Welcome to my new blog. I’ll be posting news and updates here of my work as an author. My latest book ‘The Flipside’ which is due for publication in the UK in February 2009.
I have just finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book ‘Outliers: The Story of Success’ which I can highly recommend. It is a very interesting and thought-provoking read. However, if you’re looking for a guide on how to be successful, you’ll be disappointed. Gladwell looks at the life stories of ‘Outliers’ – people who have been extraordinarily successful in their fields, but rather than investigating their beliefs and strategies, Gladwell looks at the circumstances surrounding their success and raises some very interesting issues. Gladwell explores how family history, community, culture, the environment and the times in which we live all contribute to an individual’s success.
One passing comment that was made on p.124 of the book was particularly interesting for me in light of The Flipside. Gladwell says ‘…as is so often the case with Outliers, buried in that setback was a golden opportunity.’ Outliers, he says, find golden opportunities in setbacks. This is the core idea behind the Flipside – problems, setbacks and even the most oppressive adversity contain opportunities that can lead to unimaginable success.This is, I believe, the key to lasting success and happiness in life – being able to find the opportunities in problems and setbacks.
I am delighted to say that The Secrets of Abundant series (Health, Wealth, Love & Happiness) is continuing to sell overseas. The latest new foreign rights include Estonia, Russia, China and Korea. I am hoping that the books will come back into print in English in 2009.
A sneak peak at new cover designs for the new English language versions of The Ten Secrets series:”Read
As the world lambasts Donald Trump (and rightly so) for withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, I can't help but wonder just how many of those protesting are prepared to make a stand in their own lives. Governments can sign up to as many Accords as they like but, if we continue to support animal farming, it is all just empty words. Check out the infographic below taken from the superb 'must-see' documentary 'Cowspiracy':”Read
Today I was stunned, delighted and honoured to discover wonderful people in Chacao, Venezuela have created an incredible dance show based upon my book 'The Ten Secrets of Abundant Love'. I have embedded some highlights as well as short clips from what appear to be rehearsals. Congratulations to everyone involved. Absolutely beautiful performances. I would have loved to have been there.”Read
The Life Journal is the story of one of the most powerful and least known self-help tools - Journal Writing. Researchers have demonstrated that writing a journal can lead to dramatic improvements in virtually every area of our lives.
In terms of personal growth, the techniques described in The Life Journal have been shown to improve your memory by a factor of 7, boost your productivity by 30% and increase the likelihood of achieving your dreams by 50%.
Students attain higher grades at school, athletes better their performances in sport, and in the world of business, sales men and women achieve increased sales using these simple writing strategies.
In relation to physical health and well-being, journal writing techniques are equally amazing. Medical researchers have discovered that they are as effective – and, in some cases, more effective - than many commonly prescribed medical drugs in alleviating the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.
Scientists have demonstrated that journal writing exercises can be as effective as counselling, group therapy and even anti-depressants in helping people cope during times of intense stress, trauma, loss and grief in addition to boosting our self-esteem.
Controlled clinical studies have revealed that keeping a journal can have an almost magical effect on the mind and body; it has been shown to improve liver function, stimulate the production of T-cells creating a stronger immune system, alleviate stress, reduce high blood pressure and strengthen lung function.
The astounding health benefits associated with journal writing inspired researchers to investigate the benefits it might offer to patients battling chronic, degenerative and life-threatening illnesses. Asthma, alcohol and drug addiction, arthritis, cancer, eating disorders, HIV infection, cystic fibrosis, chronic pain, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression as well as post-operative healing were just some of the conditions that were shown to respond positively to the journal writing exercises outlined in The Life Journal. Symptoms were alleviated, recovery quickened and quality of life improved, all through a notebook and a pen and a willingness to spend 15 or so minutes each day writing.
The essential component of The Life Journal is incorporating specific writing techniques within a personal journal. Despite the proven benefits of these techniques and the emerging body of published research in scientific literature, the subject has not yet reached the public consciousness nor been reported in the mainstream media.
The book took me over five years to research and write. I hope you'll like it!”Read