Month: January 2020

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

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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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

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

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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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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