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Michael de Groot

iOS only at the moment folks, sorry Android I’m sure it won’t be long.

They’re in their honeymoon period. Being a disrupter and beating the biggest media (social) companies in the world means you have a starter advantage, everyone wants to join you, everyone’s after those elusive invitations, just 2 per user, wow!


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Right Mindfulness traditionally is the seventh part of the Eightfold Path of Buddhism, but that doesn’t mean it is seventh in importance. Each part of the path supports the other seven parts, and so they should be thought of as connected in a circle or woven into a web rather than stacked in an order of progression.

I first became aware of the Eightfold Path by listening to an episode of the Ten Percent Happier Podcast with Dan Harris. His guest way Brother Pháp Dung who explained more about this.

I started with Right Mindfulness as although this is number…


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Welsh denim entrepreneur David Hieatt (david hieatt) recently tweeted this:

“Being an entrepreneur is one of the most effective personal development programs you can ever take.”

BAM!!! Ain’t that the truth!!??

The question is, why is this so?

The short answer is because to be an entrepreneur, you have to cover all the bases. You got to get everything right.

You need to get the product right.

You need to get production right,

You need to get the marketing right.

You need to get the sales funnel right.

You need to get the HR and culture right.

You need to…


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Whilst driving my car I often listen to a podcast or a book on audible. This particular day, I was driving to the railway station to catch a train into our nearest big city, Birmingham UK, I had some meetings planned with business owners and a networking event in the evening.

“It’s because of human suffering”, says the book’s narrator. All audible books are narrated of course and this particular book was being narrated by an english speaking voice, the voice of Kris Dyer. He was obviously chosen by the authors, who are the famous Dalai Lama and the not…


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To get the stats, you will have to play the video below. I was watching an episode of Andrew Marr — a news programme in the UK on a Sunday morning. Actually I had to watch it on replay, as I was late getting up. The mornings are just too damn cold for getting up!

The CEO of the UK NHS (UK National Health Service) — Simon Stevens was being interviewed about the current state of the pandemic and the impact on the NHS and it’s staff.

What I heard was mind blowing, horrific and disastrous. In the days following…


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There’s always a price for wanting to be famous. But this time he price isn’t what you were hoping for. Today you are starring in your own disaster movie, but there really is imminent danger of death and with the stats in many countries stacked against us, we really do have to run for our lives. Run away from other people, who may infect us, which may mean we could get ill and worse still we carry the infection and share it with our elderly or vulnerable relatives.

As it is 100 years since the last pandemic and seeing as…


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Reality is in our minds. If you’ve ever studied or heard about Quantum Physics (Mechanics) then you will appreciate that nothing we witness is actually real. In the world of the atom everything is but orderly, in fact it’s total chaos and what we think to be order is actually disorder. It’s therefore very logical for things to be very unrealistic and not in order at all.

However our human minds want things to be orderly, that’s what we’ve all been told at school and what our parents have taught us when we grow up. In the animal kingdom nothing…


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I discovered Michael Moore’s podcast ‘Rumble’ over the weekend and whilst cooking soup on a Saturday morning, I listened to his latest episode, which was about Flint, Michigan USA. I didn’t realise that Michael was born in Flint. That explains why he covered it in his movie Fahrenheit 11/9 and why he’s so passionate about what’s been done to the folks who live in Flint. Well ‘exist’ more likely, because it sounds like a lot of them don’t have much of a life any longer, thanks to the Rick Snyder and his gang.

https://www.netflix.com/title/81014833

Below is the link to the…


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During 2020 I made several predictions, albeit not publicly, and they pretty much all came true. Of course they were mainly about Covid-19, about vaccines, lockdowns and the timing of our perilous journey on planet earth.

This time I’m going to make some of my predictions public. Now, these predictions are only about the U.K., if they occur in any other country, it will be purely coincidental. Already one of the predictions will be exceeded and that’s the one about the number of Covid deaths. I predicted 100,000 deaths, but I think it will be much higher than that, more…


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I had the idea for this cartoon on Monday 4th Jan. and eventually asked Josh to draw it yesterday, Wednesday 6th Jan. I had no idea what would happen in Washington during the vote counting on that day. This event will possibly be the most remembered shootout since 1881.

Let me describe the image. Obviously it’s Joe Biden and Donald Trump pictured at the historic US Wild West event, ‘Gunfight at the O.K. Corral’.

The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral was a 30-second shootout between lawmen led by Virgil Earp and members of a loosely organized group of outlaws called…

Michael de Groot

Chief Storyteller, Producer, Podcast Host at Staying Alive UK Storytelling Productions | www.stayingaliveuk.com

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