Finding the passion

You need to be in the centre of these circles.
Ikigai is a Japanese concept meaning “a reason to get up in the morning”, that is, a reason to enjoy life.

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(Source: found somewhere in Facebook posts)

Trello is a great tool

Trello.com is nicely done, efficient and very clear task management tool. You can use it for managing your weekly plans/tasks and you can create multiple boards and then moving task from the left to the right.

For example, you can have three simple boards:

  1. What need to be done
  2. What is done and in testing phase
  3. What is finished, tested and published

It is even efficient to follow Scrum methodology in a simple way – nice for small teams and their collaboration. We really like it and use it on a daily basis.

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There is also similar tool from Google named Google Keep which I don’t like at all. UX from Google guys is for me always complicated, over featured and not user friendly.

 

Statistics about successful and brilliant people

If we look at any country or certain population we will see that there is always about 4% of extraordinary and brilliant people (experts in their field). This can be a big problem for smaller countries/populations. When we have a large pool of people (i.e. bigger country), or if there is a lot of people concentrated on a small place (like New York) then you have more probability to meet one of these. Usually, there will be also larger companies there, that are managed by one of these extraordinary people and that employ mass of the others.

It is also not the same if you have 2 million people in 20,000km2 (smaller country) or if you have them in 1,200km2 (in New York). New York wins definitely – bigger competition, enormous fluctuation, super busy “ants” at small place. Other side has also advantages, there is no rush, you will always find free place in interesting events.

Looking at the population of 2,000,000 people we need first to subtract old and retired and also very young population and we will get about 700,000 people that are actually working. From this we will have about 28,000 extraordinary people (4%) in all professions.

I inspected one small country and found out that it has more then 160,000 companies (not all owned by domestic people, so lets say there is 150,000 companies).

Conclusion:

If you meet in one day with 5 random companies there is a great probability that 4 of them are managed by people that are not extraordinary.

What is more beautiful: you don’t need to be extraordinary entrepreneur to have a great company (but is can be easier if you are).

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One of the greatest – Nikola Tesla (Source: huffingtonpost.com)

Long live and prosper Mr. Spock

Farewell, Mr. Spock, you will be missed. The circumstances are logical, but again, we humans are emotional beings.

Hope that there is still something behind this mortal life and that you will continue to long live and prosper in another dimension.

Or, some new Genesis project.

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(credits to Dave Daring on DeviantArt.com)

Who is spreading the snow panic?

Heavy snow is coming, be aware of cataclysmic snow storm, you have been warned!

I really do not understand what is it with media today that they don’t have nothing better to cover thenĀ  a few snowflakes.

Who is behind this artificial panic attack? If you know, please post here as comment.

They just announced which schools and kindergartens will be closed (I even got an SMS from my child’s kindergarten). Brrrrr – it will be tough – take precaution measures and don’t think, just listen! Don’t see any snowflakes yet. Ok, I believe them that it will fall 10m during my sleep time.

Who am I to fleer to all this insane panic? Well, I am just a reasonable – we were never warned about similar situation when I was a child and it was 30 times more snow.

These all Justin Bieber soft kids (or maybe their teachers) are strange. Hannibal and his warriors crossed the Alpes full of snow barefooted and almost without clothes.

Watching empty shelves in supermarkets in USA and can not believe my eyes…

After the panic and threatening with fines it showed that it was false alarm.

So people, spend all your money buying food now, dig up a hole deep bellow to hide from the snow! Winter is coming even it is almost over. Snow cannons are working despite the heavy snowing – don’t worry.

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(Source: huffingtonpost.ca)

Are you up to the new challenge?

When doing your daily tasks you can be “in the zone” when everything is flowing seamlessly, or you can be out of your zone when “you are lost” and don’t know exactly what to do and where to begin.
This can be represented with a simple graph:

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It is always the best if you can be in the upper right quadrant where you are challenged properly but you have enough skills to do the job. You are flowing in this phase and time is passing without noticing. This is perfect. Experts and specialists are there.

