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Control your own destiny

I remember the exact moment I made the decision to become an entrepreneur. I was 18, working in the US on a Christmas

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A rebel entrepreneur understands their own worth. They take control of their own destiny. If they have to temporarily work for a boss, they are aware that

Truth

Koko the gorilla, was just a year old when her instructor taught her American Sign Language. Soon, Koko had a vocabulary of over

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A rebel entrepreneur stands by their integrity and tells the truth. Only stupid people lie. They do so because they fear the consequences of telling the

Pitch short

The average human attention span is short, and, according to a 2015 survey by Microsoft, it’s only getting shorter. In the study, 2,000

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Rebel entrepreneurs craft their product with simplicity in mind, and this makes the act of pitching easier. They develop their product knowing that if they

Loveable product

After years of grafting and sleepless nights, I finally felt ready to launch our product. We were given a great opportunity to launch

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A loveable product can be judged not by what it is, but by what it is not. They lack friction points - or anything that prompts frustration or confusion.

Jump

Reid Hoffman – the founder of LinkedIn – once said: “Starting a company is like jumping off a cliff and trying to assemble

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Good or bad

There was once a farmer, whose stallion was his most prized possession. He took excellent care of the animal, until one day, the

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Rebel entrepreneurs realize that they thrive in the face of fear and the unknown. It's only when they take that jump, that they understand what they are

If we can look at any situation from a larger perspective, and with the understanding that situations are only good or bad if we label them as such. Often

Failure

Failure, in the past, was seen as grounds for punishment, especially for entrepreneurs. Societies from Ancient Greece and pre-modern Italy would publicly humiliate

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Failure is crucial to the development of an entrepreneur’s business. It is not an indication of incompetence, but a powerful reminder of our growth, our

Different

When I first told people about my vision for 3D4Medical, they laughed at me. I was a broke outsider who disliked authority and

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As a rebel entrepreneur, more often than not, the only direction for you to move in is against the tide of the crowd. Rebel entrepreneurs are different

Simple

Before it was called Instagram, it was called Burbn. With this app, users could share photos, connect with friends, earn points and check-in

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When you develop a product or service, endeavour to make it both easy to use and explain. Make it simple. If you are unable to capitulate what your product

Rebel entrepreneurs write down the big goal. They ask themselves continuously if what they’re doing now is bringing them closer to that single, big goal

Patient

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Rebel entrepreneurs are able to take that plunge and do it for freedom. They work when they want, where and how they want. They don't do it for money.

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Control your own destiny

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Innovation without money is possible, in fact, there’s never been a better time to start a business on a budget. Leaving aside the numerous app stores

Innovation without money

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A rebel entrepreneur isn't afraid. If the promise of reward is not enough to motivate you into taking that plunge, then try changing your motivation to fear

Afraid

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Loveable product

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Simple

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Imagination is the key

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For a rebel entrepreneur, imagination is the key, a vital source of innovation and, ultimately, proof that even the most outlandish ideas can become reality

Timing

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A rebel entrepreneur is very aware of the right timing for trends happening in society, and if applicable, launches their product or service when they can

Each project is completed you must begin again. There are less limitations in the sale of products. Products have the potential to earn you money while

Money

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Pitch short

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Oscar Wilde

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Pick one thing

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Rebel entrepreneurs live and work by a very straight-forward but effective philosophy: pick one thing and do it well. Rebel entrepreneurs work to make their

Rebel entrepreneurs must show investors that they have the tenacity to get through uncertain financial periods. They are patient.

