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How a Positive Mindset Can Help You Build a Business

From Rags To Riches Life is different for every person. Many people have been born in a “Golden Cradle”: big houses, luxury cars, full cupboards, the best schools, well-positioned, and so on. Meanwhile, others have had to face misfortune, homeless, watching life go by, hopeless, without any reason to fight. I happened to live part […]

The mindful way to lose weight – forever by Susan Hepburn

Accredited hypnotherapist and psychotherapist Susan Hepburn developed her Hypnodiet programme in order to help anyone to achieve their perfect size – including many celebrities   Hypnodiet is not a diet. It’s a mind-body revolution: a way to change the way you eat – forever. It changes the negative learned-behaviour eating patterns into positives. It works […]

How to acquire financial wisdom

Wealth Mentor Diana Chambers explains why true wealth is finding joy and meaning in our lives, and has very little to do with our finances. On Christmas mornings, as soon as we woke up, my two sisters and I would open the sacks left at the bottom of our beds by Father Christmas. While it […]

3 Tips For Better Communication by Rohan Weerasinghe

  Dr Ro has been speaking to audiences around the world for the past 20 years. He has covered subjects like personal and business development and training people on the power of communication and maximising sales. Through impactful communication he has helped generate sales into the tens of millions.   My observations have led me […]

7 Steps to transform your life and build a business by Steve Consalvez

Steve Consalvez explains how firewalking could help you achieve your life goals in seven easy steps Step #1: Know what you want Most people have a general idea of what they want, but a great many more of what they don’t want. They say, “I just need to get out of here and get a new […]

Standing Out From The Crowd by Paul Boross

In my work as The Pitch Doctor, one of the most common questions that comes up is “How do I make myself memorable?” Visit ThePitchDoctor.tv   “Standing out from the crowd is actually one of the easiest things to do. Standing out for the right reasons is one of the most difficult.” Put yourself in someone […]

Long Live The Queen by Fiona Harrold

Want to be a successful life coach? Experience and results are key, says ‘queen bee of coaching’ Fiona Harrold “Life coaching is saturated to bursting point, and the market is over,” opens Fiona Harrold, as we sit down to talk about her own incredible career which has mentored and created wealth for hundreds of clients. “Of […]

Rocky Road to Success: Sean Combs Making – Records and breaking records

Sean Combs was born in a low-income housing project in New York City’s Harlem district. His father was murdered after being associated with drug-related crime in the city. Raised by his mother, he grew into a teenager that cherished athletics as a way to channel his energy and anger; indeed he played football throughout high […]

Rocky Road to Success: Janis Joplin – Singing for her soul

One would not expect an icon of the 1960s west coast rock and roll counter culture movement to hail from a small southeast Texas port city, but that is where Janis Joplin was born and raised. Her father was an oil engineer, and it seemed to be an idyllic southern life for a church-going couple […]

Rocky Road to Success: Fred Smith – Betting on Himself

Fred Smith’s father also had a keen interest for ways to create business when it came to the basic needs of people; in his case he founded a passenger bus company. But Smith’s father died when he was just four years old, and Smith himself was infirmed for much of his early years with a […]

Rocky Road to Success: Dolly Parton – A life-long song

Dolly Parton was born in rural Tennessee in 1946. She was brought up in the rustic Smoky Mountains in a cabin that was really one large room. Parton’s parents did what they could to keep her and her siblings clothed and under a roof; indeed they were known for trading for goods and services because […]

Stop talking, start doing by Shaa Wasmund

  She is the woman who won a Cosmopolitan competition to interview Chris Eubank… and ended up managing his PR. She took an unknown James Dyson and launched his global business. Now Shaa Wasmund MBE is urging us to take action and make our goals reality Have you got an itch? To start your own […]

Look and learn by Jez Rose

As a renowned behaviourist, Jez Rose wants us to turn off the auto response to channel the best from ourselves – the result, he says, could be extraordinary Self-parking cars, clothes with tech built in, multi-screening, all benefits of the digital age – or not? What if the tech that is designed to empower us […]

How to write a novel to support your brand by Sharon Lechter

Sharon Lechter is an entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, international speaker, licensed CPA, Chartered Global Management Accountant and, most importantly a mother and grandmother. A life-long education advocate, she is the founder and CEO of Pay Your Family First, a financial education organisation. Regarded as a global expert on financial literacy, she has served as a national […]

