The news is nearly always bad. The worst of the worst. The biggest earthquakes, the hottest forest fires, the bloodiest wars, the scariest criminals, the worst car crashes, the windiest winds, the Brexiest Brexit…
It's true that, from time to time, stuff does go pear-shaped. Sometimes in a big way. And we're not here to pretend otherwise. But we are here, like a camera, to: a) shed a little light on things, and b) to put them in to perspective.
Only tough news makes the news. Good news - the complete, beautiful, heart-warming opposite - very rarely does. And the reason it doesn't make it on to the news bulletin, is because, well… if it did - there simply wouldn't be time for anything else.
Every day, all around you, in every single country of this beautiful planet that we have come to know of as Earth, men, women and children do monumentally marvelous things. They help, befriend, love, give, build, care, share and shine, just - well. Just because.
And if the news included all the good news, there simply wouldn't be room for anything else in the schedule - all day, every day. Which seems quite a cool thought, really.
So, we can't pretend that bad stuff doesn't happen, but in comparison to all of the good stuff, it's but a tiny poo in a magnificent flower garden. We'd rather it wasn't there, of course, and it makes sense to try and avoid putting your foot in it, but the garden is still a beautiful place, none-the-less.
Beware of the news. It's half an hour of talking about a dog turd.
Will is an Art of Brill trainer who delivers a killer keynote as well as specialising in creativity and growth mindsets. He doesn't watch much news
Andy's got a new book out. He says it's exactly the same as all his other books with the crucial exception that it's better - funnier, sillier, cleverer and naughtier.
As a loyal follower of our work, he hopes you'll be interested in his best work ever. As a personal development geek you'll already have a load of books stacked up, waiting to be read. Your Kindle is overloaded with titles that you've been meaning to get round to.
Top tip: leapfrog SHINE to the top of your list. Then you won't need all the others.
Here's the blurb…
Warning. Please read this book at your own risk.
The ideas described herein may be hazardous or even fatal to your ego. Your desire to 'look good', 'to be right' and 'to prove your self-worth' may dissolve. There will be a striking reduction in conflict in your relationships. You may put the past back in the past and start living more fully in the present.
There are also a series of side-effects. The lifting of the weight of the world from your shoulders will result in a spring in your step and, beware, when you breeze into work with a genuine smile, people will be saying nice things about you behind your back. You will feel significantly happier, with frequent outbursts of joy. In extreme cases, you may even fall 'head over heels' in love with life.
If you grasp the principles at a deep level, you will feel so amazing that the SHINE leaks out of you and 'infects' those around you.
You have been warned. You will probably never need to see a doctor again. This book will seriously change your life and the lives of those around you.
It's time to #SHINE