Zack Bryers has been a homeless teenager, a soldier in Afghanistan, and a football player for Australia in the IFAF World Championship in Canton, Ohio.

After leaving home at just 15-years-old, Zack spent time on the streets before he set a goal to join the army which turned his life around. He fought in Afghanistan before post-traumatic stress disorder saw him medically discharged.

That’s when Zack set another goal – to make the Australian national football team within 18 months. Incredibly, he made the team in 17 months and played in the World Cup in the Canton, Ohio.

Zack Bryers won the 2018 Young Australian of the Year award.
Credit-National Australia Day Council

In 2018, Zack was named ACT Young Australian of the Year for his work with at-risk youth. Today, he juggles professional speaking with running Bryers and Associates, a company that helps small businesses grow and leave a lasting legacy.

Listen to Zack’s story by tapping the play button below. Or tap the icon of your favorite podcast platform to listen on the go!

Show Notes

[5:25] A near-deadly scuffle

[10:10] Out of school and onto the streets

[14:30] What Afghanistan was really like

[20:15] How he made the Australian national team in 17 months

[31:22] The secret power of being undervalued

After Listening…

You can find out more about Zack Bryers on his speaking website, You can also follow him on LinkedIn.

Thanks for listening!

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