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What the Swedish Concept of Lagom Can Teach Us About Ambition

“If you don’t like climbing mountains, I promise the peak has nothing more to offer you” — Taylor Foreman I’ve never really understood why people who don’t typically enjoy running sign up for marathons. It’s an impressive achievement, I’m not denying that. But to me, it only seems like a worthy achievement if you actually like to run; because …

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Unforgettable Life Lessons From the ‘Mermaids’ of Japan

Ultimately, as human beings, we’re all pursuing the same thing; happiness. As Anne Frank once said: “We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.” Most of us lead relatively conventional lives. Sure, we’re each unique, original, and have our own background — but if you …

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What True Freedom Means According to a Holocaust Survivor

No one can take away from you what you put in your mind. Edith returns to Auschwitz. More than one million people were murdered right where she’s standing. There are no words that can explain the inhumanity of that human-made death factory. As she looks around the world’s biggest cemetery, she recalls the festive sounds …

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A Message From The Obamas That Will Make You Question Your Priorities

Michelle Obama has recently (and finally!) launched her new podcast, and the first guest on her show was Barack. They shared their thoughts on the philosophy of “having it all”, and as someone who’s ambitious and driven to be successful in a range of aspects, their conversation really resonated with me. The podcast is all …

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The School That Will Change Your Definition of Philanthropy

In the outskirts of Bangalore, India, there’s a school unlike any other; Shanti Bhavan. I first heard of it by lucky coincidence after a longwinded scroll through Netflix, when I decided on a gripping docu-series titled ‘Daughters of Destiny’. It’s an emotive, inspirational, and thought-provoking series that deserves the most attentive recognition; the founding concept behind the …

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Stress to Impress: Why Women Still Struggle For Promotions

Being promoted at work depends on how well you perform, right? Wrong. Promotion decisions are heavily influenced by supervisors’ subjective perceptions of an individual’s ‘promotability’, and these perceptions are heavily influenced by the way in which that individual behaves; specifically, on how well an individual self-promotes themselves. The problem is that women face a frustrating …

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