Can´t Afford To get An MBA?

board-928381_1280Although I´m a big advocate for higher education, the truth is that a Master´s degree isn´t necessary for you to have in your back pocket in order to start your own company (although it´s definitely a huge plus if your ambition is to land an executive job, and all the fun benefits that come with such role!).

So if you, for some reason, feel that an MBA isn´t in your nearest future, don´t worry about it. You can still learn a lot about how to master a business, without spending a fortune. Read about it here in today´s manifesto, Personal MBA.


1-Minute Playbook: Ethical Rules for Business

Business ethics are moral standards that a business follows and they are key factors in how a business is defined. Your ethical rules can make or break your success.

This week´s 1-Minute Playbook tips are sent straight from our kick off, off “The Executive Program: Leading the Enterprise”, in Tulum, Mexico. Enjoy!


Create Deep Trusting Relationships For Success

girls-839809_1280The concept of reaching out to others for support isn´t about changing who you are. It´s about enlisting the help and advice of others to help you become the best you that you can be.

These are the words of author Keith Ferrazzi, in “Who´s Got Your Back”. Regardless of our professional – or personal – role, we all need feedback and advice from individuals that we trust. As individual beings, we can not possibly know it all, nor do we need to. Getting feedback from someone who is not as close to a situation as we are ourselves, and by that can be objective, is the action of a wise person.

Find out more in the manisfesto “Who´s Got Your Back – Why You Need the Lifeline Relationships That Create Success And Won´t Let You Fail”, published by ChangeThis. Get it here: Lifeline Relationships


1-Minute Playbook: Take Control Of Your Time

waiting-410328_1280Poor time management is simply a bad habit. You can learn to organize and control your time better by following some simple tips listed below:

– If a task takes less than five minutes, do it right away. If it takes longer, put it on a list. Keep a written to-do list and incorporate the “less than five minute” strategy.

– For a couple of days, take an inventory of how you spend your time to find out where and how you’re wasting time. Write down everything you do today and reflect – is there something you are wasting time on?

– Cut big jobs into small chunks. Order the chunks by importance. Work on one chunk at a time. Think of a large project or task you need to complete. Break it into small chunks. Does the project or task feel more manageable?

– If part of your day involves routine repetitive tasks, keep records of how long they take and then try to do them faster. Time one repetitive task you complete on a daily basis. Work on completing this task quicker each day.

– Learn to differentiate between the important and the urgent. What’s important is not always urgent. What’s urgent is not always important. On your written to do list, write an “I” next to important tasks, a “U” next to urgent tasks and a “I/U” next to important and urgent tasks. Now prioritize your list.

What other tips do you have for better time management? We’d love to hear about them!




How to hit your goals

darts-102919_1280Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself and others to turn a vision of this future into reality. Goal setting is also an important part of effective performance reviews.

5 practical tips that make it easier to set and reach your goals

Specific, realistic goals work best. When it comes to making a change, people who succeed are those who set realistic, specific goals.
Tips: During you regular performance meetings with your team members, ensure that the goals you all work with are realistic and specific.

It takes time for a change to become an established habit. It will probably take a couple of months before any changes become part of your team members’ routines.
Tips: When establishing a new goal for an employee, help them create a reminder system until the new behavior becomes a habit.

A goal that is not written down with a timeline is only a dream. Be sure to write your goals down each day to remind yourself of what you want and are working for. Every time you remind yourself of your goal, you’re training your brain to make it happen.
Tips: You and your team should write your goals down. You can even post professional goals for everyone to see what the team is working on as individuals.

Pleasing other people doesn’t work. The key to making any change is to find the desire within yourself – the same is true for your employees. You must help them find the desire from within rather than just assigning tasks.
Tips: As you and you team members are talking through their goals, provide enough context so that they can see the importance and feel the desire. 

Roadblocks don’t mean failure. Slip-ups are actually part of the learning process as you retrain your brain into a new way of thinking. It may take a few tries to reach a goal, but that’s okay. It’s normal to mess up or give up a few times when trying to make a change.
Tips: When an employee hits a roadblock, be sure to tell them that it’s okay and help them get back on track in accomplishing their goals.

How are you working towards your goals? Do you have any other great tips to share? Let us know, we’d love to hear about it!


1-Minute Playbook: Get Into The Groove


Music adds significantly to your success

Do you enjoy listening to upbeat music when you’re working out? And maybe something mellow when you are feeling a bit down? If so, you’re not alone. Most people actually use music as “mood management”, shifting not only the volume but also the type of music depending on their mood.

Research has showed that that’s a great idea though! It turns out that different kinds of music – as well as the volume – affect different areas of your brain. Classical music can improve visual attention and, while high volume and upbeat music might be good for your exercise, a moderate noise level is perfect for getting your creative juices flowing.

Your own motivational playlist

Create a motivational playlist that will make you feel good – one that will make you rock. It will mobilize that positive energy that you’ve got within. And when that happens, you will soon get to enjoy the new miracles that you will be creating in your life.

The 25 Best Blogs of 2015

Get some great inspiration for growth from 25 of our favorite life and leadership blogs (in no particular order). They are a mixture of “famous” medalj-guld-stor-500x500blogs and less well known but great blogs. What they all have in common, is that they all aim – and succeed – to inspire and advise on all matters related to personal and professional growth.

Read and be inspired!

