You have the choice

I remem­ber talk­ing with a friend about how unhap­py I was and how I felt I was slow­ly dying for such a long time, express­ing some bit­ter­ness. That’s when she told me ”but you had the choice, you could have left”.

 

Those mistakes that shape our lives

Just as busi­ness tend to evolve thanks to fail­ures and improve­ments, I strong­ly think that we tend to evolve through our mis­takes, our errors and regrets. But I also strong­ly believe that not all errors are equal, and that in each of our lives, we’re mak­ing what I call some major for­ma­tive mis­take.

 

Think, wait, fast

Some days ago, I fin­ished Siddharta by Herman Hesse, a very strange and com­pelling book that imme­di­ate­ly jumped into my life chang­ing shelf of my library. One par­tic­u­lar pas­sage in this book hit me with the veloc­i­ty of a full-speed train

 

Getting yourself to read more

It seems that nowa­days a lot of peo­ple regret not being able to read more. So I’m writ­ing this to give you some tips that I gath­ered along, hop­ing it may help you ;)

 

Thoughts on breaking up

Last week I wasn’t able to write a sin­gle thing for this diary. While I did my best to keep a day-to-day one page diary, writ­ing some­thing longer was beyond my con­trol. Because last week I lost some­one very dear to me for rea­sons I still don’t under­stand and with­out being able to do a sin­gle thing to avoid it. Thus break­ing mul­ti­ple promis­es I did to myself for this begin­ning of year.

 

When non-doing is better

One thing I’ve come to real­ize more and more in our soci­ety, is our ten­den­cy to inter­vene all the time in every­thing, for the sake of the inter­ven­tion. Things are being changed, teams are being shuf­fled, plans are being remade, … all the time, espe­cial­ly with a new-com­er.

 

Reading Notes: Antifragile

It’s been quite a long time since a book changed or chal­lenged so much of the things I believed in, and this is exact­ly what Antifragile has done on an unbe­liev­able amount of lev­els (pol­i­tics, health, work, ethics, …). 

 

Being a reader in a world of speakers

At 29 years old, I real­ized I was a read­er, mean­ing that I was under­stand­ing things in a clear­er way when read­ing them instead of lis­ten­ing to them. This might appear quite sim­ple, but this real­ly helped me under­stand a lot of things about myself.

 

Reframing our window

For a decade now and with a sur­pris­ing increase dur­ing the last years, I tend to encoun­ter a lot of words used with­out any inter­est for their basic def­i­n­i­tion, think­ing only about cre­at­ing or increas­ing some ”wow” fac­tor. Those words I keep see­ing? Exclusivity, Groundbreaking, Revolutionary, Unique, Innovation, … 

 

Reading Notes : You’re Not So Smart

This book felt like an end­less streak of slaps in the face, pre­sent­ing every bias one might have. I think I might have checked all of them, even the one I didn’t think I had. It does a real­ly good job in explain­ing our com­mon bias by pro­vid­ing solid links to sci­en­tific stud­ies and real life exam­ples that we can all relate too.