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People need a meaningful job to be happy with their lives. They need to feel important, that they have a purpose with their life. For the last years, I’ve been on a rollercoaster of emotions, mostly due to my work situation. In 2015 I started a new entrepreneurial venture called “Tailored Message”. It was a news app for youth that I launched in April 2016 in Norway with a small team. I spent more than $100 000 on developing the app, and $15 000 on marketing of the app. We received a lot of attention in Norwegian newspapers for becoming the 3rd most downloaded app in Norway within the first month. After two weeks we had more than 20 000 users. I was high on adrenaline, and we thought we were going to “conquer the world” with our news app.

Since I’ve started other ventures before, I had a quite short deadline for the venture. I said that within 6 months we would need to have a media partnership with one of the big media companies in Norway (within July 2016). If we didn’t get any media partner by that time, I would shut the venture down.

In June 2016 we received a positive confirmation of a media partnership with “Nettavisen.no”, one of the major media houses in Norway. They were perfect since they control blogg.no which is the largest blog platform in Norway with a lot of young bloggers. The deal was set, and I decided to expand the deadline for the venture with 6 more months. The new goal was to ensure a positive cash flow within December 2016.

I went out to investors, trying to get more funding of the venture. Since we had a media deal, it was quite easy to find investors. I raised approx. 200 000 USD and we started with our first hire. We moved into “Nettavisen” and I believed that we were able to make this a success.

Then, the problems began to appear. The media deal that we made with Nettavisen, was not being properly followed. They began to delay implementation of what was agreed. Since we were a startup, time is money, especially when you have a small company. We had multiple meetings with Nettavisen and came up with other solutions with new deadlines. Unfortunately for me, we were dealing with a fucking bully in Nettavisen that was only thinking of himself and that couldn’t care less of our startup. He consistently delayed implementation of what was agreed.

My only office was at that time at Nettavisen, and during the fall of 2016, I had to take drastic choices. I fired our only full time employee to cut costs, because we didn’t have enough traffic to ensure a positive cash flow from advertisers. I did hope I was going to turn it around, but Nettavisen did nothing to fulfill their part of the deal. I became quite depressed, especially being around the people at Nettavisen.

During that time, my wife became pregnant. I started to become more worried about our financial future, since I had put so much energy and money into Tailored Message. Of course, I still had CryptoCoinsNews running, and some other small ventures that were doing just fine, but it takes its toll to work so hard for something that doesn’t turn out the way you want it.

Fortunately, I was at a conference with the owner of Wilhelmsen.com that said they were looking for people to work on digital projects for the company. I met the CFO afterward on a meeting, and he made me aware of some open positions in the company. It was my mom that found the job listing on the day of the deadline for the job as a “Digital Trainee” at Wilhelmsen. I’ve never been a full time employee anywhere, and I didn’t think I was going to be one either. But this job spoke to me, and in a time where I was quite “down”, it seemed like a match made in heaven. So I applied just before the deadline in November 2016. That job opportunity kept me up during a difficult time.

In December 2016 I decided to shut Tailored Message down. There’s no need to continue to work on a project that is going to fail. Nettavisen had broken most of the agreement that we made, and I was talking to some of my lawyers about what we could do about it. Unfortunately, in Norway, it’s very expensive to run a legal case. My lawyers told me that we could have a quite strong case, but just the legal process would cost up to $25 000. The investors in Tailored Message did not want to pursue a legal case since they didn’t want to risk losing more money. So, in December 2016 I moved out of Nettavisen’s offices and started the process to close the venture.

It was hard to acknowledge that Tailored Message had failed. I’ve been through that process before with my first major venture called “MyGoodAct” (a crowdfunding platform for social causes I started in 2009 that raised more than 1.5 million USD to different social causes). But with Tailored Message I had investors relying on me, and that was a new aspect I hadn’t experienced before. It was incredibly hard to let them know that this just didn’t work out the way we wanted it. Probably one of the toughest moments of my life.