Rocky Roads to Success: Eleanor of Aquitaine – A Talent for Staying in Power

Eleanor of Aquitaine was born around the year 1122, as exact records of a birth that long ago do not exist. Until she became a teenager, she was raised in privilege as the daughter of France’s most powerful Duke, who was also one of the King’s wealthiest landowners. Eleanor was extremely lucky for a woman […]

Rocky Roads to Success: Simon Cowell – Failure Was Not An Option

Born in London just before the rise of the swinging 1960s, Simon Cowell’s mother and father counted their professions as ballet dancer and music industry executive, respectively. Cowell was a decent student in school while he was growing up, however he was not particularly drawn to any one passion as far as his future career […]

Rocky Roads to Success: Michael Dell – Ahead of the Tech Curve

  Michael Dell was born in Houston, Texas in 1965 to an upper middle class Jewish family. Even in elementary school, the future founder of Dell Computers attempted to leap ahead of other children his age, convinced he was ready to graduate from high school at age eight and enter the business world. While encouraging […]

Rocky Roads to Success: Robin Wright – Talent Strikes Twice

  Robin Wright was born to non-entertainment industry parents in 1966 Texas. After a move to California however, she was raised in the backyard of Hollywood for much of her young life. While she attended high school in San Diego and Los Angeles, Wright began a modelling career, which quickly led to a higher profile, […]

Rocky Roads to Success: Wes Bentley – The Path of Most Resistance

One could be forgiven for assuming that Wes Bentley, an actor who has already lived a dramatic Hollywood existence by the age of 37, was born to privileged Los Angeles parents that were successful in the entertainment industry. This however, is not Bentley’s story. He was born and raised in Arkansas to parents that were […]

Rocky Roads to Success: Sacajawea – From Wronged to Strong

Sacajawea’s early life was fraught with peril. Born into a tribe of the Shoshone Native Americans, she was kidnapped by an opposing tribe at the tender age of 12. This however was not an uncommon age for anyone in untamed North America to be forced to grow up quickly and adapt to a sour turn […]

Rocky Roads to Success: John Mackey – His Whole World

A seemingly go-with-flow attitude early in life couldn’t mask John Mackey’s inner success engine. Born in Houston, Texas to middle class parents, Mackey always leaned toward pursuing his interests, as opposed to getting an education as a way to make more money. To this point, Mackey studied at the University of Texas at Austin in […]

Rocky Roads to Success: Hillary Clinton – A Flourishing Ambition

Hillary Rodham Clinton was born into a middle class family in 1947 Chicago. Clinton’s parents were extremely supportive of her intellect and ambition, a trait which was not especially supported in women at the time. At the young age of 13, Clinton could be found helping to campaign for presidential candidates across the south side […]

Get comfortable with discomfort by Kate Tojeiro

Kate Tojeiro urges us to deal with the gritty stuff to achieve real results Who knew that watching Long Way Round (Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman) on a cold winter’s evening would be such an extraordinary catalyst, learning to ride an off-road motorbike and confronting some huge blocks about possibility. It led to not only […]

How to be a Media Magnet by Fiona Harrold

You cannot be a secret and a success. Make the decision to get known and get seen and start getting in the media! fionaharrold.com   Hi, I’m Fiona Harrold. You may know me from articles and appearances in the media where I’m known as Britain’s leading coach or as the best-selling author of Be Your […]

Making Wealth by John Demartini

When John Demartini set himself the task 43 years ago of understanding how wealth was created, he couldn’t have foreseen how he would find the keys to wealth. At The Best You Expo 2016, he revealed the mindset of the most successful people on the planet   John Demartini is a fascinating individual with extraordinary […]

Be The Brand by Janey Lee Grace

In her new book, Janey Lee Grace explains why thinking of yourself as a brand can improve your chances of success in achieving your dreams Are you an expert, teacher, practitioner or have you always wanted to write a book or share your story with a wider audience? I’d wager that a high percentage of […]

Never say never on the road to success by Will J. Jackson

Will J. Jackson has five ways to keep you focused and help you to achieve your goals for success   Everybody wants success of one kind or another. How we define success is specific to each of us. Some people want money, others a perfect relationship, others a perfect job. One way to move closer […]

How to get unstuck by Susan Armostrong

Susan Armstrong offers a lesson in overcoming self-limiting beliefs     The other day I was watching the animals in my backyard. As an animal lover I have a bird feeder/squirrel feeder… because, you know, you can’t keep the squirrels out of a birdfeeder so I just make sure there is something for everyone… and […]

