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Why Do We Fear Change

Why Do We Fear Change? Hi I’m Marty Wilson, author of the bestselling What I Wish I Knew series and TED Speaker on taking the fear out of change. Today I’m going to explain why we fear change in the first place. Charles Darwin, born over 200 years ago, the father of the theory of evolution - and an incredible Thought Leader It’s not the strongest of the species who survive, not the most intelligent, but those who are the most adaptive to change. Change is hard all of us. I’m a Pharmacist turned Copywriter turned Stand Up Comic turned Wine…

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If You’re Scared Of Change, You’re Changing Too Much

I've never been afraid to 'tip my lid' at other change experts, and Dom Thurbon is one I've always enjoyed reading. This article on the ode management website is no exception. http://odemanagement.com/news/if-change-is-hard-you-re-doing-it-wrong.html#.VW1FZ2D-coY The great pull out quotes for me are "Rather than focussing on massive innovation or profound, rapid change, Kaizen asks a simple question: what is the SMALLEST possible change you could make?" And then Dom follows up with "What happens is a snowball effect. You start small, and soon you start developing new habits to replace the old ones. All of sudden, taking larger steps seem easier because…

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Make More Mistakes

David Thompson is the world's best Thai chef. Bar none. His restaurant in London, Nahm, was the first Thai restaurant to be awarded a Michelin Star and has won more awards than you can poke a stick of lemongrass at. Even more extraordinarily, David was asked by the King of Thailand to come to the Royal Palace and teach his staff how to do Royal Thai Cooking properly - that's the really finicky stuff where presentation and how you 'plate something up' is even more important than it is on Masterchef. So when I went to interview David I thought…

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I despise Masterchef. Phew, it's good to say that publicly. I hate it not because it is bad television - that's a matter of taste - but because each week more than 1.5 million Australians watch people they don't really care about working their patooties off trying to make their dreams come true. The result? Another 10 hours wasted (multiplied by 1.5 million) that these viewers could have spent... (read more at) http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/lifes-too-short-for-reality-tv-20110707-1h4or.html#ixzz1RSZJPLNN  

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Without blowing too much smoke up my own patootie, I'm pretty please with this article in the Herald today on loving your work. Click on the image to see a pdf open up in your browser, hope you get something out of it. 

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I can't stop grinning, read on. Here is Al Callaghan's page from my Mumhood book. And here's the email I got from Al earlier. Hi Marty I got my very specially signed book today - THANK YOU. As you know we lost Mum only 3 weeks after my first child, Lucy, was born. Well with Mother's Day coming up, I have been feeling a little low - very bloody low actually! And tonight, while my husband, Bren, is watching the rugby, I've been sitting next to him reading "What I wish I knew about motherhood" - THANK YOU. I have laughed…

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I'm the type of self-important tosser who refuses to buy flowers for my wife on Valentine's Day, but will leap in the front door a week before, or a week after, just to show that "I won't be told when I show my wife I love her." So, rather than cash in on the goodwill of the nation for a newsletter on mums (that's what my motherhood book is for!) I thought I'd post something out now. After the family barbeque has been cleaned up - probably by a mum - and everyone has gone back to taking it all…

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I've finished my interviews for the Cancer book now, and there are some heavy and yet wonderful chats are 'in the can.' (That can't be the right expression, but there you go.) Talking with these amazing people has led me to be incredibly grateful for how ridiculously lucky I, and my whole extended family, have been healthwise. There's been a lot of cuddles for my wife and kids and lots of silent thoughts of "Thank you God, Fate or whomever is responsible for my good fortune." The book will have all the quotes from my interview with a bloke called…

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My last blog about the website for cheaters was picked up by the Sydney Morning Herald - a very big thanks to Peter FitzSimons for waving it in front of the right people. (Click the image and have a read, it has a different, way more judgmental and obnoxious ending which I'm pretty pleased with) Anyway, I just wanted to share two responses I had emailed to me directly within hours of the article appearing. The first, Kate in Newport said "Thanks very much for coining the term 'emotional consumerism' for this rubbish. It perfectly sums up how so often…

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I read this article in the Sydney Morning Herald a week or so ago, and I've been waiting for the bile to die down so I could write about it without swearing. It's about a man who's setting up websites around the world to enable people to cheat on their partners. http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/click-with-a-cheat--controversial-love-affair-site-launches-in--australia-20100412-s3ib.html Noel Biderman, of www.sleazyparasite.com.au (not sure if that website is correct) So rather than rant and rave - I'll save that for comedy and speaking gigs, they love it when I curse there - I'll just tell a quick story and leave a quote. For my 40th birthday…

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