Hello? Alliens? ET?

For a long time the media of this Pale Blue Dot write about the problems its inhabitants face. Financial crises, conflicts, pollution, poverty, political instability, and the list of bad news goes on and on. Suddenly NASA makes an announcement and the world stands still. Seven Earth-sized exoplanets discovered orbiting their Sun and for a day – at least – the problems and issues of our planet don’t fully dominate the news. Why? Why hundreds of millions of people who possibly have their own important problems consider this discovery important?

For me the answer is simple: It is our nature. Curiosity, exploration, innovation are the defining characteristics of our species. Our whole history has been shaped by visionaries who conceive ideas, innovators who create the means and tools based on the abstract ideas and explorers who enlarge our borders and pave the ground for the next generation of visionaries.

For example, the existence of exoplanets was conceived as an idea by visionary scientists like Carl Sagan, innovators created the means and tools like the Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes and now modern “explorers” will study the planets hoping to answer one of the biggest questions of humanity: Does life, as we perceive, it exist elsewhere in the Cosmos?

I believe that this discovery has an even more important aspect. Our world has become too “small”. We can travel to any place in the planet in hours, communicate with anyone instantly and have access to almost any information with few clicks in our keyboard. We need to expand our boundaries again and perhaps the discovery of planets that may support life, “only” 39 Light Years from our home, gives an “impossible” magnificent target to our species. It is not something that our generation will experience but it our generation’s duty to look up to the stars and pave the way for the future.

inside, worlds are spinning…
the shapeless is shaping to what I create…
as above so below… 

 

Keep dreaming, keep innovating.

NASA’s PR: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-telescope-reveals-largest-batch-of-earth-size-habitable-zone-planets-around

Recruiting a Talent

There are many trying to reach a talent and many trying to reach a recruiter.

It seems there is a serious disconnection starting with the needs ending to the fulfillment of the job opening. It comes down to a simple question:

WHO is the BEST and most TALENTED CANDIDATE for my JOB OPENING?

For some time I was pondering how to bridge that gap. The answer is simple. We keep forgetting that it’s all about human relationships. Honesty, Trust and Dream should be re-establisshed.

If the candidate does not really say what they want to the employer and vice versa if they assume that the deal is not correct and it’s a temporary job or a step job, if they do not share the same dream, how can they bot expect to have a successful business relationship?

On your next interview start with a simple question and all will run smoothly:

Who are you and what do you really want to achieve? 

 

Apps are spooky but so nice

I was discussing with my associates about a new app. They looked a bit spooked out with my ideas as you can see.

We are at the point where IT meets branding and branding needs to finally be reality oriented.

We simply do not just develop a product, but we impact lives. Apps like Uber, Waze, Doorman, YouTube, Spotify and most are a part of our daily activities. (When was the last day you didn’t use StarBucks app???)

There is a certain dependency with all these. But it is becoming a modus-vivendi and practically it is being promoted to a form of collaborative assistance on a tap!

Let me know your ideas! I will be happy to discuss with you the viability of your product/service and contribute to your success.

btw missed it? Nokia 3310 is back! 

Chocolates or Flowers

I am addicted to chocolate… who isn’t right?

In life, there are many kind of pleasures. Name them… But one of them occupies a special place in our minds. Chocolate! Milk, vanilla, ginger, black, coffee, lemon, cherry, strawberry… whatever combination you can imagine! Recently, I ate duck with chocolate sauce and balsamico, and it was delicious. And then, you can also drink it, with 40% milk and 20% chocolate and, the rest, 40% water… the perfect combination. So, imagine that now, you are in a snow shelter, and it is cold outside. I bet that the only thing that would make you feel nice… is a cup of hot chocolate.

Since Valentine’s is around the corner, I would like to share with you an eternal love story… that of the Sun & the Moon.

Sun & Moon

S: It is half day since I have not seen you…

M: Hours seemed like an eternity and beyond…

S: I will touch you again with my breath, just to see you smile at me one more moment…

M: I will come after you to feel your breath…

S: I am the king… the ruler… I am everything… and yet nothing without you…

M: I am forgotten… I am worshiped… just because of you…

S: Life is so empty without you…

M: There is no life without you…

S: Who am I without you….?

M: Who am I without you….?

S: Never we were one… never we will.

