Category Self-Knowledge

The Simplest Definition of Success

I have worried for too much of my life about whether I am a success or not. This video shares the simplest and most empowering definition of success that I have found.  It comes from Pema Chodron.  It is a wonderful reflection for me about how I am living my life. Am I learning to […]

We are Blind to anything beyond our Imagination, A story of a lost tribe in Papua New Guinea

This is a story about a lost tribe in Papua New Guinea. They were brought to the city of Singapore and shown skyscrapers, airports, factories, supermarkets, homes and life. When they were on their way back to their mountain village, they were asked: “What is the most incredible thing you have seen during your days […]

Your Success lives outside your Comfort Zone | Wise words from Kafka, Mueck, Anagor and Mills

Getting out of your Comfort Zone. I’m on a Sunday hike with Florian and his son Alvaro. We’re on our way toward the restaurant for lunch, when we find the river is overflowing and the foot bridge is under fast flowing water…  What do we do? Are you waiting for permission? For the important things […]

Purpose and Vision Beats Opportunism

Two Approaches to Life My friends live their lives in one of two contrasting ways: Guided by a Long term Vision for their Lives Take Opportunities as they come In the short term, the opportunists made great early progress.  I have one friend who changed job every 1-2 years in the investment banking industry.  Each […]

Fear of an Ordinary Life, Part 2

I ran out of battery on my iphone this afternoon while sitting in starbucks.  I was waiting for 2 people.  I had to stay.  It was good that I ran out of battery, because I ended up looking at Tibidabo mountain for 30 minutes and thinking about life. I was thinking about my post on […]

Fear of an Ordinary Life

My anxiety: It’s not FOMO but FOOL Last week, I was given the thoughtful gift of a book “How to be Bored“. It describes the anxiety arising from the Fear Of Missing Out, made famous as FOMO. I have a hard time sitting at home doing nothing productive. I have a sense that I am […]

The 4 Kinds of Work

There are 2 ways to categorize work: cognitive or manual repetitive or non-repetitive. 4 Kinds of Work There are basically 4 kinds of work: Manual repetitive – Assembly line factory worker, farm labourer Cognitive repetitive – Call center operative, Bank teller Manual non-repetitive – Jewellery maker, Custom car builder Cognitive non-repetitive – Project manager, Sales of large complex […]

Zero Executive Presence: “When I speak, people don’t listen. Why is that?”

Student: “When I speak, people don’t listen.  Why is that?” Teacher: “It depends…” It always depends… There are many possible reasons that people don’t engage with you, don’t care about what you are going to say, don’t pay attention. Rarely does anyone come to me and say “I need help.  I am boring.” However, this condition is […]

There are no Answers, Just Stories

On success, there is no one right answer: You cannot learn absolute rules from another person. You cannot take the life recipe of another person. You can learn from their stories, but only you will take what you take from a story. Seek out Stories Tribes, civilisations and families have found that life lessons are […]

The #1 Obstacle in Teaching Leadership

The mission of the IESE Business School, where I teach about 1,000 EMBA, MBA and Senior Management participants each year, is to “develop leaders who aspire to have a deep, lasting and positive impact on people, firms and society” and I have spent a lot of the last 13 years attempting to find a way to […]

Going Mad Wanna Come?

Perspectives on a Life in Progress of Being Lived

Centrifugal Performer

By Milica Ilic

Manner of Speaking

"All the great speakers were bad speakers at first." — Ralph W. Emerson

breath2x2

breathing made easy

Anna S. E. Lundberg

Coach, trainer, mentor