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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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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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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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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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Thanks to our evolution, and our physiology, there's no way to avoid that big burst of adrenaline yo get when you try something different. But you can change how you interpret it. The first thing to do is change how you describe it because in English the only words for 'that big burst of adrenaline we all get when we're out of our comfort zone' are bad – nerves, knots in the stomach... Many years ago, a friend, John O’Connor, and I came up with a new word for 'that feeling you get when you're trying something different'. We decided…

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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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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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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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