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Don’t be average We are all unique. Every person is special, with an own set of talents, ideas and passions. This is what makes us stand out from the masses. However, as we grow older, we tend to give more and more of that up in oder to “fit in”. We don’t like the social…

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When asking people what they are striving for in their lives, they tend to always give the same answers: fame; success; wealth; health; travelling; freedom; sex; a great family. And all of those answers are totally legit and understandable. However, they don’t get to the core of what people are looking for. Nobody is looking…

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When asked for what brings them the most pleasure, people tend to mention the times when they get to relax. Just lying on the couch, maybe watching a movie, not having to struggle and accomplish and perform. We live in such hectic times that we all need occasional breaks from our daily tasks. And who…

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If you ever tried to move towards a certain goal, if you ever tried to build a certain skill, you will be familiar with the following scenario: you start out and at first you make progress very fast. You will see your skills improve almost instantly, which will keep you motivated to become better and…

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You can be anything you want to be – this is what encouraging parents usually tell their children when they are young. Just trust in yourself, trust in your abilities and work hard, then you can achieve whatever you desire. But is that really true? Can you actually be anything you want to be? If so, under which conditions?…

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Finding ways to make people like you sounds a little weird at first, doesn’t it? Nobody wants to be the kind of person that doesn’t know how to make people like you, that doesn’t know how to make friends. And most people actually think that they have pretty good social skills anyway, so why bother working on…

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In his great book “Drive”, Daniel Pink dissects – among other things – the nature of mastery. He describes the path to Mastery as one of the most crucial components in motivation and producing outstanding work. So lets have closer look at how Daniel Pink sees mastery and how he thinks you can achieve it,…

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Why call it Goldilocks effect? The Goldilocks effect is named after Goldilocks, the girl from the fairy tale about Goldilocks and the three bears.  In this tale, Goldilocks stumbles into the house of three bears. She finds the bears’ food and beds, but the food is either to hot or too cold and two beds either too big or…

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Motivation 3.0 is a concept that the author Daniel Pink describes in his book "Drive - The surprising truth about what motivates us". There he lays out the evolution of motivational concepts and what really drives us as human beings. In this post I will summarise the evolution of motivation and point out why making the…
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Aaah, carrots and sticks. The old motivational technique that make employers happy (because it is simple) and employees cringe (because it often doesn’t work). At first glance the concept of carrots and sticks seems to make intuitive sense, doesn’t it? We all know from experience that a juicy reward (carrot) can make us work harder,…

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Are you still doing algorithmic work? Or are you lucky enough to do heuristic work? No idea what I’m talking about? Well, algorithmic vs. heuristic work is a concept that behavioural scientists came up with in oder to describe how creative and individual our work is. Simply put, an algorithmic task is one in which you follow…

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Remente is a personal development app I recently started using. A friend who knows the founders of Remente first recommended it to me when I told him about my struggle to reconcile different areas of my life, and after using it during the last couple of months I feel like it is my obligation to spread…
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When Elon Musk gives advice, why should you care? Well, for starters he is the business and tech pioneer who co-founded PayPal during the dotcom boom, sold it to Google for $ 1.5 Billion, and then went on to found some of the most innovative companies today such as Tesla, Space X and SolarCity. So Elon Musk advice…

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Time and again I discover that people with passion and desire can make anything seem fascinating!  It is not important that you are fascinated by their craft itself. You can even ignore the end product or service that they are creating. But just watching people beating on their craft, day after day, year after year, and having the necessary…

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To just decide can be the hardest thing in the world. Whenever you try to accomplish something that is outside of your comfort zone, you will face self doubt. You will doubt your skills, you will doubt your confidence, you will doubt your dedication. You won’t be sure if you really have what it takes to…

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“Burn the boats!” It was just three words that Hernán Cortés said to motivate his army, but they changed everything. The year was 1519 and Cortés, a spanish conqueror, had landed in Mexico with 500 soldiers, 16 horses and and a few cannons on 11 boats. He was on a mission to bring down the Aztecs and…

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With learning any kind of new skill, we go through four stages of competence. What might feel like a continuous struggle can in fact be broken down into those very clearly defined steps, thus allowing you to see the bigger picture more clearly (and helping you to persevere, even if you feel like you are…

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Vocal projection is a topic that almost no-one pays attention to who isn’t professionally interested in it. Who cares how we speak, right? And yet the importance of  proper vocal projection cannot be overstated. In many ways, our voice is the most important tool we humans have. This is how we express ourselves and how we communicate with one another. This is…

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Did you ever have a goal that you didn’t achieve? A plan that you didn’t execute? A bad habit that you couldn’t break out of? Did you ever wonder why it is so difficult to do these things, even though you consciously want to? The answer lies in the emotional leverage that you create for…

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Why does entitlement matter? Let me ask you a simple question: Why do some people have a great wife/husband, an amazing job, financial freedom and an overall great life, while others don’t? Well, there is a lot that plays a role in how your life plays out, but many people think that all in all “you…