By Simon Sprague

My Year Abroad in BCG’s Ambassador Programme

Looking back at the five years I have spent at BCG thus far, I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel extensively. I’ve seen some incredible places, had experiences I never thought I would, and met a diverse array of people—both BCGers and those I’ve worked with as clients. In 2016, I was lucky enough to be given the chance to transfer offices from London to Summit, New Jersey for 12 months as part of BCG’s Ambassador Programme. Now that I’m back in London, I’ve had a chance to reflect on the experience and it is fair to say that it was a period of great renewal for me, both personally and professionally.

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By Gregg Swanson

The society today is one that is fast changing that if one isn’t careful they may find that have been sucked up into a life that they do not necessary want or expect to be in. technology most of all has taken over the world that you would find someone with a lot more friends on line that the friends that they have in person. People have become less trusting and they are now more defensive with every question that they are asked. Children are becoming less social as the days go by with most of them having more time to play video games that interact with others in person. The same children will one day have to work in an environment that is full of people and they will simply not be able to hack it there.

This has brought about the idea of more people wanting to change how they live so as to improve their life. This is improving their lives emotionally, mentally and even physically in some cases. So, what are the habits that can make a person improve their lives dramatically. Below are 6 Powerful Habits To Improve Your Life.

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Mastering your money has a lot more to do with psychology and mindset than we might think.

That’s what Napoleon Hill preached in his bestselling 1937 book, “Think and Grow Rich,” the culmination of his intensive study of over 500 self-made millionaires.

Self-made millionaire Steve Siebold, who has interviewed 1,200 of the world’s wealthiest people during the past three decades, agrees. As backwards as it sounds, getting rich often has less to do with the money than the mentality, he writes in his book “How Rich People Think.”

Here are 13 mindsets of the wealthy that you could adopt today:

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College for me was a haven for learning. When I finished high school with flying colors and obtained admission to do a major in computer science at one of the top-ranked colleges, I was thrilled to bits. I thought to myself that now I can learn more and achieve even greater glory to myself by focusing and studying in college. 

Most of the professors were really good and made the class very interactive and the learning process was fun and yet fulfilling. The days were very, very hectic and there was hardly any free time for partying and socializing. There were deadlines for umpteen writing assignments and essays and each of them took up so much of effort and time that by the end of the semester I was feeling overwhelmed with excessive work. Like many other students, I was stressed out and didn’t know what to do about it. I was simply waiting to hand over my term paper and go back home and take a well-deserved break. 

However, there was this roommate of mine who never seemed to fret or worry about completing assignments and papers. When I asked him how come he is not working on any of papers, he just smiled and walked away. I felt he was behaving foolishly and he is going to have a tough time completing his papers especially the 20-page term paper due at the end of the term. 

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By Leon Ho

Michael Edwards, better known as Eddie “The Eagle” is a British skier whom no one believed in before he made it to the Olympics.

Eddie was slightly overweight, extremely far sighted (he wore thick glasses) and trained in second hand equipment. At times he even stayed in a Finnish mental hospital because he couldn’t afford genuine accommodation. Many people came to doubt his ability as a skier.  If he didn’t have confidence in himself, he could never have endured all this, and never would have made it to the Olympics; which he did, and became internationally loved as a figurehead and emblem of the Olympic spirit.

When I think about all the great people like Eddie, who achieved greatness through their confidence, I wonder where it came from. I don’t think confidence came naturally to them. It didn’t come naturally to me.


If confidence doesn’t come naturally, where is it from?

When I was a small child, before attending school I remember my friends and I seemed almost limitless in confidence.  We lived fearlessly. Though all our lives were open to us, we never looked forward and worried. We had not collected any regrets.  I remember nobody seemed more confident than anyone else, nobody carried themselves as superior.

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By Dr. Travis Bradberry

You are the sum of your habits. When you allow bad habits to take over, they dramatically impede your path to success. The challenge is bad habits are insidious, creeping up on you slowly until you don’t even notice the damage they’re causing.

“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” – Warren Buffett

Breaking bad habits requires self-control—and lots of it. Research indicates that it’s worth the effort, as self-control has huge implications for success.

University of Pennsylvania psychologists Angela Duckworth and Martin Seligman conducted a study where they measured college students’ IQ scores and levels of self-control upon entering university. Four years later, they looked at the students’ grade point averages (GPA) and found that self-control was twice as important as IQ in earning a high GPA.

The self-control required to develop good habits (and stop bad ones) also serves as the foundation for a strong work ethic and high productivity. Self-control is like a muscle—to build it up you need to exercise it. Practice flexing your self-control muscle by breaking the following bad habits:

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By Dr. Travis Bradberry

At work, sharing the right aspects of yourself in the right ways is an art form. Disclosures that feel like relationship builders in the moment can wind up as obvious no-nos with hindsight.

Trouble is, you can’t build a strong professional network if you don’t open up to your colleagues. Doing so is tricky, because revealing the wrong things can have a devastating effect on your career.

You must know where the line is and be careful not to cross it, because once you share something, there is no going back.

TalentSmart has tested more than a million people and found that the upper echelons of top performance are filled with people who are high in emotional intelligence (90% of top performers, to be exact). Emotional intelligence is the “something” in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results.

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By Gleb Reys


It is hardly a secret that the key to successfully accomplishing one goal after another is staying motivated. There are, of course, tasks which you may not like at all, yet you find motivation to complete even them because you recognize how each particular task serves a greater goal.

How exactly do some of us manage to stay motivated most of the time? Here are just a few ideas you can try:

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By Dr. Travis Bradberry

If you’re ambitious, you’re bound to feel like a failure from time to time. Lofty goals lead to inevitable moments when you aren’t yet living up to your expectations.

We live in a world that reinforces this feeling. Though most people won’t admit it—other than the guy with the ‘He who dies with the most toys wins’ bumper sticker—in the back of our minds, we equate material possessions with success.

It’s a shame we fall prey to materialistic thinking because we certainly know better. A study by Strayer University found that 90% of Americans believe happiness is a bigger indicator of success than power, possessions, or prestige. Digging a little deeper, 67% defined success as “good relationships with friends and family,” and 60% said it is loving what you do for a living. Only 20% stated that monetary wealth determines success.

But saying and doing are two very different things.

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By James Clear

One of the hardest things in life is to know when to keep going and when to move on.

On the one hand, perseverance and grit are key to achieving success in any field. Anyone who masters their craft will face moments of doubt and somehow find the inner resolve to keep going. If you want to build a successful business or create a great marriage or learn a new skill then “sticking with it” is perhaps the most critical trait to possess.

On the other hand, telling someone to never give up is terrible advice. Successful people give up all the time. If something is not working, smart people don’t repeat it endlessly. They revise. They adjust. They pivot. They quit. As the saying goes, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

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