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Jun 5, 2018

When you look in the mirror, who do you see? What do you believe in? What are you all about? The real answers to these questions are buried deep inside, but with a little help and some tangible advice from the authors of The Pragmatist’s Guide to Life, Simone and Malcolm Collins, you can break down the hard truths you must face in order to achieve your highest potential.

Malcolm was originally a neuroscientist focused on the brain-computer interface and the evolution of human cognition. With an interest to learn more about the way humans interact with the world and each other he pursued an MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he met his wife and co-author, Simone. Simone at the time was the director of marketing at, managing a team of over 20, 000 freelancers. Together they went on to co-found the art commission marketplace, after which Malcolm became the director of strategy at South Korea’s most desired source of early-stage capital, while Simone earned her graduate degree from Cambridge.

Get to know why you do what you do and how you’ve arrived to be the person you currently are, starting now!

Key takeaways:

Your true self. You are who you are--from the style of clothes you wear down the vocabulary you use. Those simple, yet vital, details of yourself define you at first glance, but what if you want more? What if there’s a version of you that’s just waiting to burst through? For your ultimate transformation, start by asking yourself THIS question…[14:40].

Your reason for being. Going through a deep discovery process is tough. You’re going to ask yourself challenging questions, uncover hard truths about yourself, and eventually evaluate what your purpose in life is. And that “purpose” is so much more than one achievable thing, it’s bigger than life; but when you find it, it’ll look like THIS…[26:51].

Your tree of life. To build a sturdy structure, you have to have a strong foundation. The same applies to the body and soul. You want to nourish and fuel it with everything it needs to be fulfilled, but you need a game plan. Learn THIS secret to establishing your roots …[37:17].

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