My name is Ryan O’Connor

Through my blog I express my thoughts on the search for “success”. I explore what success might look like, what it might mean, and how I went about achieving it.

I believe success needs redefining away from money and assets, and should consider, state of mind, freedom, meaningful connectivity and joy.

My Podcast can be found under The Stag Roar or on My YouTube Channel


Te Ahu Patiki; Completing the Aotearoa Ultra

The tree lined path seemed to go on for ever, lined with night shade, tutu and hemlock, some weird thoughts of literally ending it were going through my head- I nicknamed it suicide lane in some macabre, dark comedic way, but who was I kidding, I was running a half marathon up a hill- it doesn’t get much more macabre than that. Type 2 Fun!

Pūnaha io: Nervous System

In the last few weeks I have seen a trend return to my Optometry practice; Highly stressed school kids, who have minimal refractive error who are unable to read or see in the distance due to an overloaded sympathetic nervous system.

Te Ahu Patiki: Aotearoa Ultra

After 38Km of running and the sun beginning to belt down through the now burnt off Canterbury Inversion layer, I was calling it much harsher names as with every step the sheering pain in my hips tried to tell me to stop and question my being.

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