How teenager Malala Yousafzai changed the world

November 5th, 2015   •   no comments   

Malala Quote 2

Courtesy of The Legacy Project

“Let us pick up our books and our pens,” I said. “They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is not your typical teenager.

While others her age were taking selfies of themselves on Instagram, or posted about the food they ate or outfits of the day they wore, Malala worked feverishly to change the destiny of millions of girls in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Winner of the Noble Prize for Peace in 2014, Malala used her impressive skills in written and oratorical skills to stand up for children’s education. A member of the Pashtun tribe in the picturesque Swat Valley of Pakistan, her life story was truly remarkable.
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How being vulnerable can transform our lives

October 6th, 2015   •   2 comments   

How being vulnerable transforms our lives Brene Brown

Courtesy of TED Talks

What do courage and joy have in common? How do we live fuller and more wholehearted lives by daring greatly?

The answers to these questions and more were answered in Daring Greatly by storytelling researcher and psychologist Dr Brené Brown. Exploring the width and depth of how we live, love and engage with one another, Daring Greatly challenges us to defy the prevailing social climate of scarcity in order to live and love more wholeheartedly.
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The $100 Startup [Book Review]

August 24th, 2015   •   no comments   

The $100 Start Up

How do we escape the 9-5 shackles of corporate drudgery to build a life of adventure, meaning and purpose? Can we do this with $100 (or less) in our pocket?

The answer to both questions is yes. At least according to Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup.
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This book brought tears of sweet nostalgia to my eyes

July 28th, 2015   •   1 comment   

Singapore in the 60s

Do you know that Dhoby Ghaut, which means “washing place”, got its name from dhobis or laundry men who plied their trade there?

Or that dead pigs could sometimes be seen floating along the river near Queenstown back in the 60s?
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How LEGO rewrote the rules of innovation

July 26th, 2015   •   no comments   

LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon

LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon – the most highly sought after toy for geeks! (source of image)

Everybody loves LEGO. Boys, girls, mums, dads, and construction toy geeks of all ages.

However, do you know that the world’s favourite toy building blocks is also a powerhouse of innovation?
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10 Steps to Reinventing You

July 12th, 2015   •   no comments   

10 Steps to Reinventing You by Dorie Clark
Dorie Clark wants to reinvent you (image via HBR Facebook)

You’ve slogged hard for years. Maybe even decades. Somewhere along the way, you lost your mojo.

Maybe work isn’t as fulfilling or meaningful as before. Or you realise that you haven’t made any progress in years.

What should you do under these circumstances?
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QR Codes and Other Epic Marketing Fails

June 15th, 2015   •   2 comments   

QR Codes Kill Kittens

QR Codes. They are the greatest thing since sliced bread. After all, they allow you to “gamify” your business in clever and inventive ways right?

Wrong! Well, at least according to “UnMarketer” Scott Stratten.
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Three Ways to Gamify Your Business

May 7th, 2015   •   1 comment   

Gamification Revolution Book

Do you know that in 1795, French despot Napoleon Bonaparte offered 12,000 francs as a reward for a grand challenge to preserve food?

Or that Nike’s gamified platform Nike+ helped it to capture nearly 50% of the running shoe market?
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10 Human Drives That Make You Alive

April 26th, 2015   •   no comments   

Brendon Burchard

Brendon Burchard (source of image)

What makes us truly alive in whatever we do? How can we lead lives brimming with energy, engagement and enthusiasm?

Enter The Charge. Subtitled “Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive”, this easily read tome provides lots of fodder for anybody seeking to achieve more with life.
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Thrive: Book Review

December 18th, 2014   •   1 comment   

Arianna Huffington Thrive
Courtesy of AARP

How do you define success? Can it be measured by wealth or power alone?

Apparently no. Not least according to Arianna Huffington, founder and editor of Huffington Post Media Group – one of the world’s most influential news and information brands.  In her latest book Thrive, Huffington proposes that there is a “third metric” which quantifies success by one’s well-being, wisdom, sense of wonder, and ability to give.
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