Things were quite dark at a moment, I had lost a lot of money, almost two years of my life, and I had disappointed people that relied on me. I had also lost money on trading CFDs (stupid me, tried to gain the money I lost, human psychology right). Murphy’s law hit me.

In late December 2016, I got a call. “You got the job as a Digital Trainee at Wilhelmsen”. Suddenly, I could start focusing on something else. I felt that I was “saved by the bell”. I promised to myself that I should start over, forget what was done, but still learn from the experience. I wanted to create a better me.

If you are an entrepreneur, remember what I learned:

Never ever rely on a third party (like Nettavisen). It’s great with partnerships, but that shouldn’t be a show stopper if they do not fulfill their end of the deal.

I managed to reset my thoughts. I started at Wilhelmsen in January 2017 with three other amazing digital trainees. It was a pleasant experience to become a full time employee. It was amazing to be in a more professional setting with stricter rules and forms. I’m working on some quite awesome projects for Wilhelmsen, and I’m happier than I’ve ever been before. Even though I’m earning a lot less than I did while being an entrepreneur (on the top of my game).

As most of you don’t know, I bought Hacked.com in 2015. I spent 50 000 USD on it. I thought it would be quite easy to start a new venture with a domain like Hacked.com. We started writing a lot of tech news, and one day we had our news article on the frontpage of Reddit.com with more than 1 million views in a few days. But we did not manage to make any money on hacked.com, and I spent approx. 50 000 USD more on trying to build a news site. During 2016 I put hacked.com on hold. And I even put it up for sale during January 2017, since I had almost 0 USD in my savings account due to the mistakes I made in 2016. But after I started working at Wilhelmsen, I got an idea of making Hacked.com into what you see today. A place where people can get real advice and help in planning for their own financial freedom.

People that say money isn’t important is delusional. People living on a bare minimum isn’t happy with their lives. They are stressed, they work too much, they are homeless, they use drugs or alcohol to shut off their own emotions. I wouldn’t wish that for even my worst enemy. Money is critical up to a certain point; I call it the financial freedom ceiling. If you get above your own financial freedom ceiling, you won’t stay up at night wondering if you can pay the next utility bill. I believe we all can reach our own financial freedom ceiling, and that’s my primary goal with hacked.com. To help people get above a certain level, in order to fulfill their own lives.

Even if I reach my financial freedom ceiling, I still would want to work to feel “important” to my society. I want to make a positive impact on the world, Isn’t that what we all want? But you can’t fulfill your life if you are constantly chasing more money. That must be taken care of first. And with financial freedom, you can choose what you want to spend the rest of your life on.

Important: Never invest (trade with) money you can't afford to comfortably lose. Always do your own research and due diligence before placing a trade. Read our Terms & Conditions here. Trade recommendations and analysis are written by our analysts which might have different opinions. Read my 6 Golden Steps to Financial Freedom here. Best regards, Jonas Borchgrevink.

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  1. maxwest

    May 1, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Great story!!

    • Jonas Borchgrevink

      May 1, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you.

      • tesla1000

        December 23, 2017 at 5:36 pm

        I have an idea: Get real rich ppl to write for your web site about getting rich etc…it may lend some credibility.

  2. mshiros

    May 1, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    nice to know your story. i presume most of us have a story. i just wasted half a year with a new project,which dint take flight. i was cheated by the investors. just getting back my act together, and to start afresh. but i believe more than anything, if you have a will to do something, to be someone in life, if you really wish for it and never give up, youll definitely succeed someday for sure… god bless… peace

    • Jonas Borchgrevink

      May 1, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you, and I wish you all the best. You just need to have a goal and be persistent.

