Category: Personal Traits

Open Mind

ARTICLE 129: If you keep an open mind it will not only strengthen the judgements you make in business, but will make you happier as well.


Rebel Entrepreneur

ARTICLE 126: Rebel entrepreneurs stand by their integrity. They are unafraid to question conventional wisdom. Crucially, they ask the



ARTICLE 117: Are we predisposed to think negatively? Our first ancestors were hunter-gatherers that were conditioned to yield to negative


ARTICLE 117: The negative orientation of the mind is no longer effective as a survival instinct. It prevents us from achieving our full potential,


ARTICLE 114: From an evolutionary perspective, children are natural born risk-takers. In the past, they were exposed to more threats and had to



ARTICLE 111: Benjamin Franklin once said: “For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.”In any arena in life, time is a precious



ARTICLE 109: Neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky trained a group of monkeys to know that if they pressed a button ten times they would receive a



ARTICLE 106: When I was a teenager, I had to clean the kitchen after dinner each night. I dreaded the chore until I found a way of making it work for


Don't let the old man in

ARTICLE 105: Two days before his 88th birthday, Clint Eastwood played a round of golf with his friend Toby Keith. Eastwood was scheduled to start



ARTICLE 074: Our brains are capable of processing the world around us incredibly fast – faster than we can consciously realize. However,



ARTICLE 048: David Steindl-Rast once said “It is not happiness that makes us grateful, it is gratefulness that makes us happy.” Steindl-Rast is


ARTICLE 038: 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

Get ready to take off

ARTICLE 038: When Bill Gates was just 17 he established his first business with his partners Paul Allen and Paul Gilbert. The company was called


Negative people

ARTICLE 037: Albert Einstein once said “Stay away from negative people, they have a problem for every solution.” He was entirely right. Negative


ARTICLE 037: In order to protect your business and yourself, negative people should be identified as early as possible. If you share your idea with

ARTICLE 036: Rebel entrepreneurs don’t judge people based on their role or their title. They don’t see labels. They treat everyone with respect -


ARTICLE 036: In 1971, Philip Zimbardo recruited students to take part in a simulated prison in Stanford’s psychology building. Half were assigned


For me

ARTICLE 034: Whenever we encounter a new person, opportunity or experience or even listen to a story, our brains are wired to ask the question


ARTICLE 034: 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

ARTICLE 031: Rebel entrepreneurs take intellectual risks, emotional risks, personal risks and social risks. For a rebel entrepreneur, risk-

Take a risk

ARTICLE 031: A friend of mine found herself at a crossroad in life. She wanted to be an editor, and hoped one day to establish an editing business


Big dream

ARTICLE 030: During the 1960s, Walter Mischel carried out a series of studies on 600 boys and girls between the ages of three and five in what


ARTICLE 030: Delayed gratification doesn’t just make treats taste more delicious, the practice yields better results at every stage of life. Closer to

ARTICLE 028: 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

Sacrifice the partying

ARTICLE 028: According to Isaac Newton’s first law of motion, an object at rest will remain at rest, while an object in motion will stay in motion,



ARTICLE 027: The gut is so powerful, many call it ‘the second brain’. In 2011, Dr Premsyl Berick, an associate professor of gastroenterology at


ARTICLE 027: A rebel entrepreneur will make decisions not solely based on their logic but their gut feeling too. They trust their gut. In business, it

The Importance of Integrity

ARTICLE 023: In 1961, Stanley Milgram recruited 500 men to take part in what they thought was a memory test. The participants were given the role


ARTICLE 023: A rebel entrepreneur knows the importance of integrity and will always look for win-win solutions. They value honesty, and put their

ARTICLE 015: A rebel entrepreneur - whether it is in life or business - will always focus on what's ahead. Once you start orienting yourself in the


ARTICLE 015: When Formula 1 drivers realise they are heading straight for a wall, their first reaction is not to stop, but to divert their gaze from



ARTICLE 002: Koko the gorilla, was just a year old when her instructor taught her American Sign Language. Soon, Koko had a vocabulary of over


ARTICLE 002: A rebel entrepreneur stands by their integrity and tells the truth. Only stupid people lie. They do so because they fear the consequences of

Good or bad

ARTICLE 006: There was once a farmer, whose stallion was his most prized possession. He took excellent care of the animal, until one day, the


ARTICLE 006: 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