How long can you hold a breath? The average adult can manage 30 seconds. Can you reach one minute? Perhaps two? Can you fathom reaching nine minutes, two seconds? Natalia Molchanova achieved that time, the women’s world record in static apnea—holding her breath while motionless in a pool—in 2013. Molchanova, considered by many to beContinue reading “What Can We Learn From The World’s Greatest Freedivers”
HK$30,000,000,000. That’s a three with ten zeros behind it. This was how much it was worth for the biggest project I had ever worked on. Not only was the amount of money staggering, but I also got the opportunity to work with some of the best minds from around the globe. Our consortium consisted ofContinue reading “Build Your Character, Not Your Reputation”
At the beginning of his memoir Chasing Daylight, Eugene O’Kelly wrote an extraordinary statement: “I was blessed. I was told I had three months to live.” What would you do if you had only three months to live? It’s often through contemplating death that we come to realize what is–and isn’t–important in life, and howContinue reading “How To Create Remarkable Moments To Make The Most Of Your Life”
Like most people, I was cooped up at home during the outbreak of COVID-19 last year. I spent most of my time reading: books, news, articles, blogs, and social media posts. I had probably downloaded more than 50 books on my Kindle and read most of them. But I had a strange realization when IContinue reading “How To Think For Yourself – The Art Of Independent & Critical Thinking”
Many of today’s entrepreneurs and startups live by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s now-famous motto: “Move fast and break things.” Zuckerberg intended for this to inform internal design and management processes, but it aptly captures how entrepreneurs regard disruption: fast is always better. “Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are notContinue reading “Stop Moving Fast & Breaking Things, Start Mastering Patience & Persistence”
On September 9, 1965 while returning from a mission in North Vietnam, the US Navy pilot Captain James Stockdale‘s A-4 Skyhawk was hit by anti-aircraft fire. Stockdale ejected, breaking a bone in his back and badly dislocating his knee which subsequently went untreated and eventually left him with a fused knee joint and a veryContinue reading “Paradoxical Leadership – Where Optimism Meets Pragmatism Creates Resilience”
Things that never change in a world that never stops changing are the most important things to pay attention to. Change gets most of the attention, because it’s exciting and surprising. But things that stay the same – how people behave, how they think, how they’re persuaded – is the real meat of history. PeopleContinue reading “Bet On Things That Never Change In A World That Never Stop Changing”
Have you ever asked yourself why you are afraid of death? It’s normal to be afraid, of course. But exploring why we are afraid of death might be instructive on how we are to live. Do you have unfinished businesses to accomplish, ambitions that aren’t fulfilled? Are there too many dreams not pursued, loves thatContinue reading “Death Is Our Best Teacher. Fear Is Our Best Friend”
According to the coach and author Matt Fitzgerald’s best-seller: “How Bad Do You Want It?“, wanting it more than anybody else means you’re willing to suffer more than anybody else, whether it’s physically, mentally, psychologically, or all of them. Your will to succeed must be stronger than your mounting desire to end the painContinue reading “How Bad Do You Want It? How To Master Mind Over Body”
In these days of instant gratification and endless technological distractions literally at our fingertips, we are increasingly denying ourselves the ability to think and work consistently and deeply at whatever we choose to undertake. Today, you just have a few seconds to grab people’s attention. Books, blogs, videos, emails, presentations, it doesn’t matter – ifContinue reading “Control Your Attention To Control The Quality Of Your Life And Work”
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