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What does happiness mean to you? 

A sense of contentment & gratitude.

 

How do you not let fear or disbelief take stock of you? How do you keep the bigger picture in mind even if you don't know how to get to it?

I carefully choose my partner in life. 

 

Do you think certificates, accolades and degrees are the most important factor to becoming successful in the world of business and mindfulness?

No. No. No.

What is the 1 lesson you learned and wish to impart to the world? 

Trust the pain & be kind to yourself.

If you had 1 month left, how would you live it knowing what you know now?

Every hour left with my family.

CEO & Co-founder of Seedstars World

ALISÉE DE TONNAC

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What do you want to be remembered by?

LOVE! I want people to remember that I was a human being, that I love people, that I love my family, that I love my job. That is what I want people to remember!

Chief Executive Officer of TAG Heuer

JEAN-CLAUDE BIVER

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What is your take on "perfection" coming from a world that heavily relies on the perfect beauty?

Everyone is Perfect the way they are! And that filtered image is only an illusion, it is not real.

There is so much pressure, especially through social media where everything and everyone always looks perfect. Just be happy with yourself.

I know it can be hard. I also have days where I don’t like myself and wonder how I can ever succeed in this business. Just try to accept yourself and love yourself for who you are.

Supermodel | Brand Ambassador

Ronja Furrer

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What does happiness mean to you?

Happiness to me means the ability to feel inwardly at peace with your life.  I am not sure feeling happiness constantly is possible (at least I haven’t been able to achieve it) but peace with what you have and the things you have accomplished are the first steps towards finding happiness.

How do you not let fear or disbelief take stock of you? 

I look beyond the fear and believe that anything is possible.  I have one life to live and it’s up to me to realize my dreams and aspirations.  If I allowed fear to dictate my life, I would not be where I am today.  

How do you keep the bigger picture in mind even if you don't know how to get to it?

It’s not always an easy road to success and sometimes success is not well defined, but having faith and an open mind and being willing to work hard and take risks are necessary steps to realize your dreams.  My philosophy has always been that if you want the bigger picture badly enough, there is a way to achieve it.

 

Do you think certificates, accolades and degrees are the most important factor to becoming successful in the world of business and mindfulness?

They are not the MOST important, but I believe they are important in the business world.  They provide credibility when dealing with others and the education that provides such certificates and degrees is one of the ways that provides critical thinking skills which is crucial in the world of business.  Of course, these skills and tools can also be learned by experience, training and self-instruction.

What is the 1 lesson you learned and wish to impart to the world? 

A positive attitude, persistence and confidence are tremendous attributes both for the business world and in personal aspirations.

If you had 1 month left, how would you live it knowing what you know now?

 I would spend every second of the time I have remaining with my family and friends.  Being successful in the world of business is rewarding and exciting, but personal relationships drive my daily happiness.

Executive VP & General Counsel US, Unibai-Rodamco-Westfield

ALINE TAIREH

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Have you ever failed? What did you learn from it?

In my work, it’s not about success or failure. It’s about progress towards a better future for our city and its residents. Progress needs a goal you want to achieve and stamina to go for it step by step.

What advice will you give the younger you?

The same advice I give to young women in general: Have the heart to be courageous and to go for what you want. It’s worth it!

Mayor, Zürich

CORINE MAUCH

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What does Failure mean to you?

I don't think failure exists.

It's all about growing up, learning, training in my case - falling down, getting back up again, trying, trying and trying until you get it.

 

The only failure I think is not trying, not doing anything, not moving.

 

If you are afraid of failure, you won't get anywhere.

Professional Snowboarder

NICOLAS MÜLLER

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Have you ever cracked under pressure?

Sure I have! If you're in front of the camera, you get another take, but if you're racing, you're pretty much done!

It's really a mental discipline. It's willing to work and develop that muscle.

Actor | Race car Driver

PATRICK DEMPSEY

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Does time really exist?

I'm not convinced of it.

 

What is time then?

Time does not care about wealth or power – it cannot be bought or coerced. We may be able to extend our life with a healthy lifestyle but we cannot extend the number of hours in a day.

We all have emotional stories related to time and they are seldom beautiful – always attached to a sad moment or thought. We are young then one day we look in the mirror and we notice wrinkles, gray hair. Our body starts to ache. We then try everything we can to slow down time and reverse the ageing process but sadly no amount of plastic surgery will ever change reality.

 

Director R&D, Hublot

MATHIAS BUTTET

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Did you ever fail?

Of course! The only way to learn is to fail. The more you fail the more you learn.

As Winston Churchill put it:

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."

 

I’ve been in many different industries, have had many different companies and sadly many of them failed. For some of them, my son was involved with me. We invested a lot of money so when they failed, my son had a terrible time dealing with it and took it personally. He could not understand why I was so calm. I told him that there was no need to stress about something that happened in the past. Definitely not a pleasant situation but what are the lessons we need to take away from this? Let’s do the post-mortem to understand where we went wrong and not repeat the same mistakes again (hopefully!)

Failure is part of life, of business and is the best teacher!

 

Original Shark Tank, Inventor of Infomercial

KEVIN HARRINGTON

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Have you ever failed?

I think you learn more from failure than you do from success. A failure in all reality is something that doesn’t fit your expectations. There is a learning curve to understand why you fall and how to get up. You learn so much from it and it’s part of life. 

I’ve never failed in the sense that I never collapsed but it doesn’t mean it won’t happen. You are always aware of things that could happen and therefore evaluate the risks that you are willing to take. 

Rule #1: Key to success is WORK. Of course if you have talent it’s great but I know tons of people with talent who didn’t make it. 

Some luck maybe?

You create your own luck. You see opportunities and you grab them. It’s about the right timing, the right place… But you need to recognise opportunity. It’s all about seeing those windows, taking the risk and going for it. I also think that personality is very important. Today I am becoming more precise with what I want to do therefore I like to control few things. People may look at me and think of me as a Diva because of it but I am doing this for the good of the project. 

Interior Designer

INDIA MAHDAVI

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