7 Counter-Intuitive Ideas For Fast-Growth Business by Daniel Priestley

Many of the rules we hear in business are wrong, or at least not right for small businesses under a million in revenue. These rules are the top seven counterintuitive ideas I’ve used to grow businesses from an idea to a seven-figure company (often in the first year)     1. Getting good at spending […]

Rocky Road to Success: Dabo Swinney – A Life of Good Play-Calling

Dabo Swinney is a collegiate American football coach who took a long-shot team to the national championship in 2015. Swinney was born in 1969 Alabama, at a time when American football was gaining exponential popularity. A born hard worker, Swinney from a young age had the fortitude to look past the rough patches his family […]

Rocky Road to Success: Elizabeth Taylor – Shine Bright Like A Diamond

Elizebeth Taylor was born in a suburb of London during the all-too-short years of peace between World War I and World War II. By happenstance, Taylor’s parents had chosen to pursue financial gain in an industry seemingly impervious to The Great Depression: art dealing; they escaped much of the fallout from the economic hardship in […]

Rocky Road to Success: J.R.R. Tolkien – Fantasy is Reality

Born in South Africa to upwardly mobile parents, thanks to his father’s promising career in banking, J.R.R. Tolkien was only three years old when his father died. A crushing blow to the family, Tolkien, his mother and younger brother happened to be on vacation in England at the time. This left the family quite literally […]

Rocky Road to Success: Chelsea Handler – A Handle on Success

It’s a bit difficult to be noticed when you’re the youngest of six kids and everyone in your neighbourhood has more money than your family. That’s how Chelsea Handler came into the world in 1975-New Jersey. Her father was a used car dealer, and the Handlers were used to the sort of workman-like mentality she […]

Rocky Road to Success – Jon Cryer: Nobody’s Second Choice

Jon Cryer was born into an east coast family that had an appetite for show business. They had been successful enough in and around the theatre to be able to provide a path for Cryer’s later career in film and stage. Born in New York City in 1965, Cryer’s education centred on the arts. After […]

Rocky Road to Success – Jennifer Hudson: A Girl Dreaming

Jennifer Hudson spent her childhood in and around the Church, constantly surrounded by family and friends. Born in a crime-ridden part of Chicago, Illinois in 1981, she was the youngest sibling in her family. She began singing in the church choir while still in grade school and, with the encouragement of her grandmother, Hudson spread […]

Rocky Road to Success – Henry Miller: Owning his Opportunity

A true American wanderer and success story, Henry Miller was actually of German descent. He was born in Germany in 1927 to a father whose stock and trade as a butcher and cattle rancher would give Miller the know-how for his later success. He began assisting his father’s business at a young age, often acquiring […]

Rocky Road to Success – Adele: Changing to Stay the Same

Adele began her singing life when she was only four years old, after already having lived through hard times early in her life. Raised in London primarily by a single mother, Adele’s father walked out on the family shortly after she was born. Singing was in her blood, as the young performer enjoyed imitating and […]

Believe the hype by Sharon Hadley

Mindfulness has been hailed as a ‘wonder cure’ for mental health, but should it be used in the workplace? Mindfulness expert Sharon Hadley argues the case for its implementation   Mindfulness is commonly defined as being in a state of awareness, on purpose, without judgement. In practice this means really being aware and in tune […]

My New Year’s business resolution… by The Best You

Will 2016 be the year that you enjoy business success? Follow the advice from The Best You’s business experts and see what you can achieve     “Know who your clients are. I cannot tell you how much time I wasted trying to serve everybody. Cash will only flow into your business when you concentrate […]

Maximum effort by Steve Cockram

Super busy, but not making any headway? On holiday, but can’t switch off from the office? You could simply be operating in the wrong gear   It’s January, and getting back to your optimum level of productivity is taking a little while. Or you’re secretly thrilled to be back at your desk and making swift […]

The persuaders by Philip Hesketh

In a world with infinite options, how can we convince people to choose us? Philip Hesketh knows the secrets to influence and persuasion   Choice. It’s as exhilarating as it is exhausting, but if you’re on the other side of the table how do you convince someone to pick you, your business or your products? […]

Time out by Peter Shallard

A procrastination epidemic is sweeping the world but Peter Shallard advises how to ensure you have immunity   Everywhere people are dreaming big and accomplishing less. Time feels like it’s speeding up – this year’s calendar pages are vanishing behind you faster than ever before. You go to bed every night with huge intentions for […]

