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The battle is a lost one it seems, for intellect is on the side of reason while feelings make themselves known as painful and poignant by the bitter gall they’ve made us taste. Isn’t it only a matter of time to surrender feeling altogether to the power of intellect? Isn’t feeling only a hindrance and to give it up is deliverance in the face of reality? …


Move over resolutions, hello skills

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But for that to happen, as entrepreneurs we need to overpower our struggles with something greater.

To find out that superpower, at the close of the most challenging year in recent history I asked over 100 small business owners to name the kinds of skills that helped them survive 2020 and the ones they’re embracing for the year ahead.

Here are the most popular answers, ranked. …


Finance experts share easy to follow financial modeling advice

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A financial model also helps add “fuel” when necessary, so you don’t ever get stuck in the middle of nowhere. And it’s a business owner’s best radar for avoiding financial meteors.

In 2020, small business has already been bombarded with its share of trouble. The businesses that had the upper hand are the lucky ones who had a solid backup plan.

Ahead of 2021, everyone needs a good plan. …


A question for the most important people in our life

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I don’t believe in instant compatibility, just like I don’t believe in instant coffee, instant relationships, and instant life hacks. I’ve learned to appreciate the value of slowness in understanding people. …


Life is the best compass for those willing to listen

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But life isn’t minimalist. There’s a lot of clutter to it. Most times, it takes a heap of willpower to get up and take out that trash knowing full well that some tooth-fairy-turned-Marie-Condo won’t swish her wand and make the mess vanish.

Work is like that too.

It’s not always the inspiring “passion” that’s supposed to get you out of bed at 5 am and off to pre-breakfast yoga before settling into your minimalist home office with a cappuccino. Nope. Sometimes, it feels like your life is the messiest heap around. (Be quite sure that’s a trick your mind is playing on you. All lives are messy and none are as straightforward as “#Instamotivation” quotes.) …


The spirituality of emotional consent

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Known by one or another name, “love them longer, love them stronger” is a scheme many of us had recourse to when faced with emotional unavailability or indecisiveness in a partner. Leading one to emotionally invest more than they receive, it is an attempt to catch that warm gust of air from another’s valley of emotional coldness and chill. …


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Being a product of two cultures isn’t just “the best of both worlds”

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In this unconscious realm that shapeshifts between past and present, I reenact not the most exciting environments and people I had known, but those that in waking life I remember as the deepest shade of monotonous. In fact, I now believe their monotony had been a safeguard against forgetfulness, a means of self-preservation through repetitiveness. If so, the trick has worked. In the spaces I return to night after night, the details have been preserved meticulously. …


How we experience the tiny defines how we love the immense

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To dream of love is to dream big.

In the experience of love, we thirst after big emotions, big experiences, big hearts. The very thought of love is the thought of looking into distant heavens and quenching our dry hearts in the immensity of the universe.

It’s not the thought of stooping down to the ground and, on all fours, paying heed to some microscopic happenings of life. When in love, we want to jump out of ourselves and exist only in the immense space-time. …


We do not choose our sensations. But we do choose what we feel through their medium.

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Say “emotion” out loud and you’ll get a variety of reactions. A blissful smile. A giggle. A skeptical smirk. Emotions mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. Yet, as states of being, all emotions have common ground. Anyone who has ever been under their influence can attest to the phases: the initial sweeping force, the strong conviction, the eventual fading back to “normalcy”. …

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Angela Yurchenko

Bilingual pianist & business journalist. Writing about the Human Experience. My music and words: https://linktr.ee/anielay

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