Patient

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Never sell out

A friend of mine was the ultimate rebel entrepreneur. On a shoestring he managed to build a multimillion dollar business in just a

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Never sell out. I’ve seen first hand how so many otherwise brilliant entrepreneurs sell majority shares to VCs, or investors, only to become the employee

Venture capitalists

When I finally got 3D4Medical off the ground, external investors and venture capitalists started showing interest. They’d get in touch with generous offers,

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A rebel entrepreneur understands that in order to make money they have to invest. They don’t let their cash stagnate. Their goal is not to work for money

Don't work for money

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Idea

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When you are struck with a good idea - whether it’s a new innovation or an idea for a business - remember somewhere in the world, someone else is having

Sell products

In 1870, Josephine Cochran enjoyed a busy social life, and would host dinner parties for her friends from her home in Illinois. One

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Great businesses sell products that solve their customers’ pain. The reasoning behind this model for success is psychological. Humans, on a rudimentary

Rebel entrepreneurs understand a fundamental truth about sales - the product itself doesn’t seal the deal but the experience that goes with the product does

Experience

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If you can offer a solution or a prescription to your customers' problem, the sale will close itself. Selling is not jamming your foot in someone’s door.

Customers

The phone line went dead. Another no. I had just arrived in the US and the only job I could get was in

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Feedback

In 2008, Marissa Mayer wanted to determine how colour influenced users’ engagement with Google Ads. Mayer performed extensive colour testing for Google Ads

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With feedback, rebel entrepreneurs can remove the friction points and then reassess. This process is known as the “perfection loop”. It’s ongoing, but with

A rebel entrepreneur, on the other hand, will take opinions into consideration, but they will not override their own self belief. They are aware of the

Belief

In 1956, researchers at Swathorne College set up a simple study to determine the extent to which humans are influenced by others. In

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Research

Investment expert Alicia Syrett maintains that the average investor says no 98-99% of the time, although this figure fluctuates depending on the type

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Passion

When my business partner Niall Johnston and I got up and running, we visited many investors, to demonstrate the virtues of our 3D

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Rebel entrepreneurs must prove their viability if they want to maintain their potential investors’ interest, and secure the funding. In 1997 I returned from

Prove

When it comes to fundraising it is critical to not only communicate your adaptability and the viability of your product, but to prove

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Investment

When Facebook secured funding in 2004, they didn’t have a formal pitch. Instead, they had a media pack which demonstrated the platform’s reach

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Click

Investors say no to entrepreneurs for a variety of reasons, and more often than not it’s simply a case of the fit not

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Failure is crucial to the development of an entrepreneur’s business. It is not an indication of incompetence, but a powerful reminder of our growth, our

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Artificial intelligence advantage

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The AI revolution will be no different. AI will see people leave monotonous menial jobs and start working in more creative positions. We probably cannot

Jobs

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Choice

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Premium product

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Instant gratification

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Adapt

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One Person

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Limit your focus

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Goal

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Big goal

Michelangelo once said: “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but

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Rebel entrepreneurs write down the big goal. They ask themselves continuously if what they’re doing now is bringing them closer to that single, big goal

Positive visualisation

In 1967, Australian psychologist Alan Richardson visited a team of college basketball players. Richardson watched the players taking free shoots at the hoop

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Positive visualisation of a goal has a profound effect on the human body. A ‘goal’ here can also mean any important event, including an upcoming speech

Write down your goals

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Action

In 1990, Daniel Kahneman and Richard Thaler set out to determine how our sense of possession is ingrained into our identity. The researchers

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Questions are more important than solutions, because as W. Clement Stone explained, they take us out of victim-mode. Writing out a list of positive

Questions

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Placebo

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When a belief becomes ingrained in your subconscious it has the same effect as a placebo, and you can then harness its power. It becomes a ‘knowing’ that

Believe

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Without imagination, invention is impossible. W. Clement Stone famously said “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve”. Belief and

In the zone

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Ecstasy zone

Before he studied the flow state, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi had originally set out to determine what makes people happy. He was particularly interested in

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Growth mindset

When Michael Jordan was in high school, he didn’t make the basketball team. Instead of taking the rejection personally, he practiced on his

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Communication

Social media is an invaluable tool in business. The platform gives entrepreneurs an opportunity to quickly reach a targeted or global audience from

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Face to face communication has been proven to be more productive, especially in terms of idea flow. Research shows that an in-person meeting can generate