Stand out guy by Rob Yeung

Ever felt invisible in an important situation, such as a job interview, at a party or important meeting? Psychologist and author Dr Rob Yeung believes we all have the power to generate the attention we need and deserve     Your new book, How to stand out, offers practical advice on commanding the attention of […]

Join us at The Best You Exhibition (27-28th February 2016) ExCel, London

COME AND MEET WORLD LEADERS IN PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LIFESTYLE ENHANCEMENT IN AN AMAZING WEEKEND EVENT We are tremendously excited about this event, it’s going to be an inspirational weekend. If you are as passionate about personal development as we are, then you absolutely have to be there! So what can you expect? The Grand […]

60 deep and brilliant quotes from Steve Jobs for you

We’ve gathered together 60 of Steve Jobs’s brilliant sayings. Wise, clever, moving and always smart, at The Best You magazine, we hope he’ll prove an inspiration to you in whatever you do! 1. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to […]

19 quotes for you on business strategy from Donald Trump

Donald Trump is an extraordinary survivor and a genius when it comes to making money. to understand how he did it, and inspire you to make money too, here are 19 choice quotes from the billionaire entrepreneur!   1. Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war. 2. Experience […]

36 excellent quotes from founder of Google Larry Page for you to enjoy

The Best You have gathered 36 of our best quotes from Google genius and founder, Larry Page. This smart, smart, smart businessman and IT mogul has a unique view of the world. We hope he will inspire you onwards to great things! Here they are: 1. If you’re changing the world, you’re working on important […]

58 brilliant quotes from genius Elon Musk

The Best You have gathered 58 quotes from the inventor of the Tesla electric car and the CEO of the SpaceX project – Elon Musk. Elon is a genius, with a fantastic understanding of business, engineering and physics. His thoughts on all three and much more besides are well worth learning from!   1. When something […]

25 Quotes about money, wealth riches to make you think again by The Best You

Money. People have always got something fresh to say about it. Here are 25 quotes from the smart to the funny to the wise to the enlightening.   Because money is always worth thinking about in fresh ways. 1. Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make. – Donald Trump 2. When I […]

39 fabulously quotable quotes from Richard Branson

Billionaire Sir Richard Branson has a knack for making short, smart pithy statements about business and life that shed light on his work, on his skills as an entrepreneur and his philosophy of life. The Best You selected 39 of our favourites for you to enjoy, learn from and share! 1. To me, business isn’t […]

40 quotes from Zuckerberg, the face of facebook by The Best You

At The Best You magazine, we’ve gathered 40 of the best quotes from the genius who created Facebook – and who changed the way the world talks. 1. The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks. […]

How to sell (even if you think you can’t) by Tony Morris

Being able to ‘sell’ is key to business success, but what if you’re not a natural? Sales doctor Tony Morris offers his top tips to close a deal     People often hear the word ‘sell’ and panic and think of all the negative connotations that they don’t wish to be associated with – pushy, […]

Bulletproof guy by Dave Asprey

Dave Asprey, founder of Bulletproof Coffee, enhances people’s performance through biohacking – simple changes to your food, thinking and exercise that help you lose weight and find peak performance. Dave spent $300,000 on experimenting on himself with biohacks from around the world and combined the best into the Bulletproof philosophy. His special blend of coffee […]

Ava DuVernay: producing history

    Ava DuVernay was raised in the infamous city of Compton, near Los Angeles, California. Growing up she spent summers travelling between old world and new, spending summer months with family in a small town between Montgomery and Selma, Alabama. While she was attending UCLA in the mid-1990s, DuVernay was intrigued by journalism. She […]

Jesse Ventura: a better body of work

Born in Minneapolis to parents who had each seen service in the Second World War, Jesse Ventura could be described as having hard work and grit in his DNA. Indeed, after finishing high school, Ventura went directly into the United States Navy’s SEAL programme. He served as a SEAL during the Vietnam War, braving wartime […]

Winston Churchill: no impediment to liberty

During the first part of his childhood, Winston Churchill lived in Dublin, Ireland with his mother and father, who themselves were of mixed descent, including American lineage on his mother’s side. His parents were very much an integral part of Irish political society, where his grandfather served as Viceroy. As such, Churchill was always tended […]

