bit of decluttering we also have several business opportunities we are actively investigating.

We wish you and Duncan all the best and honestly believe with your energy, attitude and abilities your success is inevitable.


– John Russell

testimonialsSuzanne Paul
I picked this book up in New Zealand at Christmas and couldn’t put it down. The author describes her journey from arriving in the country at age 35 with $18 in her pocket, to her position five years later as a successful businesswomen and multimillionaire. In 2005 she lost the lot and is rebuilding her life and business. Each chapter is interspersed with lessons she learnt and how these can be applied to build a better life. I love it.

Prof. Ross Dowling
Foundation of tourism, Edith Cowan University

– Prof. Ross Dowling

Dear Suzanne

I never write letters like this, but I have just finished your book and have to thank you from the bottom of my heart.. I think you may well have saved my life.
I’ve been through a really rough 18 months and yesterday I just felt I couldn’t keep going- it just felt like my whole life was crumbling in front of me. I was trying to deal with a huge personal disappointment, struggling to cope with shared custody of my two children, and facing an uncertain financial future working as a freelancer in a vulnerable industry, and unable to motivate myself to sort out my personal finances. I didn’t know how to talk to my partner about it all and I felt rigid with feat that I could end up with no money and nowhere to live and lose custody of my children.

I sat in the garden and cried and cried and cried and felt so desperate. My flatmate was leaving for work and saw me and pulled your book out from her bag and handed it to me to read. She had only just bought it and hadn’t even read it herself, but something must have told her it would help me. I didn’t get a chance to read it until today and then I read it cover to cover in one sitting while my son was playing ice hockey.
I feel so much more positive and able to formulate a plan to get through things in the short-term and start dreaming about the life I want. I’m going to draw up my personal goals chart as you suggested and start working towards achieving them.
Thank you so much (and I know my wonderful partner would thank you too) I’ve always admired your tenacity, energy, strength and above all your ethics. I do hope you continue to achieve your dreams too.


I am an adult literacy teacher, teaching at Otago Polytechnic and I have a new intake of second chance learners.  Many of these learners are women in the 20-50 age group and most have missed patches of schooling and finally grown courageous enough to try again to master their old horrors of maths, reading and writing.  As part of their introduction I take them through a process of identifying a ‘here’ figure who inspires and motivates them and they have to imagine what that person might say to encourage them.  Some chose Gandhi and Sir Edmund Hilary, but most popular of all was Suzanne Paul.  I would like this to be passed on to her, and I know of no other avenue to do this apart from through you and your website.  I would be very grateful if you could do this, as they wouldn’t do it themselves and I want to demonstrate to them how you can empower yourself by trying something new, so I do this on their behalf.
Suzanne is a brave and courageous woman, and that model of perseverence, energy and above all her sense of fun and enjoyment is truly inspirational.
Jill Davidson
Programme Manager
Certificate in Foundation Studies
Otago Polytechnic
– Jill Davidson