Fresh restart – When life has its own thoughts about your plans

Sometimes you have ideas.

Some of them are even good ones! The best are the ones you simply get sucked into.

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But then life “shares its thoughts” about your projects…and does it get interesting!

For the last year I’ve been involved in a few thrilling non-work projects.

Not only have they not meant income but in most of them it has required scarce resources (time, neurons and whatnot) and even money from my own pocket.

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Quite a downletting experience you might think.

But you know what? I’ll share a little something now that nobody’s listening.

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Thousands of people pay ungodly amounts of money to earn access to the theoretical knowdledge I’m talking about, let alone try it and test it.

This situation ties with how this blog started, so its all good!

So here is a summary of what I offer to you:

  • The business learnings in easy to take bites

  • Different techniques to stay sane and have a fresh mind

  • I’ll continue to share the stories and fables you all like!

So, are you ready to join me?

Leave your comments and suggestions below and I’ll do my best to roll them into the next posts!

And be sure to like if you liked the post and subscribe to this blog or the twitter.

Have an awesome day.

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Fable – Aphrodite and the cat

Once upon a time, a cat fell in love with a handsome young man and prayed to Aphrodite that she would turned into a woman.

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The goddess, pleased by her wish, transformed her into a beautiful woman and the man, falling in love with her, invited her to his house.

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Being both in the main room, Aphrodite wanted to know if the change in the cat had also changed her character, so she set loose a mouse in the bedroom.

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Forgetting the cat her current situation, she leapt off the bed and chased the mouse to eat it. The goddess, furious, returned her to the original state.

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We all have our nature and the fight against it is lost before hand…what do you think? Let us know in the comments 🙂

Source (own translation)

Koan – Right & Wrong

When Bankei held his seclusion-weeks of meditation, pupils from many parts of Japan came to attend.

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During one of these gatherings a pupil was caught stealing. The matter was reported to Bankei with the request that the culprit be expelled. Bankei ignored the case.

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Later the pupil was caught in a similar act, and again bankei disregarded the matter. this angered the other pupils, who drew up a petition asking for the dismissal of the thief, stating that otherwise they would leave in a body.

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When bankei had read the petition he called everyone before him. “You are wise brothers,” he told them. “You know what is right and what is not right. You may somewhere else to study if you wish, but this poor brother does not even know right from wrong. Who will teach him if I do not? I am going to keep him here even if all the rest of you leave.”

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A torrent of tears cleansed the face of the brother who had stolen. All desire to steal had vanished.

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Awards – The Dragon’s Loyalty Award

I want to thank Richard A. Cross from Energize your thoughts ( http://richardacross.com/ ) for nominating for me the Dragon Loyalty Award.

Richard does a great job of keeping us away from self-contempt and on the push with a smile 🙂

However, for this award there are some rules to be followed.

  1. Display the Award Certificate on your website. 

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  1. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award. 
  2. Present 15 or so awards to deserving bloggers
  3. Send the nominees a comment to let them know of thier nomination.
  4. Post seven interesting things about yourself

Seven Interesting Things About Me:

1. I make it a point to smile at every small miracle I come across every day. Sometimes I even make it!

2. One of my favourite moments: when people forget they are talking to somebody and simply get carried away with a topic they are passionate about…that spark in their eyes!

3. For years I said I’d never get a blog nor a twitter, because I didn’t think I’d have anything to lecture the world about (still don’t think so…but maybe I can share 🙂 )

4. I got tired of waiting for the perfect moment for MANY things and just decided to get going…and have learned to enjoy the ride

5. By age 33, I’ve lived in 20+ houses

6. Burnt wood is my favourite smell

7. The sea is my favourite colour (with its changes and all).

Thanks to all who have visited my blog. I appreciate you all!

Now for the nominees for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award:

  1. http://pollockoflight.wordpress.com/ – stunning pics
  2. http://alterthecourse.com – humor
  3. http://totallyinspiredpc.wordpress.com/ – inspirational
  4. http://giftfromtheheartshareandcare.wordpress.com/ – caring and sharing
  5. http://kindnessblog.com/ – touching stories
  6. http://traveltipsandpictures.wordpress.com/ – pictures and travel guides
  7. http://thisdaythissong.wordpress.com/ – discovering a song every day
  8. http://thebettermanprojects.com/ – the process of becoming a better man
  9. http://bookhubinc.wordpress.com/ – future movers and shakers
  10. http://ivebecomemyparents.com/ – identification with your parents
  11. http://arthiker.wordpress.com/ – healing with art
  12. http://wildersoul.wordpress.com/ – drawings and shapes to colour
  13. http://craigkimbrough1.wordpress.com/ – meditation and positive thinking
  14. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/ – WordPress blogging tips tools & tutorials
  15. http://dhammafootsteps.wordpress.com/ – Reflections from a Buddhist

Remember the rules and also remember to visit Richard!

Thank you!

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In only 3 months!

I’m really grateful to all of you whom take the time to have a look at the articles, fables, koan and basically the posts I share which I think will be of interest.

And even more to those who take the time (data suggests it’s in the line of 0,3 seconds) to like them.

Don’t want to pull a long post, so basically:

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Koan – The First Principle

When one goes to Obaku temple in Kyoto he sees carved over the gate the words “The First Principle”.

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The letters are unusually large, and those who appreciate calligraphy always admire them as being a mastepiece.

They were drawn by Kosen two hundred years ago.

When the master drew them he did so on paper, from which the workmen made the large carving in wood.

As Kosen sketched the letters a bold pupil was with him who had made several gallons of ink for the calligraphy and who never failed to criticise his master’s work.

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“That is not good,” he told Kosen after his first effort.

“How is this one?”

“Poor. Worse than before,” pronounced the pupil.

Kosen patiently wrote one sheet after another until eighty-four First Principles had accumulated, still without the approval of the pupil.

Then when the young man stepped outside for a few moments, Kosen thought: “Now this is my chance to escape his keen eye,” and he wrote hurriedly, with a mind free from distraction: “The First Principle.”

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“A masterpiece,” pronounced the pupil.

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Has it ever happened to you that once you simple let go and stop worrying things simply flowed?

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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