Expert advice by Samir Parikh

Fancy yourself as a consultant? Author Samir Parikh knows when the time is right to advise others Consulting can be a very rewarding profession. It offers exposure to diverse and often leading-edge issues, the opportunity to work with a wide variety of client stakeholders and offers an accelerated career path paralleled by few other professions. […]

Happy Campers by Laurence McCahill

Business conferences. Scary? Uninspiring? Soul-destroying? The Happy Startup School is out to change all that with its Summer Camp, taking place next month     As anyone who’s ever been to a conference knows, there’s a certain protocol of behaviour that starts with putting a badge on your suit, listening to highly lauded speakers for […]

Rachael Ray Food, Life and Happiness

“I like feeling like an ox at the end of the day. I like working hard” Rachael Ray’s early life was defined by two constants: moving and food. Growing up around New England in the United States, Ray’s family owned and managed several restaurants in New York and Massachusetts in the 1970s. Throughout high school, […]

Arianna Huffington – A Super-Short Celebration Of Success by The Best You

Start up and stay there – You have to do what you dream of doing even while you’re afraid From culture to politics, Arianna Huffington’s ambition would lead her into the global zeitgeist. Born in Athens, her parents instilled an inquisitive nature and fierce curiosity. Huffington studied at the University of Cambridge, heading the debate […]

Becoming a coach by Jamelle Sanders

Many of us dream of giving up our day job to pursue the dream of becoming a personal development coach. Jamelle Sanders shares his experience of doing so  As I look back on my personal journey as a life coach and entrepreneur, I learned many lessons that I wish I could have anticipated when I […]

TIPS FOR Buying a retirement home for yourself

A parent or grandparent is a specific type of investment. Deborah Stone highlights the things to look out for  What is retirement housing?  Most retirement housing is available to people over the age of 60 and is sold on a leasehold basis. This means there should be a long lease on the property with a […]

Sisters do it for themselves by Lynn Kitchen

The world of business for women isn’t a fair one.  Lynn Kitchen, one of the Four Dames, is creating a space for women to thrive in business It was a lovely summer’s day on the deck of the Queen Mary in Los Angeles harbour where the Four Dames were hosting a day-long seminar for businesswomen in […]

Shaquille O’Neal Dreaming Big Since He Was Little

    “I never worry about the problem. I worry about the solution.”   A basketball legend was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1972. Shaquille O’Neal may have dominated the NBA for almost twenty years, but he walked a rocky road in his quest to become the best. O’Neal never had a relationship with […]

Magnus Carlsen Checkmate Master

  “Without the element of enjoyment, it is not worth trying to excel at anything.”   Born in Norway in 1990, Magnus Carlsen knew how to solve complex puzzles at the age of two. His parents are both engineers, and young Magnus quickly showed them that he was no ordinary child. Carlsen made leaps and […]

Hilary Devey Long Haul to Success

    “If you don’t have faith in yourself, then nobody else will have faith in you.”   Raised amidst impoverished surroundings for a portion of her life, Hilary Devey never accepted that her father’s failure had to be part of her legacy. Born in 1957, she was barely beginning school when her father’s entire […]

Sarah Jessica Parker: Success and The City

  “When it comes to life and love, why do we believe our worst reviews?”   It’s fitting that Sarah Jessica Parker is sometimes known as America’s sweetheart. Parker was the youngest of four children born into a struggling family in an Ohio coal-mining town. Her parents divorced when she was two. Soon after, her […]

Robert Downey Jr – Down But Never Out

  “The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.”   Born in New York City in 1965, Robert Downey Jr. was brought up in a culture of drug and alcohol abuse. Downey’s father, Robert Downey Sr., was a filmmaker of some repute. It was his father that gave Downey access to […]

Reed Hastings: Audience Redirect

  “Broadcast TV is like the landline of 20 years ago.”   Reed Hastings was born an entrepreneur. Perhaps it is fitting that he came of age in the1960s; the age’s tendency to question authority inspired his own fiercely independent spirit. Hastings’s early proclivity for innovation surfaced while he was in the Marine Corps – […]

Park Geun-Hye: A Tradition All Her Own

  “I will end the history of division and conflict through reconciliation and fairness.”   At first glance, following in the footsteps of one’s father would hardly seem to be something entirely out of the ordinary. However, Park Geun-Hye’s father was the President of South Korea, and she is the country’s first-ever female president. Born […]