1. Leadercast

2. Success

3. The Upwards Leader

4. Scott Hansen

5. The Chief Happiness Officer Blog

6. Michael Hyatt

7. Motivational Memo

8. Tiny Buddha

9. The Dream Catcher

10. The Secrets of Success

11. Lolly Daskal

12. Happy Melly

13. Michael Lee Stallard

14. Ying Ying Shi

15. Imperfect Spirituality

16. Limitless

17. The Muse

18. Your Life YOUR way

19. The Grasshopper Blog

20. All Business

21. Pam Grout

22. Rebel Brown

23. Strategies Blog

24. Gretchen Rubin

25. Daring To Live Fully

Are you afraid of losing your job or are you really afraid of failure?

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Many Americans only take half of their paid vacation because they are afraid of losing their job if they are away longer. In the UK a fifth of employees fear job loss. And in Sweden employees are afraid of speaking up against wrongdoings because they fear they will be replaced, even though they have a legally protected right to their job.

But does it really have to be this way? Are you simply a victim of external forces, a global culture where there’s no job security to find? Or could it be that the fear of losing your job is a sign that you are not fully living the life you should be? There’s an easy way to find out.

Ask yourself, are you doing what you most want in your life right now? How would you live if you had no fear at all? If your answers are not the way you are living your life right now, take an honest look at why you haven’t changed that. What is it that you’ve been afraid of?

“Fear and ‘pain’ are touchstones for all spiritual growth.”

The most common explanations people give for not stepping up and changing something, is fear of failure. However, being afraid to fail is in reality an excuse in disguise for your failure to work through your fear. Fear is a powerful instinct that serves a valuable purpose in some circumstances, but it can also misfire badly in situations. Fear tends to paralyze most people or at the best, slow us down to the point of non-action. Remember that fear and “pain” are touchstones for all spiritual growth. Make friends with your fear and learn to use it as an indicator for action!

When you are doing your lifework, you will no longer be governed by fear of losing your job. The courage to live consciously will far exceed any fear of loss. You will be living with the knowledge that you will be taken care of, regardless of the circumstances. When you are living your true purpose and are of service to others, there will always be “more to come” positively for you. So step into action, be courageous, take charge of your life and live your purpose!


1-Minute Playbook: Your mindset is everything

ozzyA wonderful life begins with a wonderful mindset

Regardless of how it might feel sometimes, you are in control of your thoughts and your life. Your life is your own creation, be it great or not. That also means that you have the power to make it even better. One way to do that, is to shift your mindset into “gratitude-“mode.

As soon as you wake up in the morning, take a moment to think about and feel gratitude for all that you have in your life. Once you start to truly appreciate that you life is a blessing, I can assure you that it’s going to be improved even further.

The Road to Success: 10 Of My Favorite Quotes Of All Time

fitness-332278_1280All successful people get inspired and learn from others. Fuel your own creativity and be motivated to action by some of my own favorite quotes.

What you think, you become.”
– Buddha

The power of your thoughts is astonishing. Not only do your negative thoughts drain your energy but they also block your development. What you think about – where your focus is – is crucial to your success in life, and in business.

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

– Marcel Proust

It is so easy to take the people closest to us for granted, yet they are the ones that makes life extra meaningful. Tell the ones you love how much they mean to you – and then show it in your actions.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
– Abraham Lincoln

Many roads may go to Rome but there’s only one foolproof road to success – preparation. There are no shortcuts.

“It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you don’t care who gets the credit.”
– Harry S. Truman

If you want to be truly successful, drop your Ego and live from your heart. Be supportive and encouraging of other peoples achievements. What goes around comes around. Besides, do you want the acknowledgement of being successful or do you want to be (genuinely feel) successful?

“There’s no ‘ifs’ amongst believers. Anything can happen.”
– Jesus

Whatever you perceive you will achieve. There are no boundaries, no limits at all, to what you can create in your life. Anything is possible!

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
– Gandhi

The way we treat other beings says a lot about our true essence – more so than any external showcases of practicing religion. What you sow, you shall reap – that’s just the way it works.

“When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.”
– Vietnamese proverb

Remember that everything that you have in your life – and I know that you have a lot – you have simply because of someone else’s efforts and hard work. Acknowledge and be grateful for what’s in your life, be it things or beings.

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
– Aristotle

If you don’t know your true self, how can you genuinely know someone else? It’s first when you know your deepest desires and dreams, that you can take the next step in achieving them.

“When we have nothing left but God, we discover that God is enough.”
– Unknown

There are many people who at some point in their lives got themselves into a situation where they ended up with absolutely nothing. I am one of them. It was through that situation though, that I – by the grace of God – managed to rise from the ashes like a phoenix. And it was with the comfort, security and knowledge that God is always within me and God is enough, that I moved forward with such success that I created a life beyond what I thought was possible. With God, all things are possible.

“The struggle ends when gratitude begins.”
– Neale Donald Walsch

Be grateful for what you have as opposed to focus on what you have not. Make a list of everything in your life that you are grateful for – don’t leave anything out. If you at any time still feel like you don’t have anything to be grateful for, take a look at that list. Show Gratitude for what you have, no matter how little, and God will provide you with more to be grateful for.

Do you have any favorite quote of your own? I’d love to know about them! Send me an email to gustolifegroup[at]gmail[dot]com and I might include them in a future post as your personal favorite quote (if you consent).