Are All Opportunities Worth Pursuing?

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The rational answer is ‘no’, but our natural instinct often says otherwise. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves in making sure that we don’t miss out on opportunities. If you’re at the early stages in creating a business, the culture of many entrepreneurs can be hard work rather than smart work.

Think about how much more effective would be to work those extensive hours on smart work. Every human interaction is an opportunity to learn, but the lesson might at times be that you’d like to do things differently. Learn from other people’s burnout before experiencing it yourself and understand that long hours at a low productivity rate are counterproductive.

The more opportunities we pursue, the more we increase our chance of success. If we can’t put in much effort into any of these chances, we are at risk of covering too much ground with too little attention to detail. Knowing our limitations means that we can turn our assets into great advantages.

Self-CONFIDENCE and Being Active

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Are confident people busier than other people or is it the other way around?

Engaging in a high number of activities, social interaction and splitting our interest over different subjects brings together confidence in undertaking new challenges and overall self-belief.

Our brain no longer knows instinctively what’s best for us. The illusion of relaxing through passive behavior can take its toll on our body and on our mind. Passive behavior impacts our overall performance and ability to persist and succeed.

Have you ever noticed how much more energy you draw out of being active? Don’t postpone on that language class or knitting workshop. As long as you enjoy it, it is relaxing and it nurtures your self-confidence at the same time.

Be a Leader Who Sees People for Their Qualities

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Competition is what pushes many of us to meet our full potential, but it also makes us critical of other people’s flaws and qualities.

Treating people for less than what they are or can be is painful. It perpetuates a culture of aggressive dominance of our leaders over the ones who are still growing. We see it in business, on TV, at work, in schools – but we shy from calling it out.

When mistakes are made and we get judged rather than educated is when collective failure manifests itself. We fail not for being better, but for thinking that someone else’s mistake makes us better.

What type of leader do you want to be?

Why Working Hard Isn’t Enough

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We often feel entitled to receive recognition. Putting in an effort and hoping to be appreciated for it is natural, but expecting the feedback is detrimental. Effort leads to growth – we grow in understanding, mental performance, endurance, it helps our synapses link stronger bonds and it trains us for a longer active life.

What doesn’t happen as often is putting in a bit of extra effort as a one-off and expect a bucket of money to be poured over you. But we sure hope so. We ask for a 0.01% raise, put in some extra hours for extra pennies, get excited at the annual raise of 0.005% in recognition of our value. We allow what we don’t have to control our life and the way businesses are built, they take control over our needs by meeting them just enough to make it through the year.

Working hard and being delusional that you will get financial compensation in an industry or company that is not known for fair treatment is like getting into a relationship with a infertile partner and expecting children. It would take a miracle. Do you really have your whole life to wait for one? If you don’t, start working hard and smart and make your own miracle happen.

When the Lights Are Off but Your Mind Is Lighting Ideas

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Have you ever experienced feeling tired, yet you put your head on the pillow and you can’t seem to stop thinking and producing great ideas? Even more, you come up with a solution and you see it so clearly that you think it will be just as obvious for you when you wake up?

Finding ways to relax your mind allows you to harvest ideas that a busy mind cannot produce. Going to sleep is the end-circle in the day: we reset, we allow ourselves to be free from mundane commitments. Without an influx of information being thrown at us, our brain makes sense of events that happened throughout the day and expresses ideas of its own – of our own.

Take a second and allow yourself to discover the power that’s within you. Ask the right question and the answer will reveal itself. It might be handy to have a notebook and a pencil nearby.

What Do You Do when You Don’t Belong?

Look around you. Is there anyone you aspire to be like? Is there anyone who gets you to act at your maximum potential? Is that person someone you know and you can interact with?

If it isn’t, maybe it’s time to reevaluate where you’re at in life. Think about the places you hang out in, the people you see on the street and at work, the conversations at the pub. If you tend fall into linear thinking where you think you’re being active but in fact you’re allowing time to devour you and people to suck your energy – Stop! Think. What drives you?

Is it the money? Is it being liked? Is it find purpose? Whatever it is, you start by giving. You give away what you desire the most – money to start a business, liking people to be liked, acting purposely to find purpose.

So what do you do when you don’t belong? Do you keep you head down and hope no one will notice? Or do you sprint through walls and locked doors to make your idea reality, to turn your life around and to be the person you want to be?