Difficult people are everywhere, and they think they are easygoing. Strategies to stay sane.

Yes, you read correctly. Lots and lots of people out there hard to please, deal or live with. In your job, at school, in all areas of life where there is a community. A quick glance at any social media reveals scores of them complaining about how they are misunderstood, how they are "true", or … Continue reading Difficult people are everywhere, and they think they are easygoing. Strategies to stay sane.

The potato, the egg and the coffee bean.

I really don't know how old this tale is, but it's an interesting one. It's a short story that illustrates how most people cope with stress, how it is timeless wisdom and why most people who share it are not being as helpful as they could. The story goes like that in one version: Once … Continue reading The potato, the egg and the coffee bean.

The “star child” elitist argument

You need to be born to do [insert cool trendy thing here, like entrepreneurship]. No you don't. Don't listen to these people. The carriers of the spechullness argument. That you need to be born special to achieve greatness​. Truth is, they want to feel better about themselves, and since no amount of money in the … Continue reading The “star child” elitist argument

The power of regret

It doesn't matter it is buried deep inside. Days or years, it doesn't matter. In the middle of the night, it speaks. When you are alone. Demanding your attention. Regret sings the song of melancholic shame in the dark starry night of your soul. And I'm here to tell you why you should listen. All … Continue reading The power of regret

Inspiration: don’t banalize a powerful word.

Much has been said lately about inspiration. To inspire. "Good leaders inspire others!" "To lead is to inspire!" "Cultivating inspiration!" "Ten hacks to be inspirational!" The reason why everyone writes about inspiration, and how to be more inspirational, and how it is such a killer trait, is because YOU CAN'T BE INSPIRATIONAL AT A WHIM. … Continue reading Inspiration: don’t banalize a powerful word.

From spontaneous to structured and back: a journey in public speaking

I'm in academia for ten years now. Many, many joyful, tearful and suckful experiences. Academia, for those that never got into it, it's a strange mixture of work, school and bar. You work a lot, learn a lot and drink and party a lot. As you would expect such an explosive mixture bear many gifts … Continue reading From spontaneous to structured and back: a journey in public speaking

Darn it! Almost got it.

I can hear you. That part of you that screams. Inside. It's so loud I can hear it across great distances, your inner critic is relentless this time. Because you almost got it. This time you got so close, but it slipped through your fingers. That job. That scholarship. That perfect relationship. That opportunity that … Continue reading Darn it! Almost got it.