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Aha! Moments: The art & science of breakthroughs
Aha! Moments: The art & science of breakthroughs

Isaac Newton was twiddling his thumbs under a tree; Steve Jobs was taking a stroll in an orchard. Then they had one of those unforgettable, connect-the-dots moments, when everything suddenly, somehow clicked. Yes, we're talking Aha! Moments. All inventions, innovations, and breakthroughs started with one Aha! Moment. "EUREKA!" "AHA!" We use triumphant terminology to describe what has for centuries been believed to be an essentially inexplicable,...

Are You Living A Linear Life In An Exponentially Changing World?
Are You Living A Linear Life In An Exponentially Changing World?

Could it be that the reason why we are collectively burning out is not the result of physical, mental and spiritual exhaustion, but the result of us living a linear life in an exponentially changing world? What if our disengagement at work is not a byproduct of overwork, but a symptom of the tug of war between our fear of missing out and our ingrained need...

Expression – The Key To Mental Wellbeing
Expression – The Key To Mental Wellbeing

Bite too much, or too little = Fixation. Digest it and spit it out as art= Sublimation. It takes COURAGE to express yourself. Even creating these videos and putting them out there takes courage - I'll admit. But what if our psyche requires this COMMITMENT from us to support our healing and growth? If we can't even harness the courage to express, if we can’t even...

Success Is What You Attract By The Person You Become
Success Is What You Attract By The Person You Become

Changing our behaviour is a challenge with few equals. 80% of all New Year's resolutions fail by February. Only 2 out of 10 change initiatives succeed. Long-term, sustained change (not short-run bursts that sputter out before real shift happens) is one of the hardest things any of us will ever try to accomplish. Whether the change involves diet, exercise, habits, personal development or anything else, changing behaviour...

I Have a Dream…And Sometimes That’s All You Need
I Have a Dream…And Sometimes That’s All You Need

Every once in a while stretching your metaphorical legs out on Facebook and LinkedIn by sharing your views (in a wordier fashion than the 140-character limit) launches you in unexpected, but unbelievably rewarding directions. My article on 'The Art & Science of Doing Nothing’ serves as one example. Frank Boon, an expert on finding your passion, came across that article and one enthusiastic email and a...

It’s All Been Done Before: How to Turn Unoriginal Ideas Into Breakthroughs
It’s All Been Done Before: How to Turn Unoriginal Ideas Into Breakthroughs

Many of us want to start our own business, or practice, or even simply deliver value in a way that has never been delivered before. And the public arena we wish to venture into is filled with reports of new undertakings. These reports, however, tend to lean in one distinct direction. We mostly read about the trailblazers and pioneers who’ve pushed the boundaries of the market...

Why I’m No Longer A ‘Change Agent’ – And Why You Shouldn’t Be…
Why I’m No Longer A ‘Change Agent’ – And Why You Shouldn’t Be…

I used to be a change agent. CEO’s and VP’s hired me to be the hand that rocked their cradle, when they needed to turn the dial up on profits, get salespeople enthusiastic about selling, or turn their brilliant, albeit uber-nerdish employees into emotionally intelligent humans. I came in when things that used to work, no longer worked and intervention was needed. I was the interface...

Super Bitesize Me
Super Bitesize Me

Do you remember Morgan Spurlock's social experiment where he offers himself up as a guinea pig and consumes only McDonald's food for an entire month, three meals a day? The benefits? An Academy Award for Documentary Feature for Super Size Me. The downside? Mood swings, sexual dysfunction, fat accumulation in his liver, 13% body weight increase and a dull as dishwater energy level. We are all...

The Art and Science of Doing Nothing
The Art and Science of Doing Nothing

I had the privilege to be a guest speaker at Rotary International in the South of Holland recently. With an audience made up of big names with impressive, diverse careers - ranging from the modern day Einstein to the modern day Freud, the speech felt more like a presentation to a scientific peer-review panel than a lecture. Speaking on the topic "Recreation and Why it Matters,”...