Highly sensitive people at work – interview

I did an interview with my friend Anastasia who is a coach specialising in helping Highly Sensitive People (HSP) succeed at work. I hope some of the tips I am sharing may help provide a new perspective to introverted and/or highly sensitive people and so help them succeed. There were issues with the technology so I recommend you listen to the audio only unless you have steel nerves, unlike myself, and the lag between audio and video does not bother you 🙂

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What are the values that define your choices and guide your decision making? #happiness

Happiness comes from knowing oneself well or at least better. Introspection is hard, takes work and can one ever be really sure that they’ve got an objective view? This year I spent a lot of time thinking about and understanding my values, strengths, areas of development. The benefit of knowing your values is that they can guide your decision making. Values may change – you may have different values at different stages of life.

If you are figuring out your values or want to have a go at it, Escape the City Online career change course (free with code ESCAPE at the moment) has the following cool exercise:  Continue reading

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The meaning of Om Mani Padme Hung mantra by Dalai Lama

I was chanting this mantra with my little one helping him relax and go to sleep when I realised I have no idea what it means. I looked it up and was blown away. Whole doctrine of Buddhism neatly wrapped into one sentence – a jewel in a lotus. Dalai Lama explains this better than me…

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We all need some Positive News

I’ve been keeping an eye on these guys. I just love the idea of positive news – there is too much negativity around and good news do not get enough attention. I was too late for their crowdfunding campaign but now got subscribed to their magazine and got the back issues too. You can also get subscribed to their free newsletter if you’d rather not pay. For more info and to subscribe, go here.

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Quote of the week #happiness

Happiness is not some absolute super positive state that once achieved rids you of all your problems. Nirvana, enlightenment is a result of a path ridden with obstacles, full of hard truths about yourself and lots and lots of hard work. What you think you deserve, what you believe is important and how hard you will work for it is what defines your life and your happiness. Easier said…

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We need to talk about dying #happiness

I believe that no one can be truly happy until they explore, accept and prepare for death, their own and others. Which is why I found this BBC show particularly refreshing. The fact that it ended after 3 episodes does not surprise me – most of us are uncomfortable thinking of, talking about or facing death. I believe that preparation is key if you want to die a good death. The show does a good job at shedding light on various questions that one may have about death, showing what dying is like and what you should be prepared for when the inevitable comes. Let me know what you think.

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What can I do with my time that is important?

Passion. Life purpose. Meaning. The big goal. Life calling. As I was reading on the subject over the years, I struggled to summarise what I learnt in one neat action plan. Mark Manson did it and did it really well. So I now lean on his ideas and insight on the subject.

I already posted one of his best posts on finding passion here. Mark says that passion is not something we receive, it’s not some sort of enlightenment that we wait for, we work towards it and find it through action. In his other post on the subject Screw finding your passion, Mark goes further and says that actually we already found our passion and are living it daily, we are just ignoring it – because of how we think about it.

The problem with how we think is revealed by Dan Gilbert in the Ted talk below. Biased thinking blinding us to what we know and have already, leading us to give up on what is important to us before we even try. I’ve got bad news, folks – if like me you are ‘looking for passion’, you may not be really looking and just avoiding any action. In which case the best and most urgent advice is to just do it – but we’ve known it all along, didn’t we? Baby steps – I refer you to the quote in the beginning of this post.

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