Category: Personal Traits

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...


Rebel Entrepreneur

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



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


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


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



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



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



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


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



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



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


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

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


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


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

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,


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


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


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

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


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


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

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.

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



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


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

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


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

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


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



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


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

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


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