    • FirewoodTime

      December 24, 2017 at 1:16 am

      On my end, I’ve almost died twice….in the last 5 yrs, soon to be 6…. I took a profile test from “fire Your Excuses” to see about getting out of the deep financial hole in 2012. I was not depressed. It did ask many questions that I answered honestly. It printed out a 31 page report. In many areas it said I was below below average. Most places it said I was below average….I read it in shock. “Fire Your Excuses” had written a summary – Very few people ever recover from where you are…I threw the report in the trash and said, at least I know where I have to come from. Thankfully I had great credit and still do. I hired a business coach. I began to listen to audible.com books on overcoming…Learning principles of success. I had my cell phone up to my ear brushing my teeth so I could here the principles…Napolean Hill, Earl Nightingale, Brian Tracy, Zig Ziglar, Norman Vincent Peale, W Clement Stone, etc. I have over 3000$ in audible book @ 14.75 or less. I played them at night in case I woke up….I’d hear something postive…I used to be a minister and one time while preparing a message, God said, you can do better with your money…So I started looking….I came across Stansberry Research….I bought a program for doing stocks that I was able to kill stocks with….Then I got sicker last year…I barely had anything left$….I went 60k backwards but I had 350$ in the crypto market….I was on Kraken and used conservative margin…I added 750$, then 950$, then I think 1200$, and 500$ when Etherium was 335. Wednesday night I had about 280000.00 USD in crypto…I have about 223,000$ in crypto as of a few minutes ago. Over half of that is the 350$ I started with…..My point is the principles of success are what got me here. Faith, action, eyes open, a plan and on my end, I spent about 20000$ for info in the last 2 years (13500 in the last 3 months)…I used credit because I saw good info was worth more than money. And then, the good info, would make a little money grow a lot faster….Seems common sense but most of my friends won’t spend 49$ for a stock market newsletter that consistently beats the S n P 500…Alex Green’s….Brian Tracy said, over 400000 people were studied, one thing we learned was success leaves tracks….Ryan Holiday wrote a book that changed my life, “The Obstacle is the Way.” It’s about turning adversity into an advantage and making that thought process a habit….Grant Cardone changed my life too. Be Obsessed of be Average on audible….He believe bad things equal good things. When we make this type of thought pattern a habit, life becomes easy….Life becomes constantly special..At the same time, we have to have long range goals…Being a past minister, I recognized every thing on success was biblical, except I’d never had it taught in church or sifted out to make our lives easy and awesome….Thanks a lot for this letter. I made 12509.00 on one margin trade with under 34,000$ because of one of the anaylysts and the previous pattern of ETC…

      • GumboTrader

        February 21, 2018 at 5:24 pm

        Great comment. May God continue to bless you.

  3. Gabriel

    May 1, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Shit happens! The most important is to understand that no time is ever wasted, as long as you accumulate experience, learn lessons, and keep improving yourself.

  4. And

    May 1, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Jonas, apparently you are a fighter. Best of luck!

    • Jonas Borchgrevink

      May 1, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      Thank you. At least I’m trying!

  5. gullyfoyle

    May 1, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Props for your honesty. It is reassuring to know that we are all more similar than we probably realise. We’re all fighting to do better.

    I think learning the hard way is all part of the journey. I spent a lot of time reading hundreds of books when I should have been focusing on skills like Technical Analysis. My job is in Games so it’s easy to get distracted playing games for ‘research’ (nice rationalisation eh?).

    Spent thousands on courses going nowhere before accepting my nature and talents and applying myself accordingly. Lost thousands learning the hard way about markets too!

    Bitcoin really saved me by pulling me out of the hole. Now it’s at ATH I don’t think there is much analysis to help me, some vague targets but we are in unknown territory now. It could flip on a dime now.

    • Jonas Borchgrevink

      May 2, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      Haha, so true. Thanks for the comment. If I were in the gaming industry, I would probably play a lot myself..

  6. sambkf

    May 2, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Thanks both of your Jonas and gullyfoyle for your life’s insights. Thoses few lines are inspiring.