Tell me more

For most, listening does not come easily – not because we’re unintelligent or callous – but because the mechanisms of our brain make

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Rapport

In the 1980s, Italian neurophysiologist Giacomo Rizzolatti was studying the brain functions of macaque monkeys when he made a discovery that drastically expanded

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Networking

A study conducted by LinkedIn found that 85% of jobs are secured through networking as opposed to traditional application processes. Networking is fundamental

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Social Media

In 2010, Cornell researcher Matthew Brashears set out to determine how human friendships have evolved since the internet boom. Brashears surveyed over 2,000

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Public speaking

Over 500 faces were staring up at me, waiting for me to say something. Anything. But I couldn’t even open my mouth. I

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If you know at least parts of your speech off by heart, especially the beginning, then even if you are nervous, you won't have trouble with public speaking

When we stand tall, put our hands in the air and take up space, we can assert our dominance. You can learn and master confidence

Learn and master confidence

In 2008, researchers Jessica Tracy and David Matsumoto studied the body language of blind athletes at the 2004 Paralympics against their sighted counterparts.

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Your Message

Most people are born with a powerful instrument that is completely unique to them – their voice. When our vocal cords vibrate they

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Don't belittle competitors

When I was in my early twenties, I worked as a salesman for a company that raised money for the Catholic Church in

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Diversity

Picture yourself as a sports manager, assembling the best football team that would challenge the league title. Would you take on players from

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Diversity in business is essential. Studies show that teams composed of men and women of different races, nationalities, sexual orientations and reli

Believe in your team

In 1964, Harvard psychologist Robert Rosenthal teamed up with school principal Lenore Jacobson in a study that would gauge the impact of teachers’

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Leadership

A 2013 report by Gallup found that only 30% of employees feel inspired at work. It is estimated that this lack of engagement

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Be assertive

In a 2011 study, “Do Nice Guys – And Gals – Really Finish Last?” Notre Dame Professor Timothy Judge found that agreeable leaders

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Brainstorm together

The very best ideas are developed carefully, and often, independent of others. In a study conducted at Yale in 1958, 48 students were

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Rebel's employees need to think independently, but brainstorm together. It's most effective when they know about the session in advance, as this gives the

Staff

A staggering majority of people are unhappy at work. It’s a world-wide epidemic. In the United States, 70% of people hate their jobs.

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A rebel entrepreneur can make their staff feel like they are self-employed but still a vital part of the organisation. Then, together, they can work towards

Micromanage

In a feature with NPR, Majorn Bell talks about her time with a boss who micromanaged the company. Bell had to email her

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Employee feedback

Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, likened the figure of an entrepreneur to that of a pilot by stating “Starting a company is

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Workplace

A recent study by Harvard Business School has found that companies generate more success when the workplace environment is one that encourages employees

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Knowledge

There was once a CEO who ran a hugely successful company out of a high-rise building in Manhattan. One day, a fuse blew

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Devided

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Control

Happiness and control are intrinsically linked, but how does this knowledge play out in the business world? Does this mean that if your

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Can money buy happiness

Can money buy happiness? In a study published in Psychological Science, Kathleen Vohs found that when people are reminded of money they become

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Let your fear go

In 1920, psychologist John Watson wanted to test the extent to which humans can be conditioned to feel irrational fear. Watson had selected

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Behaviour

Elon Musk – who identifies as an “introverted engineer” – has spoken in the past about how he had no choice but to

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Don't Export Your Problems

Sigmund Freud once said “Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” Freud was

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Control and happiness

When were you happiest? Maybe when you landed your dream job, or when ‘the love of your life’ finally asked you out. Maybe

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The wisdom of stoicism can be a guiding light through tough times in business. You may encounter problems entirely out of your control, and in this instance

Stoicism

“You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius During his prison sentence,

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Change your perception

In 2005, Jessica Witt studied athletes to assess how perceptions can shape reality. After a game, Witt showed them images of softballs of

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Exceed expectations

Before the 1950s, athletes and medical experts shared the consensus that running a mile in less than four minutes was a biological impossibility.

