Everything we do… everything we are… everything we create… is coming from the invisible! Why do I start with this phrase? Well… I was thinking that it is about time we seriously took charge of our lives. We are just perfect in complaining, moaning, sleeping awake… but we forget that life is something more essential… and we are a part of it! It… it?!?!?! NO! It is not just “it”, we are talking about life! The energy that makes our heart beat, our brain think and our feet walk! But, we forget all those things and we just do not… create!
In the Heart Sutra is mentioned that: “all is formed from nothingness” since “form is emptiness… emptiness if form“.
The deepest meaning is that you are in control of your state of being, destiny, and living. You are the creator of your own world. Despite what karma or dharma proposes you select which reality may be paved by yourself.
When was the last time you created something? When did you decide that “today, I am a part of the creation and I create!” When did you defy what you see and you are what you believe?
Start!!! Today! NOW!!! The way to do this is simple: just turn your life upside down… shall we try?
Have you ever considered how many thoughts you have each minute? Seriously! Count them! Just for one minute, take one post-it and make a simple dot each time you think of something… and then, of course, count them… Think of the result, and multiply it with all the minutes of your life till this very moment.
Osho says: thoughts are like the clouds that cover the blue sky, and that the sky is you…
Why is that? Simply because when we have an issue to deal with, we think, and then think and then again think of that issue while we never try to find a solution… But reaching a solution means that we reach our potential, which means ourselves. Think of this. Do you feel better by thinking of an issue or by finding a solution and act accordingly?
There should be one mantra to repeat: happiness is a state of being that can be only claimed and won by yourself!
Any kind of mental or sentimental condition may be succeeded by repeating a concrete pattern. Socrates said that in order to learn something forever, you would need to repeat it 7 times.
The moment you realize that you experiencing a situation that you do not like, either because you created it or because it was incepted, you need to get out of it! But, how could you untrain a habitual behavior?
You may start by thinking of the ideal opposite. Keep that thought for 1′. Repeat that the following day and add 1′ more, and so on. By that, you succeed two things. You disrupt a reality you created or accepted which you do not like and you claim a new one.
I fully understand it’s painful and difficult to do it. Actually, it is your habitual persona that will not allow you to start. What should you expect? You will change. Your relationship with your significant one will improve. Your business and income will increase. Your body will change. Your universe will follow your new rhythm. YOU will be living a life you selected to!
Remember… the most ancient darkness vanishes in front of a single candle.
Psyche recognizes all that was, all that is and all that will be.
We meet with thousand of people in this life. Few only stay in our heart forever. Even when they cross to the other state of living that with fear we perceive and call it death.
So let me tell you my story and how I met Dimitris.
We met in my most ever troubled year. When I was 24. The company I used to work had promised to pay my MBA, instead they never paid me even some salaries. Horrible management. With a prospect contract with the EC, I had to regroup. Apogee was too young, and Markos, my best friend, was serving the country (seriously? lol). I was at the lodge for the 1st time. April the 10th. He was sitting opposite to me. He did not smile. He was actually trying to avoid me. He did smoke his pipe (typical), caring for all he did or not hear. By insisting, I started talking to him. Trivial staff, for the most, about how to improve oneself and so on. And then I told him, could we meet some other day? He said, why don’t you come by my house this Saturday to meet also my family. Crazy right? I remember still the colors, smell, warm sun at the living room. His wife Mareanna, wanted to bring us coffee and of course some sweets. F* even now I can smell the smoke from his pipe. Ermioni was a little kid. Months old! She was definitely making her point even at that time of her age! Since then, we’ve been working with each other, non-stop, for one and only goal: perfect ourselves, inside.
The funniest thing? I even got split from a girl that I was dating, cause she got jealous of how much I love him as a person for who he is and for believing in myself and my potential.
You know. Immortality exists. As long as one keeps you in their heart. And mine is boiling.
I wish you all, to find your psyche friend. And make sure that by then you know how to play good backgammon. They’ll upset you immensely!