    I know I critically need to catch up on my programing skills. Engineer and I barely can code in C and matlab. :S
    But I needed a project to motivate myself to go ahead and climb that mountain.
    I have a thought lingering in the back of my mind… code a trading bot, applying knowledge from signal processing & stochastics. 🙂
    Just getting started learning javascripts.

    • Jonas Borchgrevink

      May 2, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      Thank you! That sounds like a good plan, to learn how to program is never wrong.

  7. fredthai

    July 2, 2017 at 8:29 am

    You give me a reason to stick with your website,because of your honesty …

    • Jonas Borchgrevink

      July 2, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you fredthai 🙂

  8. Renegade

    October 6, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    That was very good to read. I’ve been there myself having put everything into a venture, then having everything ripped out from under me and ending up nearly homeless. I can imagine how that article would be hard to write.

    Nevertheless, I’m out there again putting it on the line in a new venture, and praying it succeeds. I don’t want to have another failure story to tell. Success stories are much better.

  9. khaddafi

    December 23, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Great job and respect for the accomplishments. You’re right about the people that say money is dellusional. I’ve also wen’t through a hell, lost my job which caused the love of my live to dump me all for bread. But you gotta lose it all just to make it god giveth god taketh shake the devil get the cake! That’s freedom

  10. Dmitrijb3

    February 21, 2018 at 10:36 am

    I can really understand you Jonas, because most of the people including me making the job they don`t like to. But what should we do? At least for this moment, this is the only one chance to feed the family. That`s why i`m here, on your website. Looking for new experience, new opportunities and trying to reach financial freedom to work on the projects i want to. I`m trying to find good partners as there are a lot of ideas in my head, but it is luck of experience and it`s hard to find one whom i can rely on 🙁

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My CFD Journey: 72,000 USD Up Today

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Wow the indexes are falling globally now. Dax is down with 1% today – same as Dow Jones. I would love to do a short call on these indexes, but that have seriously hurt my financial standings previously since we still are in a “bull” market with earnings reports beating forecasts and macroeconomic numbers excelling analysts viewpoints. I only want to trade by using trend following, so even if the markets are down, I love to do short buy calls as they most likely will rebound to new ATH (all time highs). The reason for just doing short buy calls is that we might be on the tipping point to a bearish market, but that’s something I would like confirmation on from e.g. macro numbers, earning reports and such. Until then, I’m quick in and out.

Here is my results

Order Entry Price Take Profit Stop Loss USD Bank Roll USD % Change
Start 258 064,52
Day 1 25.01.2018 Dax Buy 13268 13274 13262 6 472,52 264 537,03 2,51
Day 2 26.01.2018 Dax Sell 13342 13318 13392 7 642,84 272 179,87 5,47
Day 3 29.01.2018 Dax Buy 13331 13336 13313 12 508,39 284 688,26 10,32
Day 4 30.01.2018 Dax Buy 13226 13233 13176 6 625,94 291 314,19 12,88
Day 5 31.01.2018 Dax Buy 13217 13230 13187 26 474,06 317 788,26 23,14
Day 5 01.02.2018 Dax Sell 13291 13265 13327 10 834,58 328 622,84 27,34
Day 6 02.02.2018 Dax Buy 12797 12825 12772 72 314,97 400 937,81 55,36

Using ProRealTime

As I wrote yesterday, I’m using IG.com to trade CFDs. They got a tool called ProRealTime that I started to use yesterday. It’s a great tool with many more indicators and tools, and best of all, you get a good look at your stats. Here is my stats so far on ProRealTime in NOK (1 USD = 7.65 NOK – click on the images to get a larger view):

As you can see from the image above, I got 8 winning trades and 1 losing trade. I tried to buy the dip on Dax but managed to enter a bit too early. The Dax index fell quite rapidly after I initiated this trade and I wanted to keep it open as long as possible as I knew a rebound would happen. But I was not comfortable enough to sit it through so I closed it. Still feeling certain that the price would rebound I entered a buy position yet again at what I thought would be the lowest low. And thankfully, that worked and it rebounded above my initial entry point for the first trade. To ensure that I got the profits I wanted, I did a third trade buying Dax when RSI showed a trend reversal (rose above 50). I closed the trades once I was happy with the profits and because I became nervous that the price would turn back down. Then I initiated the last trade of the day going long on Dax yet again.

