Episode from the podcastYour London Legacy

German Born Londoner Mark Hebwood’s Brilliantly Conceived Debut Book ”Happiness Rules” Clearly Sets Out How To Build, Maintain & Live Your ‘Authentic Life’

Released Monday, 16th September 2019
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This week’s guest, Mark Hebwood, is author of the brilliantly conceived debut book ”Happiness Rules”. If you are anything like me, you may have read dozens of self-help style books in this genre. However, I can pretty much promise you won’t have read anything quite like this.

Mark was born and raised in Germany before coming to London where he has lived and worked in the financial services sector for around 20 years. In Marks words he has “loved, lived, and breathed in the City of London,’’ and has been fulfilled and happy. As a result of this blissful existence Mark began to think how had it been possible for him to build his “authentic life”, and the result of that thought process is his book ‘’Happiness Rules’’.

Mark has combined his unique personal experiences with his deep analytical mindset to create a set of rules, that if followed will help you better understand who you are, what you need, and how shape your world to ensure you too can be as fulfilled as Mark.

Join me and Mark from his beautiful London apartment as we dive deep into the rules to create a happy life. This is your London legacy.

“It is coming full circle because after 20 years as a stock broker on London dealing floors—I have now just left the city…and I am now hoping to establish myself as a writer.”

Mark found that the period of adjustment he should have in leaving his job for retirement wasn’t quite what he thought. When he left the building for the last time he had to turn around stop to realize the fact and ponder about whether or not he should commemorate it. But this change was long coming and Mark was ready to accept it and his transition into writing—a passion of his from a young age that he couldn’t exercise professionally in his career.

“What gives you purpose changes and the thing you have to do, I would claim, as a person is to keep track of that change and not fall behind.”

While many people find their purpose through career and employment, Mark has come to realize that what gives us purpose changes. In order to keep track of our purpose and move through life we must understand a key thing—who we really are. Knowing who you are is essentially to your ‘authentic life’—and Mark notes that you do not simply find that life, you build it. It’s an active process.

On Happiness Rules: “I wanted it to be a sounding board for those who try to find the authentic life, which just simply means the life that is right for you and where you can be yourself and where you don’t live your life by the standards of others.”

Happiness Rules is a book unlike any I’ve read in the self-help genre, as it takes a very analytical lens to viewing oneself and life. Going step by step through the processes Mark took to realize what made him an individual and how to not live by the standards of others. It took him a while to get to a place where he was okay with himself and his life, and in sharing his journey he hopes to help yours—although he points out there is no one generic rule to creating an authentic life. The path is different for every person, highlighting the need to know yourself before you can employ any method to find it.

I highly encourage you to get a copy of https://www.amazon.co.uk/Happiness-Rules-Mark-Hebw… (Happiness Rules) and follow Mark on his authorship journey in the novels he wants to write. You can find his website at http://www.markhebwood.com/ (MarkHebwood.com).


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Your London Legacy was born out of my love for London. I have travelled far and wide, and as much I get so much pleasure from seeing new places around the world, I always look forward to getting back home to London. I cannot think of anywhere else in the world, that has the same depth of history, the coming together of ancient and new cultures, fashions and religions and our hard-won freedom of speech. London is a global leader in banking and has the highest concentration of Universities and further education in Europe. It attracts vast number of business travelers and international students, and visitors, and has some of the very best restaurants anywhere in the world. But for all that is changing London has retained that classic element that sets it apart from every capital in the world. From the ancient icons like the Tower of London to musical phenomena such as Adele, this sprawling wonder of humanity has an endless supply of attractions. But on their own, attractions tell only part of London’s incredible story. For without Londoners there would be no attractions and no story, and without Londoners, there would be no legacy. The legacy that we can all too easily take for granted as we wander round London’s ancient streets, sip coffee in her beautiful parks, share a beer with our mates in her wonderful pubs, or as we take in one the myriad of world class museums. There are over 8 million residents in London, from the inner-city housing estate, to the urban sprawl and ever growing suburbs to the luxury of Kensington and Belgravia. No matter where Londoners live, they are all part of the wonderful melting pot that makes Londoners what they are. Unique. Young and old, rich and poor, they all have a story to tell. A story of passion, of struggle, belonging, laughter, creating, desperation, and yes sometimes loneliness and fear. London is far from perfect, but it is home and has been since the Romans settled in 50AD. And it keeps on growing year on year, so we must be doing something right. Londoner’s are a special breed. They are about spirit and embracing changes that are constantly going on around them. Your London Legacy tells the timeless stories of London’s hidden personalities’’ by interviewing Londoners from every walk of life, in every community. It was born out of my desire to share the legacy of Londoners with you. We all have a story to tell. I’m Steve Lazarus and this is Your London Legacy.
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