Mantist Story & Journey:

I can sum up my 33 year life journey so far in 3 different phases…3 different dominant state of mind I experience:

2004 – 2014

2004, migrated to Australia & started a new life.

This 2nd 10 years of my life can be sum up in another one word:


2015 – Date

This part of the 3rd decades, my life can be sum up in 2 words


Now, just to give you some contexts…


When I think about my life…where I’m in life right now compared to where I’ve been, it’s by pure God grace that I’m here as a testimony that anything is POSSIBLE if you want it bad enough.


See, I grew up dead poor and I hated it. 10 years in refugee camp…From age 6 to 16, barely surviving.

Would I eat today? Would I be safe today? Type thing.

That was our daily state of mind. And the damage that experience caused to my self-image and self-worth was severe.

For years I was running on empty…feeling powerless.

Rewind back…


I was born in South Sudan…a war torn country for generations.

Raise by a single mum with no father power. Father died in action when I was only 2.

Fighting for what I’ve been fighting for most of my life…FREEDOM. And that’s my background.

As I think back, nobody could have guess…not even myself that one day I would be a success.

In refugees camp, we only had one dominant thought in our mind — Survive long enough to get outta there. 


When we migrated to Australia back in 04, I was 16. I felt a sense of freedom that I hunger for years.

I was like, “man, finally am out. The sacrifice been made. And am now free to go out and win.”

So, I had the dream to win but that deep rooted feeling of unworthiness just got the best of me.


For years, I was my worst enemy. I thought my value and my worth was based on what I do and what I have. 

And since I didn’t do much and never had much, I was powerless and on the road to nowhere but self destruct. 

I started doing crazy things just to validate my worth. Like pursuing meaningless relationships. Or creating music for the sake of being famous and be known as “The Man”…Status.

What I think about status now is, “A BIG ego man with low self image.” And that was me back then.

The more I attached my worth on those external things, the more empty I felt. It was rock bottom.

If you look from the outside, I appeared to be confident but from inside, I felt like I was right at the bottom of all citizens.

Fast Forward…

The turning point in my life.

2015, I was 25. Dead broke. Living in a government house surrounded by welfare mentality people with no ambition to do anything.

All they do is BCC…blame, complain and criticise…Rich people this, rich people that. The government this, the government that. 

You name it.

They said, “bird of feathers flocked together”…well, over time, I found myself doing the same thing. Just playing victim.

I felt like I was living in a free country but not really free.

Not a good feeling.


Eventually, I look at myself. I look at my life. And I felt disgusted by it. I got angry. Not at anyone but myself.

I was like, “Man, How can a young, sharp guy like me choose to live a life of quiet desperation year in, year out, in a country as rich as Australia? ….This is crazy.”

See, deep down I knew I was an ambitious man. And I am willing to put in the work to make thing happen


I just couldn’t sit in those feelings anymore. I needed to earn my own self-respect. Winning became non negotiable for me.

I started designing and casting a vision for my life beyond just getting by.


I sat down, asked myself 2 questions:

“Mantist, what’s your dream lifestyle and how much money fit into that?”

After that, I made a concrete decision that; there was no price that was too BIG that I wasn’t willing to pay to become a success.

The irony of the story is, the pain in my past became my passion for a better future.

I’ve turned everything that was once on my excuse list for not doing well, into fuel to ATTACK and WIN. 

The lack of money, the lack of skills. The old cars that break on the road. The debt and the pile up bills that felt impossible to get on top off

Big lesson I learnt…

—Everything start with a DECISION—


I decided, this next decade of my life, my single goal is to improve my finance. I was tired of being control by lack of money.

I gave myself 10 years to learn to create my own economy.

I promise myself to never settle for anything less than the very best.

I waged a war against mediocrity and winning at the highest level became non negotiable.

From there forward, there was really no price that was too big that I wasn’t willing to pay to become a success.

My greatest struggle beside lack of money was getting rid of limited mindset.

Long story short, I committed to study success everyday through books, podcast, attending conferences, and mentors.

7 years in, I’ve learned a lot. Grown a lot. Got rid of a job at 29.

Develop amazing wealth mentality that now position me for faster and lasting success…which by far my greatest accomplishment 🙂

That’s kinder a quick sketch of my story and background.



