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Weekly Gems 3 - Courage - Ego - Steve Harvey - Human Resources

This week is all about you, change, success, soaring and human resources. Yes, you read that right. I DARE talk about human resources on a Friday... I apologize for my evilness but read through and you'll see it's not all that bad.

Quote I’m pondering

“It’s not that some people have willpower and others don’t… It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.” - James Gordon

Interesting Podcast I listened to this week

What's Important to You

This short Podcast is worth listening to. It's a chapter from the Ryan Holiday book Ego is the Enemy. It's a great reflection of our priorities, why we pursue things that often don't matter. Great food for thoughts. It's like broccoli and lean chicken for your mind!

Video I enjoyed this week

You Gotta Jump to be Successful

Steve Harvey (the Family Feud guy) nails this success analogy. You got to jump to open you parachute and soar. But that’s not all there is to it… watch the video for the complete story.

Book I recommend reading

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

I admit I wasn’t sure about this book. But it was in my library for over a year, that’s long enough, I had to have a look at it. I read the first chapter and I was hooked. Amy Morin lays out 13 things not to do (which I’m sure everyone does to a certain point) and structures every chapter with a real life example, a checklist of things to look for, an explanation of why this behaviour is bad and ways to improve each areas of your life. Some times it was an eye opener and others a great reminder of things to not fall back into doing. I highly recommend for everyone who has a brain!

Mobile game I’m playing

Human Resource Machine

I’m a programmer and I always like seeing games or program which tries to bring programming to everyday people. This game is beautifully made, funny and will challenge you to build “little programs” to help this business’ human resource department. Go on this career journey!

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Sep 16, 2016 | comment Comment

Weekly Gems 2 - Tony Robbins - Oprah - Flawsomeness - Rich Life

A little bit of everything this week. This weekend is a good time to embrace your flawsomeness!

Quote I'm pondering

“Life is always happening for us, not to us.” —Tony Robbins

Music I'm listening to

The Sound of Silence by Disturbed

Love this version of this Simon & Garfunkel song by Disturbed.

Video I found interesting

Tony Robbins’ 10-Minute morning ritual

Tony discusses his morning ritual with Oprah. As you watch this video remember Tony’s words. “If you don’t have 10 minutes, you don’t have a life.” You may not understand the benefits of such a morning routines, I don’t understand fully either. All I can say is that a small 10 minutes can be enough to change a life. How about we all try his morning routine for a week and report back next Friday!

Podcast I enjoyed listening to this week

Success Insider Podcast - Live a Rich Life

Hosts Shelby and Josh go in an interesting discussion on good and bad money habits. It’s a good idea to reflect on this part of our life. There’s also a small archive clip from Brian Tracy on self-made millionaires habits.

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Sep 9, 2016 | comment Comment

Weekly Gems 01 - Rohn - Nike - Dogs - Rockabye

I'm thrilled to start this new newsletter. I hope you'll be enjoying these small finds I do each week. There will be a little of everything. Inspiration, fun, usefulness and more.

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Quote I'm pondering

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” —Jim Rohn

Music I'm listening to

Rockabye Baby! lullaby renditions of Metallica

This might sound odd but I’m actually loving this album of Rockabye Baby! I find it very soothing and relaxing to work with it in the background. Plus side is that I can raise the volume if I’m working in the evening when my daughter Pénélope is sleeping.

Article I found interesting

Dogs really do understand the human language

I knew it! Dog are smarter than they look, well some are.

Mobile app I'm using

Nike+ Run Club (iOS)

I've been a Nike+ user since its beginning. I'm currently using the Nike+ Run Club app to train for a half-marathon in October. I love the training it puts in place for me.

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Sep 2, 2016 | comment Comment

My 2016 reading list - What books are waiting in my library

A couple weeks ago I shared my list of favourite books that I read in 2015. I hope you enjoyed the list and got a few reading ideas from it. Now I’m always grabbing reading ideas everywhere. There's a thousand books, at least, I’d love to read.

Jan 21, 2016 | comment Comment

It All Starts With You

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years is that no one will come to rescue ourselves. If you want things to change and get better in your life you have to change.

