Open Mind

If you keep an open mind it will not only strengthen the judgements you make in business, but will make you happier as well. Empathy is vital, not just...

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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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One Person

It only takes one person to make or break a brand. Rebel entrepreneurs understand this. They never underestimate the impact a single person can have.

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Rebel Entrepreneur

Rebel entrepreneurs stand by their integrity. They are unafraid to question conventional wisdom. Crucially, they ask the question “Is there a better

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Adapt

To survive, businesses have to change their plans all the time. In business, adaptability is crucial. If you don't adapt you don't survive.

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Curb Anxiety

Anxiety can follow an entrepreneur at every stage in business. Though they can take practical steps to avoid it, anxiety can rear its head in spite

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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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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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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.

Pick one thing

In New York City, there is no shortage of restaurants that serve just one meal. From mac and cheese places to peanut butter

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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

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

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

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

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

It all starts with desire

Desire plays a huge role in the realisation of a rebel entrepreneur’s path. That primal, all encompassing urge to succeed feeds our initial

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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

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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Believe

When George Nissen came up with the idea for the trampoline, he was 16 years-old. Nissen was watching the acrobats of a circus

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Instant gratification

Amazon have built their brand on the understanding that modern consumers are willing to pay to get what they want as fast as

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Premium product

In 2003, researchers Dholakia and Simonson used eBay to see how customers really respond to discounts. They sold the same album – Pink

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Choice

The average American makes up to 70 choices per day. Choice is a fundamental part of life. While freedom is all about having

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Write down your goals

When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions, only 72% of people continue to honour them after the first week. Six months in, that

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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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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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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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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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In the zone

In 1984, John McEnroe exceeded expectations at his final match at Wimbledon, finishing the year with a match record of 82 wins and

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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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Gratitude

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

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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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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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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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Oscar Wilde

I was eating a meal recently and noticed tables of people celebrating. When the waiter brought out a cake with burning sparklers to

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Goal

“A goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot.” – Dr Joe Vitale. If your goal is too easy, it

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Limit your focus

Dr Seuss’ children’s book Green Eggs and Ham was brought to life following a bet between Seuss and his publisher Bennett Cerf. After

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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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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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Passion

Money was my motivation in my early days as an entrepreneur. In hindsight, this was the single biggest mistake I made in my

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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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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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Artificial intelligence advantage

Artificial intelligence is transforming the world we live in every day whether you are aware of it or not. As new strides in

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

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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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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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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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

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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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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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