Here is the total overview of my trades today:

I would again like to highlight that trading CFD is very risky, and I’m still significantly down in total these last 3 years.

My trading rules

  1. Only risk max 2% of my bank roll per trade.
  2. Have 0 active positions during the night (first of all, I lose sleep, second; you are charged an interest fee for leaving a leveraged product overnight.)
  3. Always trade on last month’s trend including the previous day(s). If they do not correlate, I will not trade.
  4. If one position is lost, I’ll double the amount (martingale) and do a second trade. I’ll only stop doubling after 3 consecutive losses.
  5. Do not think about lost trade opportunities.
  6. Markets to trade: Dax & Dow (minimum spread).
  7. Stay updated on economic releases prior to entering a trade.
  8. Do not have emotional ties to the money. I like to call them “points”.
  9. Only enter a position when an asset is overbought or oversold shown by both RSI & Stoch at the same time.
  10. Always write down your trades and elaborate what went right or wrong.

What is the meaning of this?

Why I’m I writing all these posts? My main goal is to find a working strategy trading CFDs and be able to mentor Hacked.com members and do live sessions together. However, I would like to keep going for at least one month until I feel comfortable that the strategy I have, actually works. I would rather lose my own money, than lose any of yours.

I wish you all a great weekend. We are going to visit our family this weekend and have a nice time.

Important: Never invest (trade with) money you can't afford to comfortably lose. Always do your own research and due diligence before placing a trade. Read our Terms & Conditions here. Trade recommendations and analysis are written by our analysts which might have different opinions. Read my 6 Golden Steps to Financial Freedom here. Best regards, Jonas Borchgrevink.

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Who Moved My Cheese?

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It’s been a while since I wrote a post. I’ve been busy with creating CCN.com and migrate CryptoCoinsNews.com over to the new domain with a fresh design. And It’s been Christmas with daily family dinners. I decided to quit my job at Wilhelmsen.com as a Digital Trainee. I’ve worked there for a year now, and with the growth of CCN and Hacked.com I had to take a choice. I want to make CCN and Hacked to one of the strongest crypto sources and our team is rapidly expanding. We are now more than eight full time employees and more than 20+ as part timers.

I also bought hvy.com in December, and I want to develop MoneyMakers.com into something more during the coming year. We are building a small media empire with a very decentralized structure. I love the team, and I especially love our dedicated readers and members.

I started 2017 by posting the following:

  1. My own longterm goals, what are yours?
  2. Join me to my first goal of $1 000 000
  3. My First Investment Towards $1 000 000

What is a bit ironic, is that I reached my “longterm” goal last year. It should have taken at least ten years, but I managed it in one. I managed it because of a few things:

  1. Dedication
  2. Team work
  3. Luck

Who would have thought that the crypto scene would blow up like it did last year? It was insane, and we still keep setting records.

Then to a few “lost activities” on hacked.com. The 33% club lost some steam this fall, purely due to my priorities at that time. I’ve still been investing, and I now have approx. 1 million USD in different assets (not cryptos). I will continue the 33% club from February and onwards, and I want you all to join. I will do a new post later in January with a better setup.

Then to my “Robot” affair. First weeks I made $5000, but then things started to go terribly wrong. I had multiple issues with using robots on MetaTrader 5 (I used Roboforex as my trading platform). One of the main issues I found was that the robots did well on certain days, but then when they made the wrong moves, I lost twice of what they originally made. And sometimes, my VPS went down and the orders were stuck until I manually exited them. Mostly with a huge loss. I do not think there’s any good robot out there where you can just leave your money and “forget them”. I’ve decided to focus more on investing my money in secure assets, stocks, indexes, and bonds. I’m still looking for the golden opportunity, and once I find it, I’ll share it with all the members on hacked.com.