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Rewire your brain

I’ve spoken in the past about how a rebel entrepreneur must be psychologically equipped to deal with the challenges presented to them on

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Third person

In a 2012 interview, Malala Yousafzai speaks about the moment she stood up to the Taliban, the terrorist group who had threatened her

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Condition your mind

In the 1890s, Ivan Pavlov conducted a number of experiments on dogs in which he studied their saliva secretion. Pavlov would ring a

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Pain

When it comes to getting into the sea, there are two types of people – jumpers and splashers. The splashers enter slowly. They

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Overthinking

Acclaimed pianist Vladimir Horowitz once said that the worst thing for a musician to do was to think about the position of his

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Uncertainty

Psychologists link uncertainty to anxiety. But focusing your attention on the things within your control can be beneficial for your mental health.

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Curb Anxiety

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Rebel entrepreneurs take intellectual risks, emotional risks, personal risks and social risks. For a rebel entrepreneur, risk-taking is a way of life.

Take a risk

A friend of mine found herself at a crossroad in life. She wanted to be an editor, and hoped one day to establish

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Sacrifice the partying

According to Isaac Newton’s first law of motion, an object at rest will remain at rest, while an object in motion will stay

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Whatever you put in now will come back to you in the future. A rebel entrepreneur will sacrifice a few years of partying now for decades of freedom later.

Focus

When Formula 1 drivers realise they are heading straight for a wall, their first reaction is not to stop, but to divert their

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A rebel entrepreneur - whether it is in life or business - will always focus on what's ahead. Once you start orienting yourself in the direction you wish to

Delayed gratification doesn’t just make treats taste more delicious, the practice yields better results at every stage of life. Closer to your big dream

Big dream

During the 1960s, Walter Mischel carried out a series of studies on 600 boys and girls between the ages of three and five

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Get ready to take off

When Bill Gates was just 17 he established his first business with his partners Paul Allen and Paul Gilbert. The company was called

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Setbacks are simply a sign that great things are about to happen, so get ready to take off, just position yourself to shoot in the right direction

A rebel entrepreneur knows the importance of integrity and will always look for win-win solutions. They value honesty, and put their hands up when they’ve

The Importance of Integrity

In 1961, Stanley Milgram recruited 500 men to take part in what they thought was a memory test. The participants were given the

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Negative

Are we predisposed to think negatively? Our first ancestors were hunter-gatherers that were conditioned to yield to negative thoughts to protect themselves from

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The negative orientation of the mind is no longer effective as a survival instinct. It prevents us from achieving our full potential, leaving us victims of

Gut

The gut is so powerful, many call it ‘the second brain’. In 2011, Dr Premsyl Berick, an associate professor of gastroenterology at McMaster

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A rebel entrepreneur will make decisions not solely based on their logic but their gut feeling too. They trust their gut. In business, it may feel like

A rebel entrepreneur stands by their integrity and tells the truth. Only stupid people lie. They do so because they fear the consequences of telling the

Truth

Koko the gorilla, was just a year old when her instructor taught her American Sign Language. Soon, Koko had a vocabulary of over

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For me

Whenever we encounter a new person, opportunity or experience or even listen to a story, our brains are wired to ask the question

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Once we stop asking “What’s in it for me?” and change that question to “How can I help?” - we can tap into the part of our psyche that thrives on helping on

In order to protect your business and yourself, negative people should be identified as early as possible. If you share your idea with them and they

Negative people

Albert Einstein once said “Stay away from negative people, they have a problem for every solution.” He was entirely right. Negative people can

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Rebel entrepreneurs don’t judge people based on their role or their title. They don’t see labels. They treat everyone with respect - cleaners, secretaries,

Respect

In 1971, Philip Zimbardo recruited students to take part in a simulated prison in Stanford’s psychology building. Half were assigned the role of

