Paul van der Merwe is the Author of Lucky Go Happy and a Guinness World Record Holder.
I interviewed Paul for Journey To Success Radio.
Paul van der Merwe is a mechanical engineer, published author and a Guinness World Record holder.
Paul was born and raised in South Africa where he continues to live and work today. He is married to Corlia and has two sons aged 4 and 7.
Following the completion of his mechanical engineering degree at the University of Pretoria, Paul started his career as a junior engineer on a diamond mine in the desolate Northern Cape Province.
It is during this period in his life, with time to burn over weekends, that Paul set off to achieve his lifelong dream of getting into the Guinness Book of Records. In May 1999, he set a new Guinness World Record, by throwing a beer bottle cap a distance of 229 feet.
Soon realizing that life on the mines was not for him, and that there is a great big world out there, Paul travelled to the United Kingdom where he spent a year doing various odd jobs to fund his travels through Europe.
Returning to South Africa in 2000, Paul joined an engineering contracting firm that executes large capital projects for the international mining and minerals industry. He has been involved in the design, procurement, construction and commissioning of various process plants. Paul moved through the ranks during his 15 year stint with the company, and currently holds the position of Engineering Manager.
Paul’s work commitments has taken him all across the globe visiting places such as Siberia, the United States of America, Canada, Brazil, Sierra Leone, Angola and the Congo to name but a few.
Lucky Go Happy by Paul van der Merwe is an ingenious modern-day fable full of witty humour, that's already changing lives.
Follow the adventures of Lucky the rat who is sent into the African Bushveld by Lion on a quest to find out what makes others happy. Through Lucky's interactions with some colorful animals, readers (teenagers and adults) will learn how to make happiness happen for themselves and for those around them.
Lucky stumbles across Elephant, who practised homeopathy but faced a crisis after losing his tusks in a fight with another bull over the matriarg-in-waiting. Without his tusks he could no longer peel bark from trees, or dig up roots needed to make his medicine. His practice deteriorated and eventually Elephant had to close the doors of his practice.
Lucky also meets Baobab tree who is into carbon credit trading. Baobab wanted to be the first tree to see what lies outside of the valley where he lived. Baobab believed this would make him smarter and so earn the respect of other trees in the valley. Baobab essentially believed he would be happy once he was tall enough to see outside of the valley.
In pursuit of this goal, Baobab absorbed his minerals six times a day and took deep breaths of carbon dioxide whenever animals were around. He pushed his roots down to where no tree has ever gone in search of water.
Once Baobab was able to see outside the valley, the permanent state of happiness that he hoped for did not materialize. He realised that he missed out on happiness along the way, while being fixated on his goal. Baobab missed his saplings growing up. He missed the day they broke ground and the day they got their first leaves. He was deaf to the sound of their laughter when the ants tickled their bark.
Lucky also encounters Buffalo, a market analyst who was retrenched following the economic crisis of 2008. Buffalo was contracted by swallows to analyse data they collected on humans in an effort to develop a strategy to counter the human onslaught on nature.
Buffalo analysed human spending habits and derived a curve that proves that money cannot buy happiness.
Through the encounters of Lucky the rat, Lucky Go Happy will:
· Show how we lose out on more than 70% of potential happy time by living for weekends;
· Explain how contentment can yield the same amount of happiness as ecstasy;
· Provide concrete proof that money can never make us happy;
· Highlight why it is absolutely essential to be unhappy at times;
· Illustrate how a midlife crisis happens;
· Provide the simple formula to calculate the amount of happiness, or unhappiness you experience;
· Show that happiness is not around the next corner; it is here and now;
· Help you understand how happiness works.
Written for teenagers and adults, this easy-to-read book by Paul van der Merwe will equip you with the knowledge to make you happier and happy more often. Rather than waiting for it, you can make happiness happen for yourself and for those around you.