If It Don’t Fit, Don’t Force It

Trying to squeeze yourself into a model that doesn’t fit you makes no sense and wears you out. But it’s easy to fall into the trap, simply because some teacher or guru told us that it’s the only or the best way. Or because you see a competitor do things a certain way, and then […]

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The Folly of “I’m Right Because I Say I’m Right”

A few weeks ago I saw an interview with Seth Godin, where his answer to “what do you do?” was: “I notice things for a living, and I try to point them out to people”. Made me think: what is it that I do? Sure, I write articles, create trainings, I coach entrepreneurs – but […]

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Out the Window

It took me years to figure out how to make life easier, business bigger, and results better. Books, courses, trips to foreign cities to sell my handmade suits, complicated mental frameworks and business growth strategies, people and places and all kinds of efforts to try and add something in that would then make the difference […]

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How to Not Add Bends to the Long and Windy Road

Yesterday was an interesting day: I figured that my little rant against the spiritual supermarket would decimate my readership, but nope: only a few people left. Looks like you all are pretty smart and sensible. I did receive a question though, from a reader who asked ‘who’s to say that looking at an astrology chart […]

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100% Astrology-free! (The Problem With Disempowerment)

Fun fact: in my 25 years of studying and practicing spirituality, I’ve NEVER seen any of the great spiritual teachers talk about astrology, reiki, psychic readings, LOA, healing crystals, tarot, runes, or any of the other things that you can buy on the shelves of the ‘spiritual’ supermarket these days. Wow, hey – did you […]

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If You Open Your Mind Too Much

… Your brain might fall out. It’s good to have an open mind, and be willing to accept (or try out) viewpoints that differ from what you consider to be true. In fact, openness is one of the ‘big five’ personality traits in psychology (Along with general intelligence, they are: openness, concsientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and […]

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Signals

They say ‘marketing is everything, and everything is marketing’ – which is true in a sense, but it’s an impoverished abstraction of human psychology. On a much deeper level, *everything you do is a signal*. Proper listening signals: you and your story matter to me. The husband hiding behind his newspaper (or being glued to […]

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Have You Squared Any Circles Lately?

Those who climb the highest peaks, the explorers, the crazy ones, and the people who invent the next revolution in human achievement don’t care that what they’re about to do is considered impossible. You can’t run a four-minute mile, or so we thought until Roger Bannister did it. You can’t fly, until the Wright brothers […]

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Heads Up: Are You Inuring Yourself?

6.30 AM and the bar has just opened. I sit down on the terrace and bring out my notebooks, while the owner brings me water and a super-short espresso. I like this time of day, just at the start of my morning walk. Some quiet time for journaling. Except when Juan is on one of […]

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It’s Foolish and We All Do It

Only a fool thinks the map is same as the territory. Consider: Last time I checked, the world seemed like a pretty frigging big place. There’s a world going on underground, there’s currents and gravity and micro-organisms, we have politics and artists who make brilliant stuff nobody will ever see, there’s music that never gets […]

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