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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 […]

The Top 5 Commencement Speeches

Commencement speeches… the final words of wisdom that almost-graduates receive before heading out into the big world.  These are important speeches.  I have had the privilege of attending 2 or 3 graduations a year at IESE Business School over the last 13 years. Top 5 Commencement Speeches Here are my 5 favourite commencement speeches.  They […]

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Idris: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “Haha…  what?  me…  I think I’m a little too old for that” Idris: “You do realise that you are still growing?” “Hmmm…  you mean…  The Dream?” Idris: “Yes, The Dream?” “I don’t think people have enough time to dream.  Real life gets in the […]

Making Improvements: The Path to Mastery

The Path to Mastery The path to mastery is steady, small, incremental improvements repeated over and over again. There is no shortcut to mastery. There is a mode of operating that allows mastery. This mode is the 1% improvement mode. Do you focus on the 1% improvements? What small change will you make today? Please […]

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Practicing Resilience

What is Resilience? Resilience: the ability to stay creative and motivated in an environment of chaos and change.   Personally, I faced a huge time of chaos and change in late 2008.  My company was going bankrupt and my family was falling apart.  It is from this time of great difficulty that I learnt most […]

Keynote at Mobile World Congress #4YFN 2016 – Entrepreneurial Success

Keynote: The 3 Keys for Entrepreneurial Success When I was 14 years old, my grandfather told me that “Success is earning more than your father.”  This talk shares how my definition of success has changed over the next 3 decades of my life.  My definition today…  listen at the end of the speech. What is […]

How to Concentrate

I met Dandapani at EO Instanbul University and have since met him in Barcelona when he came to run a 1 day retreat for our chapter of the EO organisation. He spent 10 years as a Hindu monk, and now shares what he learnt about using our mind and our awareness in an intentional manner. […]

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