Serendipity is such a strange word.
No long ago I didn’t know its meaning, but the idea behind is something I knew and practiced for years already.
We are all the same…when we have to pay something expensive in front of us… we hesitate,especially when it is expensive!
Should I spend my hard-earned money on this?
Is it really worth it?
Of course, that’s totally normal… that’s because we are always longing to make rational decisions about things and when there is something unclear about the “absolute” benefit, then we may be confused and start having doubts…
It is expensive…wouldn’t it be better to keep my money?
That’s an auto defense mechanism of the human mind telling us that we have to protect the money we worked hard to acquire.
…and most of the time, it is right.
BUT… not always.
I decided to changed slightly the format of the posts and to put more videos 😉
I was running 10 km and listening to this book: The power of Habits by Charles Duhigg and this book was so great that I decided to share what I learnt with everyone on the blog.
What did you learn?
Let me know in the comments if this video was useful for you
Those years in South Korea have been the toughest of my life, but at the same time, I learnt to become a leader for my team…and this lesson is not something I couldn’t have possibly learnt from any book.
You see…you can read everything you want on paper, but as long as you don’t experience it, this knowledge doesn’t get integrated into your thinking and doesn’t get applied.
Before being a leader, I didn’t really make the difference between a leader and a manager… I didn’t know that the gap was so huge.
I used to read those “Great leaders do this, bad managers do that” kind of articles… but those article are generally just written to attract the attention with few bullet points rather than really describing what it feels to be a leader.
Here’s what I learnt about leadership, the reality behind the scene:
Watch this video of Steve jobs introducing the Macintosh and you will understand immediately what is a great technical demo!
What makes this technical demo so good?
Well, first, he is not talking endlessly about the product’s features.
He just lets the product talk by itself (literally…)
People never saw something like that at that time… but Steve Jobs doesn’t really show them the Macintosh…he shows them what they can do with the Macintosh: Photoshop, Word, Chess game…
Watching that, I remember that my father purchased a Macintosh II when I was a kid. I was so happy with it that I still remember ver clearly everything I was doing on it…and that made me an apple fan ever since.
The light is focused only on the Macintosh, no other distraction is visible.
The music is motivating and reminds the incredible achievements that Apple did by creating the Macintosh.
There’s probably much more but that’s the only things I saw for the moment.
Maybe I’ll come home and find my old Macintosh II…he is still working by the way
Studies proved it.
Every time someone tells you to change or improve something in your life, you may think:
“This guy is right, I should do that…but that’s just the way I am”
Every time you think “That’s just the way I am”, you actually stops yourself from changing.
You are telling yourself: “I may get a tremendous benefit, but I cannot change that because I am not like that”.
To give you a simple example, a lot of people have problems with health and losing weight.
The real solution to this problem is extremely simple:
But why aren’t we able to apply those simple principles?
Have you ever wanted to do something but never succeeded to do it?
Every new year I set up my resolutions of the year: “This year, I will do a diet and lose weight”
What happen then?
Well, maybe it works for one week, but after that, I just happen to “forget” about it.
I think it happens to everyone to be afraid to do something…For example a sales call, or a presentation in public…
Then you tell yourself: “I am not afraid, let’s do it”
And then what happen?
I am not doing it because “I have not time, I have to do something else”.
I know this is just an excuse because I can always find time for what I like.
Have you ever wondered why are those things happening?
If we are not able to control our behavior simply by thinking through it… what is actually controlling our behavior?
Have you ever felt a sudden lack of confidence because of public speaking… as if the equations and the symbols that made sense for you suddenly wouldn’t impress your public?
The fear of public speaking is actually common among engineers and high educated people… I had this fear a few years ago too.