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  • Nov 29, 2018

    Forge Your Own Path

    Let's face it, at some point in our lives, most of us find ourselves on a path we no longer want to continue upon. Sometimes it can feel like we've got no other options. That's rarely the case. More often we just can't see the options from

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  • Nov 08, 2018

    What Makes A Great Marriage

    I recall my parents 25th anniversary. I made the 4-hour drive ‘back home’ to celebrate it with them and my six siblings at a local restaurant. Growing up, our family rarely ate out so dinner at the Blue Moon Chinese restaurant reflected the significance of

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  • Oct 08, 2018

    Don’t Let Fear Rob Your Future

    Nearly two decades ago, Layne Beachley surfed her way into the history books, winning seven world championships, six of them back-to-back. The year of her first world title (1998) she won five events, including the famed ‘Triple Crown’ and earnt US$75,000 prize money – a

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  • Sep 24, 2018

    Success Through Service

    Flick through your newsfeed and you’ll find no shortage of articles and expert on advice on how to be more successful. How to position yourself to get the next rung up the ladder. How to build a better investment or property portfolio. How to find

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  • Sep 13, 2018

    Your playing small serves no-one

    "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. Your playing small does not serve the world." I was not long out of university when I first came upon these words by Marianne Williamson. Soon

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  • Aug 22, 2018

    Dare To Do More Than You Think You Can

    Firstly, thank you for your lovely notes in response to my recent article about visiting Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Of course, my message was about far more than how to help those who live there escape from the poverty they are born into. It

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  • Jul 31, 2018

    Kibera Slum - Be At Cause, Not Effect

    It’s hard to believe it has been two years since I stepped onto the ‘roof top of Africa’ – Mt Kilimanjaro - after a grueling 9-hour ascent with my husband and our four children. (Here’s the blog I wrote about 'summit day' soon after.) While our view

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  • Jul 30, 2018

    Handling Change When Plans Derail

    “Are you sitting down?” my husband asked down the phone line from across the world. As I braced myself, he delivered the news. His company needed/wanted/voluntold him to take up a role in Singapore. This was not our plan. Not even close. However, because my

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  • Jul 17, 2018

    What Makes You Feel Alive?

    Several years ago I decided to run my first Live Brave Weekend for women, and subsequently, other Live Brave programs for women and men.  The idea for them came after realizing that many people could benefit from a deeper, more transformative experience than my corporate

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  • Jul 04, 2018

    Dare to Wing It

    Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, credits Amazon’s explosive growth with his high-velocity decision making; he makes decisions with only 70% of key information. To some, that may seem a little foolhardy. To others, it’s just evidence of the importance of being willing to learn and pivot as

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  • Jul 04, 2018

    Reset Your Compass

    Wow, it's hard to believe we are over half way through 2018. I realized over the weekend that, amid all my travels this year (five trips across the globe and counting) I've got distracted from some of the commitments I made to myself earlier this

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  • Jun 28, 2018

    Ditch Looking Good For Doing Good

    Aloha from Hawaii where I’ve just spoken to a fabulous group of leaders from Berkshire Hathaway. If you aren’t familiar with the name, you are probably familiar with their chairman and founder Warren Buffett. One of the things I admire most about Warren is his

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  • Jun 15, 2018

    Mental Illness: Let’s Extend Compassion and Remove the Stigma

    The last time I spoke to my youngest brother Peter was on his 31st birthday. Six times, I had tried to get through, but each time the phone connection dropped out. Finally, on the seventh attempt, it went through. I was at my home in

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  • Apr 25, 2018

    The Deathbed Test

    Two weeks ago I got an email from the dean of academics at my daughters’ school notifying me that she was to be inducted into her school’s Cum Laude academic honor society. They looked forward to seeing my husband and me there. Maddy is finishing

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  • Apr 04, 2018

    WomenWill Press For Progress

    When Google invited me to fly to Japan to be a champion for their Womenwill program, it was an easy 'yes’. First up, I’d never been to Japan before. Second, I care a lot about helping women step into their power as change-makers. So like

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  • Mar 23, 2018

    Move From Dreaming To Doing

    For seven long years, Brenda Keane sat on her dream of having her own line of activewear. She had a strong feeling that there were many women, with curvy figures like herself, that were desperate to find fun, colorful (and functional!) activewear, but her fear

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