The lesson I learnt from co-founder of Google X: Personal growth is not about you

Tom Chi, co-founder of Google X has visited our office at Mindvalley to give a talk about how rapid-prototyping can be used to restore environmental damage and save our planet. He has shared how he built the first prototypes of the Google Glass, his models of turning vague strategies into results and his definition of failing & learning. His concepts of reality amazed us all, but it wasn’t until an unexpected question from the audience that my tears started falling in the midst of a hundred people sitting in sheer silence. Continue reading “The lesson I learnt from co-founder of Google X: Personal growth is not about you”

The Right to Put YOUR Happiness First

When I grew up they told me that putting myself first is selfish. I was taught that making myself happy and keeping my own needs a priority is wrong and I should help others first and think about how to make them happy. That shame be upon me if I focus on myself too much and that guilt is the basis of a healthy conscience. Unfortunately, there were too many people around me trying to push their way through in this broken system so I thought this is the way to live and there must be some kind of error with me. Continue reading “The Right to Put YOUR Happiness First”

Is thinkitating the new meditating?

Meditation, mindfulness, lucid dreaming – these are some of the things you have probably heard about if you are into personal growth and self-development. However, thinkitation is something that has not become a buzzword yet, but perhaps is the next big mind-hack out there. It might sound outrageous at first to meditation practitioners who struggle to keep their mind still, but it is actually a different concept that doesn’t interfere with meditation. Continue reading “Is thinkitating the new meditating?”

Dear Writers: It’s time to be Vulnerable.

No matter whether you’re writing a book, a blog post, a proposal or a short story: even the most powerful message can get lost among the lines if it doesn’t touch your audience. We often forget that we don’t write for ourselves –we write for others. It took me a long time to realise that if I  want to connect with my readers I need to let my guard down and allow myself to be vulnerable. Continue reading “Dear Writers: It’s time to be Vulnerable.”

Why Broken Souls Become the Most Successful People

I am always amazed when I hear successful people talk about where they had come from. It doesn’t break their halo, not even a little. The fact that they take courage to be vulnerable in front of me makes them so much more human in my eyes, and it makes their story real.

I cannot help but wonder why some of those who start out with so little chance in life or the ones that encounter devastating experiences create extraordinary futures, while the ones who never lack anything chase success in vain. Continue reading “Why Broken Souls Become the Most Successful People”

54 Compelling Signs That Your Life Will Soon Change Remarkably

Sometimes we feel confused or face difficulties not because something is wrong, but exactly because we are doing the right thing. As long as we are moving, at any pace and in any direction, we are learning, growing and evolving.

Some days feel so rigid it’s almost suffocating, and some are filled with so many remarkable moments that it’s hard to believe it would ever end. And then there are those which we forget to be thankful for, and the ones which gain meaning long after they pass.

But once in while, life will bring you small, powerful signs, that change everything. You just have to notice them. Continue reading “54 Compelling Signs That Your Life Will Soon Change Remarkably”

9 Things You Absolutely Have to Experience in Your 20s

These are the years which are hard and beautiful and which leave us with moments we remember. This is when we chose our own way – and then chose a different one a couple of times until we find our unique path.

And these are the experiences that connect our youth and make this decade complete. Continue reading “9 Things You Absolutely Have to Experience in Your 20s”

3 Things That Keep Millennials Up at Night

We are the generation who are said to change the world: and we do feel the pressure to be the next Mark Zuckerberg, yet we carry on wasting all our time on Netflix. We don’t want to follow and we set our own rules in life, but we are forever confused of whether we are where we ought to be. We are reckless, complicated and filled with irony. Here are the things that make us who we are. Continue reading “3 Things That Keep Millennials Up at Night”

5 Invaluable Lessons I Learnt from Living between 2 Continents

The life of an expat is always particular. We are a different breed all in all who refuses to settle and gives up the comfort of a homeland for the excitement of seeing new places. We make fun of tourists and struggle to explain the extraordinary things we experienced to the ones who are waiting for us at home. We are judged, adored and questioned all the time, but one thing is sure: we will never forget the things that this kind of living has taught us. Continue reading “5 Invaluable Lessons I Learnt from Living between 2 Continents”

The Art of Letting Go of Expectations

Action and outcome. Giving and returning. This is how we learnt to see the world and our connections with people. We expect things to happen exactly as we plan, as we assume it should be, and as we think it is best for others. Then we fret over unmatched expectations and disappointing relationships.

The truth is: connections are not designed with straight lines. Continue reading “The Art of Letting Go of Expectations”