Life is often tough, in many different ways. Self-doubt, economic struggle, confusion, emotional pain, lack of motivation. They all suck. They all help to convince you that whatever your goal is it is unobtainable.   That’s where cheerleaders come in. Not quite the ones with the pompoms although, you know, each to their own, but …

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As a historian I’m pretty happy dwelling in the past. But, as a historian I also know that the narrative that you construct about the past determines the power that it has over you.   The Lion King is a good example of this. Simba runs away when his uncle convinces him he is responsible …

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Last year a friend told me his goal was to change his way of thinking from surviving to thriving. He had been inspired by this quote from Maya Angelou:   My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with passion, compassion, some humour, and some style. Maya …

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