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Stop Living Like you’re not gonna Die!

by Joe Barnes

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Mind Set

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Date: Sep 23, 2013

My grandma is 96 years old and she's still deeply concerned by the cost of a loaf of bread. Despite being a danger to herself and other road users, she's only just stopped driving because she didn't want to pay a nominal taxi fee for the 5 minute journey into town for her weekly grocery shop. She treble checks bills, worries about the hot water being left on too long and nags my mum over insign...


Get a Life not a Career: Become a Hero not a CEO

by Joe Barnes

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Rebellion

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Date: Aug 21, 2013

Our outlooks are all skewed. We live in a system where the amount of money we earn and the status we attain is prized more highly than our levels of happiness and the good we do. It may sound crazy, but you'll be held in higher regard if you're the CEO of a colossal company, making decisions that wreck the lives of thousands and cause untold damage to the environment, than if you're a char...


The 3 Things you Absolutely MUST do with your Time on Earth

by Joe Barnes

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Inspiration

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Date: Jul 21, 2013

I'm no fan of '30 things you must do before you reach 30' type lists. The idea that there is some universal standard of achievement and experience is too conformist for me.  So, I've come up with an alternative. It's not based on visiting a country on every continent of the world, learning to play a musical instrument or any number of equally interesting yet useless (unless you need a topic ...


Why you Should Feel Happy about being Depressed

by Joe Barnes

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Inspiration

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Date: May 20, 2013

"You might have a chemical imbalance."    "Perhaps you should go and see a doctor. They'll give you something for it."    These were the words of advice offered to me by my parents. Although spoken with loving intention, they represented a surface level solution for a much deeper malaise. I wasn't depressed. I was just totally uninspired by life and the options the system presented for my...


Are you ‘Selling Sugar Water’ or Changing the World?

by Joe Barnes

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Rebellion

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Date: Feb 8, 2013

 "Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life? Or do you want to come with me and change the world?" - Steve Jobs This is the line Steve Jobs used to lure then President of PepsiCo, John Sculley, to work with him at Apple. It worked. Sculley recalls in an interview for the Bloombery Game Changers the impact this appeal to the 'bigger picture' had on his decision.  He left be...


Get Rid of Self Doubt Once and For All

by Joe Barnes

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Mind Set

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Date: Jan 7, 2013

 'Often people just don't see what I see. They have too much doubt. You can't do your best when you're doubting yourself. If you don't believe in yourself, who will?' - Michael Jackson, Moonwalk Living a life free from self-doubt could be described as one of the holy grails of personal development. As much as people are drawn to the genre by promises of riches and success, many also seek sola...


Why it’s Bad to have a ‘Good Job’.

by Joe Barnes

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Rebellion

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Date: Dec 5, 2012

'"So how's John doing?'""Oh, he's doing well. He's got a 'good job' working in the city.'"Although fictional, this is an exact replica of many conversations I've had with people over the years. It usually takes place when meeting friends, old friends I haven't seen for a while and parents of friends etc . . . The term 'good job' and the message it conveys might be specific to the UK, but I...


The 4 ‘Must Have’ Character Traits to Live your Dreams

by Joe Barnes

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Mind Set

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Date: Oct 18, 2012

I set out on a journey to live my dreams* 10 years ago. Aghast that my life could just pass me by without any great adventure or calling, I was certain that there was more to this existence than making money to survive and walking the well-worn path that most people seem to follow. However, the only foundation I had to build this new life upon was a vision. While pondering my future post unive...


Why Becoming a Millionaire DOESN’T Make you Rich Anymore

by Joe Barnes

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Mind Set

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Date: Oct 5, 2012

If your salary was $160,000/£100,000 per year would you consider yourself poor? Probably not, but Felix Dennis, publisher and owner of Dennis Publishing (Maxim, The Week) would certainly think so. He is also an author, and it’s in his book, How to Get Rich, that he outlines exactly how much money you need to be rich. Before you dismiss his claims as yet another multi-millionaire looking down on...


What Everybody Ought to Know About the Easy Path

by Joe Barnes

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Inspiration

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Date: Sep 21, 2012

Please draw your attention to the graph on your left. The y axis is a difficulty rating scale with 10 being the highest, and 1 the lowest. On the x axis we have the years of a person’s life, starting with 25 and finishing at 75. The blue curve is the theoretical chart of a person who, faced with a life changing opportunity at the age of 25, decides to stick with the path they know (easy path). ...