Axel Page

My name is Axel Page and I'm the originator of Shameless Pride. If you like what you see, be sure to check out my other content and sign up for my newsletter. Also, connect with me on social media below!

Be a Doer, Not a Pretender

It’s never been easier to succeed as a pretender. Our social media driven world almost demands it. By carefully choreographing our lives into snippets of euphoria, we present an image of constant happiness. A handful of us make it look easy, as though life is one big game to be played. We see these people and can’t help but ask …

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Thomas Jefferson: Icon of Power & Leadership

Thomas Jefferson: Icon of Power & Leadership

Have you ever met someone who always makes it look easy? Someone who seemed to be successful at whatever they do? That was Thomas Jefferson. At age 33, he served as the primary author of the American Declaration of Independence. For most men of history, such an accomplishment would be enough. For Jefferson, that was just the beginning. He served …

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Einstein: A Lesson on Nonconformity

Albert Einstein - Nonconformist

Blind respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. -Albert Einstein Einstein. Has there ever lived a human more renowned on last name alone? The German-born physicist was a celebrity around the globe by his mid-30’s – famously known for having developed the theory of relativity. We know about many of his other scientific exploits as well. However, we …

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Napoleon: On Reading Books

Napoleon and the Importance of Reading

Napoleon, the greatest general to ever live, was a relentless reader and connoisseur of books. He favored the classics and could never get enough of books written about his two heroes; Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great. Like most men of history, Napoleon embraced reading as a boy, which helped to foster one of the most innovative mind’s the world …

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Reality Groups: Communication Done Right

Reality Groups - Communication Done Right

Group dynamics are fascinating. Around others, most of our thoughts and actions flow unconsciously. We get caught up in the mood of the group and let it take over and guide our emotions, whether positive or negative. Most of us know this, yet it’s uncomfortable to really reflect on it because it exposes a significant hole in our persona. Nobody …

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Principles of War: 4 Strategies to Conquer Life

Principles of War: 4 Strategies to Conquer Life

Life lessons litter history. In studying the past, we learn from the experiences of other people; an exercise designed to help us avoid pitfalls and setbacks in our own life. Next to nothing we see in our lifetimes is unique; nothing more than a re-occurrence of something that’s happened over and again in the past. However, our time is limited …

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Mastering Ambition: Why What You Have Is Good Enough

Mastering Ambition: Why What You Have Is Good Enough

Repeat after me; “I have enough.” Take note of yourself right this moment. How do you feel? Chances are you are physically comfortable. You are free from exposure, warm, fed, hydrated. Now take a look around you. What do you see? You’re probably reading this from a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. In fact, you probably own all 3 of these …

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The Art of Worldly Wisdom: Strategies for a Better Life

The Art of Worldly Wisdom: Strategies for a Better Life

Baltasar Gracián (1601-1658) was a 17th century Spanish Jesuit and philosopher. On becoming a priest, he spend the majority of his adult life teaching in Jesuit schools and becoming a gifted preacher and orator. But where he really excelled was writing. He published a novel, Criticón, which became his masterpiece while he was living. However, what Gracián is most known for today is …

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How to Thrive in a World of Opinions

How to Thrive in a World of Opinions

Life moves fast. One day we are young with not a care in the world. As we grow older, we gain wisdom that comes from maturation and experience. Responsibilities pile up, and we get pulled in a million different directions. It’s natural we would seek advice on how to cope with everything. Thanks to technology, the internet makes it easier …

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The Usefulness of Regret

The Usefulness of Regret

Regret is a mystifying emotion. Often lamented as a time waster, regret does have its utility if properly harnessed. Emotions, both negative and positive, are part of human nature. They are inescapable. The key lies in being able to “domesticate” them; to use emotions to your tactical advantage. Regret is one such emotion. You’ve been taught to regret nothing in …

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The Science of Fear (and How to Overcome Inaction)

The Science of Fear (and How to Overcome Inaction)

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. -Dale Carnegie Blessed is the man living today. He inherits a world overflowing with opportunity. It’s up to him to take it. Information is free. Communication is instant. Risk is minimal. …

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