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STOP! Take a break!

26 Jul

Have you ever felt like this?

You wake up in the early hours of the morning in attempt to yet again cram in as much into one day as possible, work flat out in your non-contracted 12 hour shift, leave work, pick up an unhealthy bite, deceive your mind into believing it has full focus and concentration for the next after-work endeavour, work for a few more hours, get to bed in the early hours of the morning only for the cycle to repeat itself again. If you have ever had a dissertation to complete, new business venture to get up and running or extra-curricular activity to pursue, you can probably relate to the above.

Now if you’re like me you’ll probably convince yourself into thinking that continuing at such a ridiculous pace is justifiable because of motivational mantras such as, “I am still young and able”, “It’s only for a season” or “Perseverance is key”.

I’m here to tell you this…

STOP! Take a break! Continue reading

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The Impostor Syndrome

25 Jul

70% of all people feel like fakes at one time or another. Some 30% have it to the degree that it interferes with their work and their life. A phenomenon labeled Impostor Syndrome.

A psychological research from the early 1980’s found that many women especially skilled professionals had high levels of self-doubt. The more successful they become, the more they feel like frauds. They feel as though they’re fooling people. There’s a conflict between their self-image and external reality.

This is certainly true of some of the females I’ve spoken to who believe:

  • Am I going to be found out one day at work for not knowing enough?
  • Did I get this job by fluke?
  • Is my partner with me because I’m low maintenance and doesn’t really find me attractive?
  • Do my friends really like me or just putting up because of how long they’ve known me?

Reading a recent article in Shortlist magazine on Impostor Syndrome (IS), it confirmed my long held belief on this. I share below five practical tips on how to unlock IS and live the life you deserve. Continue reading

Thoughts to Caffeinate – #2

19 Jul

“Your mistakes are what makes you” (Made in Nachmo, Jun 2010)

It may seem unusual at first but your mistakes shape the character you will eventually become. Success in any endeavor depends on the ability to learn from your mistakes.

Our errors are portals of discovery though we usually don’t see it like that. Continue reading

Will You Save the Words?

14 Jun

We’ve heard it said that the key to mental longevity is to always keep your mind open to learning new things. One easy way is to adopt a few new words and use them in your daily conversations. This doesn’t have to mean dusting off your school thesaurus, presuming it passed the bookshelf cull over the years. There’s actually an interesting alternative as I recently discovered. So let me introduce you to Save the Words!

SaveTheWords is an initiative by Oxford Dictionary to save underused English words from extinction. Their sleek website allows you to browse a wall of rare words displayed in colourful fonts. The words will literally call out to be selected! Once you find a word that tickles your curiosity, you can check its meaning or read a sample sentence.

Every year hundreds of words are permanently erased from dictionaries, simply because they are used less frequently (or not at all). They are dropped to make space for newer words. The erosion of our collective vocabulary is not least due to chat-speak and a Twitter culture. Not many use those grand and amazing words anymore (yes, I beg to differ!). So this site allows you to adopt a word and pledge to use it to the best of your ability. How cool is that? Continue reading