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Gratefulness

David Steindl-Rast once said “It is not happiness that makes us grateful, it is gratefulness that makes us happy.” Steindl-Rast is not alone

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Judging

Our brains are capable of processing the world around us incredibly fast – faster than we can consciously realize. However, sometimes this speed

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Good or bad

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If we can look at any situation from a larger perspective, and with the understanding that situations are only good or bad if we label them as such. Often

Don't let the old man in

Two days before his 88th birthday, Clint Eastwood played a round of golf with his friend Toby Keith. Eastwood was scheduled to start

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Creativity

When I was a teenager, I had to clean the kitchen after dinner each night. I dreaded the chore until I found a

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Happiness

Neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky trained a group of monkeys to know that if they pressed a button ten times they would receive a food

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Organisation

Benjamin Franklin once said: “For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” In any arena in life, time is a precious

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Resilience

From an evolutionary perspective, children are natural born risk-takers. In the past, they were exposed to more threats and had to learn to

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Rebel Entrepreneur

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5 AM

Navy SEALs get up at 04:30 AM every morning for a gruelling physical session. As the sun rises, a SEAL will complete a

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Cold shower

When Katharine Hepburn was a child she would take an ice bath every morning and swim regularly in the Long Island Sound. The

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The power of a hot sauna

It is thought that the sauna was first invented by the Finns over 2,000 years ago before they travelled and brought it to

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Gratitude

Acknowledging gratitude is wholly beneficial to the rebel entrepreneur. I’ve spoken

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Stress is good for you

At one point in my career, it felt like stress was going to defeat me. Deadlines were mounting, I felt physically sick and

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Stress is good for you. Only if you believe that stress can kill you, it will. However, once I realised that it could work for me rather than against me

Nocebo

In 1957, a patient known to the media as ‘Mr Wright’ was diagnosed with cancer in a California hospital. His tumours were the

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A lack of sleep wreaks havoc on our physical and mental well-being, and yet humans are the only mammals to deliberately deprive themselves of sleep. From a

Lack of sleep

Amnesty International lists deliberate sleep deprivation as a form of torture, and those who have been subjected to it support this classification. The

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Sleep

Stephen King was on a flight from New York to London when he awoke from a frightening nightmare in which he was being

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Performance

In 1993, Swedish psychologist Anders Ericcson set out to find what makes great performers tick. He was particularly interested in what separates top-level

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Flow

When Steven Kotler was 30, he was diagnosed with Lyme disease. His symptoms were so excruciating he spent 90% of his day in

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Laughter

In 1964, Norman Cousins was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a debilitating condition that left him in constant pain. His doctors theorised that stress

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Anxiety

In recent times, anxiety has become an epidemic. According to the World Health Organization, 300 million people around the world suffer from anxiety

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The power of breathing

Humans can live without food for three weeks. We can go without water for about three days. But without any air, we’ll die

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Tap into collective wisdom

In 1906, polymath and statistician Sir Francis Galton was visiting a country fair in England when he first observed a strange mathematical phenomenon.

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Rebel entrepreneurs understand that they need to tap into collective wisdom, and they know how to use it when it comes to developing a product or service.

Positivity

Over the course of his career, Massaru Emoto was fascinated by the connection between water and human consciousness. Emoto encouraged over 1,900 people

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Golden ratio

The total length of the human face divided by the distance between the eyes and mouth approximates towards the number 1.618, also known

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Resonate

For years, many have claimed that their success is due to the power of ‘manifestation’. In The Secret, Rhonda Byrne claimed that if

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The Returning Soldier Effect

After times of war, when a large percentage of the male population is killed, there follows a huge spike in the number of

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The returning soldier effect is just one of the bizarre and unexplainable ways the world works to restore balance. Rebel entrepreneurs who are passionate

Directed energy

In 2018, the furniture company Ikea brought two plants to a classroom in Dubai in order to raise awareness for Anti-Bullying Day. The

