GUEST AUTHOR & EDUCATOR
Today I welcome an interesting man who is an author and educator - Peter Dingle. Dr D (or Prof Pete) has spent the past twenty five years as a researcher, educator and communicator. He has a Bachelor of Education in Science, a Bachelor of Environmental Science with first class honours and a PhD. He has more than 100 scientifically reviewed papers, 10 books, and a team of researchers breaking new ground on topics of health and motivation. Books include “ My dog eats better than your kids, Is Your Home making you Sick, The Great Cholesterol Deception, Take Control of Your Life” and “A Supplement A day keeps the doctor away”. He conducts ongoing research into diet and nutrition, lifestyle and the role of a positive attitude on health, well being and productivity. Dr D is one of the rare speakers who conducts and presents his own professional research. He is internationally recognised and often quoted by other speakers.
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR PROFESSIONAL JOURNEY.
I love what I do and I am passionate about my message. I hear from people every day that I have helped them and I hear how so many people are suffering and it drives me to make a difference.
WHEN AND HOW DID YOU BECOME A RESEARCHER, EDUCATOR AND COMMUNICATOR?
1986 I went back to study and learnt a love for research and education. Prior to that I travelled the world for 5 years hitch hiking through Asia , north Africa, Europe in the early 1980’s
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK?
Helping people. I love educating people to make changes for the better in their lives. Becoming more positive, eating better, becoming more active, enjoying life more etc
WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING A MOTIVATOR?
Sometimes the extraordinary demands put on your time. After a full day or few days people still want to get more from you.
WHAT WERE YOU IN A PAST LIFE?
A teacher of science, health and physical education
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CHANGE DIRECTION?
An accidental visit to a university and on the spot I decided to go back and study environmental science. I literally saw the building, went in and enrolled that afternoon to start the next week.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?
Helping with the birth of my grandchild in the back of our corolla. I held the phone while my daughter and wife did all the real work
Getting a common sense message out there on health
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
More books. I currently have 4 books I am working on. The next to finish at the printer early 2013 is “Medical Myths and Health lies that are killing us”.
A Gift of gratitude
Gut reactions. A guide to health and health digestion
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
People who challenge the world in any area from sport to science and social issues. People who challenge the existing paradigms and make positive changes to the world that helps other people or the environment. The people who are the real heroes who do good.
WHAT BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN?
My Dog Eats Better Than Your Kids
Is Your Home Making You Sick
Improve your memory your thinking and your life.
The DEAL for Happier Healthier Smarter Kids.
Goal Getting. The Science of Achieving Goals by Peter Dingle and Terry Power
The 6 week healthy Eating Planner
The Great Cholesterol Deception
Take Control and Realise Your Potential
A supplement a day keeps the doctor away
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR NEW WRITERS?
Plan, plan, plan. Work out who your audience is, how you are going to get it to them and all the other logistics. Talk with other authors, learn from their mistake
DO YOU SUFFER FROM WRITER’S / MOTIVATOR’S BLOCK?
No I love writing and do it nearly every day for 1 or 2 hours. I always have multiple books to write on if I get bored with one. Then as one nears completion I finish it off.
DO YOU HAVE A PREFERRED SCHEDULE?
5-7 am writing. If I get more time I do organising of the materials, putting my thoughts and ideas in order and racking down new research
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE WRITING PLACE?
My office overlooking the front garden and the sun as it comes up first thing in the morning
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST JOY IN YOUR WORK?
Coming up with a new revolutionary idea. This week it is the “New French Paradox” or being able to help someone
WHAT’S THE GREATEST COMPLIMENT YOU EVER RECEIVED FROM A CLIENT OR READER?
“you have changed my life”
WRITERS ARE SOMETIMES INFLUENCED BY THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN THEIR OWN LIVES. ARE YOU?
Yes the challenges in my life, some of them very big, have enabled me to put myself in the place of others, to understand them better and to write better. To put my life in perspective
OTHER THAN YOUR WORK, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LOVE?
My wife, my family, the beach, quiet times of contemplation but also being active. I love helping people
DID YOU HAVE YOUR BOOK / BOOKS PROFESSIONALLY EDITED BEFORE PUBLICATION?
Yes. I have an editor in the US
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY.
3-4 hours of writing first thing in the morning interrupted only by my 16 month old granddaughter so we can play. Followed by making my family cups of coffee and tea then heading down the beach for a swim and walk. Lots of cups of tea some activity and rest in the afternoon and a public lecture in the evening. Then if not too late a glass of merlot with my wife
IF YOU WERE STUCK ON A DESERT ISLAND WITH ONE PERSON, WHO WOULD IT BE? WHY?
Martine my wife. Because of the trust we have
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO SPEAK TO WORLD LEADERS?
Listen to the people not the big corporations Listen to who votes for you and not the lobbyist. I am passionate against the injustices in the world including the ones here in Australia.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
To travel Australia and the world with my wife speaking and selling my books. We will be in Fremantle 6 months of the year the rest of the time travelling and speaking
WHAT FIVE BOOKS WOULD YOU TAKE TO HEAVEN?
WHAT’S THE FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO YOU?
One morning waking to the sound of a plane overhead in my house in Fremantle. Then realising I had missed my plane. I grabbed a pair of jeans and was hopping across the doorway back and forward trying to put the jeans on. Until my wife said what are you doing? My response was I don’t know. But it felt like a scene out of Charlie Chaplin
ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO ADD?
One of my greatest experiences was assisting, I held the phone, while my daughter gave birth and my wife assisted 5 minutes from hospital in the back of the car. Our daughter and granddaughter live with us and I love it. Having the time to watch this little being grow.
We complicate life so much but it is so simple and so many of us get caught up in the business of life. It is a real rat race and it does not have to be. We forget how important our health and our family are.
WHO DO YOU ADMIRE MOST?
The mums and the dads who are the real heroes of the world.
Clancy's comment: Dr Pete, agree with you. Why do we make life so complicated?
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "17 February 2013 - Dr PETER DINGLE - Guest Author ...":
Hm a scientist and educator who can't count to 5....
"WHAT FIVE BOOKS WOULD YOU TAKE TO HEAVEN?
Form what I've heard the person whose life he has had the greatest influence on is his first wife.