Are You Willing To Die?

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The first few metres are erratic. The cold, angular edges of the building threaten to tear his hands to shreds, but there is no going back.

Fearful of being interrupted by the authorities, he sprints upwards; aiming to finish his ascent as quickly as possible. This is by no means the most elegant of climbs, but this is survival, not art. The goal is the summit – there are no alternatives.

Over 100 metres later, he looks down… nothing.

No police. No firemen and no obstacles aside from the intense reflection from the mirrored panes basking in the fiery afternoon sunshine.

With adrenaline flowing through his veins and buoyed from the confidence of not having to worry about any misguided rescue attempts, he powers on for another 20 minutes in the pursuit of that final, glorious ledge to signal the end of this bizarre and idiotic activity.

He reaches up and pulls his wiry body into full view of the array of police officers, firemen and security guards waiting patiently at the top.

“Hi guys! Do not worry, I am professional rock climbeur. Zere is no mountain to be climbed in Chicago, so I decide to climb zees high rise! No problem! Everything is okay …”

There is a collective silence. This mutual confusion renders everyone speechless.

The smile on his face says it all.

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9 Dumb Reasons Why You Fail (and the number 1 secret to success)

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It’s not nice being a failure is it? You try your best, but you can’t help shake the feeling you’re destined for the scrapheap. Every day is the same old shit and there’s not even a Groundhog in sight. It’s not so much the routine, although boredom drives you to […]

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The Little Things

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It’s 11.53 on a scorching Friday morning and for the second time in as many days; the air conditioning fails to satisfy its end of the bargain. Kevin, a smartly dressed man in his late twenties, with an impeccable hairstyle and a looming deadline, wipes the sweat from his brow […]

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6 Weird Ways Religion Is Influencing Your Brain (as proven by science)

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It should probably come as no surprise that my belief in a God resides somewhere between Father Christmas and England’s chances of ever winning another World Cup. Oh I’ve tried. As a wide eyed and impressionable pre-teen I was given a copy of the bible during an early Religious Studies […]

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What Really Turns You On?

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I know how you feel. It’s not immediately obvious, but you can tell something isn’t quite right. Nothing serious enough to warrant more than a passing thought, but it’s there, lurking in the background, slowly sucking the joy from your very existence. Am I getting warm? Also, although they may […]

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5 Popular Self-Help Tips That Are Full of Shit

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You’re not very happy are you? Be honest. There is something nagging away. As your friends are chatting, cracking jokes and enjoying a glass of wine; you’re trying to join in with the fun but something is holding you back. An invisible rope, fastened around your torso, tightening the slack […]

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Why Excellence Is a Full Time Job

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The 2014 Brazilian World Cup is one of beauty, prestige and flamboyance – where the true modern footballing greats gather in gladiatorial combat in a quest to discover which country can rightfully claim to be the best on earth. Andrea Pirlo is one of these greats; an Italian player who […]

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21 Quick And Easy Ways Of Freeing Up More Time

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Right, you bunch of lazy bastards. It’s time to wake up, slap yourself in the face and realise that you’re all living a lie. There is no such thing as not having enough time. It’s an excuse, an illusion. The truth is, either you’re terrible at organising your day or […]

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6 Amazing Lessons Arnold Schwarzenegger Can Teach You About Success

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Arnold Schwarzenegger polarises opinion. He’s a cigar smoking fitness fanatic with the most revered physique in bodybuilding history. He’s a fiercely loyal Republican who can count the Kennedy’s as in laws. He’s the farmer’s son from Austria who became an American – and to be honest you’re not sure what […]

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7 Underrated, Yet Inspiring Books That Everyone Should Read

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Books are awesome. Person does stuff – someone writes it down – others read it. It’s as simple as that. Every significant event in the history of mankind has been recorded for the benefit of those who follow. Every little detail of this planet we call Earth is contained within […]

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How I Quit My Job, Built My Guitar Tuition Business From Scratch And Gained 25 Students In Under 18 Months

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I’m no entrepreneur. It seems as though everyone brands themselves as one these days but I have no idea what being an entrepreneur actually means. The word conjures up an image of a smug guy in his early twenties, slick hairstyle, with an equally shocking suit to match. Either that […]

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Do You Work In Retail? 7 Reasons Why You Must Quit Your Job, NOW!

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When all is said and done, what we choose to do for a living is a clear reflection of the person we are inside; a window to the soul, a looking glass into how we perceive our own place in the world. There are high achievers and the unemployed, the […]

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5 Reasons Why Everyone Secretly Hates You (and how to change your ways)

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Think back to the last time you tried to impress someone. What did you do? Maybe it was for a job interview and you spent hours memorising the history of the company in the hope it would dazzle your potential employer. Maybe you prepared for a hot date by pushing […]

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Always Wear Your Game Face – 4 Reasons Why Preparation Is The Key To Success

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I’ve always considered myself to be just average talent and what I have is a ridiculous, insane, obsessiveness for practice and preparation. My father used to say all the time, ‘Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.’ So if you stay ready, you ain’t gotta get ready. That is how I […]

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Looking After Number One – 4 Reasons Why You Need To Be More Selfish

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As a kid I remember feeling incredibly impatient at a friend’s birthday party. There were many of us sat around a large table and I was almost raging at the lack of chocolate fingers. Well, to be brutally honest, I had eaten most of them, but that wasn’t the point. […]

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