The past does not equal the future

I used to work for a recruitment company and when interviewing candidates we always asked people for examples of how they had done a particular task in the past. For example, Can you tell me about a time when you were under a lot of pressure and how you dealt with it? The idea being…

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For the sake of it, or for a good reason?

Think about what you do in your day, the routines you go through, the good things and the bad – are all of those things done for a good reason, for a real purpose? Probably some of them are. But definitely some of them aren’t. Some of what you do is done for the sake…

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Book Review: Soul Survivor – The Reincarnation of a WWII Fighter Pilot

What an amazing story! A child, born to very traditional Christian parents, starts having memories of a past life as a fighter pilot in the Second World War. From the age of two he is able to give them extraordinary details about the planes he flew and the people who he served alongside. The father…

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Apathy makes the world go round

When ordinary people like you or I are apathetic we give our voice to others who are less so. When we stand back and allow the world to carry on as it is we also allow others who feel more strongly to have their voice heard more clearly. The loudest and strongest end up getting…

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The one sure way to make your problems smaller

Simply become aware of the problems of others. Feeling sorry for yourself? Take a walk around the children’s ward of your local hospital. Stop and talk to the kids. Ask them why they’re there and see how they are coping. If you are a human being this is guaranteed to work. Perhaps you have really…

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Heroes!

CNN Heroes is a great place for inspiration. Narayanan Krishnan was on in 2010  and is an inspiring role model we can all learn from. How awesome would the world be if we all followed the spirit of his example?

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What about the obvious?

Have you tried the most obvious option? Have you looked under your nose? Perhaps you were too daunted to take the most obvious option so you didn’t even consider it. It’s probably still there, waiting for you to open your eyes and realise that it is the path you should take. Sometimes the best answer…

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Pushing our limits

We like to think we are aware of our abilities. We like to think we know our limits. We know what we can do and we know what we can’t do. We see something difficult and say “I could never do that”. But no matter how well we know ourselves, we don’t know what we…

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Is the world a better or worse place for having had you in it?

Is the world a better or worse place for having had you in it? It’s a simple question but one we should all think about. We’ve all done stupid things in our lives, we’ve all hurt others in some way. But hopefully we’ve also helped people in some way too. If you put the negative…

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It would put your problems into perspective…

…if you watched a video like this every morning before going to work.

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You can’t predict the future, or can you?

You can’t predict the lottery numbers. You can’t even predict the weather these days. So how can you predict the future? Answer: By creating it for yourself. If you work hard and study before the test then you will get a good result. If you work hard you won’t just predict the future – you’ll…

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Mountains and molehills

Know people that make a fuss over small details? We all do. They will fight tooth and nail over whether to use size 11 or 12 font for the company newsletter. They will argue all day about whether the toilet roll should be put on with the paper coming down at the back or down…

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Chill out time

It’s good to relax. To unwind. To allow your mind to let go of your daily stresses. To allow your body to let go of the tension that your working week creates. Breathe. Inhale, exhale… Soften. Strengthen. Refresh. Tune in to the beautiful sounds in the clip below and allow them to resonate throughout your…

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Upliftment

…it’s something to seek. When you’re bogged down in the mud of the daily run of things it can be difficult to keep your head up. When your feet are so heavy with the daily routine that it’s hard just to keep putting one in front of the other it can grind you down. What…

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Trust those who’ve proved themselves

Would you take financial advice from the guy who owns this car? Yeah right. You’d take financial advice from someone who has their finances in order and clearly knows what they are talking about. If you want to know how to make a success of your life it makes sense to model people who are…

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You can’t always get what you want

Wow, those lyrics never resonated with me until now. I just got back from LA you see. The weather was great, the people were beautiful and I discovered how much I love burritos. So now I’m back at work in Auckland and the thing is that I’d rather be still on holiday in the good…

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I Work Like This

I work like this: (Never mind what the graphs are about, they’re just free images from Flickr’s Creative Commons that suit the purpose) Image: taberandrew Yes the graph goes up and down. There are periods of intense activity, and also periods of inactivity. That’s just how I work. Some people work like this: Image: tristanf…

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The benefits of a positive attitude cannot be overstated

A positive attitude is actually a protective thing. It will stop the world getting you down. It will shelter you from the small minded comments of others. It will keep you from getting depressed. It will carry you through the difficult times. It will help keep your friends and family close. It will make bad…

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Don’t take this the wrong way but…

We’ve all heard that line before. How you take what comes after it is up to you. If it’s criticism you could let it pull the rug out from underneath you. You could allow it to completely deflate you and leave you feeling helpless, useless and depressed. You could let it ruin your life and…

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Oneness

There is only one. Not two. Not more than that. Just one. You and I are both a part of this great big oneness. We are all small parts of a greater whole. We are interconnected with each other and with everyone, and everything, else. If you help another person, then in some small way…

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