Asking for What You Want

“One reason people struggle to gain influence in their personal and professional lives is that they simply don’t ask for what they want” – Brendon Burchard I looked around the room, noticing how everyone is staring at their screens with such concentration that could shatter the monitor’s glass. A sense of uneasiness rose from inside…

The Case of “Should” vs “Need To”

The meeting began with the head of department, Hans, sitting at the front of the table, looking sternly at the slides sent over to him earlier that day. Clearly, a storm is brewing… “Peter, what happened to company A? Why didn’t we get that order?” “They decided that they needed a faster lead time and…

What Do Your Eyes See?

Your eyes are the windows to your soul – They take in all the beautiful colours and designs around you, generous actions of people and the marvels of the world. But what it is, is what it is (sounds annoying I know). Yet, we often give our own meaning to what is… It was a…

The Chase: Are You Overdoing It?

Is it true that persistence pays off? Or are you too focused on getting what you want and neglected what’s around? Being in a relationship or the start of a relationship (ok more of the start of the relationship), we may think that being the determined and persistent party will eventually win the other party…

Valentine’s Day: A Hyped-Up Day of Proclaimed Love?

So today is the day… The day where you see ladies carrying hand bouquets of flowers, heart-shaped helium balloons or cute cuddly teddy bears. And you start wondering: “Why don’t I see them as often as today?” The truth is, you don’t. Valentine’s Day, is a day of the year to spend huge to express…

The Season of Giving – Should This be Seasonal?

In less than 10 days, we would be celebrating perhaps the greatest celebrations of the year. One that involves a whole lot of joy, laughter, gathering, sharing and of course, giving. But why wait for Christmas, when this can be done throughout the year? I spoke to a friend from Switzerland and he said his…

Gut Feeling vs Positive Thinking

It has been a long while since I last wrote my post. Many things have taken place and different times may have called in different measures. Amidst all of those, it is also what we often call, a writer’s block – one that sees myself looking at a blank sheet of paper or a computer…

Trust Issues: Why Is It So Hard?

Trust and respect – Many things in life are earned, and they can be much harder to obtain than the running numbers in your bank account. Relationships, be it between partners, men and women, friends and peers, colleagues and employers, or even within extended family members, rely on the fundamentals of trust. Making someone place their…

In the Eye of the Beholder

We have always heard the phrase – “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” But is it limited to the area of beauty? Or is there more than meets the eye? Science has mentioned that chimpanzees are the closest relatives to humanity, with a match of almost 98.8% in terms of DNA. Yet, the…