Blame, Fault, and Personal Attribution

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes The English phrase “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” has an interesting implication; it means to tell us that there are certain conditions under which we may become culpable for our own having been deceived by others. But why? Why should you be at […]

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The Implications of Penguin 4.0 “real time”

It’s official, Google announced three days ago that Penguin has now successfully been integrated into the core algorithm. What a lot of people may be asking at this point is: What does this mean? What are the implications of Penguin going real-time? That’s what I’m going to dive into in this article. Brief History of Penguin Google’s […]

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What is scalability in business?

Scalability. It’s one of those buzzwords we hear all the time in business settings; “Will this scale well?” “This doesn’t seem scalable.” But what does this word and related concept actually entail? This article aims to explore it in more depth and hopefully give it some definition and structure that it lacks in everyday conversation. […]

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What is Success?

It’s the age old question; how do we define our personal success and thus identify whether we should feel happy and satisfied with ourselves? Success as a human construction In his really good TED talk, Yuval Harari points out that one of the main reasons that humans have become the dominant species on this earth is […]

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SEO and Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why”

Simon Sinek raises a great point in his book “start with why” (and related videos like this) — “people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” Or, in the related but different words of Neil Tyson in Cosmos: “We hunger for significance”. Human beings are wired to seek out deeper meaning. […]

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One great wish: A world with no money

If I were “miss universe” standing in my bikini before the world and were asked “what’s your greatest wish for the world?” my answer would be: A world that has outgrown money I use the word “outgrown” very intentionally. There are some folks out there who have genuinely outgrown money; not that they don’t still need […]

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The misunderstood concept of “productive paranoia”

A beautiful nuance of greatness that could be generally misunderstood is the idea of “productive paranoia”. Productive paranoia is a classic example of the Genius of the AND — yes, it is being paranoid, but being paranoid AND productive with that paranoia. It is a lot more than mere pessimism, it is the mental discipline to ask […]

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The Genius of AND — Liberate yourself from non-paradoxical thinking

One of the most impedimental patterns of thought that humans subject themselves to is the “Enforced EITHER / OR” pattern. Otherwise articulated by Jim Collins as “The Tyranny of the OR” or also called “dichotomous thinking”. This applies around the board from business to psychology to personal relationships to philosophy to science and all the way […]

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We should stop calling ourselves experts

Before diving into this article it’s good to show the inspiration source. A quote from this article: The entrepreneur space is rife with false hope and false promises. There’s an entire species of ‘X gurus’ – social media gurus, SEO gurus, business success gurus, etc. For the most part, they look and act human, but be […]

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“Latch and Lurch” — how undisciplined thought harms companies

What are companies if not organisations run by human beings? The quirks of human behaviour and understanding carry over to companies and the decisions that are made. As human beings we have a propensity to latch on to concepts. We tend to value or assign higher importance to things we do understand at any given point, while devaluing things […]

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