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Here’s why size doesn’t matter.

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I was about to go on stage before a hundred of my peers, presenting a workshop idea to them. Many people had lined up to present their ideas, and only a few of those ideas would be chosen by popular vote.

As I was listening to the people on stage, I started feeling more and more nervous and regretted my decision to take part in this idea pitch.

I had just recently left a highly paid and prestigious job (and my entire legal career along with it), moved to another continent, and started a business from scratch. …

A punk rock attitude is your liberation

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So many good and well-intentioned people I know are being held back by their perfectionism. (Unfortunately, Evil Overlords don’t seem to experience the same issue.)

How can you move beyond this challenge and become more comfortable with taking action?

Well, let me tell you the story of how I gradually loosened up and what helped me make that change: If you wanted to turn somebody into a neurotic perfectionist, you could do worse than have them follow the blueprint of my early adult life.

As a German lawyer with a Ph.D. who has worked on multi-million and -billion-dollar cases, fretting…

People like you a lot more than you think.

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Sometimes we find self-love when we’re not even looking for it. That’s what happened to me. Twice.

The first time I received one of the most unusual gifts in life, I was a high school student sitting in a classroom, listening attentively to the weekly school announcement to hear who had won the award for Student of the Week.

The second time, I was at a concert and walking to the restroom when a woman in a dress caught my attention.

In both cases, I had no idea how profound of an impact these experiences would have on my life.

How I Accidentally Found More Self-Love

Plus, how to increase your prices the right way

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Many entrepreneurs, especially new and small business owners, are undercharging for their services and products.

There are many reasons for that, including impostor syndrome, fear of losing clients, a race to the bottom in one’s industry, etc. The results, however, are often the same: a lower income than you otherwise could have and more negative feelings towards your business and the work you do.

In this article, you’ll discover if you are under-charging and how you can stop doing that.

How to tell if you are undercharging

Here are 9 warning signs that you might not be charging enough for your work:

  • You haven’t raised your prices…

Conclusive advice on how often you should write, depending on your unique situation

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If you’re like me, you have probably asked yourself about the optimal writing schedule and frequency.

When googling this question, you will find many great writers who tell you that you should write every day — and some equally impressive authors such as Cal Newport who tell you that you shouldn’t follow that schedule.

It can be confusing to get such differing advice from experts. So, this article will strive to give you a definitive answer to the best writing frequency for your unique situation.

The key to finding the optimal writing schedule

Trying to figure how often you should write reminds me of the question: “Is it…

Making space for love by decluttering.

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Are you looking for a way to honor your weirdness during Valentine’s Day? If so, perhaps my example will inspire you to do things differently this year (and make working from home more bearable in the process).

A couple of years ago, I celebrated Valentine’s Day by bringing over hundred strangers together and going through the Minimalism Game with them. This easily counts as the strangest thing I have ever done to commemorate February 14… and I don’t regret a thing.

The Minimalism Game (more on this in a moment) helps people get rid of things they no longer need…

Motivation can change over time and that’s okay.

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“I’m not sure I should keep doing this.”

My friend who writes fiction in her free time, asked for advice. Despite having fun with her passion project, she wasn’t sure if she wanted to keep doing it. After all, it took a lot of time and she didn’t earn anything from it.

Her experience is very common. When I first started following my passion, I offered free group calls where I helped people. It was my version of a passion project.

At first, I felt ecstatic. It was wonderful to help people and practice my skills. …

Or, don’t treat a cat like a dog.

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We’ve all heard of the Golden Rule but do you know the Platinum Rule? In my own relationships, switching from the former to the latter can sometimes turn a grumpy husband/friend/mother into one who feels supported by me.

While both are guidelines for how we deal with others, there are substantial differences between them.

How is the Platinum Rule different from the Golden Rule?

While the Golden Rule states, “Treat others how you would like to be treated,” the Platinum Rule advises, “Treat others how they would like to be treated.”

In other words, the Golden Rule places the emphasis on you. …

Two words help end analysis paralysis.

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Advice doesn’t have to be verbose to make a difference in our lives. Sometimes, brief and punchy is way better.

Like the advice I once received when I felt overwhelmed about something and didn’t know how to deal with the challenge ahead of me.

So, I decided to ask one of the toughest, most impressive people I know for input. How should I approach this situation?

My mother texted me back, replying with just two words:

Exploring the cultural “demons” that possess us

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In her brilliant work “The Dispossessed,” Le Guin plays around with the following question:

What would happen if there was a revolution and if those in favor of it were given their own planet to create a society that knew no possessions?

We’re all possessed by cultural “demons.” In the world we live in, these “demons” include the idea that everything is for sale and that everything can be possessed.

It’s a crazy setup for a novel but that’s what happened about 170 years ago on a planet called Urras.

For a moment, let’s imagine how this happened, how people…

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