2013, 2014

By Tal Gur
2013, 2014

As 2013 draws to a close, it’s time to take stock of the year gone by and look ahead to the fresh year ahead. I love this time of year. New Year’s Eve has long been my favorite time to release the old year and open myself to the fullest potential of the next. New Year’s Eve is also the time when I pick one primary focus for the upcoming 12 months. This simple practice allows me to immerse myself within the chosen area of focus and spur more growth as a result of it. In previous years, my yearly focus had shifted from extreme...

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Happiness First

By Tal Gur
Happiness First

Have you ever considered that the goal behind every goal you’ve ever set in your life was happiness? Think about it. “I will lose 10 pounds”, “I will become financially free”, “I will find true love”, “I will volunteer in a third world country”, all have one thing in common – we believe these accomplishments will make us happy. But here’s the IRONIC thing. If we work so hard to lose weight, to make money, to have a relationship, because we believe these things will bring us happiness down the road, why then...

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Realizing BIG Dreams

By Tal Gur
Realizing BIG Dreams

  Big Goals. Everyone sets them. Everyone knows they are important, everyone wants to achieve them, yet only a few succeed. For each of us, there once lived a big dream we desired to manifest – travel the world, run a marathon, create financial independence… Whatever the big goal was, somewhere along the road we lost sight of it and let it slip away. We convinced ourselves that it was too hard, too overwhelming, too big… we gave up the dream to quiet the mind but deep down, it’s still trapped inside, wanting to come...

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Lifestyle Makeover

By Tal Gur
Lifestyle Makeover

  What would make someone leave his comfortable, known life and set out on a new and uncertain journey? I’ve asked myself this question many times in the past. In 2003, I left a very comfortable apartment in downtown Tel Aviv, quit my stable project management job, said goodbye to all my friends and family, and started a completely new life in Australia. In 2009, I quit a well-paying corporate job, sold almost everything I owned, packed a small backpack, left my beloved Australia and went on a 4 years nomadic journey around the...

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Eliminating Online Distractions

By Tal Gur
Eliminating Online Distractions

“Man must shape his tools lest they shape him.” ~Arthur Miller Do you find yourself checking emails while working on something else? Do you log into Facebook multiple times a day, often spending aimless time on it? Do you sometimes feel an uncontrollable urge to just check Twitter one more time? It has happened to all of us. During a time when we know we should be doing something else, we find a reason to log into Facebook or Twitter or Gmail or… whatever – we may convince ourselves we’ll stay for “just a few...

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2012.. 2013

By Tal Gur
2012.. 2013

2012 is coming to an end and it’s time to take stock and reflect on what a year it has been. While the world didn’t end in 2012, it has definitely been an intense and full year for me. After more than 3 and a half years of being a wandering world traveler, my partner and I set our sights on having a home base that can support our future goals. This was not an easy task, suffice it to say. While we both love Australia Kyle’s family is in the USA and following many long discussions, a few intense debates, and multiple residency...

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Supporting Your Big Dream

By Tal Gur
Supporting Your Big Dream

  Sometimes you just can’t get your big dream off the ground. It’s not a matter of lack of knowledge; you’ve read just about every blog out there. You’ve tried countless “self-help” books and you’re still where you are. This happens to the best of us. Yet some people seem to almost magically advance their big dreams forward again, and again, and again. So what is the secret? Perhaps the following story can shed a light,   Six Months to Glory “What have I done?” I thought to...

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Changing Your Life Using Habits

By Tal Gur
Changing Your Life Using Habits

  “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle   In April 2008, I was nearly drowning in AUD $33,598 of credit card debt. A year later I not only eliminated all my debt but had also built a passive income source that allowed me to travel the world for more than three years. What made the biggest difference you might ask? In one word, “habits.” I believe habits are the single most important factor between success and failure. Habits are the key to accomplishing absolutely...

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Masterminding Forward

By Tal Gur
Masterminding Forward

  Are two minds better than one? The answer seems obvious but I’ve been asking myself this question throughout my life and could never find a definite answer. During my school years, both in high school and college, I’ve been invited to be part of study groups before big exams. At times I found them valuable but most of the time I avoided them as they were time consuming and ineffective. I’ve continued to wrestle with versions of this question throughout my professional life. As an IT manager I stressed the need for...

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Unstoppable Motivation

By Tal Gur
Unstoppable Motivation

It has happened to all of us at some point of our life. We start out on a journey, full of passion and excitement. We make a good beginning and seem to be progressing towards our goals quite well but as we go along the way, we loose sight of the destination. We feel fatigue and begin to procrastinate. Every step becomes harder to take and longer to complete. We are unmotivated. Some people would call this a burnout; others may say a bad month. I call it a motivational slump and I’ve just hit it in full swing.   Hitting the Slump I...

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