Reflecting – 27=9×3 strategy

27 words, 9 seconds, and three points

We live in a society focused on numbers.

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Performance.

Delivering.

Living up to the expectations.

Time and shifts.

It seems that only that which we can crunch into a number really matters.

And we love it…don’t we?

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Actually we don’t.

We HATE it.

Then why does society focus on numbers so much?

Because they can measure it.

We can compare.

We can categorize things in “good” or “bad”.

Into “acceptable” or “unacceptable”.

But at the core of it all…

We think that they dispell uncertainty.

We have numbers, metrics, matrixes, spreadsheets, calculators, rulers…we CAN’T possible go wrong, can we?

Of course we can.

Anybody heard of an economic crisis that we’re supposed to be in?

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And I’d say there were more than one or two “inteligent” people monitoring the situation…and probably had more than paper and pencil to figure it out and keep track.

The other day I read an interesting article (link at the bottom) about a common buzz word: elevator pitch.

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Basically, the concept is that you happen to bump into somebody important/influential/rich and you have only 30 seconds to tell them about your super awesome project.

Beyond the actual 30 seconds mark, the concept is interesting.

If you’re able to explain in a well thought, articulate and convincing fashion its easier that you’ll be taken into account.

However, and this is probably the most important aspect, it forces you to soul search, de-clutter and focus on the core bare-bones of your project.

And that kind of attitude, habit and exercise is WONDERFUL, because for every word you take away, you get closer and closer to the soul our your idea.

As often, somebody went and gave it another twist…with more numbers (now you see why this post started the way it did!)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dorie-clark/the-art-of-the-elevator-p_1_b_3875430.html

27 words, 9 seconds, and three points

Have you had experience in brushing up your projects? What is your take on the issue?

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Fables – The four candles

Once upon a time, four candles were burning.

The place was so silent that the dialogue between them could be heard.

The first said:

I am the Peace, and even with my light, people cannot manage to keep me lit.

Soon, the flame extinguished.

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The second said:

I am Faith!

Sadly, I am not needed by people. They don’t want to know about God or their Spirit, it doesn’t make sense to continue burning.

When she finished talking, a soft wind blew her out.

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Very quietly and sad, the third candle spoke:

I am Love!

I can’t continue burning, I am tired. People put me aside, only interested in taking care of themselves up to the point of forgetting those around them.

It too went out.

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Suddenly, a boy arrives and sees the three extinguished candles…

– What is this! You must be lit and burn until the end!

Then the fourth candle spoke:

– Fear not, my son.

While I am lit, we can re-ignite the other candles.

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Then the boy took the candle of Hope and re-kindled the other candles.

 Author: unknown

May the candle of Hope never extinguish for you, for it is the light at the end of the tunnel.

Rewards – The WordPress Family Award

It’s been under 3 months this project got started.

Time flies and its actually hard to get back into the mindset with which it all started: we are a result of our daily experiences…and has there been experiences!

People have been (still are) constantly providing ideas, texts and feedback.

Every single post is proof read by plenty of people (thanks to all of you who drop me a mail/text when you find out some mistake…you are loved for being so “strict”).

I’ve never been that interested about social media, so imagine my surprise when I found out I’ve been awarded something by somebody!

And its not just anybody…its a blog (and the person behind it obviously) which actually has thousands and thousands of hits! (Note: he’s trying to get to the 100.000 visit mark…please do check him out).

So without further delay…

Here is the blogger giving the award:

And here is his award:

Rules:

1. Ping back to the person who gave you the Award (Me) <- Done!

2. Display the Award

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3. Display the text in Red as I want people to know why I made it

This is an award for everyone who is part of the “Word Press Family” I start this award on the basis that the Word Press family has taken me in, and showed me love and a caring side only Word Press can. The way people take a second to be nice, to answer a question and not make things a competition amazes me here. I know I have been given many awards, but I wanted to leave my own legacy on here by creating my own award, as many have done before. This represents “Family” we never meet, but are there for us as family. It is my honour to start this award. Thank you, Shaun

4. Nominate 10 people you look to as almost Family here on Word Press

Here are 10 blogs I follow and find VERY interesting:

1. Incredible photos with light <- http://pollockoflight.wordpress.com/

2. Humor searching the new ephiphany <- http://alterthecourse.com

3. A great shaker! <- http://totallyinspiredpc.wordpress.com/

4. Daily dose of thoughtfulness <- http://richardacross.com/

5. Learning how kindness spreads <- http://kindnessblog.com/

6. One step a time <- http://justasinglething.wordpress.com/

7. Nice thoughts <- http://freefunorinteresting.wordpress.com/

8. Well thought travel advice <- http://traveltipsandpictures.wordpress.com/

9. Interesting health eating project <- http://dalecuerpoatusalud.wordpress.com/

10. Art healing with attitude <- http://arthiker.wordpress.com/

Thanks to those who simply pass by…hopefully you take at least some thought with you 🙂

Thanks for all of those who follow this blog, comment or simply pass by and like…its free and believe it or not, it helps staying motivated!

Have an AWESOME day!

PS. For the record, in these weeks I hit several “milestones”…the two I most like? 40 followers and 500 views. This sounds ridiculous compared to what we know the big guys do…but you know what?

I don’t care for the big guys.

These views and followers are MY guys and I’m grateful to all of you.

Personal Tour Guide

Have you ever encountered a person that went above and beyond their duty?

It happened to me a Christmas, whilst on vacation in a Center European country with my family.

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Since those days are prone to museums and similar being closed, we booked a tour in a near by location to go and visit a historical site.

The tour included transport and tour guide for the whole trip.

Have you ever come across a person who is really really passionate about their work?

This guide is.

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Most of us would not be able to go to the same places day in day out and continue to convey that passion, knowledge and magical atmosphere just like the first day.

Historical dates, famous names and remarcable locations are a matter of memory.

Having the eye to give everybody a personalized snip, pointing out what seems to interest most of the group and actually cutting some things short in order to have more time for demanded explanations…that is a virtue.

One this guide is VERY good at.

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Not only did she provide a unique experience to her customers but she was tremendously helpful suggesting ideas for the next days.

A few months later I took up her offer that if I ever went back ring her up and she would show me around the capital: it was a blast again!

Just a few weeks ago she happened to be over at Barcelona, let me know and I tried to return the favour: she promises it was a great tour and that she learned many things she didn’t expect.

What started as a traditional tour turned out into an opportunity to share a passion: learning more of people, cultures and cities abroad.

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Has this happened to you? Do you also share the passion of learning new things?

Let us know in the comments or twitter!