Jan 17, 2016 | comment Comment

My Top Book Summaries of 2015

I can say that 2015 has been a very rich year in terms of reading for me. I had the chance to read many books which positively changed my life. Some others which didn’t, but I'm going to focus on the good ones.

Jan 11, 2016 | comment Comment

2016 Top Light Weight Text Editors

As a programmer and blogger I have need for both heavy weight, full IDE software and the quick and easy text editors. We all need a fast way to edit text files without anything in our way but with a tad more features then notepad.

Dec 7, 2015 | comment Comment

How to Detect Spam When Your Spam Filter Cannot

We all get spam emails which goes through our spam filters and make it to our inbox. Sometimes these are cleverly crafted messages which are hard to detect the validity even by a smart human like you.

A friend of mine asked me to look at the following message and tell him if it was spam.

Nov 25, 2015 | comment Comment

There Are No New Truths

There are no new truths.

Everything I write on my blog is old. All humans have faced the same dilemmas over the past thousands of years. We all live under the same old principles. But knowing about these truths is not enough.

Nov 11, 2015 | comment Comment

Keeping Your Mind Under The Sun

Negativity will kill your hopes for a better life. Just imagine planting two trees, one with full exposure to the morning sun and the benefit of the rain and a second tree where it’s covered in shadows most of the day and only some water find its way to nourish the roots.

Oct 23, 2015 | comment Comment

Reading Books vs Reading Articles

My Hawaiian friend, Dennis, recently asked me if there were benefits to reading books versus articles or magazines. I thought it was an interesting questions since I read both books and magazines. I enjoy both but each offers me a different experience.

Oct 17, 2015 | comment Comment

Jim Rohn An Inspiration

I want to share one of the most inspiring person I know. Jim Rohn. I honestly don't know a lot about him and his life journey. Only that he was broke at age 25 and rich at age 31 and then went on a journey to share his philosophy of success. But one thing I know for sure is that his life philosophy really resonate with me.

Oct 15, 2015 | comment Comment

Four Destructive Human Needs

When we were kids we all relied on our parents to validate who we were. To tell us our good and bad sides. To love and nurture us. But as adults these needs keeps us from growing further. Relying on others to fulfill our lives will not only slow your own growth but it will also push away your friends.

Oct 9, 2015 | comment Comment

What is responsive web site design?

If you're looking into getting a website for your business or even personal hobbies there are a few things you want to make sure your designer will provide. I'll explain after but for now there's one thing you have to learn. This simple question...

Sep 24, 2015 | comment Comment

A Simple Achiever's Mindset Shift You Can Make Today

I'll share with you a three word statement which changed the way I did things day to day. I first heard it from a Joe Navaro conference I watched years ago. It really caught my attention and I started using the concept in my day to day life. But it's only a year later that I really saw the full potential of Navaro's statement.

Sep 10, 2015 | comment Comment

Hashtag 101 - What exactly is a #Hashtag?

A hashtag is a word or a group of words without spaces preceded by a pound sign (#), conveniently called a hashtag nowadays. They were introduced by Twitter as a way to group common topics together and are now used by many other social networks such as Instagram and Facebook.

Aug 29, 2015 | comment Comment

3 Simple Productivity Tips for Success

Every successful person has one thing in common. They do hard work while unsuccessful people watch TV. Behind every success is hundreds of hours of tiny little tasks, often mundane and boring which accumulate to great things. I often find it hard to motivate myself to do those little tasks and you may have the same struggle. Following my 3 simple steps will help you become an accomplished achiever.

Aug 25, 2015 | comment Comment

Mobile Review - A game of illusions

We've seen so many things attempted and done in games over the year that it's now very rare to come across something unique. Monument Valley is one of those games.

Aug 13, 2015 | comment Comment

New App - Word Pop Shuffle

Finally, I’ve completed a game to be published on the App Store. It’s a word game simple enough so that everyone can pick it up but which can get hard enough for more dedicated players. I’ve been toying with this idea for a while but could not polish the idea enough to make it appealing to the degree I was looking for.

Aug 8, 2015 | comment Comment

Programming without comments

Comments in your code should be avoided at all cost. Why? Because they waste your valuable time and your collaborators time. Good code does not need comments. You may have heard this before, if you did, unfortunately I'm repeating it.

Jul 25, 2015 | comment Comment