Mindset

Retreat, Regroup, Reengage

I had a longer vacation recently. I was well prepared – backlog of things to achieve, some extra daily routines, places to see, people to meet, all that stuff. The results were, well, surprising: none. Yes, you got that right. I did nothing of what I planned to do. And, damn, I’m glad that things turned out like this.

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Become Limitless

Sometime in 2011, I went with my girlfriend to the cinema to see the movie “Limitless”. While it’s based on completely wrong premise – one that people only use 20% of their brains – it was fun to watch. The protagonist, aspiring writer named Eddie, uses specially engineered pills that unlock his brain full capacity, pushing him into series of struggles, only to emerge hugely successful in the end. If you haven’t seen it – I highly recommend it, especially as this article includes a series of spoilers.

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2018 – The Most Epic Year – So Far

Even though – technically speaking – it makes no sense to wait for some specific day to make summaries, we are doomed to the yearly cycle. Being creations of nature, we live in iterations, just like everything else does. There’s day and there’s night, there are season of the year, and there are passes around the Sun we reset every 1stof January.

Let me share with you how I fared through last 365 days. Just to make it easier, let’s split it into three categories: Health, Wealth, Relationships. After all, they encapsulate everything in life.

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Failure is Not an Option – Well, Really?

While the words in the title were never actually said in Apollo 13 control room, they are now forever interlocked with space travel. Many things can happen and are accepted – except for this one. I’ve seen many managers using the phrase often enough to trivialize it. More often than not, failure turned out to be a very viable option – the sole that realized. Even NASA, with all their hard work and technology, suffered some fatal accidents – usually quite spectacular.

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Rock That Boat

About one year ago, I wrote an article about monkeys and ladder experiment. Despite seeing someone posting it on LinkedIn at least once a week, it was never conducted. The analogy is useful as a brilliant explanation on how people in workplace can become conditioned to do something completely senseless.

Just because “that’s how we do things around here!”Read More »Rock That Boat

When Resting, Rest

First draft of this article started with “We live in busy times”. While that would make a valid observation of the world around us, it wouldn’t have been a correct one. It’s not that the times are busy.

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Water Cooler Culture

A while ago, I got to visit a software company experiencing post-startup phase. The moment in which the business is no longer small enough for everybody to know each other, yet it’s still too small to have the usual inclinations towards corporate mindset. This time is very special, as it defines and clarifies it’s culture for the next period of time.

There are places where you can spot culture at a glance, in an unusual way.Read More »Water Cooler Culture

Blissful Ignorance

Sometime last year, when I still allowed myself to mindlessly surf the web every now and then, I stumbled onto really weird photo. While it’s easier to find something like this than something worthwhile, this one was really odd. It showed, for lack of a better description, a bunch of obese people destroying bathroom scales with baseball bats.Read More »Blissful Ignorance