Mark Hebwood

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Mark has worked on London dealing floors as an equity analyst for the last 20 years. He has recently left the financial district to devote himself to his other passion: writing and public speaking.

For his first book, he has turned his mind to an investigation of how to lead an authentic life.

He lives in London and loves it. When he's not in town, he occupies his time with things people now call 'action sports'.

Anything else to say about Mark? Ah yes - he's happy.

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Mark Hebwood Nice simple one for openers :-)

First off, I think I need to say that I made the point about not wanting children simply because I wanted to offer an e…more
Nice simple one for openers :-)

First off, I think I need to say that I made the point about not wanting children simply because I wanted to offer an example of something I know about myself with certainty. I then go on to develop this point as one of the reasons why a former relationship of mine did not work out. As ever, nothing in the book is actually about me in the sense that I am talking about myself as the subject matter - all the anecdotes in the book are merely examples and stand for more general principles. In this case, I was suggesting that we need to act in accordance with what we know about ourselves, even if it leads to decisions we may find difficult to execute (in the case of my example, the termination of the relationship I was in at the time).

As to 'collective happiness' versus 'individual happiness', that is a very difficult subject that goes beyond the scope of my book. I tried to write something that is hopefully usable as a sounding board, or can act like a discussion with a friend on how to create a happy life for yourself. Whether happy individuals coalesce into a 'happy' society is something I have not thought about in any depth. It would be interesting to pick this subject up in my future blog on my website
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Happiness Rules

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“We have started the journey- no turning back now. Three steps lie between us and the goal:

(1) Know who you are.
(2) Know what you need.
(3) Get it.

These steps need to be taken in sequence. I cannot know what I need before I know who I am. I cannot go after what I need before I know what I need.”
Mark Hebwood, Happiness Rules

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Sahara Sanders

MERRY CHRISTMAS & Happy New Year to you and your family!
Let your cherished dreams come true in 2019 :-)
Sahara Sanders

message 5: by Mark

Mark Hebwood Igor wrote: "Nice to see you've branched into the writing world. I guess it keeps you sane from all them buzzwords and badly composed presentations at the workplace.

Thanks Igor! Writing it was a joy but creating a buzz for it is hard work! I think I may have to take lessons from you - your list of publications has grown impressively. Kudos.

message 4: by Igor (last edited Apr 17, 2018 12:57PM)

Igor Ljubuncic Nice to see you've branched into the writing world. I guess it keeps you sane from all them buzzwords and badly composed presentations at the workplace.

message 3: by Mark

Mark Hebwood Satsuma wrote: "You R so funny!
Thanks for being so kind in Bayacayanii!"

:-) It's a nice, innocent group. I like it. And my friend Paul is a member, too, so that's always good!

Satsuma You R so funny!
Thanks for being so kind in Bayacayanii!

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Sofia Thanks for the req Mark. Love to chat more :)

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