Happiness in a Nutshell #69 - What You Can Do April 24 2015, 0 Comments

What You Can Do?

Nick Vujicic Sketch by Andrew Matthews

“For the longest, loneliest time, I wondered if there was anyone on earth like me, and whether there was any purpose to my life other than pain and humiliation.”

Nick Vujicic

Born without arms or legs, Nick Vujicic spent years wondering why he was ever born. He wondered, “Who would employ me? How will I ever find a wife?”

Relentlessly bullied at school, he contemplated suicide.

Then Nick began to tell his story… at first to small student gatherings and church groups, then to larger audiences. These days he fills entertainment halls and convention centers.

Nick has written six international bestselling books including Life Without Limits.

He is now one of the world’s most popular speakers.

He is happily married with a young son.

Nick Vujicic On StageThrough his international charity, Life Without Limbs, Nick helps people with physical disabilities worldwide.

Nick’s message is, “Forget about what you can’t do! Focus on what you can do – and do it with purpose.” 

Nick tells his story with a rare blend of intelligence, compassion and humor.

He helps us to put our own troubles into perspective. He gives people hope.

Nick and I are speaking together at the London Success Seminar on May 4. 

Come join us!

In a Nutshell

There will be things you CAN’T DO – or can’t do YET. 

Put your heart and soul into what you CAN do. That’s enough.

Andrew Matthews and Nick Vujicic in London

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International News

  • MALAYSIA: The Malay version of How Life Works: Hebatnya Kehidupan is now in stores across Malaysia and online: 
  • AUSTRALIA: How Life Works is now in Australia. If your bookstore doesn’t have it, ask them to order with Nicole at Seashell Publishers: 0417 147 630.
  • POLAND: The Polish translation of How Life Works: Jak Dziala Zycie will be released on April 22, 2015.
  • UK: Now in bookstores across the UK or available at The Book Depository: 

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Happiness In a Nutshell - Newsletter #67- Growing or Shrinking December 14 2014, 4 Comments

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So often, we expect more of our children than we do of ourselves!

We ask ten-year-old Johnny, “What do you know this year that you didn’t know last year?”

We explain to Johnny, “You must make reasonable progress.”

Report Meme by Andrew Matthews

Maybe we need Johnny to be asking US the same question:

  • “Mom, what do YOU know this year that you didn’t know last year?”
  • “Dad, what did YOU achieve in 2014?”

Peter Manuel was the principal at my old school, Victor Harbor High. Aged 18, Peter decided to learn a new skill each year of his life.

He learned carpentry, pottery, tried drama, painted watercolors, learned some German, studied plastics, learned to lay bricks …

Says Peter: "That decision changed my life. At some things, like piano, I was terrible - but I had fun trying!"

  • What new skill would you like to learn?
  • What simple goal could change your 2015?

In a Nutshell

We are either growing or we are shrinking.

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International News

  • POLAND: How Life Works will be published in 2015 by Wydawnictwo K.E. Liber.
  • INDIA: How Life Works will soon be released by Embassy Books
  • RUSSIA: How Life Works will be published in 2015 by Eksmo

How Life Works

How Life Works Cover by Andrew Matthews

I have spent 30 years trying to figure out WHY people succeed.

It’s not just education, it’s not who you know and it’s not luck. So what is the secret?

It’s all in How Life Works.

Karen from New Zealand wrote:

“Great tips … awesome advice that sets a great path forward. This rocks. So will you. It’s all here. Love it. :)”
Karen Jane Nuttall Pike, AUCKLAND.

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    Andrew Matthews’ books are published in 42 languages and he is a popular speaker at conferences around the world.

    Happiness In a Nutshell - Newsletter #66 - The Key to Happiness November 28 2014, 3 Comments

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    The Key to Happiness

    What is the difference between HAPPY people and UNHAPPY people? Do happy people make more money? Are happy people thinner - or smarter? The big difference between happy people and unhappy people is...

    • HAPPY people celebrate what they have.
    • UNHAPPY people focus on what’s missing.

    You say, “So do happy people wake up every morning and count their blessings?” Lots do!

    Why am I the lucky one cartoon by Andrew Matthews

    Let’s say that you have:

    • ungrateful children
    • colleagues who do less than they could
    • a husband who does less than he should
    • neighbors who play loud music at 3am

    You say, “How can I be happy?” It’s in the questions you ask yourself, for example:

    • What do I LIKE about my neighbors?
    • What do I LIKE about my job?
    • What do I LIKE about my husband?
    • What is one GOOD THING that happened today?

    We FIND in life what we LOOK for. Happiness is really a choice – and it becomes a habit.

    In a Nutshell

    Average people say, “When I’m happy then I’ll be grateful.” Joyful people say, “When I’m grateful, then I’ll be happy.”

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    Usually I spend hours on a cartoon to get it just how I want it. I paint with beautiful sable brushes on watercolor paper. Last month I was having breakfast at an airport hotel when I had an idea for a cartoon. I borrowed a pen and paper from reception, scribbled a drawing in a few minutes and posted it on Facebook.

    This is it:

    Happy people focus on what they have, unhappy people focus on what's missing - cartoon by Andrew Matthews

    It went viral – 3.6 million views and 42,000 shares. You never know when a simple idea will connect with people! Join me on Facebook! Andrew Matthews – Author.


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    International News

    • SINGAPORE: How Life Works has been on the Straits Times bestseller list for 26 weeks now. Thank you to all of you who have been keeping it there!
    • THE PHILIPPINES: How Life Works is now in National Bookstores across the country.
    • UK: Release date for How Life Works: March 1, 2015
    • AUSTRALIA: Due for release in early 2015.

    How Life Works: Amazon Kindle Readers’ Comments

    How Life Works Cover by Andrew Matthews

    How Life Works has a great way of making life easy.”
    C. Quin – 25 Oct ‘14

    “Love it. A life changing book. Will make you see life differently.”
    ReDClaw77 – 22 Sept ‘14

    “An absolute joy to read. Every single word spoke to me.”
    Rawan – 11 Oct ‘14

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    If you are not in Singapore, Malaysia or The Philippines, How Life Works is available from my website in e-book and hardcopy:

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    “Love your audio books! I am stuck in a car for hours a day. They are changing my life.”
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