Cristiano Ronaldo and Growth Mindset

“If you think you’re perfect already, then you never will be.” – Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo is considered by many to be one of the best soccer players in the world, if not the best, so was he born with a natural talent for the sport? Many commentators fixate on his “natural” talent and abilities, […]

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Resilience, Coffee Shops and Vision

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J K Rowling J K Rowling’s “rags-to-riches” story is well known. In the space of just five or six years, she went from rock bottom to becoming one of the world’s most famous (and wealthiest) authors, after famously being […]

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Where you start from doesn’t determine where you will finish

 “Things always change, as long as you give them the chance to.” – Professor Green Stephen Manderson is perhaps better known by the name Professor Green. He’s a successful rapper and TV personality who appears to have the world at his feet, but appearances can be deceptive. To introduce himself to readers of his column […]

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Seeing the World as it Isn’t

“We pay attention to what we are told to attend to, or what we’re looking for, or what we already know…what we see is amazingly limited.” – Daniel Simons It’s often said that we only see what we want to see, but is it true? Well, if you’ve ever seen the Selective Attention Test video […]

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Your World Map

“Each of us views life through a one-of-a-kind lens and makes a one-of-a-kind inner map of the world around us.” – Patricia Lynne Duffy Patricia Lynne Duffy is a UN language instructor and co-founder of the American Synesthesia Association. For her, words appear as colours, and for other synesthetes, music can be seen in colour […]

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The Map is Not the Territory

“Our perception of reality is not reality itself but our own version of it – or our map.” – Alfred Korzybski “The map is not the territory” is a founding principle of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). In simple terms, we each have a mental map that we’ve created through our past experiences, beliefs we have developed […]

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The Courage to be Vulnerable

“Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.” – Brené Brown Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she has spent two decades studying […]

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