The tyranny of job titles: from vanity growth to personal growth

Yesterday, I saw someoneโ€™s Twitter bio which I found particularly refreshing. Rather than list their job titles and previous experiences at various companies, they simply stated their mission in life, what they were currently working on, and the topics they enjoyed talking about. It made me realise that my own bio is a collection of …

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The self-actualisation economy

The Maslow’s hierarchy of needs has been mostly used in psychology to understand the underlying forces that drive human motivation. It goes from physiological needs at the base of the pyramid, to safety, love and belonging, social needs, esteem, and ends with self-actualisation at the top of the pyramid. These are supposed to represent the …

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Habits, routines, rituals

As much as we wish for each day to be different, the cycle of repeating the same actions day after day is pretty common. Habits and routines are an important part of our lives. Making your bed in the morning, that first cup of coffee, grabbing a croissant on your way to work, listening to …

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Increments of curiosity and your fear of failure

โ€œI can have fear, but I need not be fearโ€”if I am willing to stand someplace else in my inner landscape.โ€ Parker Palmer, Author, The Courage to Teach. When I was younger, I badly wanted to live in Japan. Japan is a country with very strict immigration laws, but my university had an exchange programme …

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Circular growth vs linear growth

Itโ€™s common to see progress as linear. When thinking about success, many people imagine a ladder or stairs going up. To progress, you need to climb each step one by one and get closer to the top. Linear model: A then B then C then D. Circular model: A feeds B feeds C, which in …

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The false promise of the 10,000 hour rule

Our culture loves experts. Whether athletes, chefs, or musicians, some of the biggest celebrities are considered masters of their craft, and we admire the long hours they put into practicing over and over again the same skills so they could become second nature. In 2008, Malcolm Gladwell published his popular book Outliers, exploring why some …

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How to deal with negative triggers

Itโ€™s easy to stay calm when things are under control. But, sometimes, life happens. A deadline is moved up. Your train is cancelled. Your luggage gets lost. Then, your heartbeat goes faster. You can feel the tension in your muscles. Your breathing accelerates. Youโ€™re stressed. Read on for three simple steps to get these unwanted …

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Stop looking for The One

โ€œWhat do you want to be when you grow up?โ€ This is almost an automatic question adults ask when chatting with a kid. Maybe itโ€™s a way to connect through a topic that speaks to us, or because itโ€™s often endearing to hear their answers. But why do we insist so much on kids having …

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Don’t choose between your personal and professional growth

โ€œI’ve decided to take it a bit easy this year too, and relax more and focus on personal growth rather than career.โ€ This is from an email I received this morning in response to my newsletter, where I mentioned that I wanted to slow down and focus on a few core aspects of my life, …

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