008: Michael Buettner - Mick's Mantra “Thoughts become things”

008: Michael Buettner - Mick's Mantra “Thoughts become things”

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In 2000 Norths & Manly Merged to form the Northern Eagles. He only lasted 1 season at the Northern Eagles before returning to the Parramatta Eels in 2001 where they went on a dream run that season only to lose to the Newcastle Knights in the Grand Final.

Then he went onto the West tigers for the 2003 & 2004 seasons. Played a total of 263 NRL matches scoring 96 tries.

Since retiring in 2008 & 2009 he was the competition manager for the National Youth 20s tournament, the Holden Cup.

He also serves on the NRL's judiciary, where he is the match review committee coordinator. He has a sports radio program here on the Central Coast & he also has a charity ‘Pass It On Clothing’ who have so far passed on 10,000 items of clothing to the homeless.

Playing information
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 93 kg (14 st 9 lb)
Position Centre, Five-eighth
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1992–95 Parramatta Eels 79 17 73 0 214
1996–99 North Sydney Bears 95 58 2 0 236
2000 Northern Eagles 23 7 2 0 32
2001–02 Parramatta Eels 50 12 0 0 48
2003–04 Wests Tigers 16 2 0 0 8
Total 263 96 77 0 538
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1996 Australia 1 2 0 0 8
1997 New South Wales 1 0 0 0 0
1997 NSW City


  1. We are only really 20 years into Professional Sports here in Australia so we are still really learning
  2. Mick had a Teaching Degree which he did while he was playing Rugby League
  3. He had the luxury of being around when footy was semi professional & moving into professional so he had some things in place to help him with the transition (Teaching Degree)
  4. One of the biggest things Mick struggled with as all players do is missing the boys, the comradery
  5. He had more time with his kids & family while he was playing & he had to adjust to working a normal life & spending less time with his family
  6. Also adjust to the reduction in income
  7. Also not touched on by many but it was also a big Adjustment for his family and being more mindful of that impact on his family
  8. As an NRL player you need a lot of drive, commitment, determination to succeed which are all good groundings to succeed in life after footy
  9. Needed to get some routine in his life after footy as Rugby League was so regimented
  10. Mick reads a lot of self help books. Learning how to be better.
    1. How to be the best version of yourself you can be
  11. Life in Rugby League or after rugby League preparation is the key.
  12. You need routine, consistency, create a habit, get into action & committ
  13. Micks Mantra “Thoughts become things”. Make sure you think about the positive & not the negative
  14. Mick still today wants to be the better version of himself in all areas of his life

Donnica Clarke Foundation - https://donnicaclarke.com.au/
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