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The Uncomfortable Truth about “The Secret”

by Joe Barnes

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Mind Set

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Date: Nov 9, 2018

Last night, I watched The Secret on Netflix. Despite this movie/documentary being made in 2006, and despite me working in the personal development world, I'd never seen it before. I'd heard a lot about it. I knew that it'd been a personal development phenomenon - selling 30 million copies of the book - and introducing a new audience to the self-help world. I also had a good idea what The Secre...


How Strong is your Will to Survive?

by Joe Barnes

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Inspiration

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Date: Oct 4, 2018

My Grandma died last month. She was one hundred and one, 2 months shy of her one hundred and second birthday.  Over the years, I watched her pass through the various stages of deterioration. Amazingly, she was still walking and completely independent up until the age of 96. At that point, she had a fall, lost her confidence and, from then on, relied on a walking frame.  Despite this setback, ...


Why you Shouldn’t Give up on your Dreams

by Joe Barnes

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Inspiration

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Date: Aug 24, 2018

I was talking to one of my tennis students today about her interest in drama and singing. I suggested she might want to pursue it professionally when she left school or university. Her response was that it would never work. Apparently, to make a career as an actress you have to be incredibly lucky. She also mentioned that most people performing in West End shows are barely able to make a livin...


Why Advertising might be a Waste of your Money and what to do Instead

by Joe Barnes

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Pratical Tools & Tips

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Date: Aug 9, 2018

Take a look at the picture on your left. It's the latest, in a 15-year journey, of attempts I've made to advertise one of my businesses.  Fortunately, this one was for free. As a member of a Fitness4less gym, if you agree to offer other members a discount on your services, you can advertise your business on the notice board without any charge.  In case the advert isn't clear, this is my hypno...


Can you Trust your Intuition?

by Joe Barnes

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Inspiration

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Date: Jun 4, 2018

In the film, Interstellar, Matthew McConaughey's character travels to a dimension beyond normal human consciousness. In this realm (far out in space), he attempts to communicate with his daughter to warn her about the impending doom planet earth is facing. However, because the means of communication are so limited, he can only relay this message through grains of dust arranged in Morse code.  ...


The 4 Keys to Being Noticed in your Industry

by Joe Barnes

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Pratical Tools & Tips

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Date: Mar 5, 2018

I used to be a big WWF fan. Back in the early 90's, my favourites were The Ultimate Warrior and Bret 'The Hitman' Hart. Although I don't watch it anymore, I occasionally listen to podcasts where the old wrestlers talk about what it was like back in the day and share behind the scenes stories. Something I didn't expect to hear, though, was advice on how to get known/become successful in any in...


What to do if You’re Thinking About Giving Up on Your Dream

by Joe Barnes

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Inspiration

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Date: Feb 28, 2018

Yet another failure! As I checked the sign ups to my newsletter, my heart sank. I'd heard good things about Facebook Ads. Authorities I respected said they were a great way to gain exposure and increase your following. Of course, you had to pay, but I didn't mind as long as I saw a return.  That was the problem, though, there were no returns. Despite paying close to £500 on filming a video, e...


The 2 Paths to Financial Freedom

by Joe Barnes

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Rebellion

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Date: Oct 13, 2017

Earlier in the year, I was speaking to a friend who works at prestigious multinational bank. He's young (about 23), and passed through their graduate training programme to land a top job. The starting salary was an impressive amount in the high five figures.  He wasn't happy though. A typical working day sees him wake at around 5.30am and, sometimes, return home at 9pm. Occasionally, he's also...


Transform your Life with Fight Club Philosophy

by Joe Barnes

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Mind Set

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Date: Aug 14, 2017

Are you looking for a radical way to shake up your life? Are you bored with the seemingly meaningless way of life The System offers? Would you like your life to be one big adventure? If you answered yes to any, or all, of these questions then I have the solution. It comes in the form of a 1999 film that introduced a revolutionary new character with a dark, yet liberating, life philosophy. I...


Why I Gave Up Trying to ‘Fit In’

by Joe Barnes

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Inspiration

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Date: Jul 18, 2017

I was 4000 meters up in the Andean mountains when the realisation finally hit me. Attempting to ‘fit in’ just wasn’t going to work. The year was 2007 and I was walking the Inca Trail. Frustrated with the lack of adventure in my life and, in the hope that I might make some new friends, I signed up to an organised trip to Machu Picchu. What was supposed to be an adventure of a lifetime, thoug...