Think big & follow through

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.

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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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Give it all a purpose

Give it all a purpose

Have you ever started learning something, been super-excited about it, and when you start getting into the routine of practicing it, slowly loose motivation and abandon it?

Well, you’re not alone! You need to motivate yourself! But I don’t think a motivational poster will do the trick.

It’s important to remind yourself every now of your goal, why you started learning that skill. Are you learning piano because you want to …click to read more!

Let it sink

Let it sink

A lot of the learning process goes on in the back of our heads. Actually, some scientist have even proposed that to be the main driver of sleep and dreaming is to let those ideas and connections strengthen! We don’t have to go that far, but research shows that a good night’s sleep will make you perform better, remember better, and retain better your skill. So better get a good night’s sleep! …click to read more!

Repeat, but repeat wisely

Repeat, but repeat wisely

This is probably the oldest trick in the book, but no less powerful. But you have been warned: repetition for repetition’s sake might not get you great results. And it’s just boring.

One skill that I started working on a long time ago (and still do… learning is a life-long experience) is guitar-playing. And in that journey, I’ve had conversation with other musicians about the amount of hours of practice per week that I or they dedicated.

Now I know that hours is the wrong type of indicator …click to read more!

Break down what you're learning

Break down what you’re learning

A lot of people give up on a skill because they find it “too difficult”, or daunting. Of course: everything worth learning is “too difficult” at the beginning! One of the keys to making progress is to figure out what different sub-skills or talents you need. And when you think you can’t break it down any further, you can probably still break it down a bit more.

The reason for this is that, if the chunks are small (simple) enough, you’ll understand them better, and you’ll be …click to read more!

Get acquainted with the topic

Get acquainted with the topic

What’s the first step that you follow when you learn a skill? Just a hint: “giving up” is not an option! The first thing that you have to do is to get a bit confortable with the topic, to understand what you’re learning. This is a terribly confusing task, but it’s important to go through it.

But if it’s such a messy task, how do we do it? When I’m learning something new, I tend to start by looking around different sources: …click to read more!

Hack how to learn a new skill

Hack how to learn a new skill

As a self-declared (and self-trained) nerd, I’ve been asked a lot of times how I had learnt a particular skill. And for a while my answer used to be “you just go ahead and learn it”, until I started reflecting more about it. Maybe my job teaching at university had something to do with it!

In this post (our second entry on learning), I’m going to share some of my experience. You can follow the links on each one of the topics, to read more about it, more details on my personal journey, and  …click to read more!

Do you want to learn to code? No excuse now!

Business Insider has published a really cool compilation of places where you can learn to code for free! Check it out here!

I wanted to add a few lines as well about my personal experience with some of this! I’ve tried quite a few of the links they provide.

I have a very high opinion of the courses that …click to read more!

Hajni at the Nordea Demo Day

Life after the Nordea Startup Accelerator

It’s almost 2 months since the Nordea Startup Accelerator ended with the spectacular Demo Day pitches. During the 3 months accelerator program we learned how to use the lean method to validate our product and business ideas. We learned that the lean method is all about testing your assumptions before you put all your efforts into building your product that eventually no one will want.

Perhaps the most important lesson was to never assume anything, because otherwise you’ll make an ass of you and me. We assumed when we got chosen that Nurtup was completely, absolutely and definitely different that all the rest of  the #fintech startups. 😉 Turns out we were wrong. 😛 Once we started …click to read more!

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