Category: Illustration

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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