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Freedom for Thought

Stefan Wissenbach

Once a year, an entire country gathers together to celebrate a concept: Freedom. In the U.S., the Fourth of July holiday means a three-day weekend of family barbecues and fireworks, during which Americans appreciate the freedom they have, those who fought to preserve it, and the ideals they hold dear. But, consider this:   37% of Americans say they’ll never be able to retire and will work until they drop, according to a Wells Fargo survey. Americans get fewer paid vacation days than workers…

Why vacations help you achieve goals…

Stefan Wissenbach

As I prepare to go on vacation, I’ve reflected on the importance of taking time out. The reason why I protect my holiday time is what it does for my own sense of work-life balance. Having that release keeps me focused on achieving my new goals, because if you don’t take a break now and then to clear your head, it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture.   Nearly 100 years of research backs me up on this……

A little ‘magic’ to tackle the tough times…

Stefan Wissenbach

The perspective with which you enter your day really does determine your outcomes. But when you’re going through a particularly challenging time in your life, when circumstances collide to create extra workloads and issues to overcome, it can be difficult to start the day on an optimistic note. It’s at these tough times when it becomes especially important to protect your confidence and your mindset.   Here is the most powerful way I’ve found to provide yourself with the energy,…

Getting it done over the long haul…

Stefan Wissenbach

I recently took my son out to dinner in London and we were talking about his university degree in electronic music production. For his coursework he has to compose quite challenging and involved pieces of music, and he was explaining to me that it’s quite challenging because some of the pieces he’s trying to compose are very long. He keeps working, but feels like he’s never actually finishing anything.   Novelists, painters, and anyone else embarking on large, long-term projects…

Today we lost a hero…

Stefan Wissenbach

It’s with great sadness that I’ve just learnt that a hero of mine, Stephen Sutton, has passed away this morning, aged just 19.   Regular readers of this blog will know of his heroic battle with cancer and his selfless desire to spread positivity in the world, even whilst battling against the odds.   His desire was for people to take action and ‘make the most of the 86,400 seconds you have every day’   Amen Stephen – and may you rest…

“But I am Happy – And That’s the Main Thing!” – Stephen Sutton

Stefan Wissenbach

On April 22nd, Stephen Sutton – the 19 year old who reminds us all to appreciate every single second we have – was rushed to the hospital, suffering a collapsed lung. The prognosis was dire, even for someone already diagnosed with terminal cancer. He thought he had hours left to live when he took one last photo for his Facebook page – smiling, and giving his fans two thumbs up.   Since his initial cancer diagnosis four years ago at…

30 days to good habits

Stefan Wissenbach

Habits are powerful forces in our lives. Our bad habits consume our time, energy and resources. Our good habits keep us going. The best way to eliminate a bad habit is to replace it with a good one. Here’s how to cultivate them.   Do it for 30, do it for life. Studies have shown that it takes around 30 days to transform a repeated action into an automatic habit. So, if you want to make a habit out of…

The higher you climb, the farther you can see…

Stefan Wissenbach

I often speak about how the farther along we come in achieving our goals, the more likely our goals are to change. As we make progress, we gain greater focus on what we really want and our priorities naturally shift. You might find that your goal of becoming CEO of a giant non-profit organization dedicated to ending world hunger comes with an unexpected sacrifice: your time with your family. And, as you come closer to the point of success, you…

The not-so Magic Formula for Happiness

Stefan Wissenbach

The New York Times came out with an article on happiness the other day reporting that social scientists have parsed out the three major sources of feeling good (or bad): Genetics, events, and values.   The data supporting their findings came from a stock of 40 years of research. The richest data source was the University of Chicago’s General Social Survey, a survey of Americans conducted every other year since 1972. With the simple question of “How happy are you?”…

When Life Knocks You Down, Get Up with Grit

Stefan Wissenbach

“I grew up in the 70’s when the careers advisor used to come to school . . .  and he took me aside and said ‘what do you want to do kid? What do you want to do? Tell me, tell me your dreams!’ I said ‘I want to be a space astronaut, go to outer space and discover things that have never been discovered!’ He said ‘look, you’re British, so scale it down a bit, alright?’ ‘Alright, I want…

The Dream Achiever Competition

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The Magic Future Foundation

The Magic Future Foundation