Reinventing yourself…

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

In April 2015 I had a privilege to spend some time with famous motivational speaker Mr. Les Brown. I was with Les and his Team while he delivered one of his great speeches to more than 25.000 people in Poznan, Poland. I was so inspired by this event that I wrote a blog about it titled A day with a legend .

After his performance, we had some private time in his Sky Box at the stadium. While relaxing, and listening to other speakers he asked me to tell him about myself.

When I finished my story, he said: “you are all about reinventing yourself…”. Continue reading

We are all in a communication business

I am an investor. Most of the companies I invest in do have strong IT component. As you probably know IT people are not the best in communication.

About a week ago my business partner said something that stick to my mind. He said that we are in a communication business.

When I thought about it, I realized it is true not only for a business. I believe that our life is the communication business as communication is the way we translate our thoughts into something that can be received and understood by others. Continue reading

Paris

Paris!

Paris, the city of life, music, culture, food, love. City as multicultural as you can only imagine. Last year we have been there for Christmas with my family. Fabulous time!

Today Paris is all over the news. It is not news of life, music, culture, food, love. The news is about death and terror.

I feel sad and my thoughts are with all the innocent people who are not with us anymore and with the families and close relations, who will have to go further through life without them. All innocent people, no matter of color, religion, culture…

In my life philosophy I am always trying to look for good, even in events that are evil, negative. I must say that it is not easy today. What can be good in fact that a few lost souls indoctrinated by another few, whose values and goals are unclear, travel to one of the most beautiful cities in the World to kill many innocent people? This evaluation will have to wait till my sadness will weaken.

What it shows clearly is the well-known fight of opposites, the drama of life which takes place between the opposites. Les Brown said this well. “Life is a constant fight for territory. Once you stop fighting for what you want, what you don’t want will automatically take over”.

We can’t take health for granted as sickness is just around the corner, we can’t take good for granted as evil is just around the corner we can’t take life for granted as death is just around the corner…

Two days ago I wrote in the contexts of solving family conflicts that we should act according to 3 virtues: integrity, respect and love. Integrity requires from us to keep our values, respect requires from us to accept that other can have different values and love should help us to build the bridge which will allow us to have relation despite of differences. Wouldn’t it be great if we will learn to solve the conflicts based on these virtues?

But what to do if there is disrespect in place of respect and there is hate in place of love?

We have both right and responsibility to protect ourselves and our values, but we need to be careful.

In Poland we have a proverb: “he who lives by the sword shall die by the sword”. Therefore, we should beware of what we become while pursuing what we want to achieve!

Today my thoughts are with people of Paris. However, I am sure that this tragic event will not break down the city. In the end Paris will become even more the city of life, music, culture, food, love. City where people like my family will have fabulous time.

Good Motivational Event – count me in!

Last week I’ve spent a day on a motivational event organized by a friend of mine in London. With speakers like Les Brown, Althea Grant, Dr. Stacie NC Grant, Steve Woody and Mindy Gibbins-Klein I knew it would be a great event.

But my time is precious so before I went I asked myself, why do I want to go there and invest my time in this event. Below are my thoughts, which I would like to share with you. Continue reading

Which bridge to cross and which to burn…

Les Brown once said that:

 Life is a fight for territory. Once you stop fighting for what you want, what you don’t want will automatically take over.

Generally we have two options in life. To go on and do everything that is required to get where we want to be or to give up.

However often, even if we do all we can, we just don’t move in the right direction. It can be frustrating and demotivating.

In this situation very often there are 3 places we should look for the reasons: our life philosophy, our attitude and our activities.

Maybe we want to do something, to reach something or to become someone for the wrong reasons. Deep inside it is not important or valuable to us.

Maybe our attitude is just not right for what we want. It does not have to be negative, it can simple be not positive enough…

Maybe we are doing things that keep us busy, but do not move us in the right direction.

No matter what the reason is in this kind of situation we will have to decide. Do I want to search for the answers or is the price I need to pay too high for me.

As David Russel so beautifully puts it into words:

The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which to burn.

If your “why” is clear and strong, your attitude is right and you desire things for reasons that are in harmony with your life philosophy, you will find the way. You may lose a battle or two, but in the end you will win your war and you will get what you desire.

But if your “why” is not clear or strong enough, the price to pay will always be too high.

Which brings me to my good wish for you and for me for the coming week. May our “why’s” be clear and strong and may our dreams and goals will be in harmony with our values.

This should be enough for us to know which bridges we should cross and which we should burn.

Aligning our thinking with our actions

Today’s blog is from the site of Mount Etna. The biggest active Volcano in Europe and from the city of Taormina, which was visited by Goethe.

It was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe who said:

“To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.”

Mahatma Gandhi went even further saying that:

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

So why it is so hard to act in accordance with our thinking? Why are so many people unhappy?

I believe that we do not take time to think deeply about our life philosophy. What is really important for me and what is not so important, what is true and what is false, what is valuable and what is not valuable?

When we do not take sufficient time to work on our life philosophy we are easy prey for many messages that try to seduce us, try to catch our attention and sell someone else’s values.

I don’t say that we should not learn from other people. We absolutely should. There is an ocean of wisdom in other people’s experiences and knowledge. But we should not let other people’s values enter our subconscious mind without first reflect on it and make our own conscious choices and decisions. You see the influence is soft, delicate. Most of the time it will not change our way of life within one day. But it will make small changes, changes that are undetectable.

Does it work? You bet it does! Have you ever caught yourself having strong opinions about a product or service? Was it really your opinion, or have you been influenced by marketing messages?

If it works for products and services, it also works for political opinions, spiritual voices and life values.

Normally when we are being influenced but deep inside we know it is not good for us, we may feel some discomfort. Not major, small, soft discomfort, often difficult to discover. Now when we multiply it by 1 or a 100 statements that are actually not ours and actually not good for us, it must influence our attitude and the way we look at the people and the world around us.

Les Brown said very powerful words:

“Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality!”

That is why I believe that we should make time to work on our life philosophy, that we should make time to work on our personal development. We should become good students. Gather facts, gather information, do some deep analysis, decide what is good and valuable to us! Then it is easier to think, speak and act in harmony! Then it is easier to act in accordance to our thinking.

I am sure if we will make time to reflect on our philosophy and our personal growth we will come closer to this place called happiness, which is also my wish to you and me for the coming week!