Monthly Archives: June 2015

Invictus, one of the best worded descriptions of how resilient we are as human beings

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Invictus, by William Ernest Henley, one of the most inspiring poems I’ve ever read. The effect this poem has on me is much more profound today than the first time I read it as a teen ager.  I suppose the older we get, and the more experiences we have lived, the more capable we are to understanding the real meaning the poet had in mind at the time he wrote the poem. It is great to be reminded once in a while how resilient and capable we are as human beings under any circumstance or condition. 

The reason for posting this poem today is solely to help empower you, to remind you that nothing is as bad as it seems and that you have the power to change any circumstance you may find yourself in right now or in the future.

If failure has brought you down, just know that failure is a state of mind, it is not real. You may have temporary setbacks but that is all they are, setbacks and they are just temporal.

Let your real personality show, let your resiliency motivate you, know you are your own master and that everything is within your reach. You just need to believe in yourself and move forward with out any doubt.

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Time is of the essence, invest it wisely

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How you spend your time says a lot about you. You might think that a person who organizes and schedules his or her day might be a bit eccentric. Nevertheless, that person might just have a different appreciation than yours with regards to the value of his or her time. The threshold that determines what is or is not worth your time is just another characteristic that differentiates you from other people. It is common knowledge that nobody ever gets back any time and that it is always running out. It would be reasonable to say then that you need to take a good look at where your threshold stands with regards to what is and is not worth your time. This should be done with a “critical eye” and really commit to respecting your time according to where ever your particular threshold might be.

Just to exemplify this notion with a simple topic, let me ask you: have you ever thought about how much time you have spent watching TV in your lifetime? Furthermore, think about how much time you have spent flipping channels in order to find a program that appeal to you. If you use the TV as a primary way of in-home entertainment, you must realize that you don´t really have control over what you watch. Yes, I know pay-per-view exists and that there are hundreds of available channels. Nevertheless, most of these are scheduled programs. In this case, you are the one that has to adapt to them and not the other way around.

With the advancement in technology, the growth of the internet and the improvement of bandwidth in the average home, you now have a true option to TV where you can pick and choose the content you feel like watching, reading or even listening too.  For example, Youtube has been around for a little more than 10 years now and it is the second most used search engine just behind google, its parent company. In YouTube, you can watch just about everything and learn how to do an assortment of different things.  What is more remarkable now is the level of quality of video and audio you are capable of receiving in anything from your home flat screen TV all the way to your cell phone.  Youtube is now offering 8k video. This is so advanced that most TV and electronic devices are not even ready to fully take advantage of this resolution.

Netflix is another great example of how you can use your time better as per entertainment at home is concerned. You can watch a movie or a TV series of your choosing (not the latest ones unfortunately, yet) in your own schedule and not waste any time flipping channels.

Now you have options, at least with respect to how you spend your time entertaining yourself at home with.  This helps you use your time better.  You can now satisfy your at home entertainment needs in a more efficient and effective way. In turn, you have respected your valuable time which you can now utilize for other important things.

Humans have come a long way with regards to options. Options relate to freedom. Freedom is one of your basic (non-biological) needs. Available time is freedom. Therefore, the more available time you have, the better-off you are. And time is of the essence, you don´t get it back, protect your time at all costs and invest anyremaining time on yourself.

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75 countries in 75 months, Living life on your own terms, being bold!

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

I was doing some web surfing last night and stumbled upon this family’s plan for the next 6 + years. The Meretniemi family, a young couple and their 3 kids from Finland, are planning on circumnavigating the world on a sailboat for the next 75 months. They plan to visit 75 countries and their adventure is planned to start by mid 2016.

What I love about their plan is the spirit of adventurethinking outside the box and really living life under their own terms. Shouldn’t we all look at life from a similar perspective where we actually follow our dreams? And from a business perspective, shouldn’t we all work every day towards accumulating the means that will permit us to fulfill our dreams and not just making it through retirement?

My hat is off to both these parents. Congratulations and Godspeed!

Take a look at their awesome video

Their website is www.sailforgood.org Check it out.