Life Lessons

19 Feb: That One Thing That Keeps You Distracted (attention pollution)

You can find, study, learn anything you want, and you can do it for free. There’s no doubt, all of us can hugely benefit from living in the age of informational and technological advancement. An increasing amount of online educational and entertainment resources only becomes more varied and sophisticated every year. Open-courses from the top tier universities, such as Harvard and Oxford, are accessible to anyone who’s got a wi-fi connection. Public transport and gyms are full of people listening to audiobooks, podcasts, and “How to Get a Bigger Butt” YouTube videos. In other words, we’re blessed with countless opportunities to learn and advance in all areas of our lives…

11 Feb: 5 Key Skills You’re Not Taught in School

Some national education curriculums don’t equip us with the right tools and information so we need to develop the necessary skill set and mindset needed to meet life’s challenges and achieve our goals. Instead, we often try to find other ways to develop these necessary traits, in order to be productive and relevant in this world of technological advancement. But what specific skills do we overlook most often, when it comes to getting ahead in life and business? Let’s just say there’s no shortage of skills we can learn which would enable us to make significant progress in our careers and become better contributors to society. That’s why I want…

04 Feb: How To Become the Hero of Your Own Life’s Movie

Imagine a regular guy or girl just like you, living a regular life… They’re an alarm snoozer addict who only really wakes up after their second cup of coffee. Their first emotional engagement happens when they’re expressing their anger at the entire line of traffic on their way to a job where they find themselves looking at the clock every five minutes in anticipation for 5 pm. 5 pm on a Friday — the hour of freedom. Oh, what a passionate sense of urgency they feel when they realise that it’s 5 pm on a Friday and there’s so much not to do over the weekend. Of course, the life…

27 Jan: A Clever Way To Find Out What You Want

To be honest, this article is all about common sense put into a perspective which might get you to think about some important stuff. Read on, because it changed my thinking and as a result, I made better choices, which led to a much better quality of life. It started in a place where I thought I knew how to be grateful and humble. Doing whatever it takes to make my life better, I was willing to invest in myself and make sacrifices. In other words, I was committed to success. I wanted to experience the lifestyle of a winner. I wanted to feel what it’s like to be an…

21 Jan: 3 Ways to Never be Offended Again

Have you ever met a seemingly confident person who was sarcastic with you up to the point of you feeling offended? Perhaps they joked and you took it too literally and pretended that you didn’t get it. Or maybe you’ve read a Facebook post about gender equality, climate change, or politics that you strongly disagreed with so you decided to sweat over your keyboard just to let people know exactly how you felt. Every now and then, we all take offence. But does it emotionally affect you? If yes, then maybe it’s good to slow down and question why you’re getting offended. Adapt your self-image   When I was a…

08 Jan: Why Your Life Isn’t 100% (Yet)

It was a cold morning in early December, 2010. I woke up in a small single room at 5:45am. After hitting the snooze button for the second time, I felt a rush of feelings of dread I didn’t want to wake up at all. And it’s not because I wanted to sleep, rather I didn’t want to meet my reality. I had to get up, in order to go to a job that I didn’t want to do. It was pitch black outside as there were no lights out on my street. But through my other window, I could always see old tombstones. Yep, I was living next to a…

21 Dec: Why Travelling Could Be Your Biggest Investment in Life

The biggest piece of advice I can give to anyone in their twenties is to travel — and travel a lot. There are multiple reasons why I recommend it. You wouldn’t even realise how much of a positive influence travelling could have on your life until you actually do it. Because we live in a world of templates which kind of give us an idea of how to spend our time, we hardly ever consider the alternatives. Well, I was fortunate enough to co-found a travel company and, as a result, I travelled to many beautiful places. But even before that, I’d already experienced living in three different countries. So…

14 Dec: The Choice Paradox

Try to remember how you made decisions as a kid. You didn’t have to analyse or overthink the things you wanted to do, you just basically did them when you had the chance. Some of you may say, “But my parents made me do stuff” or, “I had no voice in my family”. I get it — when we’re very young, we are codependent on our family. In fact, parenting plays a huge role in our ability to make our own choices and decisions. But children have a natural tendency to be curious, which is usually followed by immediate action. One of the most common reasons why most people can’t…

04 Dec: Why You Should Wake Up at 5 am

Waking up at 5 am is the best thing I’ve done over the last 30 days of my life. I’ve started writing every morning, have begun to meet new and very interesting people, and have seen fresh opportunities opening up. No, my life hasn’t dramatically changed over such a short period of time, but my perspective on what’s possible for me to achieve has certainly shifted, and I’ve become more certain about the big picture. And all of this is a result of a 30-day challenge I set myself. Let me share with you what I’ve learned over this period, and how it may also benefit you. I should actually…

10 Oct: When Vulnerability is a Superpower

It used to irritate me when people used quotes, or inspirational sayings, without any understanding of them. And I get it. I did it too. I tried very hard to post quotes that had meaning on Facebook but, in reality, I felt like I was spreading a “wanna-motivate-everyone” virus. Hiding behind the computer screen, waiting for a moment when someone challenged me to start public speaking. “Want to inspire others? Go and do it from a seminar stage – walk your talk!”, my coach told me. I was very, very uncomfortable facing the fact that I was terrified of public speaking. Thankfully, at that time, I was willing to lean…