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, […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading