What does it mean to be human? That was the question my young cousin asked me. It was for a school assignment of his - what an assignment. And what a question.    First I reframed the question, but then I answered it below. To what extent do you agree with what I’ve written, and what is your answer?    I think the proper question is, what does it mean TO ME to be human? My answer to that:   TO ME it means to exist and realise our best possible form of ourselves. To truly express and accept who we are in the context of

Mary said she’d be happy when she had the perfect man.  Joseph said he’d be happy when he could afford to live uptown, instead of noisy, smelly downtown. Angela said she’d be happy when she’d published her first book.  Bruno said he’d be happy when he’d realised what his dream job was, what he wanted to do with his life.    Everyone has a ‘when’.    When I was young, my cousins and I used to play hide-and-seek. One of us would cover our eyes and begin counting downwards from 10.    3… 2… 1… “Ready or not, here I come!”   And then the seeker would go on a manhunt

Dear Reader, I regret to inform you that you have a rare, albeit painless terminal illness. This terminal illness is silent and unsuspecting, with no noticeable symptoms but it will kill you.    I estimate based on my medical opinion, that you have somewhere between five to ten years to live. I’m sorry if this is not what you were expecting - but I hope you take this news well.    I hope you use your remaining time well. Luckily for you it’s not five minutes, five weeks or five months. You’ve still got time to do things.    Unluckily for you it’s five years    Unluckily for

Click www.facebook.com/ads/preferences   If you have Facebook, then this link communicates what Facebook thinks your interests are! If you find them funny, feel free to post them and tag @with_joewehbe with #interestmapping.    But the real question is, are you going to let others, be they friends, family or social media sites - tell you what your interests are? Or are you going to craft them for yourself?   Interest Mapping https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF1auVX6F1c Interest Mapping is a ten minute exercise that helps you unlock the potential of your life, by revealing to you the things you can most passionately and intrinsically work on.    Credit for it goes to my good

The greatest things in life cannot be pursued directly. They must happen incidentally.  The greatest rewards in life cannot be pursued - they must ensue.  I call this, ‘The Law of Ensuement’.    The Thousand Doors Theory   My central framework for journeys through life is understood as the Thousand Doors Theory. The theory suggests, we use the Thousand Doors System to reach the most remarkable places because the most remarkable places live in the unknown.    When we turn down one ‘door’ or one opportunity in life, we so often fail to recognise that it is the First of a Thousand Doors - the other nine-hundred and

Why do we celebrate the “Fastest growing company”? Why are we excited by the “fastest growing economy”?   We talk about growth as if it were something that is always good. What a silly rule-of-thumb.  Is there an award for the fastest growing cancer?    Andre the Giant grew fast and large. And he was lost early.    Why ‘grow’ when we can be ‘better’ instead?   What if you GROW your audience but at the cost of quality? What if you GROW your business but distance yourself from the customer, and tank the culture?  What if you GROW your economy but life, in trying to keep up with rising costs, becomes

What was the best day of your life?   If you’re struggling to bring something to mind, don’t feel bad. I’m drawing blanks myself.    Maybe it was a retreat I did at school in 2011 that opened me up to self-awareness.    Maybe it was one of the days I spent in Nepal in 2018.    Or maybe it was when the St George Illawarra Dragons won the 2010 Grand Final, after so many years of near misses.    Actually, something is coming to mind.    It was my 21st birthday. 2nd October, 2015.    Originally I thought I didn’t want the hassle or attention of a big party. But I changed my

Charity Wealth Success Career Work Happiness Depression Comfort Freedom God Investing   Take a second and ask - what do these words mean to you?   I find these words to be some of the most significant words, concepts and ideas in our culture, but equally, that people all have a very different idea of what each term means and refers to.  This becomes a problem when we are having a conversation and assume that our conversation partner uses the same definition we do.    It makes sense to 1) write your own glossary of these words, as well as 2) figure out the glossary of someone else you are in dialogue with.    Take note of the following

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