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I recently heard a story by John Lee Dumas explaining how different people's interest has been in his two different book projects. He was selling two different types of journals, one called the "Freedom Journal" and the other "Mastery" The Freedom journal selling way more than the mastery journal People... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
One of the reasons going after big dreams can be challenging is because it's a whole lot of work for a long time without any guarantees So when you're going after something that is hard work without much reward in the short term and no long term guarantee, It is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
Some timeless Marcus Aurelius wisdom: "The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way" Take a moment today, identify your longest standing and biggest challenge or problem that is still impacting your life today. Then reframe your perspective of this perceived problem by asking yourself;... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
The more you put someone on a pedestal and exaggerate them and minimise yourself; The more pride you will have when you gain their approval, Labelling yourself as successful when they are impressed by you And feeling like a failure when they are unimpressed by you.. The more you exaggerate... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
Almost all of us have wild dreams that make our hearts sing - yet most of us set our sights on more "realistic" objectives Because most people don't believe in themselves so they settle for mediocre - "realistic" The irony is that because most of us are aiming for realistic... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
You can be shaped and moulded into just about anything Your brain neuroplastically shapes itself everyday, by pruning itself to develop connections and synapses that relate to activities that you perceive as high priority to you and eroding connections that relate to things you perceive to be of low priority... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
When it comes to productivity we all know the importance of having a good "to do list" But having a clear list of what not to do can sometimes be even more valuable Because we all have our own form of kryptonite - something that weakens your will power to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
Marcel Duchamp was the first guy to put a urinal in an art exhibition - He was an artist. The second guy was a plumber... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
The very fact that you call it a success implies that there was the possibility of failure. Otherwise you would just have called it an event where you were guaranteed a specific outcome... It is the very possibility of failure that creates the opportunity & contrast of success So your... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
Many people want to live a purposeful and fulfilling life but they don't want to take responsibility for their own lives. They want the success and upside but they don't want to take responsibility for the risk and potential failures along the way. Seth Godin tells a great story of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
Most people's pride of being seen as having nice stuff Stops them from being willing to go backwards in "stuff" to be able to go forward in life. Sometimes you need to rent instead of buy or live below your means to be able to save money to have liquidity... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
Think about the amount of people that would love to be in your position. Not the ones you think would not want to be in your position, because those are the ones you comparing your life to and being ungrateful for your life. But the ones that would love to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
Have you perhaps ever noticed the difference in going to the dance floor in a club when you are in a relationship compared to when you are single? There seems to be this bizarre phenomenon that when you are single and obviously tend to perceive a lack of attention from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
There is no doubt that some of us were definitely born with the wind at our back as a result of where we were born, the parents we were born to etc. But paradoxically those people are often less willing and driven to do extraordinary things... They may not have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
In sports people seem to be more aware and willing to embrace the fact that mastery of skill and high level achievement Comes as a result of consistent long term challenge in training as well as in competing. Top athletes know they need consistent long term challenge in training to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
There is a paradox in dreaming big but at the same time being grounded in reality so that you don't create fantasies that make it impossible to be fulfilled in who you truly are. We tend to like the idea of self awareness when it sells the fantasy of "you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
We each have an accountability to our own empowerment. When we look up to someone, infatuate or admire them, we minimise ourselves relative to our exaggerated perception of them. When we exaggerate others and minimise ourselves we become disempowered relative to that person. Either we empower ourselves or we will... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
Marcus Aurelius, the roman emperor and stoic philosopher, said "The impediment to action advances action, what is in the way becomes The Way" Nassim Taleb used the term "Anti-Fragile" to describe a state beyond resilience. Describing that resilience is the ability to resist shock or challenge and tolerate it or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
High or Low self-esteem is what you have when people like or dislike you, approve or disapprove and you buy into their perception and judgement of you. Pride (high self-esteem) and Shame (low self-esteem) are transient emotions that are dependent on external judgements. Self-worth is a reflection of how much... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
Henry David Thoreau suggested that: "If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours" This however requires that; One knows himself well enough to know the nature and detail of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
The irony of someone ordering a super-sized diet-coke to go with their burger and fries. When people support your values you relax the rules you project onto them, when they challenge your values you become more strict about the rules you expect them to comply with. Parent gets home to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
When we subordinate to other people, we minimise ourselves to them and we let their opinion mean more than our own. We let their approval of us mean more to us than our own approval of ourselves. When exaggerate them and their opinion of us, we fear them disagreeing with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
Charlie Munger cultivated the characteristics/values/virtues of preparation, patience, discipline and objectivity in pursuing his mission of working with Warren Buffett to identify the most appropriate investment opportunities for Berkshire Hathaway. Doing all the work necessary to be prepared enough to be able to understand a business and industry well enough... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
In 2007 I was introduced to a principle that completely transformed my life. Does that mean it changed my life and I lived happily ever after - No. It means it enabled me to live an more empowered life. That principle? "It's never about what happens in your life, it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Beyond Paradox
We often think of things like 'makeup' as superficial and may discount it as serving a materialistic function at best. But Howard Bloom (in his brilliant book, Genius of the beast) shows us that the invention of makeup thousands of years ago played an instrumental role in human evolution as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Beyond Paradox