Hang in there by Gerry Robert

  Life can be tough on a person. It can be tough on a family. So many people lack the mental ability to hang in there in the tough times. You can control your thoughts, says Gerry Robert.   You can practice perspective by changing the way you interpret your circumstance, situations, and environments. The […]

Communicating effectively by Emma Vites

  There are lots of different types of people in this world, each with different experiences, beliefs, values, and goals. Each has a unique interpretation of what is right and wrong. For Emma Vites, effective communication begins with this understanding.   The biggest barrier to effective communication is the belief that only you are ‘right’ […]

4 Ways To Feel Rich When You’re Broke by Kate Northrup

Even if you are overrun by debt or struggling with money, it is possible to have the experience of true abundance. Life should be filled with gratitude and love, and according to Kate Northrup, both of these critical elements for happiness and abundance are free. No matter what your bank statement says, there are countless […]

Sylvester Stallone: One Fighting Chance by The Rocky Road To Success

  “Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure.”   Born in 1946, Sylvester Stallone has been called Sly for as long as he can remember – an appropriate nickname considering how much he has embodied the trait throughout his film career. His father came to America from Italy in the early 20th century, and […]

The Monster Within – The Story Of Mary Shelley’s Success by The Best You

  “Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”   Born in London in the late 18th century, Mary Shelley’s life began in tragedy. Her mother passed away from childbirth complications when Shelley was eleven days old. Philosophically advanced for his day, Shelley’s father, William Godwin, would make sure that she knew her late mother […]

Drew Barrymore: Downsizing Distractions by The Rocky Road To Success

  “I want people to love me, but it’s not going to hurt me if they don’t.”   An objective observer might think that Drew Barrymore was born with the proverbial silver spoon in her mouth. She is a member of the legendary American stage and screen family, the Barrymores, yet she has forged a […]

David Weir: Wheels Up by Rocky Road To Success

  “I have never seen myself as disabled”   David Weir was born with a barrier: from birth, he was not able to use his legs, due to a rare spinal cord condition. But as a youth in Wallington, Weir hit the ground running, so to speak. He became an accomplished wheelchair athlete at an […]

10 Ways To Pitch Better For Anything You Want by Paul Boross

Pitching is becoming increasingly important in almost everyone’s working life, says Paul Boross, aka The Pitch Doctor, whether it’s pitching to new clients, for investment or a new job. In theory, pitching is one of the easiest activities in business, yet it is often the most vital as well. One mistake can make all the […]

Write Your Way To Success by Gerry Robert

  It has been said that everyone has a book in them. This usually refers to a novel or a memoir, but what about writing a book solely for marketing purposes. Self-publishing a book is one of the best ways to increase your profile, explains Gerry Robert.   When you become an author you instantly […]

Putting Herself Forward by The Best You

  Benardo Moya talks to Etta Cohen, and finds out how she founded Forward Ladies, and has become a beacon for woman entrepreneurs countrywide.   When Etta Cohen realised her marriage had come to an end, her future looked bleak.   “My son had just had his second birthday and my daughter was six. It […]

Tatyana McFadden: Racing History

  Tatyana McFadden began life seemingly at a standstill. Born in 1989 in St. Petersburg, Russia, doctors quickly diagnosed the new-born with Spina Bifida, a disorder that left her paralysed from the waist down. Abandoned to an orphanage by the woman who gave birth to her, McFadden was adopted by an American who happened to […]

Damien Hirst: The Death and Life of Art

  In 1965 Damien Hirst began his art assault on the world. This was the year of this birth, however it wasn’t long after that he began making lasting impressions. Hirst has said of his mother that she would not tolerate any form of defiance, and that she was heavy-handed with her punishments. Yet he […]

Craig Venter: Mapping What We’re Made Of

  Craig Venter began his journey in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1946. For all he would become later in life, he was, admittedly, not a very bright student in school. Earning only passable grades to get by, his thoughts always lay beyond the scope of the rest of the class. It was after he […]

Chaka Khan: Not Just Every Woman

  In 1953 Chaka Khan came into the world in Chicago under the name Yvette Marie Stevens. She had four brothers and sisters, and was the oldest of her siblings. The kids were raised on the south side of Chicago, an area known for its rough and tough way of life. Khan began performing and […]

The genius within by Robin Sharma

  Inspiration can come from many things – a story, a hike in the mountains, a conversation with a friend. But a lot of the time inspiration comes in the form of people – people who have made their mark with their genius. Robin Sharma lists a few.   I have huge respect for those […]