If you are in the bottom right quadrant then this means that your challenge is low and your skills are high, so this can bring in some people relaxation, but in other this brings boredom. There is a danger of standing still and not taking bigger challenges. A lot of employees are there, but as Steve Jobs said: “Stay hungry, stay foolish”.

When you are in the top left quadrant (high challenge and low skills) it means that you are anxious and in a panic, because you can not finish the task without improving your skills. The solution is always to find someone to do it for you. This is what entrepreneurs do.

Being in the bottom left quadrant means that you are apathetic (lack of interest), non-motivated at all. Challenge is low and it requires low skills. These can be pictured like doing some simple repetitive tasks like moving boxes from left side to the right side. You need to invest your spare time to rise your skills and to find a bigger challenge.

Do you have a problem that you are not in the zone? Tell me what you think.

Do you need help to rise your skill level?

It is always a good choice to find a mentor.

Carl Friedrich Gauss – the real genius

When the teacher asked his 7-years old pupils (among them was also Carl Friedrich Gauss, mathematical genius) what is the sum of all numbers from 1 to 100, he was astonished that Gauss gave him the answer only after three seconds.

The sum is 5050, he said almost instantly.

He came to this extremely quickly noticing that we have 50 pairs of numbers which give the sum of 101:

  • 100 + 1 = 101
  • 99 + 2 = 101
  • 98 + 3 = 101
  • 51 + 50 = 101

So, 50 * 101 = 5050

Together with Archimedes and Newton they are known as Triumvirate of Mathematics and Gauss algorithms were widely used everywhere, especially at Wall Street.

You will never reach the perfection

These are the chosen quotes dedicated to “Perfection” – you will never reach it and your life will pass beside you. There also interesting quotes for people who are afraid to make mistakes and some clever thoughts for hard workers (better work clever then work hard).

  • Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.
  • Strive for excellence, not perfection.
  • If you can’t do what you want, do what you can.
  • Good enough is good enough.
  • The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.
  • How does a project get to be a year behind schedule? One day at a time.
  • It’s not the hours you put in your work that counts, it’s the work you put in the hours.
  • 80% of a company’s sales come from 20% of its products.
  • Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
  • Because he has never forgiven himself any fault, he can forgive no one else’s.
  • Nothing is worse than active ignorance.
  • Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
  • Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation.
  • A person who trusts no one can’t be trusted.
  • Nothing is as simple as we hope it will be.
  • To be or not to be. That’s not really a question.
  • If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.
  • If you don’t think every day is a good day, just try missing one.

Wimbledon final and soft drink ads

Watching right now Wimbledon men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer (btw, hoping that Djokovic will win it).

Almost every ad between games and sets are from producers of soft drinks (Nestea, Coca-Cola, Schweppes) and energy drinks (unknown RedBull competition). They are promising fun, health life, enjoyment and similar crap.

If I can give you some advice in this area I can tell you just don’t buy anything like this. Think logically… If they have so much money to spend on advertisement in prime time of biggest sport events that means that ingredients are cheap and there is really a great profit margin. It for sure is not good for your health – you can only get fat. If they don’t put physical sugar they will add artificial one which is not healthy at all. Read the ingredients on the label.

The best drink of your life is clear water. But not the water from the plastic bottle. I am talking about common water from your water pipe. Just use you phone and set a 2-hour reminder that will alert you to drink one glass of water every two hours. Don’t wait to be thirsty – it is already too late. Just drink by your timer alarm. Your brain needs water to operate properly. If you do like this, you will be more productive, less tired and you will live longer.

Cheers!

P.S. (happy update)
When I was writing this it was 1:1 in sets (I believed before the match that it will be 3:1 for Djokovic but it was 3:2 in very dramatic and high quality match). Bravo Novak, you have deserved it!

Highest rated CEOs in 2014

Great article from TheNextWeb about the best CEOs in 2014…

IT industry look strong according to this list – moving the world forward!

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Top image credit: Stephen Lam/Getty Images

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