So, which way should I go?

Wouldn’t it be fine if I will be sure that direction I am going is the good one? Wouldn’t it be great if I will make choices that are actually in my best interest?

It for sure would! How can I get there? How can I be sure that I am making the right or the best choices?

The answer is, I can’t! All I can do is to make as good choices as possible and the most important,  I can and I should make my own choices!

The only way to get there is through study. I call it stud of our life Philosophy. I know, it sounds scary. You ask yourself now, do I need to be a Philosopher to make the right choices.

Well, yes! There is no other way :). Continue reading

Thoughts about wisdom

All material artifacts are temporary. Even stars are not forever. Specially we, human beings, or more clearly our body as we experience it has its well define end…

All material things are composed from the same building elements. My body, flower, cosmic dust…The only thing that connects all of the material things is an Energy. I like to call it “the Energy”. Could it be that “the Energy” possess a form of intelligence or maybe even wisdom? We simple can’t be sure, but I like to believe it could be possible. Continue reading

Time flies when you have fun!

When I started my adventure with Goodchange I didn’t know it will grow to 10.000 Facebook likes so quickly.

Now we are there so I decided to put together a small booklet as a gift to all of you who decided to like the Goodchange page on Facebook and get involved in it.

I want to be frank with you. I do what I do because I like it! It is a great way for me to think about life and to check my ideas with ideas of others. On the way I found out that there are quite a lot of people who are enjoying the things I am doing on Goodchange.

Now I have an extra motivation. The extra motivation is you!

As long as there is a chance to learn something new I intend to do what I started at Goodchange.

If you will be inspired, motivated or helped in any way, this is the biggest reward I could ever imagine.

Thank you for liking Goodchange! I like you back 🙂

What you can find in the booklet I call “What I learned in quotes”?

You can find some quotes about a “Good change”, “Good life”, “Good goals” and “Happiness”. But I added also your choices: “Most liked” and “Most seen”.

And as this booklet is also a little bit for me 🙂 you can find a few of “My favorites” quotes.

It is free and all you need to do is to click on the link to open the pdf version of 10.000 Facebook likes!

I really hope you will enjoy it!

A day with a legend

Life is giving me these special opportunities, special moments to be present on great events and to meet great people.  One of these special opportunities happened just a few days ago. On 30-4-2015 in Poznan, Poland I had the  privilege to be with Les Brown, Dr. Julie and their Team during a very powerful event ”Life without limits”.  With 25.000 people present on the stadium it was the biggest personal development event in Poland ever. As it was a powerful day for me I decided to write about the most important lessons I learned from it.

Preparation

You could imagine that a person like Les Brown, a legendary speaker, does not need much in the form of preparation. So I was surprised when one of the first question asked was: What does this crowd need to hear? What should be the main message they need to receive?  These questions were asked to several people. I come from Poland, I should know what the people could need to hear. The message of hope, faith and responsibility for their own destiny. The message of opportunities, persistence and victory.   I knew all of that, but how to tell this to someone like Les within one sentence? Communication is an art!

Lessons learned:

  1. You can’t be over prepared!
  2. In the end it is not about the speaker but about the public needs and expectations that makes a speech a success or failure.

“Do not allow this what you want to say stand in the way of what people need to hear!” – Les Brown

The Team

Not in the spot light, but always busy, always alert, always organizing. Keeping an eye on all details. Time, activities, food, drink, rest etc., etc., etc. I never thought that so much happens during such a big event and you need to be well-organized. Without a good team the speaker cannot focus on the speech!

Lessons learned:

  1. To be able to focus on the speech you need to have someone capable watching your back.
  2. It is not only the speaker who deserves applause but also the people making it possible to have a speaker deliver the best.

“One man doesn’t make a symphony orchestra.” – Jim Rohn

Focus

Can someone like Les Brown feel the stress before going on stage? I have seen the crowd from the stage perspective. It was overwhelming. The responsibility is huge.  Just before going on stage I have seen Les with Dr. Julie getting focused. Getting into the energy.

Lessons learned:

  1. It is necessary to get focused and to get into the energy before going out there.
  2. It is great to have someone close, someone you trust to help you in getting focused.

“Where focus goes energy flows.” – Tony Robins

Performance

By being part of the team I looked at the speech Les was giving a bit different this time. I felt somehow part of the speech. I could see much better than before the changes in pace, changes in focus, getting the energy flowing, getting an alignment with the translator. The speech was great. As usually Les delivered a fantastic message. A message of hope, encouragement, responsibilities for our own life and the life of others.

Lessons learned:

  1. It is not the information that counts, it is the experience one can create on stage that makes the impact.
  2. A good speech is like old Jazz. You get the general line and then you use your skills, energy and interpretation trying to make it into something special, something unforgettable. It comes from your heart, not from your brain!

“If getting information would be sufficient we all would be wealthy, healthy and slim.” – Les Brown

Evaluation

Just after the speech ended we moved back to our Sky-box. I could see that the excitement, stress and focus was gone. After resting for a while Les started his evaluation questions. He did not asked how it was, he asked what we learned, what have we felt and what have we seen. We discussed several aspects of the speech, of the public’s reaction and technical aspects, including a drone camera getting very close to Les.

Lessons learned:

  1. The best time for the first evaluation is when the feelings and memories are fresh. When you can still feel the energy.
  2. You need to be very specific in asking questions if you want to learn something from what happened.

“Perfection doesn’t exist – you can always do better and you can always grow.” – Les Brown

Interactions

After the speech I have seen different people coming to Les, telling him what was important in his speech for them. What I noticed is that he was very warm and very open to everybody. He was listening and time to time gave his feedback or comments. Always uplifting, always positive. One moment a young man from the organization come with his younger sister. She wanted to thank Les for telling his “twin brother story” as she felt that she was living in the shadow of her big brother.  Les not only listened to her and gave her very uplifting message, he also asked if the parents of the two where nearby and he invited their parents to the Sky-box. When the parents arrived he made them shine by telling how fantastic their kids were and how well they have done by raising such fantastic kids. It was incredible to see it.

Lessons learned:

  1. Your message on the stage should be consistent with who you are!
  2. It is very important to create a special experience for people not only on the stage, but also in your daily life.

“I think of myself as a catalyst of action and a messenger of hope, turning people onto themselves and turning people onto their dreams.” – Les Brown

It was an incredible day, which I will not forget. Not only have I learned a lot, but it gave me tons to think about. Being with people who really care about what happens on the ground in Nepal, people who are dreaming of raising half a million USD per day to fight poverty, people who care about other people, who want them to become better, to find their dreams and to go for them. It makes you wonder what my own purpose is. What I was born for? What kind of greatness is within me? I will have to figure it out but for now I would like to thank to Les Brown, Dr. Julie and their Team for sharing this day with me.