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Starting from a blank canvas

One of the great skill to learn in the 21st century is the ability to start from a blank canvas. Meaning, doing your own thinking. Every great innovations during the last 15 years were born from completely new ideas which disrupted the status quo.

Leaders of the 21st century are those with the ability to construct new ideas from emerging technologies and connections.

Make it a habit of exploring and developing your own ideas. Sure, look around for inspiration but start from a blank slate.

To practice your creativity, instead of reading blog posts of top 6 rules for happiness or 8 ways to lose weight. Make up your own lists. You'll be surprise to often end up with better lists than the ones you find on the web.

May 16, 2017 | comment Comment

Reacting to positive feedback

Small gestures get recognize. When someone around you does a little something special for you, I sure hope you thank them for their attention and service.

Other times you do those little things for others and receive that little praise. Bizarrely, we often don't know how to respond to that kind of positive feedback.

A lot of times we end up brushing it off with statements like...

"Ah, don't worry about it, it was nothing."

or

"Bah. You'd do the same."

or even worst...

"No worries, I was going to do it anyway."

What a way to tell the other they're not important and that their nice comment don't really matter to us. I know what you're thinking... I don't want to brag or sound arrogant. It's fine to be modest but brushing away positive comments like this will make the other person feel a bit disappointed.

There's one simple way to respond and that's by saying...

"Thank you."

That's all. If you feel inspired you can even go the extra mile with...

"Thanks, it was a pleasure."

There's no need for further explanations. This simple responds let them know you're thankful that they noticed your effort and that you appreciate their positive feedback.

Now go do someone a favor so that you can practice this little trick.

May 11, 2017 | comment Comment

Your narrative is up to you

The story other people tell about you is none of your business. It's never going to be a true story because no one knows you like you do. But...

It's your responsibility to guide that narrative towards the story you want others to remember.

Become aware of the actions you take consistently and how people perceive the way you interact with them. Are you always on time? Do you always respond quickly? Do you always pay attention to details? Or are you careless, unreliable and inconsistent?

The key is to be consistent in your action.

What are the key things do you want others to say about you?

The first step is to know how you want to be perceived and then you need to adapt your actions accordingly.

The collateral benefit of doing this is that the clearer your actions are the better you will feel about yourself. The more consistent you are in your actions the less stressed you'll become because you'll develop a clarity in your daily actions.

May 4, 2017 | comment Comment

Quit before you start

Starting new projects or endeavors is fun. We get all excited about what we can accomplish and how exciting it'll be once we've completed our new project. After a while things get a little complicated and our little project doesn't go as planned and then...

May 1, 2017 | comment Comment

Attack the problem, not the symptom

Things go wrong all the time. We see it around us, at work, at home, everywhere. Life would be boring without problems. Fixing them is fun and rewarding but...

Apr 25, 2017 | comment Comment

You are enough but...

...but you can be so much more.

Such a bad advice to tell someone they're enough.

What a waste it would be to stop where you are because you think you are enough.

Apr 24, 2017 | comment Comment

Practice uncomfortable

There's only one way to grow and that's to get uncomfortable.

There's really only three ways to live. We're either moving forward, standing still or falling backward.

Apr 19, 2017 | comment Comment

Wisdom and Power of Simplicity

Everything is simple.

The greatest wisdom comes from understanding the simplicity of the things that surrounds us.

Apr 13, 2017 | comment Comment

Two false assumptions about improvement

There are two negative reactions I often see when people talk about improving their life.

First is the assumption that people who wants to improve are unhappy with themselves. Improvement shouldn't be seen as an attempt to get ourselves out of an unwanted place. It's the joy of improving and getting better which makes humans happy. There's a sense of joy which comes out of accomplishments.

Apr 11, 2017 | comment Comment

Focus - A lost art

Nowadays focus is becoming harder and harder to reach. We have distractions all around us fighting for our attention. How to find focus with so much noise around us?

The first thing to do in order to achieve focus is to prioritize yourself. To find ways to disconnect, you need to let go of the world around you.

Apr 5, 2017 | comment Comment

Passion of how

There are many ways to find passion in your life. Not just what you do.

One sort of passion which can be found in anything and everything you do is the passion of how.

Apr 4, 2017 | comment Comment

What you don't do matters

We focus on doing.

When asked the things we're proud of we often respond with all things we did.

But the things we didn't do are often of greater help to our happiness than the things we did.

Apr 3, 2017 | comment Comment

Destroying apprehension

After a discussion with Emilie, my life partner, this morning we concluded that many people live in fear of apprehension. But most of the time this fear is caused by their own doing.

Mostly because of dishonesty. With ourselves and others.

Apr 2, 2017 | comment Comment

You First

f you love those around you, take care of yourself.

How best can you serve them other than by being the best person you can possibly be?

Apr 1, 2017 | comment Comment

Taking care of the small things

Think about small things that others do which makes your life easier. Is there someone at work who always changes the printer paper before it runs out? Someone at home who tidy up the mail from the dinner table?

Mar 30, 2017 | comment Comment

Books vs Summaries or Blog Posts

Why read a book that can be summarized in a few paragraphs?

This is a very good question considering we all have a very limited amount of time. Why read a book when you can...

Mar 29, 2017 | comment Comment

Philosophy of Excellence

A philosophy of excellence is when a person seeks excellence in themselves and their environment.

Seeking excellence is to consciously be aware of the small details which makes everything a little better.

Mar 28, 2017 | comment Comment

Are you a spectator or a player?

Twenty people on the field and eighty thousand in the stands. The spectators are the ones who paid to watch, but it's the players on the field who are truly alive.

-Seth Godin, Icarus Deception

Mar 27, 2017 | comment Comment

Willpower is not needed for success

Do you need will power to succeed?

The answer is no.

It's a common mistakes for people who struggles to reach their goals to think those who succeed do it because they have willpower.

Mar 22, 2017 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 23 - Little Things - Good Life - A Clown

A small reflection... yesterday (a.k.a. Thursday) morning, I came across a co-worker and we started the usual chatter but he goes on saying- I'm good but I just found out we're not Friday, that kidda killed my good mood. Like I said, just a reflection. How happy can you be when you're disappointed to find out you have one more day to live than you thought?

Feb 3, 2017 | comment Comment