We’ve all come across and, at times, dreadfully answered such intro questions which, to the inquisitor, would help define who you are as an individual.
Do they though… 𝑺𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 they?
I still find Simon Sinek’s book ‘Start With Why’ to be one of the most influential and thought-provoking reads, years later, because it drills down to the most important question one should ask oneself — not just in business, but in everything we do in life.
❓ 𝐖𝐇𝐘 𝐃𝐎 𝐖𝐄 𝐃𝐎 𝐖𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐖𝐄 𝐃𝐎 ❓
Why do we work at the company we’re currently employed with?
Why do we wake up early in the morning (if such is your morning routine)? …
It is unarguably our greatest asset for survival and progress, yet we take it for granted, not appreciating its immense power that remains untapped, rotting within the confinements of our own consciousness.
It’s easy to attribute success to what we know to have contributed to it — whether it be our physical strength, our ability to analyze and process information quickly, or any other quality that defines who we are as an individual.
The same goes for the unsuccessful.
We correlate our lack of interest, care, or elements that are outside of our own control closely with failure.
But before one can become (un)successful, one thing is for certain. …
We have access to so much of virtually anything that it needn’t take long before dissatisfaction with what we already have kicks in, and the feedback loop closes more frequently.
As we experience new mobile apps, computer interfaces and other technologies, more ideas on how to make things work, look, and feel better come to mind.
If a user interface remains exactly the same throughout its (arguably short) lifetime, chances are we might want to move on to a better one (Craigslist being an exception rather than the rule.)
We love seeing new features being added to the applications we use on a daily/weekly basis, yet spend very little time applying those same design principles to our own lives. …
As time passes and people around the world eventually begin to adapt to their new way of life, chances are, ten years from now, many of us will most notably remember the start of this decade as the unprecedented health crisis that wrecked families and nations worldwide.
For some, COVID-19 alone will be the highlight of their 2020.
Others may remember it for its U.S. elections and the ever-rising popularity of spreading misinformation and disinformation.
Some may remember 2020 as a year of racism and xenophobia; plagued by social injustice following the ongoing murder of men and women of color, and the hate crimes committed against communities of distinct ethnicities in the wake of the pandemic (there were so many that a Wikipedia page has been created specifically to detail how they affected communities in 50 countries.) …
Chances are, you’ve heard the saying, “There’s plenty of room at the top.”
As it turns out, there really is.
This has been repeatedly expressed by top leaders in business, management, and general self-help books for decades.
And it remains very much relevant today.
Most big jobs — whether it be running an early-stage start-up or multinational corporation, government, military, high-level selling, or taking control your own life’s fate — demand people who aren’t just good at delegating tasks over to others.
After all, you can’t just leave everything up to the ‘Big Guy’ upstairs to determine how your life will play out. …
It happened in our first-ever presentation to our classmates; our first-ever presentation to the Board of Directors; when our name was called on stage to give a speech at a conference or a local community event, and in any other occasion that involved our having to speak in front of an audience.
For the “untrained” mind, a plethora of self-doubting thoughts rushes through our veins the second we’re presented with the opportunity to share our ideas with others.
“What will they think of me if I lose my thoughts and stutter?”
“What if I have something in between my teeth?”
“I’m really not having a good hair day today.” …
The worldwide popular ‘Fortnite’ game developer has launched the Internet’s first ‘World War’ with separate antitrust lawsuits against Apple and Google (with a very clever stab at Apple’s “1984” campaign for what might be arguably one of the most creative tech activist movements ever). The lawsuit accuses the two companies of removing its app from both the App Store and the Google Play Store after it’d updated its payment system to offer a separate, discounted method that bypasses both companies’ taxed system.
This has been the talk of most tech-related news over the last couple of weeks, and while it may seem like fair game considering Epic Games knew it was violating app store guidelines, the issue is rooted at a much deeper level, which was brought to light in the recent “Big Four” tech hearing that saw Facebook, Apple, Google, and Amazon address more-than-slightly-uncomfortable questions about the way they do business — and, essentially, crush any hope of competition for both small and increasingly big players. …
It’s no surprise that when January 1st comes around, “getting more exercise” or “going to the gym more consistently” tops most New Year resolution lists, once again, year after year. In 2017, the global health and wellness industry was worth $4.2 trillion.
But there’s another goal that seems to be getting increasingly more attention: reading.
Whether you’d like to dive into mindfulness more seriously, invest your money like Warren Buffet, learn how your cat is plotting to kill you, or finally get around to opening that Excel sheet that’s always looked so evil to you, chances are there’s a copy available at your local bookstore or on Amazon. …
Let’s journey back to a few months ago.
It’ll take a few minutes, but it’s all for the greater good of the story.
However, if you have to rush to work or you feel like your attention span is struggling between spending an extra 2 minutes on Medium and going back to your Instagram feed (or something a little more valuable), you can skip to “Part III — Gnocchis That Rocked My World.”
One evening in early November, I found myself opening up to a total stranger at a fundraising gala dinner about my personal life after several glasses of complimentary champagne (or was it wine?) …
At about 7:00 AM in negative 3 degree-Celsius weather with no proper training, I was standing a few meters away from the start line at the Fujisan Marathon in Japan in November 2018, also known as the Mt. Fuji International Marathon, physically freezing while attempting to channel a level of excitement I hadn’t felt before.
This was going to be my third ever full marathon and possibly the most mesmerizing experience to date, and the conditions could not be more perfect for it: despite my shivering legs and the unfit pair of shoes I had decided to run with, the early morning fog had dispersed to welcome a clear blue sky. …