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

Imagine it this way.    Natural Selection is the only shareholder of a global business called All Living Things. Well for however many millions or thousands of years, Natural Selection called all the shots.    And it was working well. But then, one of its subsidiaries decided it wanted a competitive advantage. It didn't want to be contained by the circle of life with a lowly step in the food-chain. It wanted more of an advantage, at which point it discovered something that enabled it to take its destiny into its own hands.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdUplN3MuMQ   The subsidiary was called Humanity. That discovery was The Cognitive Revolution.    This took place

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

For corresponding podcast episodes check out #016-#018 of the With Joe Wehbe Podcast.  Youtube Episodes: #016 Maslow's Hierarchy, #017 The Comfort Ladder, #018 The Luxury Trap   My Dad gave me a nickname growing up… Princess   The Princess nickname referred to my cushioned upbringing and complete inability to get my hands dirty. To this day, I am not a hands-on guy, and I don’t do physical labour well.    So it’s pretty emasculating to compare myself to my grandfathers, who were both hard-working immigrants who DEFINITELY got their hands dirty.  Growing up I was ever-grateful that they paved the way for our family in Australia, not me,

This is based off a Future Shapers talk I gave. See here.    Imagine it this way.    Pretend Natural Selection is the majority shareholder of a global business called Humanity. Well for however many millions or thousands of years, Natural Selection called all the shots.    And it was working well. The silent shareholder, the one who held only 10% voting rights could be just that - silent.    The silent business partner is called the Conscious Self. The part of Humanity that is more aware and fine-tuned.    Now these two business partners hit a bust up and have been at war ever since - that bust up

Today's message comes not from me, but from a friend. Wilson lives in Nigeria and we met recently on a course together. When he was reflecting on the below writing piece, he discussed how he'd never been so open and vulnerable before. His piece is titled "You can't truly see others if you can't see yourself" and I hope you enjoy it. Of the many things I drew from this piece of writing, I was particularly taken by the line "I have always struggled with choosing myself". It begs the question. How many of us are given permission when we are growing up to

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxjVTcdbJqs Podcast Episode Link.   If you’ve never seen Hollywood’s classic, satirical Austin Powers movies, then you might be missing one of the greatest lessons on wealth of all time from the film’s villain, Dr. Evil.    Played by Mike Myers, Dr. Evil continually gets stuck up on one thing - relativity.    Having been caught up in time travel, he has problems adjusting his ransom demands for inflation!      From a million to a hundred billion dollars   In this short clip Dr. Evil reveals the extent of his well-thought out diabolical plan. He’s obviously been brooding on this one for a while and plotting to get a million dollars.    Though

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaZzSXMUj4Q The Podcast Episode, Here!   Here’s the thing about wanting more. The act of wanting more implies that you already have some.    SO… Why isn’t some enough?    Some money is better than no money, but some money might be better than more money. Isn’t that interesting?  Why do investment and fund managers need to squeeze every percent of growth possible? So they can win more business, and have more themselves?   And, if you have already built ten buildings, why do you want to build twenty?  We’re obsessed with growth, of continually aspiring for more. Why?   Alternatives to wanting more: Wanting less Having enough Doing more.    These ideas tie heavily to the

Why are New Year’s Resolutions a thing?   Loneliness, dissatisfaction and feelings that our lives are empty and disappointing are much more pronounced around the Christmas and New Year period.    Why is that so?    Answer: A powerful combination of factors causes us to be more reflective and pessimistic at this time. Today we’re going to explore and de-mystify these.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2gvXXsM8SQ Firstly, there’s the PAUSE.    Just like COVID-19, everything has slowed down at this time of year. People are not at work distracting themselves with ‘busyness’. They have time to think.    Then there’s the inevitable REFLECTION and REVIEW.    It’s like post-match analysis… the best time to reflect on a game

Welcome to the original publishing of  “Gillage - My Perfect Village” by Joe Wehbe.    The below will sound some combination of crazy, utopian, anarchic, naive, ‘airy-fairy’, and in the most painful sense, completely logical.    “Gillage” as we have affectionately come to call it, is a dream a few friends and I have of a better world - all starting from one communal village. This dream is a place where we can create what I call the ‘Thousand Doors System’ for everybody (where everyone embraces uncertainty and has limitless opportunity).     The reason for sharing Gillage with you is that I want you to be

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