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🍀PBP News #1 | Welcome to our newsletter!

Dear friend,

You are reading the first issue of 🍀PBP News. Welcome! We’re happy to share tips and tricks, anecdotes, opinions, and examples on achieving The Good Life.

What binds it all together is our Personal Business Plan philosophy, our PBP System, and Stephen’s profound executive coaching experience.

It’s all about personal growth!

This newsletter and our future newsletters will contain 3 parts:

  1. FOOD FOR THOUGHT 🥦 – Reflections on how to handle your career and your life in general.
  2. THE MENTAL FITNESS ROOM 🏋️‍♀️ – A piece of advice from The Personal Business Plan.
  3. CATCH OF THE DAY 🐟 – Miscellaneous stuff, maybe a case story from someone we coached, a milestone we reached, an article we find compelling, and want to share.

Please share with anyone you think would be interested. And by all means, please comment…!

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT 🥦 – Reflections on career and life

January is for making promises to oneself – February to December are for keeping them!!

In our latest blog post, Stephen suggests 52 ways to make 2018 truly awesome, one idea for every week of the year. Dig into this abundance of ideas and identify your personal favorites. And remember, implementing just a few of these ways – or recognizing those ways which are already a part of your life – is a personal victory in itself.

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THE MENTAL FITNESS ROOM 🏋️‍♀️ – Piece of advice

Make sure to prioritize yourself and your friends and family if you want to outperform in your work!

This may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised to know how many people forget themselves, their health, and their loved ones in pursuit of their career. Sadly, they usually burn out too early.

We back today’s piece of advice with a wonderful story from Stephen’s book, The Personal Business Plan (Wiley 2013), about Eric, his illness, his daughter, and a cat!

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CATCH OF THE DAY 🐟 – Miscellaneous

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are a hot topic these days. It’s hard to know what’s up and down unless you spend a good deal of time researching it – and even then it’s difficult. Many people are quite emotional about the topic, and they voice a variety of opinions ranging from cryptocurrencies being one big scam managed mainly by hardcore criminals to blockchain being an invention almost bigger than life.

Mette has looked into the matter in an attempt to learn what blockchain and crypto coins are all about. She highly recommends these two articles

They briefly explain in simple words, how blockchain is an extremely useful technology, and how cryptocurrencies are a fundraising vehicle for new businesses of products and services relying on the blockchain technology. The real eye-opener is the applicability of blockchain ledgers in any kind of transactions from government land registry to purchase contracts, from shipping documents to efficient car parking, from micropayments to health care records.

Mette had the privilege of being taught by Arturo Bris at IMD some years ago. He was by far the smartest and most direct professor she came across, and he left an unforgettable imprint. He compares the importance of blockchain to that of the internet, the personal computer, and the Euro. We find his opinion valuable because it comes from the academic world, which is often a bit slower, more thoughtful, and better founded than opinion-makers and news channels.

The future is just beginning!

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Thanks for reading!

Warm regards,

Mette and Stephen Bruyant-Langer
Founders of The Personal Business Plan
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