moving ideas on leadership, mindset, potential and more.

Set yourself free — Life’s probably (not) a simulation

Do we live in a computer-generated simulation? And if so, what do we do about it? Photo by Rowan Heuvel on Unsplash Almost everyone knows the Matrix movies and the grey, dull life Neo is leading before he takes the infamous red pill. Some might’ve already seen the documentary: A Glitch in the Matrix by Rodney Asher, which takes a wide-angle look at simulation theory and its cultural impact. Alexandre Bibeau-Delisle and Gilles Brassard from Montreal’s university published a probability calculation on the topic recently: https://doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2020.0658. In their mathematical model they included the possibility to simulate our thoughts and

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Life is a game - play it!

Thinking about life as a game to be happy and successful Photo by Geeky Shots on Unsplash   Success in real life, success with games Tobi Lütke, Elon Musk, Brenda Romero, Larry Page, Kobe Bryant, Vin Diesel — all very successful in their own fields — play video games. Particularly, Tobi Lütke is a strong advocate of playing games in interviews and on Twitter: I firmly believe that I learned more about building businesses from playing Starcraft than I’ve learned from business books — Tobi Lütke (@tobi) April 1, 2018 Following his take on video games and the discussions around mankind living in a

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Shaping the world around you before it shapes you

“Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations.” Earl Nightingale Photo by Patrick McManaman on Unsplash Mindset or Environment? There’s a lot of different concepts around what helps us to strive, learn, grow and become better. One big part is how we think about things that happen to us. Another part is about who and what surrounds us and the opportunities that come through our environment. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what has a bigger impact on a successful, happy life: mindset or environment. I also strongly believe these two

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One question to guide your actions every day

Photo by Tina Floersch on Unsplash There’s these days you are more cynical, get easily irritated or are just stuck in your tiredness. And that’s very human, don’t get me wrong. The question is though: how do you snap out of it (if you want to)?  Recently, I had one of these days: the little one crashes our sleep, I wake up particularly tired, she whines as she doesn’t want to go to daycare and makes a huge mess while having breakfast, outside someone comes too close walking by, a car driver honks at us

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Creating your Island in the Pandemic

Recently, I dreamt of being on vacation: Chile’s beautiful sunset Valle Della Luna mixed with the slow waves from Playa Girón in Cuba. Valle Della Luna Playa Girón It’s clear that I miss travelling. And not necessarily only the far-away-places but also briefly getting away for a weekend within Germany. The current situation makes travelling almost impossible, or let’s say: it involves risks that I am not willing to take. There’s probably a ton of things people miss at the moment. After my dream, I asked the question in a forum and others mentioned things

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Lost and found: how to (re-)build trust

Think about the last few years – as well as what’s been happening recently with the pandemic, political events, connections to others… Do you think you trust as much as you did 5, 10, 15 years ago? For my part I have to say: I don’t think so. More than asking: What happened? I’d like to look at: Why are our lives better with trust? What can be done to (re)build trust? How do you put the right seeds into the soil? And how do you need to take care of those seeds to let

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Happiness Habits

Today, I have a question for you:What does it mean to you to be happy? What are the things that impact your happiness? Are you happy right now, in this moment?Over the last decade or so there has been tons of attempts to explain what makes people happy.And even though, there has been some understanding of what goes into the mix of a happy, content life – single individual perspectives on happiness differ quite a bit. You can easily check this for yourself and try and find a satisfying definition of happiness online. Let me assure

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5-Minute Morning Routine to Boost Energy

There are these times when getting up and being excited about the day seems particularly difficult. I had that more often recently, as the pandemic continues, the vaccination process in Germany is sloooow, and our little one cannot go to daycare since mid December. It just feels that it all blocks my progress which dampens my enthusiasm. Whatever your reason is for dreading to get up, you have a chance to adapt your mood if you want to. I try and take this decision every morning: Let’s start the day on the right foot –

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Lasting Change Beyond New Year’s

A lot of people make New Year’s resolutions. If you’re not a resolutions type you still might catch yourself thinking of what you want to change in 2021. Last week, two researchers from Sweden published a study that looked at New Year’s resolutions. They wanted to understand what makes people more likely to be successful at sticking to them. They set out to learn more about: What kind of resolutions do people make? Do different resolutions reach different levels of success? … and if it is possible to increase the likelihood of a resolution’s success

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How to Increase your Chance at Change

… or how to make a lasting New Year’s resolution for 2021    This blog post should probably start with the question of: Who do you want to be? In a perfect world, in which you had all resources – time, money, whatever it may be – how would you live your life? How would you BE in that life? What would you want to change? And then the next question is: What do you really want to achieve by that? What’s your ultimate goal? Let’s say, you wanted to start exercising more. What’s your

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