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Here's my last newsletter before the book hits the stores. Firstly have a look at this gorgeous quote from comic Cal Wilson. (And how awesome is her Fred Flintstone outfit?) How nervous and shy and desperately keen to never ever ever be rejected are we when we're young? And how little did it really matter? If you had your time over again, you'd just ask anyone out, wouldn't you? "Hi, would you like a drink? No? Okay. What about your best friend there?" If you knew just how incredibly nervous everybody else was too, you just wouldn't care... The reason I…

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I'm up at Shoal Bay - on the coast about three hours north of Sydney - on a self-imposed writer's boot camp retreat sort of thingy. Getting a whole heap of authoring type stuff done before What I Wish I Knew about Love hits the shelves next week. Churning through loads of work, so as a writer it feels great. As a hubby and father, not so hot. The best family holiday we've ever had was at this spot in January so, sigh, I'm missing them bad. And feeling a bit guilty about being up here - here's the sunrise…

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Why didn’t Byron or Shelley ever write “Ode to Compromise”? Why isn’t there a Meg Ryan-Tom Hanks Romantic Comedy called “Give and Take”? There should be, because accepting — even adoring — someone’s quirks & faults, and doing things purely because the other person likes them is the truth about how to make love work. Tony Harris is a fantastic bloke I met through speaking whose quote probably sticks with me more than any other. It helped me realise how deeply besotted I am. I don’t shave most days and wear after shave because I want to, I do it…

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Just did a great interview for What I Wish I Knew about Motherhood and learned a fantastic new word to help with kids who just don't get the whole "tidy your room" idea. Lynette Argent said "I have a 9 year old boy who has a wardrobe, and a 7 year old girl who has a 'Floordrobe'. And I just have to get used to it. My girl doesn't even get why there is a NEED to tidy up" This conversation slapped me around the chops a bit - having totally ruined the morning in my household by tyrannically making…

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I've been interviewing loads of wonderful mums for my next book, What I Wish I Knew about Motherhood, and O my (expletive deleted)!. Almost every mum I speak to says words to the effect of "Why do we all lie to each other? In those early months particularly we drag ourselves out of bed, sloth around the house in our PJ's for 3 hours, finally make it out the door, then act like we're cruising along with everything peachy keen. And we can't even blame the fellas, we do it to each other." I'm going to write a book called…

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Firstly, let me make it clear that the subject line isn't referring to Witney Houston, whose fans these days are all sadly shaking their heads, walking out at half time and saying “I’m sorry, but I won’t always love you.” and "What happened to your septum?" I’m talking about this fantastic quote from Author, Nikkie Gemmel which beautifully describes what she calls "the finest love". I know I'll be accused - not for the first time - of being a big girly man, but Allie and my love gets better and better with every triumph, every hiccup, and every downright…

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Maybe click on Chris Tola's image and read his quote first, then pop back up here... Remember when Valentine’s Day used to be the day for everyone to send secret love notes to someone who had no idea you had the hots for them? Call me a cranky old 42-year-old, call me churlish, if you want to you can even call me curmudgeonly, but I believe the whole day was so much better when it was a day to try and start a relationship. Now we’ve all all been sucked in to believing it’s a day for buying jewellery, lingerie…

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This page from What I Wish I Knew about Love (click on the image to read) shows an old friend of mine from University days called Danny Francis. Sadly, he died last night after a brave battle with Mesothelioma. Dan was a bloke who lived life at twice the speed of the rest of us. A larger than large character who made women swoon, parties come alive, and footy teams play above themselves. He had a ticker so big that anyone who met him then somehow ended up going to that museum in Melbourne to see Phar Lap's heart, just…

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Speaker and best selling author, Peter Sheahan, has released a new book called Making it Happen. Turning Your Good Ideas into Great Results and frankly, it annoyed the pants off me. Firstly, because I wish I knew this stuff about 10 years ago when I was starting out as a Stand Up. The chapter on Positioning alone would have been worth tens of thousands of dollars to me back then. As I was reading it, I remembered living in the UK trying to break out get attention as a Comic - half my act was berating the English with a…

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For my upcoming book, What I Wish I Knew about Leadership in the 21st Century, I interviewed Best Selling Author, Seth Godin, who is extraordinary thought leader and the writer of the most popular blog in the world. That’s in the world people. I “met” Seth Godin when we “shared” the stage at a Thought Leaders Conference in Sydney. I’m using quotation marks because I was live on stage, and Seth Skyped in a video call from New York. To make sure he could hear the crowd in Sydney, Seth gave his speech with enormous, soundproofing earphones sticking up from his…

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