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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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It’s Time To Force Yourself To Evolve

I feel absolutely honoured - and a little nervous, I have to admit - that I've been asked to do the Allen Russell Oration, the opening plenary at the Pharmaceutical Society's Annual Conference, in August. Here's an interview they did with me talking about how Pharmacists, like all businesspeople these days, need to deliberately evolve into someone who loves uncertainty.     In the 'Good Old Days' of pharmacy - the mid-70s to 80s - all you really had to do was get a good premises near a couple of GPs, treat your 'regulars' well, and know how to make Mist. Expect.…

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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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Why Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

  As someone who speaks about change week in week out, I often get asked the question ‘Why would I even WANT to get out of my comfort zone? By definition, when I’m in there, I’m COMFORTABLE!’ There are two reasons why constantly trying new things that challenge and unsettle you is really good for you. Most people who talk about change management only focus on the first one, that life is more interesting and engaging when you try new things. Variety is the spice of life. And that’s true. But many people are very, very VERY happy sticking with…

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The One Thing We SHOULD Be Scared Of

As someone who spends his life talking about being fearless in times of change, I often get asked if there’s anything I am scared of. There is only one thing, and today I’m going to talk about the one fear that literally keeps me up at night and it’s the one thing I believe you SHOULD be scared of. 20 years ago I was a registered Pharmacist, but deep down I knew it wasn’t for me. While I did know I wanted to leave Pharmacy, but I had no idea what I actually DID want to do. Then a friend…

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How To Accept That Change Is Inevitable

When I talk on stage I ask the audience the rather obvious question ‘Would you rather be experiencing life or death? The crowd can sense it’s some kind of trick question, but they all vote for life. Then I say ‘Then you have to accept this.’ And I put up the Oxford English Dictionary definition of what life is. Life: the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death. The key bit to notice is CONTINUAL CHANGE. THE ONLY people who are NOT continually changing are…

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When Positive Thinking Makes Change Harder

Today I’m going to talk about When Positive Thinking Makes Change Harder I believe the biggest leap forward in our understanding of how to reach our goals in recent years is the research that uncovered when to think positively, and when it can actually wreck your chance of succes. Just about every self-help book has in it somewhere that all you need to do to live the life of your dreams is to ‘Believe in yourself, go for it, just visualize yourself having already achieved your goal and it WILL HAPPEN.’ I may be a bit cynical about this, but…

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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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