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Your Message

Most people are born with a powerful instrument that is completely unique to them – their voice. When our vocal cords vibrate they

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Rebel entrepreneurs know that it all starts with desire! Our brains have been biologically optimised to help us achieve our goals, especially if they are

Experience

When realtors host open viewings they invite potential buyers to imagine themselves living in the house. They get rid of clutter, brew a

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Prove

When it comes to fundraising it is critical to not only communicate your adaptability and the viability of your product, but to prove

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Questions

What is thinking? The practice of thinking is just asking and answering questions – that’s where our thoughts come from. If you are

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Jump

Reid Hoffman – the founder of LinkedIn – once said: “Starting a company is like jumping off a cliff and trying to assemble

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Rebel entrepreneurs must prove their viability if they want to maintain their potential investors’ interest, and secure the funding. In 1997 I returned from

Rebel entrepreneurs understand a fundamental truth about sales - the product itself doesn’t seal the deal but the experience that goes with the product does

Uncertainty

Psychologists link uncertainty to anxiety. But focusing your attention on the things within your control can be beneficial for your mental health.

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Laughter

In 1964, Norman Cousins was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a debilitating condition that left him in constant pain. His doctors theorised that stress

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Negative people

Albert Einstein once said “Stay away from negative people, they have a problem for every solution.” He was entirely right. Negative people can

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The power of a hot sauna

It is thought that the sauna was first invented by the Finns over 2,000 years ago before they travelled and brought it to

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Afraid

In 2015, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis wanted to determine which is a more effective motivator – the carrot (the promise

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Don't belittle competitors

When I was in my early twenties, I worked as a salesman for a company that raised money for the Catholic Church in

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If we can look at any situation from a larger perspective, and with the understanding that situations are only good or bad if we label them as such. Often

Public speaking

Over 500 faces were staring up at me, waiting for me to say something. Anything. But I couldn’t even open my mouth. I

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Gratitude

Acknowledging gratitude is wholly beneficial to the rebel entrepreneur. I’ve spoken

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Tap into collective wisdom

In 1906, polymath and statistician Sir Francis Galton was visiting a country fair in England when he first observed a strange mathematical phenomenon.

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Big dream

During the 1960s, Walter Mischel carried out a series of studies on 600 boys and girls between the ages of three and five

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Sacrifice the partying

According to Isaac Newton’s first law of motion, an object at rest will remain at rest, while an object in motion will stay

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Cold shower

When Katharine Hepburn was a child she would take an ice bath every morning and swim regularly in the Long Island Sound. The

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Happiness

Neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky trained a group of monkeys to know that if they pressed a button ten times they would receive a food

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A loveable product can be judged not by what it is, but by what it is not. They lack friction points - or anything that prompts frustration or confusion.

The AI revolution will be no different. AI will see people leave monotonous menial jobs and start working in more creative positions. We probably cannot

Idea

In 1952, a group of scientists conducted a behavioral study on the monkeys living on the Japanese island of Kōjima. Over the course

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Devided

The world appears to be so divided. Leaders and entrepreneurs challenge their own perspectives, in business and life by looking at opposing points of view.

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A lack of sleep wreaks havoc on our physical and mental well-being, and yet humans are the only mammals to deliberately deprive themselves of sleep. From a

Great businesses sell products that solve their customers’ pain. The reasoning behind this model for success is psychological. Humans, on a rudimentary

Golden ratio

The total length of the human face divided by the distance between the eyes and mouth approximates towards the number 1.618, also known

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Future

I spent most of my adolescence in detention. From a young age – even though I was considered ‘clever’ – I was constantly

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Rebel entrepreneurs take intellectual risks, emotional risks, personal risks and social risks. For a rebel entrepreneur, risk-taking is a way of life.

Sell products

In 1870, Josephine Cochran enjoyed a busy social life, and would host dinner parties for her friends from her home in Illinois. One

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Pain

When it comes to getting into the sea, there are two types of people – jumpers and splashers. The splashers enter slowly. They

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