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Faisal Hoque
Entrepreneur, Author. Founder of SHADOKA and other companies. Shadoka enables entrepreneurship, growth, and social impact. Author of several books, my newest book is Everything Connects – How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Creativity, Innovation and Sustainability (McGraw Hill, Spring 2014). My forthcoming book is Survive to Thrive – 27 Practices of Resilient Entrepreneurs, Innovators, And Leaders (Motivational Press, 2015).

Formerly of GE, and other global brands. Follow me @faisal_hoque.

Contributor to Fast Company, Business Insider, and the Huffington Post. I've also written for the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Forbes, and Leadership Excellence, among others.

I am a devoted student of life, entrepreneurship, and humanity. I left my birth-land Bangladesh at the age of 17. Since then I call America my home. More about me at

Entries by Faisal Hoque

Want Happiness? Practice Minimalism

(2) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 9:24 AM

There I was, standing in front of a famous Japanese calligraphy. It was a quote by Toshogu himself. Tokugawa Ieyasu (January 31, 1543 - June 1, 1616) was the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan.

The quote says:

Life is like unto a long journey...
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Want to Be Inspired and Authentic? Start Writing More

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 12:54 PM

When I was a kid, I wanted to become an entrepreneur, engineer, and an inventor. And I have been passionately pursuing that dream since my teenage days. What I did not realize then is how much personal gratification I would get from writing.

I regularly write articles, blogs,...

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How Cooking Boosts Creativity, Mindfulness, and Mastery

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 7:23 AM

Like many, I was introduced to cooking when I started college at 17 -- to survive. Since then I have traveled many miles, experienced many cuisines, and cooked many meals.

Along the way I have learned a few things about food, the process of cooking, and the impact it makes...

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How to Claim Your Inner Creativity

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 3:57 PM

When I was a kid, I wanted to become an entrepreneur, engineer, and an inventor. And I have been passionately pursuing that dream since my teenage days. What I did not realize then is how much personal gratification I would get from writing.

I regularly write articles, blogs, and papers...

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Courting Life's Treasures Through Serendipity

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 5:20 PM

I keep seeing this meme below floating around on various social media:


Conversations about serendipity, synchronicity, and chance encounters are never ending and have been going on for hundreds of years.

That's because most treasures in life come in accidental occurrences....

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7 Ways to Practice Positivity and Optimism Every Day

(9) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 3:10 AM

By now the benefits of positive thinking are well established. Sages, psychologists, neuroscientists, researchers and doctors all have been espousing the benefits of positive thinking for hundreds of years.

Positive thinking helps us to be healthier, more productive and ultimately happier. Yet for most of us it...

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The Secret of Waking Up Early

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 11:31 AM

Early morning is the best time to do creative work, to exercise, to meditate and to get a head start on the proceedings of the day. You can get a lot done during those early hours because it's almost completely distraction-free time.

But still people don't make use of this...

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Why Connecting With Yourself Matters

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 8:28 AM

On a wintry New England day, I walked into a yoga studio in Stamford, Connecticut. I was part of a special meditation session led by Bhante Wimala, a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk. The studio smelled of incense and was well lit and intimate; it could hold no more than two...

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How to Increase the Odds of Success for Venture-Backed Companies

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 1:10 PM

In 2012, Kaufman Foundation's "WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY... AND HE IS US" reported:

Venture capital (VC) has delivered poor returns for more than a decade. Speculation among industry insiders is that the VC model is broken, despite occasional high-profile successes in recent years.

Conversation about less-than-expected performance...

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10 Essential Principles for Reaching Your Ultimate Potential

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 11:17 AM

James Allen famously wrote, "They themselves are makers of themselves."

Who was James Allen?

He was a British philosophical author known for his inspirational books and poetry -- a pioneer of the self-help movement.

Born in Leicester, England, into a working-class family, his mother could neither read nor write while...

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Leadership Involves Poetry As Well As Plumbing

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 12:32 PM

The headlines scream about leadership failure after failure around the globe every day -- at the world's biggest companies, in government agencies, non-profits, academia and at startups. So why does leadership fail?

Stanford University Professor Emeritus James G. March once said, "Leadership involves plumbing as well as poetry."...

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Rethinking Innovation With Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 9:54 AM

Apple is universally cited as an innovative company. But does anyone remember the Newton, Apple's failed personal digital assistant? Or does anyone recall that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who created the Apple I and Apple II computers, then left Apple to form his own company to make the first universal...

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To Exist Is to Change

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 11:09 AM

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.

-- Henri Bergson

Tomorrow is today. If we or our organization are waiting for things to get better, we're missing the point: It's up to us to make...

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Bend, Not Break: 9 Powerful Traits of Resilient People

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 1:26 PM


The noun resilience stems from the Latin resiliens "to rebound, recoil." As a character trait, resilience is a person's mental ability to recover quickly from misfortune, illness or depression.

For most, life eventually throws us a major curve ball. Like millions, I...

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Thriving With Mindful Visualization

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

In his TED talk, "Exposing the Invisible," Nick Veasey inspires us to see beyond the surface by bringing art, science, and creativity together.

Like the X-ray technology he discusses, I believe our minds...

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What We Often Forget About Value Creation

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 12:14 PM

"Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear?" -- Lao Tzu

Value. The Economist, that staid British publication of wryness and polite charm, recently provided a history of this most crucial of buzzwords (and I do mean crucial --...

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Navigating the New Year With a Beginner's Mind

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 12:09 PM

Gerry Spence, the famous lawyer, and a noted poet and photographer from a small town in Wyoming once wrote:

Some claim amazement that any lawyer could achieve national prominence after spending his first seventeen years of practice in the sticks of Wyoming -- indeed, in Riverton, Wyoming,...
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Heathcare.Gov: How Disaster Could Have Been Averted

(3) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 6:17 PM

The recent NY Times article - From the Start, Signs of Trouble at Health Portal tells an all too familiar tale of governance and execution failure. It reports:

"For the past 12 days, a system costing more than $400 million and billed as a one-stop click-and-go hub for...
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Meditate to Connect, Create and Lead

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 10:42 AM

For me, to unplug is to give up craving, to live mindfully, to move toward nirvana (Sanskrit for "complete liberation").

Today, we suffer from a constant craving for information and the need to blast out whatever is on our minds to the rest of the world -- thanks to social...

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Manifesting Our Destiny With Imagination, Devotion and Courage

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 12:03 PM

"Every moment I shape my destiny with a chisel -- I am the carpenter of my own soul." -- Rumi

We repeatedly find ourselves in stormy waters, strong tides, and facing fierce winds. But that elemental energy can be harnessed and converted into productive, sustainable, and positive relationships and outcomes....

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