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On June 1, 2019, undefeated and champion heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua faced off against Andy Ruiz Jr. Joshua was initially scheduled to face Jarrell Miller, but three failed drug tests meant he had to be replaced. Ruiz Jr. came in as a 25–1 underdog, and in an upset that shocked boxing, Ruiz Jr. won the match via technical knockout in the seventh round. The fight ended Joshua’s undefeated record after 22 wins straight, and Ruiz Jr. took the belts and became the new unified champion. The fight was considered one of the biggest upsets in boxing, drawing comparisons to the…


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As the world has sped up around us, our brain and the sedentary lifestyle risks have increased. Many of us are compromising our long-term health through lack of sleep, poor diet and no exercise. We choose to focus on only one part of our life that gives us our mental energy to keep ourselves healthy. Imagine a husband who focuses heavily on his career. He works twelve-hour days sitting in an office, only to come home stressed and unable to switch off. He doesn’t have time to exercise, he never gets a good night sleep, and his eating habits are…


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There once lived a farmer who had a wife and teenage son. The sons’ job was to help the farmer with the chores, while the wife prepared dinner for the family. On the farm, the family had a horse, which allowed the farmer to plough the fields and travel into town. The horse was the mans best friend and was by his side every single day. One evening, after feeding the horse, the son forgot to close the gate. The next morning, the farmer awoke to find his horse missing. The horse had run away. A neighbour heard what happened…


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Implementing daily tasks and goals, whether it’s personally or professionally, lies in your ability to identify your productive mindset. There are many times where we achieve half of what we want to achieve and lack the motivation to continue. There is no light switch when it comes to keeping focus and staying effective. Unfortunately, it’s not something we can turn on and off. Our brain struggles to run smoothly consistently, but implementing a productive mindset helps manage the ups and downs of producing significant work.

Productivity Mindset

Research at the Chicago Consortium of School Reform analyzed the behaviour of children from Kindergarten…


In 2001, Greek investors realized the country was in financial distress. Bonds were at risk of default, which caused a change in the state of the market. Investors sold their Greek bonds, which caused a rapid increase in Greek bond yields.

The complete shift in confidence meant investors lost faith in other European markets, causing a domino effect of negative impact among the European economies. The realization that other markets were not immune had investors seeking higher bond yields.

The problem was that when investors started to sell, other economies began to experience liquidity shortages. …


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As the world speeds up around us, our healthy lifestyle has become somewhat sedentary. Many of us are compromising our long-term energy through lack of sleep, poor diet, and no exercise. We choose to focus on the one sole part of our life that gives us our mental energy to keep ourselves healthy.

Imagine a husband who focuses heavily on his career. He works twelve-hour days sitting in an office, only to come home stressed and unable to switch off. He doesn’t have time to exercise, he never gets a good night's sleep, and his eating habits are poor.

The…


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A perfect season. It’s the dream of every athlete, right? No injuries, no losses, just the ability to win and keep winning.

In 1951, the United States was a country plagued by segregation and prejudice. 1776 was the year the Declaration of Independence was signed in the U.S, where it was written “all men are created equal”, yet African Americans were still considered ‘second class citizens’. The San Fransisco Dons were years ahead of the nation, fielding its first integrated American football team in 1930. …


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Tony Schwartz, author of ‘The Power of Full Engagement’ has come up with a perspective on how we can focus on 4 energy types. In what’s referred to as ‘The Energy Pyramid’, we can see the areas where we expend our energy. The pyramid shows that building habits with the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual components of our lives help us reach peak performance when under pressure. We can take a look at how the energy pyramid works below.

Our Energy Types

Spiritual Energy (Tier 4): How the energy we expend makes us feel. …


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Why is it that we can’t rid ourselves of bad habits? We tend to do well for a week or two, and then back at it with the drinking, over-eating and procrastination. How is it that our best intentions are nearly beaten every time? We want to have good habits, but always refer back to our old ways. The answer isn’t our mental toughness or not understanding what we want. It’s that we don’t know how to healthily deal with stress and boredom. The habits we have support our stress and boredom. They’re called coping mechanisms. For some of us…


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Have you ever wondered how to turn thoughts into actions?

Here’s a riddle for you.

5 Frogs are sitting on a log. 4 of them decide to jump off. How many are left?

Did you guess 1? Wrong.

The answer is still 5. Four of them “decided”. That’s all they did.

There’s a difference between deciding and taking action. You’ve just got to look around and see how so many things we take for granted, started from an idea. Those ideas were thoughts put into action, either by an individual or as a collective group. The device you’re reading this…

Blake de Vos

A writer, reader and sports lover. A Bachelor of Business graduate. I write about productivity, habits and writing creativity. www.blakedevos.com

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