Who Moved My Cheese?

I read a short book here the other day called Who Moved My Cheese? and it’s really worth reading. It’s stupid simple, but it’s so true. Basically it says that people who are stuck in the same patterns will end up depressed and “broke”. Your “cheese” or “money” will always be fluctuating, you have to chase it to new grounds. You might think that you can work for your employer until you die, but that will most likely be a terrible mistake. To believe that what you have now will be lasting forever. Successful people manage to change quickly, spot new opportunities, and move forward with their lives. I personally have experienced being stuck for a while, but now I feel free and I want to keep chasing the cheese in new arenas or mazes. Risk and failures are a part of your learning curve. Same can be applied in so many aspects of my and your lives. I recommend reading that book.

After I’m done 31st January at Wilhelmsen (my regular 9-5 job) I’ll focus more on Hacked.com and its community, and I’ll definitely write more and share my thoughts with you.

Thank you for a great 2017, now let’s make sure 2018 becomes even better for all of us.

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Searching for the Meaning of Life in Dubai

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Last week I traveled to Dubai with a group of people in Wilhelmsen, where I work as a Digital Trainee, for our third module in Design Thinking with Pracademy. We are a group of 24 people which Wilhelmsen considers to be Leadership Potentials. We are fortunate to be a part of this year’s company program, and we have all learned so much about ourselves. In this post, I will try to communicate what we learned during last week’s module. Be aware that this is a four months program, and it’s hard to get the feeling of it by just reading about it. But I hope I can share some of the knowledge that I acquired and get you more interested in improving your own life.

Find your passion and go all in!

Most motivators and teachers say that you need to find your passion, make work a hobby that you enjoy every single day. I have even caught myself saying that over and over again (on Hacked). However, as I learned during the sessions in Dubai, more than 80% of us do not know what their passion is. I started to wonder if I knew what my passion is. And I’m still insecure about that. I do know that I want to contribute to the world, I want to help and serve people. I want to create things that I know other people will love; I want to leave a footprint on this earth.

I often have this mind experiment where I picture myself as 80 years old with bad health in my nursing home. Do I think that I managed to get the most out of life? Am I satisfied with all the things I achieved? Or do I have regrets and feel remorseful? The goal for every person on this earth is to be satisfied with your life when you’re near the end. I guess most people aren’t in reality. And that’s a big shame. Some people might regret that they worked too much, had too little fun, too few good experiences with their loved ones, too few memorable memories.

I pray that I will be happy with my life and what I accomplished.

How to find your passion

If you do not know what your true passion is, there’s still hope for you. You can spend years trying to find your ultimate passion. Think of what makes you happy, what you enjoy or care for. My strong passion for creating things started in my childhood. I always drew new inventions on a piece of paper and started small kid businesses. I played music; I was a drummer in a nu-metal band, I started to sing and rap and create songs. I painted and used my creative skills to visualize my thoughts. I traveled during holidays and experienced new cultures, new food. Oh, I love good food. I love cooking a great meal for family and friends.

I could probably achieved anything that I had/have passion for. I could have been a:

  • Cook
  • Artist
  • Painter
  • Drummer
  • Entrepreneur

I chose to become an entrepreneur mostly due to financial possibilities. As being financially independent was and is very high on my priority list. But that does not mean that I wouldn’t have a meaningful life being an artist with less money on my hands.

