Category Archives: Inspiration

Jay Z – Holy Grail ft. Justin Timberlake

“Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.”*

I’m in awe with Jay-Z latest album Magna Carta… Holy Grail.

The first release features Justin Timberlake, holy s***, only Jay Z could have pulled off a hip-hop ode to Kurt Cobain!

This album as a whole is SERIOUS DOPE.

* Leo Tolstoy

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Umair Haque on the Global Economy

The Meaningful Brands study based on 56 global brands across 12 industries released this week by Havas Media highlights that the world’s most valuable companies (such as Apple) rank low on the Meaningful Brands list.

But what does “Meaningful” mean?

What is a “Meaningful brand”?

Do consumers care about brands?

Umair Haque explains why brands need to repair their relationship with consumers and give back, not give more.



Also read this article from the FT.

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7 Shared Traits That Unite Women In Power

According to Fast Company, everyone’s journey is different–and many are not easy. Hard work is the foundation of success, but the people and attitudes you surround yourself with, and the message you pass on to others, all contribute to a culture of female achievement that will take us into the future.

Below are the characteristics that some of the top women across many industries all share:

  • Effective Role Models
  • Hardwork
  • Confidence
  • Support
  • Knowledge
  • Visibility
  • Mentoring

Food for thought.

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This Video Test Will Give You An Idea Of How Intelligent You Are

In a recent experiment carried by researchers from the university of Rochester, 53 participants were asked to take a standardized IQ test as well as to watch a short video of black and white bars with the sole purpose of identifying if the bars pointed towards the left or the right.

Findings show that the people with higher IQs had difficulty perceiving movement in larger images, but were quicker to notice movement in smaller bars.

Here’s the video the participants watched, try it, it will give you an idea of how intelligent you are! 😀

More on this here

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10 Lessons on Leadership

Kissmetrics have compiled 10 quotes on Leadership from some of the very best business men and women. Click on the image to enlarge.
Though they’re all very relevant, if I had to choose one of them, just one, it’d have to be: Inspire others. By inspiring others, you will lead by example and therefore… foster teamwork, encourage growth in others, boost employee self-esteem, take care of people, coordinate, aim for a goal, be willing to be misunderstood, understand reality, give hope, and be a good listener.

10 Lessons on Leadership
Source: 10 Lessons on Leadership

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Entrepreneurs in 2012: losing Sleep, but not losing Hope

Based on a recent Hiscox study involving 3000 SME’s partners and owners in the US, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, France and Spain, conclusions highlight that the Entrepreneurs’ DNA is made of optimism and determination. Despite yet another year of global economic struggle, a majority of five in six countries report an increase in new customers. Backed-up with long working hours (approx. 42.8 hours a week, 51.3 hours/week for our German fellows), one of the key findings was that optimism outnumbers pessimists. There-you-go.

The power of mindset… Changing your perception will lead to changing your emotion. And if you can change your emotion, your outlook on life will shift and you will come up with new ideas and a constructive frame of mind. Optimism enables to capitalise on each possibility: it fuels success and personal growth.

Need I say more? Check the infographic below and click here to download the full DNA of an Entrepreneur Study to uncover the attitudes, values and ambitions of global entrepreneurs.
It’s energizing and inspiring 😉

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