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From Victoria Secret To Kora Organics: How Miranda Kerr Transformed Herself From A Model To An Entrepreneur

From Victoria Secret To Kora Organics: How Miranda Kerr Transformed Herself From A Model To An Entrepreneur

From a small farm in Australia to the world’s stage as the coveted Angel! Meet Miranda Kerr – Victoria Secret’s first Australian Angel at the age of 22. She was reportedly the second highest paid model at VS a few years ago. Miranda grew up on a farm in Australia completely ignorant of the world of modeling. It was by chance that a friend entered her in a modeling contest at the age of 13 and she won. Kerr has never looked back since then. She started out slowly in the modeling profession, but here she is now rocking the modeling world. From a super model to a mom to a savvy business woman, Miranda seems to have it all and do it all! Not to mention, she is just 32!

How does she do it all, one can’t help but wonder.

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She transitioned from modeling, to opening her own line of organic skincare products as an entrepreneur. Her line called Kora Organics is made from organic ingredients to address a wide range of skin concerns. Her foray into the skin care world arose out of her own need. She was not happy with the chemicals in the skincare products she used on herself. And decided to look into creating her own line without chemicals. She worked on it for four years with her organic pharmacist. Out of the results of the hard labor was born the Kora line, made from certified organic ingredients.

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There are a few valuable lessons to learn from Kerr’s journey.

  • If you are thinking of setting up your own business but struggling to figure out what product or service to offer, do what Kerr did – solve a need or problem that you have personally! You have the best insight into the problem and you will strive to find the best solution as well! Since you are emotionally vested in the problem, you will ensure that your service eliminates the same pain for others. Facebook was started in a similar fashion. Mark Zuckerberg created a social network to connect with fellow students in Harvard. It soon expanded to other colleges and now literally connects the world!
  • During the solutioning phase of your product/service, draw upon your own experiences to identify a possibly unique solution. In Kerr’s case, she was introduced to the potent Noni fruit at the age of 12 by her grandmother. Touted as one of the super foods, Noni has 170 vitamins and minerals! Ever since, Noni juice has been a consistent part of her diet and skincare. Kerr uses Noni in her product line as well. Steve Jobs is a perfect example of this principle. The Apple products that Steve created were designed with his touch and flair. His obsessiveness about clean and simple has led to world-class products like the Mac,iPhone, iPad.
  • Juggling her own company, her work and her family has helped Miranda better her time management skills. She is involved in the day-to-day operations of her company. Know your priorities in every area of your life. Structure your time to meet those priorities. Planning and scheduling even the minutest of things has helped Miranda. She plans and schedules every hour of her day and trusts her phone to remind her to call her mom or grand mom because she has already scheduled it in. Julie Morgenstein, author of Time Management from the Inside Out, recommends planning your schedule 3 days ahead.
  • Kerr is not only passionate about her own product line but is also committed to raising awareness about using organic products and ingredients. She blogs about all things organic and more on her Spread the Light blog. As an entrepreneur, as you build your products and services, it is essential to share your passion with others. Think about how your knowledge and expertise can benefit others and share it.

In the midst of being a supermodel, a mom and a business woman, Miranda has also found time to author 2 self-improvement books – Treasure Yourself and Empower Yourself. Kerr is a strong believer in the saying “Change your thought to change your life.” She advocates embracing forgiveness, saying ‘thank you’ and choosing one’s emotions.  When she is feeling low or down, she jumps up and down and thinks of everything she is grateful for. She would like to start a ‘Jumping for Joy’ movement to help others snap out of their negative emotions.

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A spiritual person by choice, a certified health and wellness coach and advocate, super model and business woman by profession and above all a mom – multifaceted Miranda Kerr is a force to reckon with!

Featured photo credit: Discutivo via flickr.com

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Last Updated on June 20, 2019

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

Conclusion

While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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