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Writing to boost your personal and professional lives

As part of our development, we learn to read and write. Then, as we thirst for knowledge we read more and we learn more, helping to shape the odds in our favour, professionally and personally.When we’ve acquired the knowledge and converted it into wisdom we might start to write articles and blogs – and perhaps even keep a journal, which has been proven to help many individuals understand themselves more deeply and help them make better, informed decisions – and then we may possibly become a publ...
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The one thing holding you back

An underlying theme in some of the recent posts I’ve written, is that the only thing holding you back from doing something truly amazing, is you. And what I mean specifically, is your ego.Ego has the power to influence our decisions with misguided thoughts of security, getting us to spend our time and energy on what we can have rather than on who we can be.It is obsessed with presenting itself in ways that gain the compliments and good opinion of others.This, along with its ability to set l...
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What grabs VCs attention for investment?

 After receiving initial seed or friends and family funding to build your offering and gain initial customers, you are ready to attract your next round of venture investment.  US investors, which account for nearly 70% of the total global venture capital, may be very attractive to you. However, they receive thousands of business cases and hear hundreds of pitches each week.If you have the opportunity to pitch to or meet a VC in the US, it is critical that your presentation demonstrates...
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Think like a designer, act like a visionary

 From growing up as a boy who would sketch endlessly in his exercise books to a young adult visualising where all the furniture would go in his first property while traveling into town on the underground, I’ve always been interested and fascinated by the world of design.I’m that sort of guy that raves about MUJI products, carefully considers the composition of an image before taking a photo, and appreciates the amount of thought that went into making the universally popular Changi Airport a...
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Do I lead or manage?

“Are Managers Always Leaders?” being a manager is often a part of the Leader’s role but the Leader’s role goes far beyond the role of the manager. In a high performing organization, both roles are critical but it is important to distinguish the difference between those chartered to manage and the organization’s leaders.Some of the guidelines include:Leaders:Set clear goals, provide clear directions, support people as they need it, delegate and empower followers, give feedback on performance, hav...
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Recipe for success

 I have always found those who are committed to growing and developing themselves as inspirational. It’s a beautiful thing to want this, yet so few of us take the time to ask ourselves the question of “How do I want to grow and develop myself.”And even when we do, many fail to follow through with the sort of action required to make a meaningful difference. Without taking the necessary action, our best intentions remain exactly that: intentions!When preparing for a workshop I recently ran wi...
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The secret of exponential growth

I recently watched a video of Malaysian-born entrepreneur Vishen Lakhiani giving a talk about his journey of developing Mindvalley to what it is today.It’s an incredible story. And one of the things he said, which really stuck with me, was that ‘epic things begin with small, humble steps.’Whether that’s learning a new skill, starting your own business, developing your side projects or even crafting a route into a job that you truly love… nothing will take shape until you begin taking small, baby...
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What kind of a leader are you?

Autocratic Leader:An autocratic leader (boss-centered) is one who tends to centralize authority and derives power from position, control of rewards and coercion. The autocratic leadership style is considered the classical approach where much power and decision making authority remains with the manager. Employees are neither consulted nor allowed to give any input but are expected to obey instructions without any explanations. This type of leadership is used in situations where the task is relati...
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Why and how I thrived with no cell phone for (6) months

 “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre GideFor (6) months, I gave up my cell phone. It was just something I felt I had to do. When I decided to give up my phone, I began documenting my transition and how the world around me would react to my new lifestyle.The first 2-3 weeks were very hard. I couldn’t check social media, business emails, or have mobile record of who was trying to reach me throughout the day. Even though each day ...
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Stuck? Here’s why going slow will help you move faster

In a generation where speed is given incredible emphasis or importance, in fact, the end goal of every process, it is of no wonder why we feel pressured for time, and so, rush things out – at all times. But: If we are too hasty and are always in a hurry, it is more likely that we get stuck. We commit errors and thus lose the chance to actually grasp the long-term opportunity that awaits us. Amidst distressing circumstances, we somehow forget the fact that it is actually faster if we learn to slo...
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