Queen Latifah – A Royal Tale

  A moniker truly befitting of someone who has turned herself into American royalty, Queen Latifah was born as Dana Elaine Owens. Latifah’s work ethic and moral compass was fortified from a very young age. A natural choice for her tall stature, she played basketball in high school; from there she stepped onto the theatre […]

Percy Fawcett: A Life Of Adventure

  Percy Fawcett was ensconced in adventure and intrigue his entire life. Fawcett drew on the inspirations of his family to become one of the most enigmatic explorers of the modern age. Fawcett’s studies drew him to the field of mapmaking. Driven by a desire to make the unknown known, he began to explore. Fawcett […]

Ludo Lefebvre: A Taste for All

  Ludo Lefebvre was raised in Burgundy, France. Taken early on by the desire to craft and cook specialty cuisines, his father got him his first job at a local restaurant. The hope was that his son would be discouraged from the profession, but to the contrary, it was where Ludo began his love affair […]

Billie Jean King: An Ace Life

  A champion on and off of the tennis court, Billie Jean King was born in Long Beach, California. She attended Longbeach Polytechnic High School, an institution noted to this day for churning out sports stars of multiple varieties. Throughout high school and college, King moonlighted at a professional tennis career. She entered her first […]

How Do You Feel About Changing Your Career? by Natalie Ekberg

  I am a big fan of the Law of Attraction and the teachings of Abraham-Hicks. You might know that they are famous for working with all sorts of emotions. However, I recently read an article in which they said that, in essence, there are only two types of feelings: you either feel good or […]

How to Make Your Career Change Quick, Easy and Lasting! by Natalie Ekberg

  I get incredibly frustrated when my clients, after weeks of very focussed work with me and with one step separating them from their dream job, utter the words, “Oh, well, maybe my current job isn’t too bad after all…” When this happens, it is clearly the “pre-change”, “scared of the unknown” voice coming through, […]

How to Overcome Fear when Changing Your Career – by Natalie Ekberg

  The emotion that comes across the strongest when my clients start considering a change in their career is the fear. Obviously, any change is unsettling and feeling fearful is natural. The part I don’t quite understand is the following. How can the fear of the unknown be bigger than the frustration and exasperation experienced […]

What Successful People Do That’s Different by Stefanie Hartman

  Stefanie Hartman looks back at an experience that changed the way she viewed success. Perhaps her anecdote can teach you something new.   When I was working my way through university in the summers, I had a job at a totally rustic resort that was only accessible by seaplane – it was that remote! […]

How Kissing Tells You Plenty About Business by Gerry Robert

  Just think back to the first time you kissed someone of the opposite sex. Remember how exciting (or scary, for some) it was? What does selling have to do with kissing? Gerry Robert, best-selling author of the Millionaire Mindset, reckons kissing is a perfect metaphor for selling.   Let’s look at all the aspects […]

10 steps to financial nirvana by Vishal Khandelwal

  Ever dream about financial freedom? Of course you do. We’re sure friends and family give you all sorts of advice, but take it from Vishal Khandelwal, a financial analyst and founder of Safal Niveshak, gives us some advice that has worked for him.   I feel I am too young to dispel any life-changing […]

Solomon Northup: Time Served

  “Life is dear to every living thing; the worm that crawls upon the ground will struggle for it.” In the early 19th century, Solomon Northup entered the world amidst unique circumstances. Both his mother and father were free people of colour in pre-Abolitionist America, so Solomon and his brother were born free. Solomon’s father […]

Rick Allen: Finding A Way To Play

  “My situation should have been a lot worse. By rights I shouldn’t have survived the crash.” Rick Allen was meant to be a drummer. Born in Dronfield, England, Allen quickly outgrew his native environs and played his way onto a world stage. Playing the drums came so naturally to him that Allen’s mother responded […]

Mickey Rourke: The Stage and The Ring

  “I never look backwards. I have always been an athlete. I boxed before I acted.” Mickey Rourke was born in New York in 1952. His father was an amateur bodybuilder and would provide the blueprint for Rourke’s stint a boxer later in life. After Mickey’s father left, Rourke’s mother moved to Miami. He was […]

How Sir James Dyson Cleaned Up For Success

  “As an engineer I’m constantly spotting problems and plotting how to solve them.” In his youth James Dyson was a good long distance runner. He has stated that he was good not necessarily because he had the body for it, but because he had determination. Early in his college career, he became interested in […]