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Mind follows body

People think that to change your behaviour or reach your dreams, you have to change your mind. But that’s backwards. Mindset plays an important part, but the truth is, when we change our actions first, our minds will follow.  That’s why even a tiny behavioural change — like drinking a glass of water in the […]

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Raising the bar slowly

The current high-jump record is nearly two and a half meters (8.13ft) — a superhuman leap.  But when Javier Sotomayor took his first jump, he set the bar much lower. Each round, he raised the bar a little, sometimes as little as a quarter of an inch. Jump by jump, he pushed his body slightly further […]

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Everything is change

It’s human nature to look for meaning in the world; to attach labels and think up laws to make sense of the chaos. But there is only one True Constant in the Universe: everything changes. All empires eventually falter. Our things break and need replacing. Fashions cycle, meanings shift, and one way or another, every […]

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There’s no such thing as ready

Hugh Laurie is an interesting chap with an expressive face and an impressive career. If you’ve been struggling to get started on your goals this year, he said something that might help you out: “It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that, actually, no […]

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Ringing in your ears

Words are incredibly powerful. These little sounds and symbols are programming for humans. Without them, our world falls apart. Some words are so powerful they stick in our brains — ringing in our ears — and changing us forever. It becomes true. The words we use to talk about ourselves are the most powerful because […]

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How to win the stock market

The people that make the most money in the stock market aren’t day traders. Ever. They’re the patient ones. The people who wait it out. They’re not trying to make a million today, or even tomorrow, because they know that if they turn up and put in a little extra every day, they’ll be head […]

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Today is day one

Some ‘life advice’ is just terrible. “Live each day like it’s your last…” is one example. It sounds good. It has that existential quality, and it nods to our great motivator: death. But beyond that, it’s useless. First, most people wouldn’t spend their final dozen hours doing anything productive at all. And even if they did, […]

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Better late than never

About 2,047 years ago, a Roman historian wrote the eternal words, “potius seo quam numquam.“ Or in our words, “rather late than never.“ But nobody told my high school teacher, Ms Kattan, that. She made it so awful to be late that I would rather skip school than face her wrath. I often chose ‘never.’ […]