Economist Angus Deaton and psychologist Daniel Kahneman researched happiness and money in 2009 where the focus was on US standards, and it’s population:

So, where does the $75,000 come into play? Researchers found that lower income did not cause sadness itself but made people feel more ground down by the problems they already had. The study found, for example, that among divorced people, about 51% who made less than $1,000 a month reported feeling sad or stressed the previous day, while only 24% of those earning more than $3,000 a month reported similar feelings. Among people with asthma, 41% of low earners reported feeling unhappy, compared with about 22% of the wealthier group. Having money clearly takes the sting out of adversities.

At $75,000, that effect disappears. For people who earn that much or more, individual temperament and life circumstances have much more sway over their lightness of heart than money. The study doesn’t say why $75,000 is the benchmark, but “it does seem to me a plausible number at which people would think money is not an issue,” says Deaton. At that level, people probably have enough expendable cash to do things that make them feel good, like going out with friends. (The federal poverty level for a family of four, by the way, is $22,050.)

So if you live in the US, a goal for financial freedom could be $75 000 or $100 000 as income per year. If you make more than that, you won’t necessarily become happier just because of the money.

However, if you make too much money and you are in an in-group where your peers make much less than you do, you can be in a situation where jealousy and envy will affect your life. And that is not a good feeling at all. I believe that the people in the middle of the scale live the happiest lives. There have been numerous cases where people that won in the lotteries have ended their lives due to envy and jealousy from their friends and family. Where they thought winning a lot of money would make them happier, while it only magnified their problems.

Empathy

In Design Thinking, empathy is a crucial part of the process. The ability to feel compassion for other human beings. To understand their problems, feelings, and emotions and to share their pain, grief, happiness or sadness. I know for a fact that I could be much more empathic and that is something I will improve. See the video below that shows what empathy is:

We saw this video in Dubai, which almost made me cry (we were in a particular mood..):

There’s so much going on in that video. Mo Cheeks felt empathy with the girl singing the national anthem, and he could feel compassion since he had a daughter at that age.

Things change when you get a child, for me that has a daughter who is seven months, I can relate to the video above. You might not.

What characterizes a great leader?

We did a session where everyone in the room in Dubai explained what a great leader is for them. The list included:

  • Good listener
  • Empathic
  • Understanding
  • Good motivator
  • + more

Most of the points we as leadership potentials defined as a great leader had nothing to do with “IQ.” Most of them had everything to do with “EQ,” emotional intelligence. It is mindblowing that we do not learn more about emotional intelligence during school, and that all businesses focus on “IQ” when hiring, not “EQ.” I believe that is skewed and is important to reflect upon.

Mindfulness

We also learned how to be more mindful. They encouraged us to use 30 minutes to sit quietly, close our eyes, focusing on the now. Breathing slowly and try to get as calm as possible. There’s scientific research on how mindfulness can help you become more happier, healthier and more successful:

And then one of the many guides on mindfulness:

Communication

We did a session where we were paired up to use mindfulness to listen and repeat. A was given 6 minutes to talk about a challenge at work, B was given 3 minutes to repeat what he/she heard, A was then given 2 minutes to clarify what B might have misinterpreted, B was then finally given 2 minutes to repeat what A clarified. This was a session that made me realize how easy it is to misinterpret. This can be used in every aspect of your life. It is so easy to misunderstand what a person is saying or meaning, so try to ask a question after a discussion: “Did I understand you right, that you want…” or “Could you please clarify what you meant by…”.

Writing

A professor of culture and psychology from South Korea gave us a session on writing. How writing in a notebook can help you learn better and understand what was communicated. From now on, I’ll always bring a notebook in meetings and write with my hand. Then I’ll add the written information to my computer later on.

Emotions

We often say: “I am angry.” That is a big mistake. We are not angry, but we do feel anger. So whenever you “are angry, sad, or irritated,” say in your head that you are “feeling angry, because..” and you will be able to control your emotions in a much more sufficient manner. Do not let the feeling itself take over who you are. You are not your feelings, you simply feel them and they will pass.

And Finally, you have the Siberian Railroad: SBNRR: Stop, Breathe, Notice, React, Respond.

 

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