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A Reminder Of What You Already Know

Sometimes the best bits of advice that find their way into my books are some new insight I would never have discovered myself. Other times they're a truth I've always known, but expressed in such a succinctly powerful way that it makes a difference in my life because I actually remember and act on it. Stan Phani's quote is just like that for me. I've been aware of what they call 'the mind/body link' for ages, but his turn of phrase in the above deeply brought home that 'link' is way too weak a word. The mind and body shouldn't be…

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Are You Working Hard Enough?

Two weeks ago I got all charged up reading Steven Pressfield's book 'Turning Pro' and declared I'd send out a 'Wilson's Weekly Whisper' every monday - without fail. But I'm not sure if Steven, or an other 'pros', have kids who bring home gnarly, obnoxious viruses that can lay a family of five low for a whole week. Without going into too much graphic detail we've all had flu that also gives you gastroenteritis. I was beating myself up all week - as if I didn't feel bad enough already - until I found this great bit of advice from Libby…

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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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Welcome to what I'm loosely calling 'Wilson's Weekly Whispers.' The 'Wilson' part is pretty obvious, the 'Weekly' is due to Steven Pressfield's book getting me to 'turn pro' and committing to doing this regularly, and I'm using the word 'Whispers' because at the grand old age of 44 I find I don't need to shout so much any more. There are so many people out there desperately yelling to get attention and become 'an expert' that I thought I'd make this more of a quiet, fireside chat. I've realised that I think by writing, so by babbling on about what…

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In advertising there’s a thing called a ‘torture test’ where you take a product’s most important feature – it’s ‘unique selling proposition’ - and demonstrate it to the nth degree. SUVs drive up mountains, the Duracell bunny climbs sheer cliffs, and cleaning sprays spruce up a kitchen after a teenage boy has had his mates round for a massive bender. I mention this up to explain why I learnt so much about life and work from co-authoring my latest book, What I Wish I Knew about Nursing. This wonderful profession is one big torture test. I reckon if we can’t…

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As you'll know by now I don't use this thing to promote stuff very often, so when I do you'll appreciate that it's got to be really good (or have some enormous financial windfall to me.) I'm going to do my regular entry later this week, but hot of the virtual presses is a great issue of a fantastic online magazine called Fear.less that comes out of New York. It was launched by Ishita Gupta, who's name you might know as the 'Head of Hoopla' for marketing giant Seth Godin. Every month it has interviews with people who have different…

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Firstly let me apologise for such a long break. I had this bloke working on my blog and website who said "It'll be ready in a fortnight". And he kept saying it for about two months. Anyhoo, it's all up and running so please have a look around. The other big news is my new book, What I Wish I Knew about Motherhood is in all good bookstores (and a few in receivership). The main thing I wanted to chat about is how interviewing almost 100 mums made me a much better dad. So here's my ‘three things that dads…

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Hi All, In the fine tradition of What I Wish I Knew, my wonderful missus, Allie, gave me this fantastic card for my birthday today. (43, you cheeky thing for even asking!) On the inside it said "Thanks goodness we all get better with age." I can't stop wondering what Bill & Hillary would say they wished they knew in this photo, so I thought I'd throw it open to readers of my newsletter, blog, facebook and spam. The best thought from Bill and the best thought from Hillary wins an advance copy of What I Wish I Knew about…

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I've started interviewing people for the cancer book and I, as always, am getting way too much great material to fit in a book. So I thought I'd send some of the full answers out to you all. Please read on to hear what Ursula Harvey wishes she - and those around her - knew. Feel free to send it on to friends who might be in the middle of their jousting with the disease. I wish that other people knew it was okay to laugh with you when you have cancer. I wish I knew that people can say the…

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Buon Giorno Firstly let me admit that a "call for entries" is a really pathetic way to get back into my facebook page, but my time in Italy is still clinging to my brain, and it is for a bloody good cause. A really good bloke by the name of Gary Bertwistle, who I first met through the speaking circuit, is one of the guys who started a thing called Tour de Cure, which - for the 3 people in Australia who don't know - is a massive  cycle ride that happens every year to raise money to cure cancer.…

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