Think big & follow through

Advancing to the next level

Have you always wanted to change the world but still not sure how you could do it? At NurtUp we believe that everyone can create a positive impact in the world by being ambitious, caring and inspiring. To help you get started with your quest to change the world we decided to ask exceptional people who are already doing it!

Anne Badan is well known in the Helsinki Startup community as the driving force behind The Shortcut, and it was there that I caught up with her to talk about her quest to help foreigners in Finland build successful businesses.

What is your quest?

When I came to Finland my whole career was already planned; I had no intention of being an entrepreneur, but Finland turned me into one. I couldn’t find anything that matched my expectations, ambitions and motivation, so I thought “if I can’t find it, then let’s create it for myself!”

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Make the world better by doing what you love

Have you always wanted to change the world but still not sure how you could do it? At NurtUp we believe that everyone can create a positive impact in the world by being ambitious, caring and inspiring. To help you get started with your quest to change the world we decided to ask exceptional people who are already doing it!

We recently interviewed Touko Kontro, a Finnish angel investor about how he is changing the world. Touko is entrepreneur who is passionate about innovations, sustainability and helping others succeed in business.

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The Hero and my journey to NurtUp

Last Monday I ran a session of The Hero — my first since joining NurtUp. As always, it left me feeling motivated and inspired, so now seems like a good time to write about the positive impact the game and NurtUp have had on my life.

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Does The Hero work in a team building event?

The shortest answer is yes! According to John Swallow,  professional coach and Head of Learning and Development at Specsavers The Hero does work very well in team building events. 💜

Here is his story about how he used the Hero with his distributed Nordic team:

“My Learning and Development Team consists of 35 people spread across six Northern European countries. As you can probably guess, coaching is a daily occurrence in many of their roles. This may take the form of coaching store team members to increase service performance, virtual coaching drop-ins using SKYPE, Line Manager coaching conversations or ad-hoc coaching with each other with particular issues that they may be facing. In short, we are developing a coaching culture within the team to enable everyone to support each other as well as our store teams.

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Build good habits and become a better musician

As well as being passionate about self-development, here at NurtUp we’re a musical bunch; Daniel is a skilled multi-instrumentalist, Hajni plays guitar and bass, and I dabble with cello, bass guitar and Irish bouzouki.a guitar and a bass

Every musician knows that they’re supposed to practise every day, but putting this into action consistently is something many of us struggle with. For me there was one notable exception: back in 2002 I got into a pretty good rehearsal routine, practising most days for about half an hour. Before and since my practising has been patchy at best, and absent at worst!

So it was when Daniel and I started our current band. It quickly became clear how badly my bass skills had deteriorated, I resolved to rediscover the secret of a regular practice schedule, even if it required a little brain-hacking! …click to read more!

Tough questions make your life easier

Most of us live our lives on autopilot, never stopping for a moment to think why and where we are heading. There are “famous” moments in our lives when we turn off the autopilot and panic when we realize that we weren’t in control. We tend to refer to these moments as life crisis’ for example the 30’s crisis. 😉  Wouldn’t your life be easier if instead of panicking you would sit down and think what you really want?

Take New Year’s resolutions for example. Did you have any last year? And did you actually do it? Many people drop out after a couple of weeks. And that is if they even start. Have you ever wondered why that is? In my experience this is caused by “wannabe” goals that people set because of societal pressure, not because they really want to achieve that. These kind of goals will lead to all sort of excuses and it might even affect your self confidence.

The Hero - coaching gameWe get to speak with dozens of people about their goals and we have noticed that the tougher the question we ask the better the results will be. My favorite question is “Why?”, short but powerful. It’s much easier to work on your goals when you know why you want to achieve them. When you have an inner drive to reach your goal, no excuse will ever stop you. 🙂

We have created a playful coaching game, called The Hero to help you think about what matters to you in life. When you play The Hero you and your friends will empower each other towards achieving your goals and dreams by asking questions… a lot of questions. ‘The Hero’ gives you the perfect excuse to ask tough questions that make people think, including yourself! 😉

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