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The opposite of freedom 29 August 2016

The opposite of compulsiveness and impulsiveness is freedom

When we act compulsively, this means that our emotions, not our awareness are controlling our actions. We are neither our emotions nor our thoughts; that are just a result of our brain processing experiences from our five senses.

Seek Growth not Survival 25 August 2016

If you are in a state of survival, few mistakes and you’re gone. To actually ensure survival, you need to be in a state of growth.

Survival means living at the edge of existence: barely enough food, barley enough clients, barely enough impact and so on. This is the worst situation to be in after personal, business or social death. Few mistakes or a change in circumstances where there is not enough to survive and all is gone.

Redefining Failure 23 August 2016

The definition of failure should be: ‘not exceeding’ customer expectations

Meeting expectations is dull, boring, far from remarkable and does not leave a story to remember. Of course it deserves a "thank you" but not more. Meeting expectations in business and relationships is actually the minimum requirement to avoid the expected conflicts that result from not meeting

Change the game 18 August 2016

Innovation will keep you going. To soar you need to change the game.

Don't get me wrong, innovation is great, in fact essential. But I don't believe it is enough if you are dreaming of creating a dent in life.

Innovation is about incremental improvement to make something better. It is crucial for survival and keeps you in the game because of the enhancements that you made to a product or a service to offer more value.

Living is negotiating 16 August 2016

There is a vast space between submission and rebellion. It is called negotiation.

People tend to look at things as black or white, either they agree or disagree, it's either right or wrong. When it comes to dealing with authority, the same applies, individuals either fully submit or rebel. In other words, you are either the company doormat, taking on every piece of workload and breaking your back or the employee that nobody can stand because everything, from the slightest offense becomes a scandal and a scene.

Dare to look like a fool, you might just discover yourself

We like comfort. We like safety. Most importantly, we like to look good. We spend so much time every day perfecting the mask, or the image of the person we want to be. We do this because sometimes the scariest thing is being vulnerable, making a mistake, looking weak or foolish. So we build walls, and excuse after excuse, just so we don’t have to go there, or do that. We live behind this wall for so long that we forget what anything else looks like.

Discovering your heart 08 August 2016

The best discovery of your lifetime is to discover what is in your heart.

Forget about social obligations, demands, responsibilities, pressures, stresses, financial commitments and the list goes on. Forget about all of that for a while...and think about YOU, the real YOU.

Moving Forward 25 July 2016


"The hardest thing about moving forward could be deciding what to leave behind."

Part of consciousness is to accept that everyday we have to leave something behind. Every moment, we are leaving parts of the past and dealing with our present. This is all made easier (in life and in business) when we have a clear purpose and are moving towards it. Only then will it become crystal clear what we need to let go of, and how to prioritize.

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Create a new future 19 July 2016

"Sometimes it is better not to be tangled up in trying to change the present. It may be wiser to create a totally new future."

- Michael Kouly

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Great CEOs, inspire people to almost volunteer to work for them because they give them three things:

1) Compelling purpose that gives fulfillment and meaning to the work they do. 

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