Kevin Buddaeus
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If you find yourself or someone you love suffering from one or more of these signs, please reach out for help

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Photo by Anthony Tran on Unsplash

We all have a bad day now and then. Life is a rollercoaster and each one of us has to deal with its ups and downs. But if you feel negative feelings far more often than positive ones, it can quickly get out of control. You feel alone, sad, unmotivated, and often worthless.

People who don’t understand these problems will often only make it worse. “Snap out of it.”, or “stop making such a big deal out of it” are but two examples of how ignorant people react to victims of mental illnesses.

These feelings are not your fault. And even if it may feel like the whole world stands against you, please know that there are many people right now who feel exactly the same. …

Avoid fake doctors who try to treat your dog with unproven and unreliable methods

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Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash

Disclaimer: This is going to be a rant.

As a dog lover, I’m furious right now

I get all kinds of requests to create engaging websites for businesses of different sizes, from lone entrepreneurs to big industry leaders.

Today I received another request for a website advertising alternative medicine for dogs. I can’t turn down too many contracts because it would damage my own business, so I rolled with it.

But my stomach twisted and turned itself through the entire process. The reason? I have to write lies and false promises that I’d never write or promote on my own terms.

Promoting online counseling for dogs that need real diagnosis and treatment. Explaining that a simple saliva check can accurately diagnose any illness your dog might have (hint: it can’t. There’s a reason real veterinarians draw blood or use MRIs at times). …

There are two types of leaders — which one are you?

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Photo by Adrià Crehuet Cano on Unsplash

We all are to a more or lesser degree competitive. If you want to win, being competitive is what motivates you to reach that goal. And both in research and product development, competition is what drives progress.

But when you are hyper-competitive, you may well end up pushing people away, creating a negative work environment, and come off as a selfish and insensitive narcissist.

There is a fine line between healthy competition and a damaging mindset that causes more harm than good. …

It’s a skill you hopefully never need, but everyone should have

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Image by Franck Barske from Pixabay

In the US alone, about 475,000 people die each year of cardiac arrest. Of those 475,000, around 350,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of hospitals. Because people don’t receive immediate help, around 90% of them die at the scene.

By administering CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), this chance of survival can rise to 45%.

Back when I worked towards getting my truck driver’s license in Germany in 2008, I was required to get certified in extended first aid before they would even let me behind the wheel. …

Every 4 minutes, someone dies from a stroke, yet only 38% of people know how to recognize one — learn to act and save a life

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Photo by camilo jimenez on Unsplash

If you or one of your loved ones suffers from a stroke, recognizing it quickly can mean the difference between life and death. Another consequence of too late treatment can mean lifelong disability.

In order to protect those you love, it is essential that you learn to understand the warning signs of a stroke in progress.

People who suffer a stroke may experience impaired vision and a loss of orientation. It is therefore crucial that you know what you will experience if you suffer a stroke, in case you need immediate help.

If untreated within 3 hours, a stroke can cause irreparable damage to the brain. But if help arrives in time, there is a good prognosis of recovery. …

There is a good reason for your daily struggles

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Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash

Highly intelligent people are natural talents at deciphering the big questions of humanity. They enjoy asking the right questions and solving the most difficult puzzles.

They strive for knowledge and prefer making new discoveries over mindless gossip about the neighbor’s latest affair. And when it comes to daily tasks like washing the dishes or grocery shopping, they feel like it’s a waste of time. There’s nothing to discover, nothing new to learn here.

So when you feel like you are a lazy person who behaves socially awkward, struggles to make new friends, and avoids daily chores like the plaque, you are not a lazy, bad and uninteresting person. …

The mindblowing life of Florian Homm — the rise, fall, and rebirth of one of the most notorious hedge fund managers in the world

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„Me, Myself and I“ Portrait of Florian Homm — photograph by Frank Lübke Photography

“Money doesn’t buy happiness.”

Seldom does this idiom provoke a life story like the one you’re about to hear? Florian Homm was once known as one of the 300 richest Germans alive. He was managing his own Hedge fund worth over $3 billion. His private wealth was estimated at around $700 million.

He became a person of public interest when he saved the German football club Borussia Dortmund from bankruptcy, investing $20 million into the club when all other investors kept a safe distance. At the pinnacle of his success, he had it all: Women, wealth, cars, houses, yachts, private jets.

But on the night of September 18, 2007, he vanished without a trace. He declared his resignation from all business activities and sold all shares. Then, without telling anyone about his whereabouts, he grabbed big amounts of cash, threw away his phone, boarded one of his private jets, and disappeared from the world stage. …

Start by changing how you see failure. It’s not your enemy — it’s your greatest ally.

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Photo by Elijah Hiett on Unsplash

The fear of failure is what leads to failure. We all suffer from it. There are no exceptions. But for each one of us, failure means an entirely different thing.

Being afraid to fail is not bad. But you’re afraid of the wrong kind of failure, and it’s holding you back. You fear not being good enough. You fear failing despite your best efforts. You fear losing way more than you love winning.

You let that irrational fear take control over your life. You may end up having less tomorrow than you have today and this prevents you from trying. …

Quick thinkers gain chances — slow thinkers lose balance

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Photo by Joe Neric on Unsplash

Adaptability is the main reason our species has conquered the planet. As Charles Darwin once said: “It is not the strongest who will survive, nor is it the most intelligent. It’s the one who’s most adaptable to change.

Companies that were unable to adapt to a changing market faced bankruptcy. People who were unwilling to adapt to new work processes lost their jobs.

In an everchanging world, even to this day, adaptability is our most important means of survival. Many people, however, focus too much on a certain way of doing things. …

If you have difficulties controlling your negative emotions, you are being too hard on yourself

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Emotional stability is what allows you to keep your cool in tense situations. It’s the ability to suppress fear or anger and make thoughtful decisions even if your emotions are overwhelming you.

Most people struggle with their emotional stability. They get very anxious if things don’t go as planned and lose their temper and ability to reason in heated arguments.

But you can work on your emotional stability and learn to control your feelings in order to become a better version of yourself and stay on top of your game even in high-stress situations.

Emotional stability is one of the 7 most important skills for hostage negotiators of police forces.

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