Personal Development

Author and motivational speaker Jim Rohn would preach a message that he claims helped to turn his life around: “work harder on yourself than you do at your job”. Now we’re all about working hard on-the-job, but Rohn’s point here is that the best way to perform well at work is to invest in yourself and improve your skills and overall effectiveness. Welcome to “Personal Development”.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs… and His Big Revision

This post introduces you to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and explains how you can use it for a more fulfilling life, not just via self-actualization but also self-transcendence. Introduced by Abraham Maslow in 1943, the hierarchy proposes that human motivation is a result of attempts to fulfill five very basic hierarchical needs. In order to live a joyful and fulfilling life, we must satisfy all the needs in the hierarchy. But, as the name suggests, we must first satisfy the lower needs before the highest ones are fulfilled. Maslow’s Original 5 Needs The first 4 needs in Maslow’s hierarchy are …

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Effective Altruism: How your job or career can make a meaningful contribution to society

What is Effective Altruism? Effective Altruism is a philosophical and social movement. It advocates using evidence and reasoning to determine the most effective way to aid and benefit others. ‘Altruism‘ means having the selfless concern for the well-being of others. If you are altruistic, you have the strong desire to promote and protect someone else’s welfare. A lot of us behave in an altruistic manner. We donate occasionally to charities. Maybe we’ve participated in charity fun run or relay race. Or, we might buy Christmas cards where the proceeds go to a particular charity. Of course, this is doing a …

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How to be Productive ALL DAY LONG – 7 Tips

With many of us still working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, our levels of productivity may be dramatically decreasing. One question I get asked a lot by my family and friends is how to be productive all day. So, below you’ll find seven simple tips that will ensure you make the most out of your time: 1. Make sure you eat enough They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Yet, so many of us skip it. I’ll hold my hands up… I used to be guilty of not eating breakfast when working from home. …

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A Key to Success: knowing HOW you work best

No two humans are the same, that’s what makes us unique. Some of us like the color red, whilst others are obsessed with fluorescent orange. Some of us love dogs, while others prefer cats. You may love the hustle and bustle of busy cities and busy parties, whilst your sister prefers reading a book in a quiet local coffee shop. When it comes to the workplace, we can still expect to see this. We all work differently, and it is important to know how you work best in order to get the most out of each day. Your way of …

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How to write a personal mission statement

All successful and motivated companies have mission statements that outline what they believe, the things they want to achieve and how they’re going to achieve those things…  why shouldn’t we, successful and motivated individuals, have one too? Well, we can – and its called a personal mission statement. Why should I have a personal mission statement? A personal mission statement defines who you are and identifies your purpose in life, how you aim to pursue that purpose and why it matters to you. It is an incredibly useful and powerful tool as it aids us in meeting our long-term goals …

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Calling All Night Owls: The importance of morning routine

I am lucky enough to have always been a morning person. Much to my mother’s despair, I was the child up at 5:30am on a Saturday morning wanting to start the day. Since then, I have always found that I am most productive in the morning and I thoroughly enjoy getting up early and carrying out certain routines to get myself set up and prepared for the day ahead. I personally like to give myself an hour in the morning before I leave the house to carry out my routine. I get up and wash my face. Next, I make …

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Dear ALL Millennials: Our Problem with Instant gratification

In this blog post, I’ll talk about the work of Simon Sinek and how he believes millennial’s are destined for disappointment due to our parenting, addiction to technology, instant gratification and the environment. Unless (we) make some changes to our mindset. Why millennials will struggle It doesn’t take a genius to notice that there is a pretty big difference between our work ethic and the work ethic of our parents or grandparents. We, us millennials (the generation of humans born approximately in 1994 or above) are accused (and, perhaps rightfully so) of being entitled, narcissistic and self-interested. Sailing through our …

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A productive lunch hour: 5 tips on what to do

How productive is your lunch hour and how do you spend it? ?  Do you quickly gobble down your sandwich whilst still typing away at your desk? Or, do you spend the hour aimlessly scrolling through social media, stuck in the dark and dingy staff room? Do you fuel up on a strong black coffee and a bar chocolate? Now, how do you feel after this lunch hour? Drained? Tired? Uninspired?  The chances are, after this unproductive hour during the working day, you will not return to your desk feeling energized, motivated or inspired for the afternoon ahead. So, how …

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