Scientists calculated that an average brain makes 25,000-50,000 thoughts a day. (How many of these thoughts are you aware of?) This amount of thoughts means people have between 1,000 and 2,000 thoughts per hour if we include the night. That’s a lot. The brain automatically and reflectively produces these thoughts. One thought quickly follows the…

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Last year during the summer holidays I wasn’t doing anything in particular when it suddenly occurred to me that the titles of all my 3 books have the word “power” in them. The subtitle of my second book reads, roughly translated, “transforming force into power” and the subtitle of my last book “using the unlimited…

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Did you know that 20% of your bodily energy is used by the brain? The average brain weighs approximately 1.4 kilograms. If you weigh 70 kilos, this means that 2%  is brains. So 2% of your weight uses 20% of your energy. Your brain is of the utmost importance to your body, your survival and…

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Last week, I was invited to give a lecture at a symposium on poverty reduction. I spoke of the effects of poverty on the brain. Poverty can be a significant stressor and there is a lot of information available on adverse effects of chronic stress on the brain. The following day, during a workshop on…

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“Modern leadership is not about how good you can do, but how good you can be.” I firmly believe that good leadership is much more about being good than about doing good. Therefore, good leadership is about personal excellence. A lot of this personal excellence can be developed by being. Not by doing good but…

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