M: You are I and I am you… always apart… always together

This universe is established in duality… nothing functions out of this concept… The beauty of life is to understand both sides of ourselves… but still incomplete without our special one. both Sun and Moon… everything is important in this chase … everything!

& some love songs… with extra flavor!

Wizards and Rainbows

Simplification can’t be good. What is simple and easy going now some years ago needed a tremendous effort!

What has changed? Evolution! “Simple as that”. We do not need any more to travel from LA to London a year or two but 10 hours tops! We complain that our coffee is not having enough or has too many grains of sugar, but we forget that we still enjoy having it. It used to be called luxury having a cappuccino and only to be found in Italy ( Illy coffee is the best btw! ).

We use each day computers, smartphones, pads, e-book readers, monitoring our health with gadgets, but we are still scared that AI will bring humanity down.

So what about the aliens? We forgot that they are the biggest threat of all?

Short tale: Devil was in a market. He could purchase anything to control humanity. But one. He gazed on the most unappealing, gray and sad thing. The Ultimate Weapon of all. FEAR!!!

Evil or Live

We often reach a crossroad.

And I am asking you. Is your choice to follow truly yours?  Are you influenced by your perception of the world, which is shaped by your parents, society or news?

How can you recognize that thin line of being yourself and making your own choices vs. assuming of living your life and being manipulated to believe that you are yourself?

When will you take the responsibility to wake up? To be sincere with yourself and detach from all that is not yourself.

Life is not guiding you on its own will. It is you, who are able to shape life and make it as you want it.

These crossroads we meet when we are ready. When we have reached a critical knowledge of self-understanding and consciousness that change is the only opportunity we have.

Life is change. It’s all changing and staying alive.

How about you?

 

Targets Success

Today, I would like to share some lines of my new book under publication.

Young. I am. I always have been.
The sky I touch. I wanted to reach it.
Now. I want to live it all.  “I” is so confused with all as all is “I”.
I see. The clouds. The Sun. The Sea.
I see. The limits in mind. Illusions of mine.
I see. You and Me simply be. 

We assume limits are real. What are your achievements this year? Did you have goals when you started this year? Have you succeeded in your goals already? Strategy can be separated into three basic steps:

  • definition
  • plan
  • action

There is no achievement without these steps. Though, there is a trick. You may say that your plan for this year was to reach figure A, and, for next year, to reach figure B. But, who is holding you back from bringing results that are twice or even three times B. Only yourself! Think harder. There is no limit other than the one you set.

And remember all your efforts should be directed on one and only one major accomplishment: your happiness!

 

Talking about New Orleans

Love New Orleans. It’s a lifetime experience.

Here is an ideal scheddule! Wake up around 5am. Have a coffee at a Starbucks (mocha frappuccino grande… sigh!!!). Work till 12ish. Have a lunch at Camelia Grill. Wander around Royal str. and Jackson sqr. till 3pm. Work till 8ish. Dinner at Court of Two Sister. Live music at Vasso and around Frencman’s str. Repeat. Resting is absolutely prohibited!

You need to visit:

Ps. you’ve got to hear Ed Willis – Blues4Sale

the 6th P: Philosophy

We need to establish the sixth P: Philosophy on top of Product, Price, Place, Promotion, and People.

The 6th P is like a sixth sense, invisible but able to determine the success or failure of a company.

We believe the first step in creating the visual identity of a company, actually, to create a company at all, is answer the WHY.
What is the underlying philosophy of creating the company and of being in business?

In current business practice, the closest to a company philosophy can be found in the company objectives and the mission statement to some extent. Most of the times, this is done without ever reflecting upon the philosophy apart from the fact that the company is created to make profits. And even that is sometimes unclear, which becomes visible especially in employees when they start spending more time browsing the internet than being productive.

Once the philosophy is clear, it is much easier to suggest the best combination of the following for the visual and web design of the company:

  • Color scheme
  • Shapes
  • Slogan (Motto)
  • Brand names
  • Keywords
  • Target group
  • Type of web domain
  • Sitemap and site structure

Not only that, we are actually convinced that the clearer and more coherent the philosophy, the longer the life cycle and the stronger the success of a company.

If the philosophy is clear from the beginning, it will be reflected in each design element and any other type of communication. It will be present in the heads of managers and co-workers. In fact, this will attract only talents who feel aligned with the company philosophy and therefore stay longer and create faster and better results.