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Motivation isn't one-size-fits-all.According to research, our brains are wired to have 2 types of motivation - internal (intrinsic) or external (extrinsic). Internal motivation is coming from within - our deep-rooted desires have the highest motivational power while external motivation is geared towards external rewards that a person can earn such as titles, recognition, bonuses, perks and many others.

There might be a huge difference between each type of motivation but the relationship is not entirely polarised. Although they are different, there could still be an intersection in between and this is called the motivational ecosystem.

Do you feel that you currently lack the motivation that you need in order to reach your goals? Try to tap into your bigger purpose. This gives a deeper meaning to the objective you seek. Visit this blog and social media channels for daily motivational quotes that will help push you forward on your journey.

You can also share our motivational quotes to spread positive vibes to others!

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Do you feel that you need a break from staring at your computer screens or mobile devices and switch to the old-fashioned way of reading and writing everything on paper or do you think this method is already obsolete and that digital consumption of information is way better?

We asked our newsletter subscribers to cast their vote and here are the results*.





Based on the votes, the result is a tie between paper and digital platforms!

The debate on whether digital will completely take over paper is not going to end. For now, we can say that digital may be the way of the future but our relationship with physical paper is not over yet because of its emotional impact and numerous benefits. Digital also has its unique properties such as instantaneous access, environmentally friendly, and much more.

Rather than switching to all-digital, perhaps a combination of paper and the convenience and accessibility of digital will perform best.

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*This will be updated weekly as we get more votes.
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This question is commonly used as a writing prompt or as a job interview question by hiring managers to candidates. When you come across this question, who is the first person that comes to mind? Have you ever thought that perhaps you are one to someone else?

According to, the word ‘hero’ means a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character, someone who has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model.

A person doesn’t need to have divine superpowers and also doesn’t have to be a police officer, a firefighter, a soldier, an athlete or a popular celebrity to be recognised as a hero. They could be regular, everyday people who influence you, inspire you and have an impact in your life in every small or big way.

Different people have different definitions of heroism, hence, would have various responses in terms of their choice of heroes and the reasons behind their choices. It’s important to give emphasis to “why” a certain person is chosen than the “who” the actual person is, or what he or she might represent.

Knowing who your heroes are say a lot of things about you. It actually determines what traits or qualities you value the most in others. Researchers have found that helping, altruism, advocacy, and other ways of standing up for what’s right are specific actions that are synonymous with valor and are usually admired and emulated.

Our world needs heroes - men and women who are relentless, have strong principles and willpower, are willing to commit to a life of service and to put others’ well-being above their own. Every one of us can be a hero when placed in the right circumstance and with the right tools, regardless of our age and our current situation in life. It’s time to take action!

“Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.” --Gerard Way

“Hard times don't create heroes. It is during the hard times when the 'hero' within us is revealed.” --Bob Riley

“Heroes are never perfect, but they're brave, they're authentic, they're courageous, determined, discreet, and they've got grit.” --Wade Davis

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What are you afraid of? Here is a list of the types of fears that are commonly experienced in daily life:

  • Fear of speaking in public - Glossophobia or speech anxiety
  • Fear of crowds - Enochlophobia. This fear is closely related to Ochlophobia and Demophobia.
  • Fear of the unknown - Xenophobia
  • Fear of making decisions - Decidophobia
  • Fear of failure - Atychiphobia
  • Fear of falling - Basiphobia
  • Fear of change - Metathesiophobia
  • Fear of small spaces - Claustrophobia
  • Fear of heights - Acrophobia
  • Fear of darkness - Nyctophobia
Does any of these fears apply to you? According to research, 99% of the fears are non-physical - It’s just a state of mind! No one is born with fears but they tend to develop in our heads as we get older. Our brains somehow formulated a perception that there is an imminent danger then we shift into ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ mode.

The great news is that fears can be unlearned and there are techniques that we can do to help us overcome and conquer our fears!

Think positive thoughts

Negative energies are draining so we need to integrate more positivity in our lives and thought process. Whenever you have the urge to think about your fears, fight that feeling and focus more on what makes you feel good.

Do breathing exercises

When you feel the fear is starting to creep in, do this for 1 minute - stop what you’re doing, take 10 slow, deep belly breaths. Inhale slowly and exhale even more slowly. Repeat the steps until you feel calmer.

Learn and apply The Law Of Reversibility

Applying the mental principle called The Law Of Reversibility. “If you think or feel a certain way, you will act in a manner consistent with them.” This principle is reversible. Action and thoughts/feelings go together so we need to regulate our actions and develop the will to overcome our fears.

Be Active

There are a lot of things you can do to get your endorphins flowing - you can go for a walk, dance, swim or ride your bike! These activities can help you clear your mind and boost your energy.

Confront your fears

We can never run away from fear. The best way to deal with it is to not avoid it, but acknowledge that it exists. It can be pervasive but we have to take the risk and see what happens.

“Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.” -Judy Blume

Get Help

You need someone that can be your rock that can help get you through tough times especially when fears become too overwhelming.

Fear is a terrible emotion that’s constantly paralysing us in our daily lives. Let’s stop being reactive to these vulnerable and destructive thoughts and start living life to the fullest.

“Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.” ~ Japanese Proverb

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