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Lady Michelle Mone OBE: My Fight to the Top

Feb 21, 2018

See more from founder of Ultimo and formidable entrepreneur Lady Michelle Mone OBE on Pendulum Talks. Here is a brief taste of what to expect from her presentation at Pendulum Summit 2018.

Lady Michelle Mone OBE was born and raised in the East End of Glasgow, a deprived land full of incredible and selfless people. Despite her surroundings, she always dreamt of bigger things.

She established her first business aged 12 running a paper round. When her father lost his job due to paralysis, she left school at 15 to enter the working world. She had no qualifications but passion, determination and a can-do attitude.

“We have to have confidence. We’re only on this earth once. Why not go for it?”

Her epiphany came at 24. She was going to launch her own business creating the most comfortable cleavage-enhancing bra in the world. Three-and-a-half years and many failed prototypes later, she found it. With the product ready, she began selling.

“You can’t sit back on...

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Mind, Body and the Limits of Human Performance

Feb 19, 2018

Alex Hutchinson is a Toronto-based author, journalist and elite distance runner whose expertise lies in the science of fitness and endurance. He is a contributing editor to Outside and writes the Sweat Science column, and has earned a PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge. This is an excerpt from Alex's latest book, ENDURE: Mind, Body and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And—which is more—you'll be a Man, my son!

- Rudyard Kipling

On a frigid Saturday night in the university town of Sherbrooke, Quebec, in February 1996, I was pondering—yet again—one of the great enigmas of endurance: John Landy. The stocky Australian is one of the most famous bridesmaids in sport, the second man in history to run a sub-four-minute mile. In the spring of 1954, after years of concerted effort, centuries of...

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Pendulum Profile: Sérgio Vieira de Mello

Feb 16, 2018


Pendulum Summit is dedicated to enabling individuals reach their potential.

It’s a celebration of our values and serves as a vehicle to inspire and illuminate. Pendulum Talks was launched this year. It will help delegates sustain momentum and actualise both their personal and professional lives through talks, film, music, masterclasses and more. Join the movement here.

Pendulum Profile will play another role. It will shine a spotlight on an individual whose being embodies the spirit of Pendulum. Who, through their actions, exhibit the qualities we profess to be integral to success.

This week we look at Sérgio Vieira de Mello.


On August 19th, 2003, at 16:28 local time, the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, was bombed by the Jihadist group Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad. The hotel was serving as headquarters for the United Nations operation in Iraq, and the bomb targeted Special Representative Sérgio Vieira de Mello.

He was widely considered to be the...

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Dr. Bob Rotella: Good is the Enemy of Great

Feb 15, 2018

Hear more from expert on performance psychology Dr. Bob Rotella on Pendulum Talks. Here is a brief taste of what to expect in a superb verbal treatise on the attitude of an individual determined to achieve excellence. Dr. Rotella is the author of the bestselling How Champions Think: In Sports and in Life and Golf is Not a Game of Perfect.

Good is the enemy of great. The moment you decide ‘good enough’ is acceptable, you’ve given up the chance of being great. You become what you think about yourself, so pay attention to how you think about yourself. This is your life. You get to design it. You write the script of your own story and decide whether you want to be the star or a big player. 

We’re born, we live and we die. What are you gonna do while you’re alive on this planet?

My field is the psychology of exceptionality. I make ordinary people do extraordinary things. When you study people who achieve great things, you won’t find...

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The Perfect Athletic Build

Feb 14, 2018

Jevan Pradas is the author of 'The Awakened Ape' and creator of the blog 'The Tribal Way'. He uses evolutionary psychology to hack the human mind and body and combat the society he deems bored, anxious, fatigued and overweight. In his book he argues how a unique synthesis of a Palaeolithic lifestyle and Buddhist meditation can teach you how to achieve a deep state of bliss and shape your body into the fit and healthy animal millions of years of evolution programmed us to be.

What does the perfect body for all-round athleticism look like?

Is it big and powerful like Adrian Peterson, thin and wiry like a triathlete, or something in between?

How do you even define athleticism?

Let’s start here.

Most would say all-round athleticism is the summation of individual athletic traits, such as strength, speed, endurance, agility and coordination. To find the best athlete, one could then test an individual on each of these variables and come up with some...

