Mark Desvaux

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Believe in Yourself

There’s a simple secret to making your dreams in life come true. Believe in yourself. If you don’t, who will?

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Steve Jobs: “You’ve Got To Do What You Love”

Today I heard about the passing of Steve Jobs. I immediately went back to a video of his Commencement Speech to the graduates of Stanford University in 2005. It’s all the more poignant today with his passing. “You’ve go to do what you love” A life well lived. Enjoy this video:  

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Blue Pill or Red Pill? Documentaries That Changed the World

In the film The Matrix there is a defining moment where the lead character Neo is offered either a blue pill or red pill. They have become pop culture terms that represent a common symbol for the choice between the blissful ignorance of illusion (blue) and embracing the sometimes painful truth of reality. In 1991, I started …

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How To Change The World Today

Every morning when we wake up, we have around sixteen hours to make the most of the day we’ve been given. Getting out of bed, I always try to think of people who would dream of doing just that. Maybe someone who is paralysed, someone so sick they can’t move, maybe a frail, elderly person. I …

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Why Music is a Basic Need of Human Survival

Today I received the following article (thanks Jonathan) which I felt moved to share. As a musician, it struck a major chord. If you are a lover or creator of music or an artist of any discipline, I hope you enjoy it as well. Welcome address to freshman class at Boston Conservatory given by Karl Paulnack, pianist …

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Don’t underestimate your own magnificence

When we marvel at nature, science, technology and history we often forget that we are part of everything we see. Every day we are surrounded by other people, which conditions us to feel “normal”. A David Attenborough from outer space would marvel at us more than anything else on this planet. Don’t settle for normality. …

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Lost Generation

This video is genius…. (thanks to a Canadian angel for sharing it with me)    

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Snow Business

Lost business for the UK economy today: £1.2 billion Having a snowball fight with your kids:     Priceless I look forward to the day when the media don’t focus on everything a nation loses when everything grinds to a halt due to the white stuff. Today is a day when people will have a well-earned rest. …

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Just Another Day?

Every day miracles happen all around us. You only start to see them when you choose to believe that your life is not ordinary. There is no such thing as an ordinary life, an average person. To just be born you defied the odds, in a race of six hundred million! Any child needs to …

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Optimism: Where did it go and can we get it back?

I was interviewed yesterday for a really interesting and timely article in The Scotsman Newspaper. Published Date: 23 January 2009 (c) The Scotsman Newspaper By Jenny Haworth THE Great Depression gave us the jet engine and the electric razor, and the First World War provided the inspiration for some of the most moving poetry ever …

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An Attitude of Gratitude

Tonight I did a show about Gratitude on BBC Radio. It struck me that during these difficult times gratitude can really turn our attitudes and lives around. Here are my Top 5 Tips you can do every day to foster an attitude of gratitude in your life: 1) Every morning when you wake up, simply …

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The Story of Stuff

For anyone listening to tonight’s BBC Radio show (and everyone else!), here’s Annie Leonard’s wonderful twenty minute film called “The Story of Stuff”. It’ll change the way you look at things. I had the privilege of interviewing Annie last week for a new documentary called Part of the Solution (movie.4000saturdays.com) Find out more at www.storyofstuff.com

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The Odd Couple

There is something very endearing about this video…

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Choosing Hope over Fear

We’ve seen what fear can do to our world, the economy and our wellbeing and this week we’ve felt what optimism and hope can create in our hearts. Why would we ever choose the former? We live in a world created by our emotions. Look for the good in everything that happens today.

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What Shall I Do Today?

Every morning before we start our day we need to ask ourselves the question “What can I do today that will make a difference in the world tomorrow?”

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“My Feet Ache”

When travelling in Delhi, India about sixteen years ago I had been walking for about eight hours and my feet ached like never before. I was suffering from culture shock and overwhelmed by all the poverty I was seeing. I sat down on the pavement feeling thoroughly sorry for myself. In amongst the bustle of the surrounding street …

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The Journey

As many of my friends will know I am working on a documentary film called “Part of the Solution”. In the many conversations I having about people are asking for links to some of the resources which I’m discovering on the journey. I’ve created a new Part of the Solution category so if you want to follow the …

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Cheer up!

As a parent I’ve rapidly learnt that we are not here to teach our children but learn from them. This is none more apparent when discovering that children laugh on average 146 times a day, whilst adults laugh just four times. Does this point to the serious business of growing up or us simply taking life too seriously? …

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Our Greatest Teachers

The financial crisis is one of the most profound teachers of our time. Whether in America, Iceland, the UK, the rest of Europe, Asia or beyond it is showing us that everything in this world is interconnected and we cannot survive without considering each other and pulling together. Boundaries, flags and the “me culture” ultimately …

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“Slow down you move too fast. You gotta make this moment last”

The credit crunch could be a good thing. We might start living life at half the speed we currently do, which means we would only be consuming the world twice as fast as we should.

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