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  • Sep 29, 2016

    Make Big Plans, Just Use Pencil

    I’ve been doing a lot of rejigging of plans this week. I had big plans for a jam packed trip to the US in a few weeks, including day in Vegas to speak at a leadership conference. Due to some pretty major stuff that’s happened with

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  • Sep 22, 2016

    Rethink Possible

    When I was living in Washington D.C., I landed a regular advice segment on the national cable show RLTV (Retirement Living TV). I knew their market was 'seniors' but I recall shuddering when the producer defined seniors as "50 plus". While I was further from 50

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  • Aug 22, 2016

    Run Your Own Best Race

    Do not waste time focusing on the gifts or good luck of others. Focus only on making the most of your own. One of my favorite images from the Olympics was of South African Chad Le Clos in the 200m butterfly final glancing across to

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  • Jul 14, 2016

    Your Failures Don't Define You

    ONCE UPON A TIME, about one hundred years ago, a partially deaf four year old kid came home from school with a note in his pocket from his teacher. It read: "Your Tommy is too stupid to learn. We cannot have him at our school." His

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  • Jul 01, 2016

    Kilimanjaro: Testing your limits expands them

    When our guide came by our tent shortly after 3 AM to wake us up to begin the climb up Mt Kilimanjaro I’d already been awake for some time. The sleeping bags we’d rented for our week hiking to the rooftop of Africa weren’t quite

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  • Mar 03, 2016

    Brene Brown: Change Demands Discomfort

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret MeadWhat does it take the change the world? It's a big question with no simple answer. However after a morning with

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  • Feb 19, 2016

    Richard Branson: My Time With The Man Behind The Brand

    “Every risk is worth taking as long as it’s for a good cause and contributes to a good life.” - Sir Richard Branson Maverick. Risk taker. Rebel. Trailblazing tycoon. Billionaire buccaneer. Adventurer. Disruptor. Sir Richard Branson has been called all these and many more. So

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  • Feb 18, 2016

    Hope Is A Risk That Must Be Run

    In recent months I’ve spent time with several people going through a tough time and struggling to hold on to hope and stay optimistic. Depression is tapping at the door of a few. I know there have been times over the years I’ve felt that way myself.

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  • Feb 05, 2016

    Less hate, more humanity

    "When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves." Viktor E. Frankl, Holocaust Survivor "What's the good of hate. It only ruins you," Saba Feniger said to me as she recounted her arrival at Auschwitz and surviving the Nazi death camps which claimed the lives of all but

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  • Jan 13, 2016

    Be Intimidated By No-One

    Not long ago a woman in her 40s approached me after a speaking at her company’s annual conference to ask my advice on how to have a ‘courageous conversation’ with a colleague. After our conversation she said, “Before we talked I’d been quite intimidated by

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  • Dec 08, 2015

    Sit With Your Sadness

    It seems like every day that something pops up on my news-feed telling me how to 'think myself happy.' It's become a cultural preoccupation. But the illusion that we can live with a permanent smiley face does sadness a big disservice. Because while sadness and grief aren't 'fun' emotions, they're essential to living whole, healthy and

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  • Oct 11, 2015

    Stop Comparing! It's A Race You'll Never Win!

    Growing up my mum always told me, "Margaret Mary, never compare yourself to others. It makes you either vain or bitter." It was good advice but, like all good advice, far easier said than done. Let’s face most of we mere mortals can be a

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  • Oct 01, 2015

    The Power Of Daily Rituals

    I’ve clocked up a lot of air miles over the last six months and stayed in more hotel rooms than I care to count. I didn’t plan it that way but I’ve had some amazing opportunities (like the chance to spend a week with Richard Branson) that

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  • Sep 14, 2015

    Need To Call It Quits?

    I recall once holding on to a pair shoes that made my feet ache every time I wore them for no other reason than I paid a lot for them. In hindsight, it was pretty stupid. I only remember thinking, “I need to get my

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  • Sep 02, 2015

    Deep Roots, Strong Wings.

    “Your children are not your children. They are sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You are the bows from which your children as

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  • Aug 31, 2015

    Resilience: Build "Muscles For Life"

    Albert Einstein once said that our problems cannot be solved at the same level of thinking at which they were created. It’s a powerful quote because, let’s face it, life is one long stream of “problems.” And in our increasingly uncertain and pressure-laden lives, building

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