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 Anna hi - sorry I just saw your question! The answer is an unmitigated 'yes'. I think I was able to arrange my life in a way that is 'good' for me. Th…moreAnna hi - sorry I just saw your question! The answer is an unmitigated 'yes'. I think I was able to arrange my life in a way that is 'good' for me. This is not supposed to be a glib statement; I am aware that life keeps changing the goalposts when you are not looking, but for now the answer is 'yes', and I hope I will stay flexible enough to adjust when the answer risks getting towards 'sort of...' :-) Thanks for your comment!(less)
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 www.markhebwood.com.(less)
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Happiness Rules

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Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott
" Written in 1884, this brief book describes the inhabitants, geography, and living conditions in Flatland, an imaginary two-dimensional world, and exposes us to the millennial visit to Flatland of a sphere from Spaceland. The sphere attempts, with in" Read more of this review »
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Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott
"Imagine losing or gaining a spatial dimension

Living in a 3D world, my mind was pleasingly warped when I watched this 7-minute Action Lab video, explaining what a 4D ball would look like in 3D. I sent it to Apatt who likened it to And He Built a Crook" Read more of this review »
A History of the German Language by John T. Waterman
"This is a linguistic history written in a lovely style. The treatment of the language can be divided into two parts, the first treating the phonetic changes that serve to distinguish the language in its different historical stages from the Indo-Europ" Read more of this review »
Die Erfindung des Verderbens by Jules Verne
"Der französische Chemiker Thomas Roche entwickelt eine Massenvernichtungswaffe, die den klingenden Namen "Fulgator Roch" trägt (ich habe gelernt, dass Fulgator Blitzewerfer heißt). Er versucht, die Wunderwaffe zunächst an sein Heimatland Frankreich, " Read more of this review »
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" My experience is it is very tedious and nothing like what you see on telly or read in this excellent novel. "
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Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.
If it moves but shouldn’t: Duct tape. If it doesn’t move but should: WD-40. These two items cover all of your needs. Everything else in science is secondary.
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I’ll be honest here – I wrote THE MARTIAN with the idea that it would appeal to a teeny, tiny niche of hardcore science dorks. I had no idea it would gain mainstream appeal. It’s basically a long series of high school algebra word problems that ended up becoming a huge hit. I still don’t know what I did right. But hey, I’m glad it happened.
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I’ll be honest here – I wrote THE MARTIAN with the idea that it would appeal to a teeny, tiny niche of hardcore science dorks. I had no idea it would gain mainstream appeal. It’s basically a long series of high school algebra word problems that ended up becoming a huge hit. I still don’t know what I did right. But hey, I’m glad it happened.
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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

“Violence is what people do when they run out of good ideas. It's attractive because it's simple, it's direct, it's almost always available as an option. When you can't think of a good rebuttal for your opponent's argument, you can always punch them in the face.”
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“There's no such thing as winning or losing. There is won and there is lost; there is victory and defeat. There are absolutes. Everything in between is still leftt to fight for.”
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“You can't wait around for destiny to give you what you think you deserve, you have to earn it, even if you think you've paid your dues.”
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“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. ”
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“The important thing is not so much to read fast, as to read each book at the speed it deserves. It is as regrettable to spend too much time on some books as it is to read others too quickly. There are books you know well, just from flicking through them, others you only grasp at second or third reading, and others again which will last you a lifetime.”
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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.
Igor"


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.
Igor


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!


message 1: by Sofia

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


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