At one time, I was at the top of one of Stockholm’s hottest companies. On the verge of going public, and with an executive marketing title and sizable salary, I somehow felt empty. After some soul searching, I realized that I couldn’t
- 28 Sep 16 1.59 pmRead more
Noa Talks | Advice for Young Entrepreneurs
This week I brought back a blast from the past-a video interview I did with the guys over at FundedByMe!
It’s important to note that this all happened about one year after the idea was born on the island. At that point NOA could be found at selected retailers in Stockholm, the business was growing rapidly, and we were even winning some international awards!
For me, NOA has always been a symbol of self-inspection – who am I, what do I value?One of my core advice to young entrepreneurs is that one of the keys to success is remaining true to yourself, the employees and to the authenticity of the brand. For me, it’s essential to listen to your inner voice, and doing what feels meaningful to you without getting caught up in society’s norms or people’s expectations. When you free yourself from society’s expectations you truly connect with your inner inspiration. It is my hope that our products continue to provide an oasis in daily life for many people: a place where we reflect and focus on life’s more meaningful matters.
- 27 Sep 16 1.51 pmRead more
The Focus School: 4 Ways To Trust Your Gut More
As we grow more self-aware and in the moment, removing hindrances and self-doubt, we allow the flow to wash over us and improve both our focus and productivity skills.
Just to be sure, here are some thoughtful tips to keep your inner rudder shifted in the right direction:
Quiet the Inner Critic
Shut off that inner critic that seeks to rationalize everything. Start to listening to your inner voice, instead. Meditation is a great tool for achieving this. There’s even a plethora of meditation apps available for download to help you!
Trust the Gut
Listen to your gut when making decisions that have no wrong answer or no negative consequence.
You also have to understand that following your gut feelings, passions, or intuitions will not always inspire support from others around you. Many successful people tell stories of friends and family who have been pessimistic about their dreams or prospects, and how overcoming this environment—despite the emotional struggle associated with doing so—contributed to their determination and, ultimately, success.
Look Before You Leap
Do not, however, trust your gut when looking at things with long-term consequences. Sleep on those decision making points: weight the pros and cons, and look at alternative solutions along the way. Do not let short-term gain cloud your judgment!
Don’t Let Emotions Rule
It goes without saying: letting your emotions pilot your decision making process is not always a great idea, especially in a professional setting. If your day isn’t going so great, you might want to not take it out on people, or jump right into a big meeting. Taking a few moments to control your emotional state does wonders for your ability to focus.
What helps you trust your gut?
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