How well do you know yourself? Your darkest corners? Your deepest feelings? I hope that reading this story you might have a glimpse into those parts of your life, where resistance rules the game. Whether it is a painful kind of resistance, like fear, worry, sadness, regret; or a much more agreeable kind, such as desire, pride, holding on to people and things. We’ll do a little exercise in letting go at the end, but first, let’s pull back the curtain, let a little light in and see what lies in the darkest corners of those worries and insecurities.

Pointless sacrifice


If there’s anything certain in life — it is uncertainty. In Japan, the most beloved holiday is cherry blossom season — it’s a reminder that everything is constantly changing.

This was one of the most significant lessons in business for me. Everything changes. So I have to embrace changes and, most importantly, keep changing (evolving).

A few years back, I was one of the top specialists in e-mail marketing in the world. I had a system and my own approach and it made wonders.

Then, internet marketing in Russia was in baby shoes. …

(Your Mindset Will Determine Your Business Success)

Entrepreneur” is such an incredibly ambiguous term, don’t you think?

Those who call themselves “entrepreneurs” are often so entirely different on every possible level. Some build businesses (solve problems), while others make money.

I don’t want to judge motives of being in business, but I’ve made a simple distinction, based on differences in mindsets.

And this was one of my first profound lessons in business — I was once in business with a person who operated from a different mindset.

I have recently written an article about my lessons in business — there were 10, — and I’ll share them…

It is estimated that 1 in 4 Americans are not going to take a summer vacation this year, mostly because they cannot afford to (temporarily) leave their job.

Why is it so hard to take a vacation? How long can you keep on working without taking a break? Let’s talk about it.

Did you decide that you cannot afford a vacation? Or was it your boss’s idea?

I can see two different scenarios here. Are you a subordinate employee or an entrepreneur, who’s deciding about his or her own vacation?

If you are an ever-hustling entrepreneur

If you are an entrepreneur and convinced that you cannot afford to take a vacation, please consider your most valuable resource. What is it? …

Don’t you think that storytelling is an incredibly valuable skill? And not just for speakers and authors. It is simply the most amazing skill if you want to convey a message — in private life just as well as on stage.

… and so I thought I’d share some of the rules I use in my own writing and speaking.

Here are 5 rules and principles I’ve picked up from some of the best storytellers in the world. And as the best storytellers, they also happen to be great speakers, amazing teachers and incredibly inspiring individuals.

Hope you find these…

One step at a time… That is what it takes sometimes to get through.

Not that I was wondering or searching for an answer. At least not consciously. But we see the answer when we need it.

And that is the strange thing about being in trouble — you often don’t see it… until after you are out of the rocky patch, and then you think:

“Oh wow! I cannot believe I got out alive.”

It wasn’t quite so dramatic, but when I read about this concept, it somehow, and surprisingly, made sense to me.

Don’t worry about the future…

Kristina Mand-Lakhiani

Co-founder of Mindvalley, author and speaker, entrepreneur, artist, philanthropist, everyday life philosopher, a mother of 2 kids and a Woman

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