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Life lessons

The tough life lessons I’ve learned through out my life.

When Captain America Civil War teaches you a life lesson

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Who would ever think that you could learn one of the oldest life lessons from a superhero movie?

Well you can.

On the surface Captain America Civil War is about two guys who used to be friend. They then reach a point where they can’t agree on the way forward. Queue epic fight scenes……

But if you look a little deeper you’ll see something interesting. Read more

How you can overcome disappointment

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I’m just going to get it out there and say it. Disappointment sucks!!

You try your best, give your all and still don’t get it…… It feels like someone kicked you in the stomach. Whether this was asking for a promotion/raise, your new project failing or a relationship not working out. It just sucks. Period.

Disappointment is part of life and we all have to deal with it. I’m talking real soul wrenching disappointment, when you put your heart into something.

Aristotle probably said it best: “There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing and be nothing.”

Exactly the same is true for disappointment.

So make peace with it. You are going to face disappointment in your life, it’s not going to be fun, but it’s part of learning and developing. Read more

3 reasons why what other people think of you is none of your business

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This article is a little bit different than all the other ones. In this one I’m not sharing what I’ve learned through reading a bunch of scientific studies, but rather something personal. I used to worry a lot about what other people think about me. I would get consumed by it and play lots of different variations out in my head, this would take up hours in my day.

Eventually, I came to the realizations I share below. These are what made the change for me. They switched off that “Oh what are they thinking?” switch in my head and I’m sure they can work for you as well.

Had it not been for this, I would probably never have started writing these articles. Putting myself out there would have been my worst nightmare.

But lets start at the beginning.

It all started in High School, as I’m sure it does for most of us. High School is a period in your life where you are almost solely preoccupied with what other people think about you. “What’s cool?”, “What do they think about my hair?”, “What do they think about my clothing?”, “Oh, I hope they like me.”.

What makes it comical, when you look back, is that the cool kids were the ones that acted like they didn’t care about what other people thought. The ones that just did what they wanted. Oh how we wished we could have been like them.

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How gratitude literally lets you rewire your brain

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Does it feel like bad things always happen to you? Like there is always something bad out there just waiting to happen to you? Your spouse is going to cheat on you, or the business deal is going to go south and you are just waiting for it to happen…..

Don’t worry, I’m exactly the same.

It’s actually completely natural to always be looking out for the bad in life. It’s part of your self protective nature. As hunter gatherers we were always scanning the horizon for approaching danger and getting ready to react to this danger. Therefore we are predisposed to look for negative experiences in stead of positive experiences.

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Life lessons learned from KungFu Panda and a Mathematical Physicist

This weekend I was listening to Tim Ferriss’ podcast with Eric Weinstein. It’s a really interesting conversation and one of the best parts is when Eric describes how he was in tears after watching KungFu Panda with his kids.

This isn’t a guy that you would expect to be in tears over a kids movie. Eric Weinstein is the Managing Director of Thiel Capital, has a Ph.D in Mathematical Physics from Harvard, and a research fellowship at the Mathematical Institute of Oxford University.
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Want to reach those New Year’s resolutions you already forgot?

So it’s the end of January and the year is in full swing. Doesn’t feel like the year is one month old, does it? We’re all back at work and going at our day to day lives at full speed. But I quickly wanted to check up on you.

How are you doing with those new year’s resolutions you made at the start of the year?

No seriously, think about it. How would your life be right now if you stuck to all your resolutions? What would your friends be saying and how would you be feeling?

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