I’m not in the habit of collecting enemies but if I did want to torture someone I wouldn’t trick them into a one, two or three-out-of-ten lifestyle.   I’d trick them into a Six-Out-of-Ten-Life    When life is rated one or two, it’s so painful or horrible that you will not put up with it for long. You’ll make a change, move into another lane, another job, and avoid.    But what do you do when the needle hovers somewhere near, or just above the middle? It’s that awkward spot where you ask, is this it? Is it worth aiming higher? Is it possible to be

“I bet you feel loneliest after you leave a social gathering with your friends” I said to the young lady.    “YES!” She screamed back at me, with a glint in her eyes. As she shouted a couple of other people in the bar looked around at us to see what was going on, which was quite amusing.    But what said much more than that three-letter word was that glint in her eyes. It’s that glint that says, I’ve always felt this way and thought it was just me, that there was something wrong with me, but you’ve just shown me this is

Forbes is refusing to do an article on me.    Despite frequent emails, submissions and protests. My contention is, I’m one of the richest men in the world. But they refuse to recognise it.    Here’s their latest email.    13th September 2020. Subject: Reply to ‘Stop leaving me off Wealth Lists’ - Joe Wehbe   Dear Mr. Wehbe.    We appreciate your continued correspondence and persistence, but we must ask you to respectfully cease communication on this topic.    Whilst you have an abundance of this ‘real currency’ - as you call it, this is not a currency that can be factored into your net wealth. In fact, your net wealth

I left high school thinking I would become one of the greatest film directors of all time. I pictured myself winning an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a Lead Role all in one fell swoop before the age of thirty.    To me, that was the way to go down as the greatest and stand out from everyone else who’d ever worked in film: To do what no one else has done, all before the age of thirty. As such, achieving all this before thirty became an ESSENTIAL, a REQUIREMENT.    Failing to live up to this

A short while ago my friend Pat found a speech I’d done for him when we graduated high school. He sent me a picture of the speech, sending love, and captioned it ‘simpler times’.    Perhaps life was simpler when we were at high school. Now, as adults, we have more responsibilities and are charged with confronting the full complexity of the world. Do any of us reach the heights we expect to hit when we leave high school?    Do any of us anticipate the bumps and disappointments on the road?    In the West, we celebrate our youth and are told to make the

You are not born with control of your own life. You are born with the illusion of control.    Have you ever seen the opening credits for the Simpsons?    See the most important section here.    Young Maggie thinks she is driving the car in this section. We the audience, from our perspective, think ourselves that she is driving.    However the following shots indicate that her steering wheel is in fact a toy, a dummy, a fake. Her mother Marge is in fact driving.    Note - two episodes of the With Joe Wehbe Podcast are available on this blog topic if you prefer video, audio or if

We’ve recently discussed the war that’s been raging for 70,000 years for control.    For control of what? Control of nature. Of you.    Natural Selection vs. Humanity.    We discussed how the Cognitive Revolution drastically shaped the way our culture and environment evolve over time, how it changed all the rules.    The problem is, our biology cannot evolve as fast as the world we craft.    Animals of all shapes and varieties have found over time the value in building shelters from larger prey. Humanity is no different.    We are not the fastest, not the largest and do not have the sharpest teeth or claws. But we mobilise groups

The Slingshot Principle.    Steve Jobs is famous for telling us that we ‘can’t connect the dots going forward’. The Co-Founder of Apple was dropping out of college but took a course in calligraphy when exploring things.    He later reflected how valuable that class was in shaping the creative fonts that would go on to distinguish Apple’s typefaces going forward. The funny thing is, no entrepreneurship or business course will ever teach or emphasise the importance of calligraphy.    When Jobs was later ousted from Apple, he went on to create another incredible company - Pixar, which was responsible for timeless classic films like Toy

Have you ever been terrified by the prospect of speaking to a pretty girl or guy at a bar? When I was a teenager, I was terrified of awkward silences and speaking to girls. Not just a bit scared or apprehensive, but terrified.    For podcast episodes on Astro The Dog see episodes #011-#013 of the With Joe Wehbe Podcast.  Youtube Episodes: #011 Part One #012 Part Two #013 Part Three   In saying that, I was generally a very confident public speaker    After all, I did this from a young age. But I’ve met other people who are very confident in conversation but their ultimate

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