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Setting Goals for 2017

If you are reading this via email, watch the video on the blog: Setting Goals for 2017 Each year I decide on a few words that set the theme for the year.  Last year was Connect, Create, Complete.  This year I have set Unconditional Peace of Mind as the theme. I will explain more on what […]

How the US President Plans his Days

Do you plan your days, or do your days run as a reaction to what pops up?  In Washington DC, one of our EO leaders at the EO Leadership Academy was Christoph Magnussen – here in this he shares a tip we learnt about how to take control of your day. This is a lesson […]

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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 […]

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Leadership: First, Control your Time

Yesterday I shared an interview with Christoph Magnussen reviewing lessons from #EOLA16. Here’s another smidgin of wisdom from Entrepreneurs’ Organisation Leadership Academy 2016.  In this video, Rich Mulholland, an entrepreneur from South Africa shares his reflections on two key moments during the leadership academy:  A re-enactment of the Martin Luther King “I Have a Dream” speech, […]

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Freedom is not Fun

“You can take my life, but you cannot take my freedom” William Wallace (through the mouth of Mel Gibson) Freedom sounds like good stuff.  Generations have fought and died to allow us the individual freedom that we enjoy today. Freedom is not the freedom from something, it is the freedom to choose to do or not […]

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Three Life Paths

University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin Seligman categorised hundreds of people into three groups based on how they pursued happiness: The Pleasant Life: People in pursuit of the Pleasant Life seek happiness by looking for pleasure. They are good at savouring the moment and making their pleasures last. The Engaged Life: People in pursuit of the […]

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Are you motivated by Pain or motivated by Gain?

Pain or Gain? There are two fundamental drives to human action: Avoidance of Pain Seeking of Gain. This is how we work. There are no other external causes of action. We take action when we truly believe: It will avoid a Pain, or We truly believe it will deliver a Gain. If I am not […]

Do you Have the Wrong Mission?

I made a little change to the classic story about 3 men building a cathedral… Working on a Cathedral In the distance I see the construction site of a future cathedral. I approach the site and see three men laying bricks. I approach the first man and ask “what are you doing?” He says “I am […]

Commencement Speech: Emmanuel Faber – “Who is your Brother?”

I’ve just added another great Commencement speech to my youtube playlist: Commencement Speeches Emmanuel Faber gave the commencement address at HEC this year, 2016. The first half is in french, the last in english.  Emmanuel tells a powerful personal story, describes 3 diseases, and asks us a question… This is a powerful speech.  You’ve got to watch […]

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The Lunchpail Manifesto (Steven Pressfield)

“What ails you and me has nothing to do with being sick or being wrong.  What ails us is that we are living our lives as amateurs” Steven Pressfield I have often reread the book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.  When you create real art, you will face “The Resistance“.  Any creation of […]

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