Revenge of the Nerds – Are You Keeping Up With Technology?

nerdsI gave a talk last Sunday at Unity New Thought Centre in Burwood about 'Change', and began with a story about my husband Derek and I clashing over my battle with  technology. Here's a brief excerpt from the talk:

'Derek and I share an office and for the most part, this works quite well. It certainly works for me having ‘Tech Support’ within touching and hearing distance… For me, technology is often tedious and frustrating and mysterious and irritating. Like you, I’ve learnt to use a computer and send emails and search things on the web, and I’ve made a Facebook page and done some social media and learnt how to make e-newsletters and slide presentations and use the content management system of the website and I’m developing webinars and online trainings… so you know, I’m having a go! But I often get frustrated by how much there is to learn and master, and the time it takes and the problems with it when it doesn’t work. I get frustrated because I can’t get on with my creative work because I’m tied up learning practical technical stuff.

'Well, it turned out that Derek was feeling annoyed witnessing me fight and struggle with it – hearing me sigh and exclaim and curse each time I struck a challenging technical issue because remember, his desk is just… over… there… and I tend to express myself very easily and quite loudly, while he is very quiet and moderate.  

'What you resist persists, right? So there I was, fighting and resisting all this new technology and getting more and more het up in fruitless frustration since technology is not going away any time soon… Thinking about that, I had a bit of a light bulb moment as to how to explain how I was feeling to Derek. I said, “We are living in the era of ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ when in order to succeed you have to master technology. But what if, in order to succeed, you had to be able to write novels? Huh?!"

'Derek heard me and was less critical after that, and I felt less resistant to technology; I came out of that conversation feeling more willing to ‘suck it up’, surrender, embrace the nerdy stuff… and while I do still sigh and exclaim at times, I think it’s a little less often.'

When I think about the nerdy people at school, I have to grin: they really are getting their own back! And somehow, we do have to just 'suck it up' because technology isn't going away any time soon and is a blessing in many ways. I have to remind myself of that on the days when I want to join the Amish...

You can watch the talk on Unity of Melbourne's website, and if you'd like me to present it to your own group, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 03 9018 9724.

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I take on Stephen King

Stephen King book coverI haven’t read any Stephen King books because I’m not into the thriller/horror/mystery genre, but I decided I wanted to read his On Writing, and I’m really enjoying it. The man values the literary arts more than I had expected. His turn of phrase is entertaining and delightful. I particularly love his humility in sharing an excerpt of his own work, unedited and then rewritten, for the reader to see how he goes about the process of refining his work.

But when he gets to the heart of his book and states that while he believes an incompetent writer can become competent, a good writer can never be great, I cannot agree.

To begin with, there is no such thing as an absolute standard of ‘great' that all readers around the world hold to. There are plenty of ‘great’ books that leave me cold, while others make me laugh, cry, or ponder; the number of famous, best-selling and classic authors who were rejected, often rudely and often for a long period of time before making their mark, is significant, suggesting that there is not widespread agreement about what makes writing ‘great’.

I’ve often shared a story with my writing students about the time I attended a panel discussion at the Writers Victoria Centre in Melbourne. The panel consisted of a publisher, a literary agent and another ‘expert’. One of the audience asked the question, ‘How do you know when you’ve come across a great work?’ or something to that effect, and the publisher answered it by saying, ‘I get a tingle down my spine.’

How ridiculous, I thought. How utterly absurd!

The rest of this article is in my blog – I'd love to read your thoughts!

The Mastery Club® Heads to Mali, Africa

I'm delighted to welcome our new Trainee Facilitator, Dr Elie Bankineza!

 Elie BankinezaElie Bankineza is a medical doctor in Mali, Africa, who learnt about The Mastery Club from a Bob Proctor consultant. (Thank you to Stuart and Georgia for spreading the word!)

Having spent some years working with youth as a Sunday School Teacher, Elie came across Rhonda Burns' book, The Secret, and from there became fascinated to learn as much as he could about universal laws. He is currently training with Bob Proctor and will soon qualify as a Thinking Into Results Consultant.

Elie has learnt many of the lessons taught in The Mastery Club the hard way. He left his home country of Burundi as a refugee when he was eight years old, and spent some years in the Republic of Congo before settling in Mali and training as a doctor. He is today the Director of a program against malaria. 

Elie is clearly a ‘mover and shaker’! Not only did he leave a lasting impression on many of his church Sunday School students – several have remained in touch with him even after moving overseas – but he instigated the first Toastmasters group in Mali and now there are close to a dozen clubs.

This man is clearly a leader, and I’m delighted to welcome him as a Mastery Club Trainee Facilitator. (We might even soon see a French translation of The Mastery Club, since that is Mali’s first language… I’ll be delighted about that, too, since French is my second language!)

Moontime Diary 2017 out now!

Moontime 2017Iris Detenhoff is the creator of The Moontime Diary. We met last November at Dr Demartini's Prophecy event and exchanged books. She loved The Mastery Club and The Hidden Order, and asked me to contribute a segment about the 10 Lessons to the 2017 Moontime Diary, which I did.

Her diary has become "a much loved companion guide to those who seek a life more in tune with nature’s seasons and the moon’s cycles.

·      Gardeners dig it because they can plant by the moon.
·      Beginners like the easy to follow daily tips and information.
·      Health professionals know about the moon’s influence on our health and appreciate to know her exact whereabouts.
·      Astrologers love this diary as it is a great resource to professionals and a fabulous introduction for beginners.
·      Mothers can't live without it because the Moontime Diary guides them
·      To a better organised and happy life style,
·      To plan their health and wellbeing treatments for best results.
·      A better understanding of their own and others physical and emotional wellbeing." to pick up your copy! "Keep it simple sister..."

Fine tune to the moon and stay healthy, happy and organised throughout 2017

11 Year Old's Email re Visualisation

chief learnerI received this email out of the blue from one of my Mastery Club 10 Lessons students, an 11 year old at Ainslie Parklands Primary School who participated in the program in 2015:

im wondering if you may come back to our school?
my mum likes the wellness couch on podcasts i had a listen to Bumis world their was one that you were in that i liked.
also are you still working with the phillipene people if so how are they going ?
i like to visualise a lot of things when i would like them now and it really works!!!
hope to here back from you

I asked about the visualising and received this:

Sorry we were on holidays so it took me a little while to get back to you but the results for visualising is going great not to long ago I was thinking of a new phone and I started to visualise me with it and in the morning I heard mum talking about my birthday coming up and she was saying something about a phone so yeah I'm a bit excited about it also happened with my soccer game when I went to bed I was visualising our team winning and on Sunday we won so yea hope to here back from you I'll stay in touch 


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