Today is such a nice day, isn’t it? Well… it is! You are strong, you are having a good time, you are enjoying everything around you… so, finally, you enjoy being yourself!
You may think that nobody understands your struggle, that each day you try to create something and develop your Inner Self more and more… Hesiodus said that “if you add a little to a little, and then do it again, soon the little will be much“. And then, you are surrounded by people who try to criticize your efforts and your state… they call you a loser… they are disappointed in you… Actually, what they are doing is to blame a part of themselves, the part holding them from succeeding in reaching their own targets! Do not feel sad about them… Do not be angry with them! Just love them, therefore, love yourself. Make a closure inside and move ahead. You and your life are much more important than any that could even try to hold you back and away from your happiness!
Since I remember myself, I have always had one major target. I will never have to tell myself in the mirror: “Why haven’t you done this since it is what you really want to do?”.
Life should be lived to its fullest. ALWAYS LIVE YOUR LIFE AS YOU WISH TO SHAPE IT!
Think of it… and do something that you really like today… without fears, regrets and thoughts of “what the others might say”!
Life. Is full of surprises. Always. We come in a world as a little child and we get to know of our parents and closed ones, we meet new friends, boyfriends or girlfriends. We grow and create a legacy.
In this life path, we meet people that we share our heart, mind and body. We share our breath for moments that can never be forgotten. Moments that define us and determine how should we behave with our next relationship. At the beginning, we are empty of experiences and only have impressions from what we observe our parents or grandparents appear to treat each other in front of us. Then we form an understanding based on our individual experiences, which is changing accordingly if these are positive or negative.
It is inevitable. At a certain moment in our life, we will meet a person that is our soul-partner and we would wish to stay with that person forever. The issue is that we don’t know how to behave or to expect from that person, and the worst is that we assume that, that person should know us already.
Well, that won’t work… but here is a quick 5 step to succeed
Nope. You don’t like ALL they say or ALL they do and vice versa. It’s simply impossible. It’s great sharing and respecting each other and their wishes, but if you do not like something you create a black hole, fed maybe in a daily basis. That will drive you both apart. You will start disliking yourself and you will explode at a certain point. It’s better fighting now and resolving any issue than once and for good…
Make them feel wanted
Especially after 11 months of a relationship, we all getting less enthusiastic. Not because we don’t want our partner. On the contrary. We do. But we have learned to be liked and conquered by the other person. That’s how we get confirmation! In addition, approaching the 1 year, it’s all nice but deep inside we do feel that it’s getting serious. Are we sure about that commitment? Should we stay together? Should we have kids? Should I meet more before settling? And all questions like that. Well, let me tell you. Not experiencing your partner to the fullest, you lose! Keep your love steaming hot!
Make time for your partner
I understand. You work a lot, and you must use a laptop, a smartphone, and a tablet at the same time. Well, make some space for your partner. Allocate some good hours every day and a lot during the weekend to meet, have fun, walk around, travel, experience each other. If you don’t like somebody, don’t make excuses on how much work you do have. Be honest in-front of yourself, at least, and move on. When was the last time you spontaneously booked a trip for your partner? You’ll just need keyboard and mouse. As destinations I recommend: Rome, Milano, Barcelona, Stockholm, London, Granada, Tenerife, Maastricht, Lisbon, Prague. So simple!
When was the last time you did fight with your partner like a kid? Realize that you won’t split up! You will be having actually fun! Actually, you are both right. And that’s the fun of it! Little arguments should be welcomed and feeling threatened that the other person will run away or hurt their feelings. We are together with a person not fix all their problems but to face them all together! There are times that their problem is our habits or behaviors. Just because they don’t know us yet as well as they will in some years, doesn’t mean we won’t get along already!
Old fashioned? Cheesy? Kids stuff? Call it what you want. The very first moment you touch their hand you’ll never forget it. So why shouldn’t you repeat it all the time? It’s not a part of a show. It’s how you tell your other half “you complete me” and “I’ll be next to you”. Can it get better than this?
