Lessons to Ditch from School

Deep down, even as a child I knew entrepreneurship was my path.  It wasn’t the lure of being my own boss and defining each and every work day exactly as I wanted to – though, of course, thinking that was possible was certainly attractive.  It wasn’t even the idea of becoming as rich and successful […]

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Business Motivation – Better Working Through Chemistry

When it comes to business motivation, the traditional focus has understandably been on psychology. The eternal quest for improved productivity has centred on the mind and creating the philosophical conditions under which positive mind sets are easily both achieved and sustained. Ever since Napoleon Hill penned the seminal Think And Grow Rich all the way […]

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Banish the Blame

Do you blame others for something that you could conceivably do something about? These days we all seem to live in a blame culture. Parents blame teachers for their children’s poor performance at school, dieters blame their work colleagues bringing in cakes for the fact they can’t seem to lose weight, while many of us […]

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Start out with Baby Steps

Your chances of succeeding at something is far greater if you just take small steps at the beginning on the path towards your goal rather than big leaps. This theory is clearly and cleverly demonstrated by Californian social psychologists Jonathan Freedman and Scott Fraser. Back in 1966 the pair asked householders in California to display […]

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How to Get What You Want

How to Get What You Want

In order to get what you want from life, you have to know what that is in the first place. That sounds pretty simple but you’d be surprised at how many individuals think they know what they want but once they realise their goal they’re not happy. The reason for that is what they have […]

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Don’t Rush To Judge

Don’t Rush To Judge

How often do you judge other people just by what they look like? Do you judge fellow passengers on the train, for instance, immediately pigeonholing them into a particular occupation? Maybe you assume every bad driver is a woman? It’s pretty common to pass judgement on other human beings – but more often than not […]

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It’s Just Stuff

It’s Just Stuff

We laugh at the shoe addiction of some women or the designer handbag collections of others. And men aren’t immune to these lavish spending sprees either of course – sports cars and top of the range golfing equipment instantly come to mind. But joking aside there’s a seriousness behind all this materialism. That’s because it’s […]

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Global Change Starts Locally

Are you influenced by the world around you? In his book “How the News Makes Us Dumb: The Death of Wisdom in an Information Society” a certain Professor C. John Sommerville at the University of Florida blames the news for making us less cultured. He claims we become desensitized to inhumane events because we see […]

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Failure Is Inevitable; Defeat Isn’t

Failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Making mistakes can bring us to a new understanding of things. After all, isn’t life all about learning? And the best way to gain new information and insight is often to learn from our mistakes (or perceived ‘failure’). Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb (amongst numerous other items), […]

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Understanding Your Impulses

Understanding Your Impulses

How much do your emotional impulses control your actions? In many individual cases the answer is probably “a lot.” But then, it’s not easy to let rational thinking take control. Take binge eating or excessive shopping for instance. We know we shouldn’t do it (at least the rational side of our brain does) but we […]

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