A simple recipe for health

HealthMy father’s prescription to all his patients was always: eat more fruits and vegetables and get enough rest. I used to doubt how such simple things could be the answer to all health issues. I wanted to hear fancy solutions and creative explanations, until I realised that our human nature is indeed that basic. Water is more vital than processed beverages. Simple common sense can be more powerful than complex systems. Read more →

7 actions to make you feel more fulfilled

Fulfilled individual

If you are already doing great, let me be the cheerleader that motivates your further. If you are not already doing well, you have come in good time to read this post. In the below, I invite you to take 7 concrete actions that will make you feel more fulfilled in the coming week, month and year.

I invite you…

  1. To open your eyes, when you have been “blinded” – because you adapt too quickly to circumstances and forget what your initial purpose was. Remember when you opened your phone to write a note and ended up checking your friends’ photos on Facebook? Remember when you felt so comfortable in the status quo that you stopped seeking progress? Remember when you got lost in other people’s criticism of you and forgot your own real potential? Be mindful whenever you are “blinded” and try to use other senses to get different perspectives. (Here another related article about leadership’s eyesight).
  2. To say yes to new opportunities – because good things happen thereafter. If you always do the same, you can only expect the same results. When was the last time you did something for the first time? See if you can try something new this week, or this month or this year.
  3. To self-assess – because it can fuel your progress. Only when you are aware of your real circumstances, can you improve. Self-assessment can also help you identify your weaknesses and understand where you might need help. This feedback comes much softer and easier than critics from any other well-intended person. You cannot hurt yourself too much, because you love yourself, and you know your own limits.
  4. To write – because great ideas come when you dedicate special time to thinking. Putting down your thoughts makes them clearer. Feel free to adjust the way your process your thinking. If you are visual, feel free to draw. If you prefer audio or kinaesthetic, sing out or dance to your thoughts. People around you are always talking to you and expressing their thoughts, but you should also be able to hear from yourself. Turn your own volume up, so that you can hear yourself more clearly.
  5. To take care of yourself – because if you eat healthy, exercise regularly, and sleep well, you will feel good about yourself. Always remember that you are the most important individual to be taken care of. If you are unwell, you cannot do well to society. Please save the world’s healthcare expenses and instead contribute with your health and energy. Prevention is more efficient than cure.
  6. To find flow at work – because you will feel happier and be more productive. If you have a certain rhythm, find your rhythm; maybe you work best with 20-minute Pomodoro intervals, or maybe you work intensely and prefer to have undisturbed concentration for an entire morning. If you have a topic of preference, have more of it. Get rid of other tasks as quickly as possible.
  7. To fulfil your own promises – because you deserve to be honoured. Whatever you promised yourself to do, do it. Put it in your to-do list, in your calendar and mark it as a priority. Remember that you always have a relationship with yourself. If trust is the basis of all relationships, you must do everything that is necessary to maintain the trust you have towards yourself. I committed myself to write a blog post this weekend, and this post is its fulfilment. Now, it is your turn.

With the advice of these nourishing acts, I wish you a great start of the week and lots of pleasure and growth in the next few months.

If you have any experience to share, please feel free to do so in the comments below.

Find inspiration in magazines

magazines02A highlighter in my right hand and a magazine on my left. This is not the typical scene you would expect to see on a Saturday afternoon in a crowded airport. Yet there I was trying to study the magazine that had cost me 110 HKD. I wouldn’t have bought this magazine, had I not learnt to appreciate this type of publication. I learnt that the images in a magazine stimulate me and give me a rest when I get tired of reading words. I learnt that magazines show multiple perspectives and portray a variety of topics. I learnt that I can find inspiration and insights in its lecture.

Back at home, after the arrival of my 12-hour flight, I pull out all the magazines that had been sent to me and those that I did not finish reading: they are a lot! I send a picture to my friend and she says that I have more magazines than what stores have for sale. I laugh at the fact that her comment might even be real.

Magazines provide inspiration and energy. They leave me thinking, flipping and thinking. They are the best competitors and companions to books. Above all, they are fun to read. The content is quick and easily digestible. They are like snacks for our mind. Their pages nourish thought and arouse emotion despite their conciseness and brevity. Perhaps this post, too, is an attempt thereof: to invite for reflection and exploration in less than 300 words.

How you are sabotaging yourself without knowing it

Man under threat

You are smart. You are aware of your surroundings and alert to potential dangers, yet your greatest threat is not knowing where the real peril is. You could prevent the knife of an angry girlfriend revenging you; you could prevent the thousand-euro electricity bill; you could prevent your mom from finding your party picture on Facebook — if you were aware of such possibility.

But the biggest dangers are always unknown; they are hidden. That’s why a ship as huge as Titanic can be crashed by a hidden iceberg, and not even the most romantic love on earth can avoid it. The lesson here? Pay attention to the your own iceberg: It can be deep and incredibly dangerous. You are ambitious, but you don’t want to beat the Titanic on the disaster ranking.

You cannot identify the greatest perils by looking at the outside; you need to investigate what you cannot see — your inside. In the following, I will share with you my inner monsters, so that you can feel inspired to uncover yours too.

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M&A: Uber China – Didi

Mergers and AcquisitionsDidi is one of the first Apps I installed when I came to China for my latest project. Since then, it has hit news headlines with increased frequency. This week, the acquisition of Uber China by Didi has been a major highlight across the media. Uber China has handed over its assets, including brands, data and operations, to Didi in return for a 17.7% stake in the combined company equity. Read more →

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