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Emma Watson Learns To Overcome Criticism

By Kris Deichler, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International

Actress Emma Watson, has been widely applauded for publicly speaking up in support of gender equality and female empowerment. However, as she recently revealed to Elle Magazine, she has also felt the affects of the criticism that comes along with this too. Ms Watson who is a UN Goodwill Ambassador for women said:

"There is a level of criticism that comes with being an actress and a public figure, which I expect, but once you take a stance on something like feminism, that's a completely different ball game... There were a couple of days when I just didn't want to come out from under the duvet. At first, I wasn't sure if I should allow myself to be upset by it, but then I realised I needed to give myself 24 hours to sulk, and then move forward.” 

Ms Watson's words show the growth and maturity she's gaining from this by valuing and learning from her experience, going on to say:

"I just carried on, and some of the stuff made me more thoughtful and questioning of my approach. But some of it you just have to not engage with, and you become more robust,"

Perhaps one of the main reasons people fear speaking up and making a stand about the things they believe, is the fear of confrontation. It feels emotionally 'safer' to say nothing rather than risk losing the acceptance and approval of those around us, but as the saying goes, 'what you allow, you condone'.

What Ms Watson is going through and learning is an essential and valuable part of finding her voice and maturing as a person. Yes, criticism can be painful, but the more we realise we can use that and rise above it, rather than let it stifle and silence us, the more we find a strength within us that we didn't realise was there until we tested ourselves. To read more on this story, click here...

Click here to read why Robert Kennedy believed the courage to speak up can change the world...

Arsene Wenger Finds An Unlikely Ally In Philip Neville

By Jatinder Singh, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International

Arsenal Football Club manager, Arsene Wenger, suffered one of his most humiliating defeats recently when the team lost 5-1 to Bayern Munich. Reports in the media now say it is widely expected he will leave the club at the end of the season, particularly as many supporters have felt over the last few years that the club has been stagnating under his management. This had manifested in a number of placards and demonstrations at matches urging Mr Wenger to quit.

Phil Neville has defended Arsene Wenger's record on social media. The former Manchester United player had played against some of Mr Wenger's finest teams in his own career, particularly in the early 2000's when Mr Wenger developed a team known as the 'invincibles'.

Phil Neville makes a powerful point that goes beyond football. When things go wrong in life, we may look to blame other people, especially if we are letting our emotions drive our behaviour, rather than our values. As a result, we tend to forget about the good things the person we are blaming has done and focus on the immediate problem.

We may then look at everything else about that person and create further problems through our subjective opinion in that moment, rather than taking a step back and being objective about the situation. In this particular instance, Phil Neville is helping everyone see objectively how beneficial Mr Wenger has been to Arsenal. To read more, click here...

For some more great insights into how much of an impact Arsene Wenger has made at Arsenal, click here...

Lessons From Former Google CEO On Cyber Crime

By Asif Valiji, Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International 

Many of us will have heard of, if not be familiar with internet cyber crimes, such as computer hacking and online theft. According to Forbes, cyber crime is expected to cost a staggering $2 trillion globally by 2019, as the issues we are currently facing from online criminals are escalating. With the benefits of the internet and online networks coming with such a high consequence - why did we not see this coming in the early days?

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet and former Google CEO, has this to say regarding the matter...

"We now find ourselves back fixing it over and over again [cyber crimes]," Schmidt said. "You keep saying, 'Why didn't we think about this?' Well the answer is, it didn't occur to us that there were criminals."

Though it's unrealistic to expect us to consider every single possibility when pioneering new technology; it's vital to understand the human beings that will be using that technology and their motivations - good or bad. The more we understand people - through empathy - and imagine future scenarios based on that understanding, the more we will foresee likely problems and difficulties in any area of life. From this place of wisdom, whatever we create has a greater chance of healthily serving our needs, and better protecting us from the more destructive elements of human behaviour.

As legendary science fiction writer Isaac Asimov once said, “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom”. To read more about the article click here...

For some great insights as to how successful people think and what sets them apart from most, click here...

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