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Here are list of some of my accomplishment over the last few years

    • Founder of Mantistic Productions
    • Founder of Get Paid Living Your Passion
    • Music Producer and spoken word poet – Mantistmusic.com
    • Major in Audio and Film productions with SAE qantm
    • Diploma in Community Development
    • Certificate Five in Business Management
    • Performed in many Brisbane festivals such as the Brisbane Festival and the Zillmere Multicultural Festival
    • Headlined for World Refugee Community Day Festival with a turnout of 13,000 plus people
    • Performed in many small festivals such as Youth Day Festival and World Aids Day Festival, and many clubs, pubs, birthday parties, schools, and more
    • Been featured in many magazines and newspaper articles: such as The Courier Mail, MX, City News, Scene Magazine, The Chronicle, and more
    • Appeared on many radio stations (where my music was played or I was interviewed) such as ABC Coast FM, ABC Radio, SBS Radio radio, 4ZZZ and more
    • Released 3 original music albums and 1 spoken word album
    • Sold 25,000 hard and digital copies of his albums
    • Facilitated dozen of music and spoken words workshops
    • Finalist in Australian Poetry Slam 2011
    • Winner of Griffith University short film most outstanding male performance
    • Qmusic song Award finalist 2008 and 2009
    • Early careers in sales and IT Engineering
    • Over 150,000 plus followers on his online platforms

Thanks For Taking Your Time To Read My Story. Please Feel Free To Leave Your Thoughts On The Comments Section Below


  1. John Newman says:

    Hey Mantist Oryem,
    I am impressed with your life story and your determination to be a success in life ..
    You have had your share of dangers pain and suffering and without doubt you have suffered your share of abuse and abusive people.
    I’m impressed with your determination as I believe only people who have had serious challenges from early life and reasons why they could be a no hoper – that have the necessary spirit and courage to act out in life as a businessman.

  2. Masepah Banu says:

    Hi Mantist,

    Thank you for sharing your life journey. Amazing how you pull thru, your life is a testimony that no matter how hard life can be, we can always pull thru by making our minds being positive of what can happen if we choose wisely and stay away from bad stuff. Your journey is inspiring and let it shine upon those who come in contact with you.

  3. Te Peina says:

    You have a pretty wild story, very inspirational

  4. Mary Kasongo says:

    Awesome story, as said behind every mountain there’s a resting place of blessings. I am interested to join your group.

  5. Aanaleah Maheno says:

    Mantist, your story was incredible and powerful to anyone who reads it….i was so inspired as well as incredibly impressed on your strength, courage and your determination to succeed. I also love and admire the love and strength of your beautiful mother. You are the perfect example of circumstances do not dictate your outcome.
    Congratulations on your success Mantist,you desrve it…hard work does pay off in the end.
    God bless my friend.

  6. Dennis Obel says:

    You made me laugh. I like the way you write. Life is a struggle but I like the fact that you have worked hard to get where you are. Proud of you bro!!

  7. sikhanyiso says:

    thanks for making a positive impact on society with your music and business ventures. I am impressed by your drive and dedication to succeed in life with what you have had to deal with. keep winning in life and I wish you all the best.

  8. Chrystalline A.D says:


    Your quotes inspire, educate and replenish my senses.
    I love how four short lines of wise words can educate and communicate so much meanings in a way that some books as a whole can’t.
    I am forever grateful to your effort to enrich lives and cause the masses to awaken from poverty.
    Keep doing what you’re doing, we are here with you!!

  9. Micolyna says:

    Your story touches me deeply. It’s amazing how you overcome such adversity and still focus on empowering and changing people lives. You are a special human being. I feel bless and inspired to coming across your story

  10. Damian says:

    Hey Mantist,

    I sincerely hope the new year is treating you well and optimistically. I enjoyed working with you on our rendition of “Somethings Going On” throughout the Access Arts 30th Anniversary and on our collaboration at the “Rising Star Master Class”. I like your words and music very much. I also find you very creative and would like to see you progress.

  11. Kaye McKinnon says:

    Good Morning Mantist

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. What an extraordinary life you have lived and you still have so much more ahead of you!

  12. Grace B says:

    Very authentic and raw…I got inspired and emotional. Thanks for sharing

  13. Mary says:

    Love your work Mantist. Such an inspiration 🙂

  14. Linda says:

    Anything is possible once the head believes it’s reachable. Amazing story Mantist Oryem . Book reading for self improvement is so beneficial. Love to you, so glad you have brought a world of love to your next generation.

  15. David L says:

    Life is a journey young man. Thanks God for his blessings 🙏🙏🙏

  16. El P says:

    You’re a lion!

  17. Lumastic Ambrose says:

    Wow bro I can see big changes in you compared to Kakumu life itself..

  18. Jason says:

    Thank you for share part of your raw emotional side of your upbringing.

  19. Leila says:

    Wow! Such an amazing success story, very inspiring

  20. Dion torile says:

    Great story of overcoming. Very inspiring.

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