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Roger Federer: Pendulum Profile

Feb 07, 2018

Pendulum Summit is dedicated to enabling individuals to reach their potential.

The annual summit is a celebration of our values, but the spirit of Pendulum is best captured on early Monday mornings amidst cold and rain - when your bed is warm and comfortable but something within inspires you to attack the day.

Pendulum Talks will play a big role this year in helping delegates sustain momentum and refine abilities in spheres both professional and personal. It gives subscribers the ability to replenish their motivation daily - not just through the talks available but also through film, music, masterclasses and much more. Join the movement here: https://www.pendulumtalks.com/store/LP5Ue6wT.

Pendulum Profile will play another role. It will illuminate an individual whose very being embodies the spirit of Pendulum. Who, through his or her actions, exhibit the qualities that we profess to be integral to success.

The first Pendulum Profile is Roger Federer, one of the greatest tennis...

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Jack Daly: Most CEOs are Wrong

Feb 06, 2018

See more from global authority on business growth and sales Jack Daly on Pendulum Talks (https://www.pendulumtalks.com/store/LP5Ue6wT). Here is a brief taste of what to expect from his day two presentation - a fascinating insight into the mindset of a winning salesman.

The majority of CEOs don’t know what the f*** their job is.

To make your business flourish you have to do two things:

1) You’ve gotta have a vision: Begin with the end in mind. You can’t get there unless you know where there is. Communicate your vision every single day. Pull people toward that vision.

2) Keep people in key spots: Grow your salesforce in quantity and quality. The most important position in a company is the sales manager - not growing sales, but salespeople.

If I walked into your company, within ten minutes I could describe your culture. What does it smell like? Do you have a culture by design or a culture by default? Do your people think that where you work is the best place on...

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Jack Daly: Helping to Buy

Jan 31, 2018

See more from global authority on business growth and sales Jack Daly on Pendulum Talks (https://www.pendulumtalks.com/store/LP5Ue6wT). Here is a brief taste of what to expect from his day two presentation - a fascinating introduction into the mindset of a winning salesman.

Quit selling. It doesn’t work and no-one likes it.

Change the definition to “helping people buy.” Help them with their needs, opportunities and problems. If you do this they’ll buy from you.

The top five per cent of salespeople share the same special sauce. They help people even if it means recommending someone else. 30% of the leads that come into my business we hand to other organisations.

Take a call that comes in from a firm asking for help redesigning their compensation plan.

Can I do this? Yes. Have I done this before? Yes.

But there are people out there who do it better than me. They deserve the client’s business. A year later, that same client will call up again and say...

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Another year, but where is your career? It's time to pursue your passion.

Jan 30, 2018

Paul McNeive is a sought after motivational speaker and part of our Front Row Speakers roster. Here, he opens our new series of Pendulum Guest Blogs. 

He was managing director of Hamilton Osborne King when the firm was sold to Savills for €50m. Paul started his career as a trainee in the basement of the firm and not even the loss of his legs in a fire prevented him from rising to the top position to lead 250 staff. He has since become the first double amputee in the world to gain a helicopter pilots license.

 It's the start of another year for the property business, and the growing economy points to another good year ahead. But stop. And think. Before charging headlong into another 12 months of activity, where the outcome really only depends on how the market performs, it makes sense to pause and look at 'the big picture'. Am I in the right business at all? Am I thinking strategically about the future, or caught up in operational matters?

If you...

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Pendulum Talks: New Year, New Platform

Jan 18, 2018

The opening weeks of January is the slowest time of the year. People return to work following the Christmas break sluggish, in dire need of a kickstart. For the 7,000 delegates that descended upon the Convention Centre Dublin last week, the Pendulum Summit provided it.

From the moment the most well-prepared souls registered on Tuesday night, the stimulation began. Three evenings of socialising and networking in partnered night spots across Dublin flanked two full days of hard-won learnings and immediately applicable takeaways. Each speaker provided food for thought and offered a unique perspective, with the array of diversity on display ensuring different people took different things from different talks. The one thing each presentation had in common was an earnest endeavour to refine and improve - the hunger for which was evident in the room.

There are five key tenets of the Pendulum Summit.

1. Self-Empowerment.
2. Authentic Relationships.
3. Leadership and Team Performance.

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