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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Keeping Exam Results in Perspective

“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” – Henry David Thoreau You’ve got your exam results and they’re not what you hoped for. In fact, they’re not what you need to get into the university of your choice or onto the course you wanted to do. Now […]

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Rejection – The Director’s Cut

“Whether in success or in failure, I’m proud of every single movie I’ve directed.” – Steven Spielberg Steven Spielberg is arguably one of the world’s best-known film directors today and it’s fair to say that he often appears to have the Midas touch, with everything he works on turning to gold. However, things didn’t start […]

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Rejection as Fuel for Success

“If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again…” – Aaliyah Back in 2001, Aaliyah had a hit single with Try Again, a song about a confident young woman in a budding romance. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again” is a well-known proverb, but if you’re a not-so-confident […]

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Battle of the Bands

“Work until your idols become your rivals.” – Drake The rivalry between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones back in the ’60s is well-documented, but whether it truly existed to the extent the popular press reported or was merely a cunning marketing ploy remains up for debate. In his book Beatles Vs Stones, author John […]

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The Positives of Competition

“You can’t look at the competition and say you’re going to do it better. You have to look at the competition and say you’re going to do it differently.” – Steve Jobs The rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates was no secret, but at the time of Jobs’ death, Gates wrote, “We were not […]

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Rivalries

“The only way is up.” – Novak Djokovic After beating Roger Federer in the 2019 Wimbledon men’s final, Novak Djokovic said, “The only way is up.” The win gave him his 16th Grand Slam title, and in a post-match interview, he made it clear that his sights are set on surpassing Federer’s record of 20 […]

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Leadership Lessons

“Experience is the teacher of all things.” – Julius Caesar Julius Caesar was a Roman politician and general, considered by many historians to be one of history’s greatest military commanders. His name may forever be associated with Cleopatra, but his skills as a military leader played a key role in the rise of the Roman […]

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Keep Calm and Carry On

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Sir Winston Churchill Sir Winston Churchill was British Prime Minister from 1940-45 and 1951-55. His inspirational wartime speeches are known around the world and his Battle of Britain, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat” and, “we shall […]

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Embrace Your Problems

 “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein The problem with problems is that they never end. Ever noticed how you just manage to deal with one problem only to discover that another has instantly taken its place? That’s the problem with problems; as soon […]

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