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Fail at what you love

Jim Carrey is the guy who wrote a $10 million cheque to himself and it became true. Some people think he’s weird because he’d go to work with Limburger cheese in his pockets and hug everyone. But that’s what you get when you hire a method actor. Other people think Jim is strange because he’s […]

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Get up

Our world can descend into chaos pretty quickly if we’re not careful. When we make a mistake or get something wrong or get betrayed, we trip and fall. We ‘fail.’ But the world has tarnished the word ‘failure’ and made it seem like something to avoid. Having failed many times before, I can confirm that […]

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Give yourself a ‘D’

Elizabeth Gilbert — author of “Eat, Pray, Love” — has a great story about creativity. She talks about how dozens of people asked if she was worried she would never write something as big as EPL again. And then she starts thinking, “What if they’re right?“ Those doubts lead to her throwing the next book […]

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Even robots make mistakes

It’s impossible to ignore the rise of robots. They’ve gone from ‘awkward factory joke’ to ‘overlords-in-training’ in a handful of years. And it turns out the breakthrough was teaching them how to make mistakes. Our brains learn through trial and error. For many years, when a robot produced an error it would simply stop, shake, […]

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Why life gives you lemons

That saying about making lemonade was written by a bloke called Elbert Hubbard in 1915, shortly before a German U-Boat sank him. As his boat sank, he calmly remarked, “Well, Jack, they have got us. They are a damn sight worse than I ever thought they were.” He then locked himself in his cabin with […]