This universe is established in duality and nothing functions out of this concept. The beauty of life is to understand both sides of ourselves… both Sun and Moon and experience through the our other significant. Everything is important in this path … everything!
Succeeding an Investment is a very important step for a startup. But when is the best time for that?
Let’s start with some simple questions:
What is your vision?
Does your strategy support your vision? How do you apply it?
How to you acquire new visitors and how you convert them to clients?
What is your main branding message?
Is your marketing strategy well defined including all new media?
Is your company/product disruptive to the market?
Why should one become your client?
Which are the concrete steps to bring your company/product to life?
How much have you invested in?
What kind of investment do you seek?
I know. Right?
We all understand that all in this life starts with the limitless definition of who we are, as individuals and as companies. Many business owners appear to believe in their business, but it is obvious that they are not entrepreneurs. They do not bet all they have in themselves and their company. For sure the risk is high. How could it not. But the moment you have an idea which may set you free from a vicious
For sure the risk is high. How could it not. But the moment you have a unique idea and a solid plan of execution, simply do it! That actually, might set you free from a vicious cycle, a torment of knowing what should you do and not doing it.
Now to our original point. When do you need an investment? There are only 2 stages:
When you create your first profit! X amount of self-investment vs. net income after you pay yourself a salary! Then you are a healthy business and meaningful to invest in.
When your prototype/beta is ready or product inventory is substantial or service has a great Operating Structure and you need monies for marketing and sales. The obvious risk is that your valuation will be low and you will not be able to protect your percentage. At that stage, you might have to consider that you need more a strategic partner or alliance instead of an investor or a VC.
Obviously, it all comes down to how much do you believe in your idea and if that is your passion. All the rest are (many) piece(s)… of (a big) cake!
Ps. please don’t go to your beloved FF&Fs. Bad practice to involve them with a serious emotional cost.
Have you ever considered what is success for you? I don’t mean for your parents, for your schoolmates, for your colleagues or for your partner. I mean for Y O U .
We come in a demanding world as a naked child. We cannot eat by ourselves. We cannot walk. Not talk. Can practically do nothing by ourselves. We are immensely dependent on anybody else. We want to become like somebody (parents?) so practically reach their own limits. Where is the success on that? Pessimism… Fatalism… Yeap. All that!
We have only one asset. An infinite inner force. That force is nourishing ourselves to achieve greatness. It is guiding us to learn and select freely our path. That if we do listen to our inner voice and we believe in ourselves with no doubt.
Few days remain until the first of the three events of the Santa Monica Job Fair powered by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor of Santa Monica Ted Winter starts and already some important facts are becoming obvious. South California Universities and some very innovative companies showed the greater interest, and in some cases officially supported the Private Sector Jobs & Internships event.
Another interesting finding was that companies in sectors that could be described as more “traditional” were reluctant to test Team Plus HR recruiting system that matches potential candidates to specific job openings. There is no doubt that HR is very important and part of the capital of a company. Αbility, experience and knowledge of each employee contribute to the growth and development of the company and talented people can bring an added value to the enterprise.
Experience and instinct of the recruiter are of course indispensable but in most cases the recruiter has limited time to sort through all applications and match the qualifications for each applicant to the specific requirements of the job opening. Thus, it is frequent that some talents are disqualified long before they reach the interview phase. This is where a sophisticated HR recruitment system can make the difference and highlight a possible talent that could be lost as an asset to the company.
Defining talent on experience or education leaves no room for innovation or for genuinity. We have to promote freedom of expression and intelligent creativity. That is what success is all about!
Until now over 500 job seekers have registered for the Santa Monica Private Sector Jobs & Internships event. The level of support from companies and institutions is also growing and now includes Santa Monica College, California Lutheran University, ENKI Technologies, Expert Dojo, General Assembly, Technical Connections, the Santa Monica Place and more.