People

What do you say or do?

Obviously, my world includes people who have very different views to those I hold. The world would be an incredibly boring place if I surrounded myself only with those who think like I do. But sometimes you realize that someone you have known for a long time and respected actually holds views you find disturbing.…

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Out of Many, One Mixup

This morning I read (yet another) powerful piece of writing from Kei Miller. Now I admit to being a fan of his commentary, and not necessarily his poetry, having never read any of the latter. But so far, whenever I read his commentary I find myself nodding in agreement, because here is someone willing to…

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Living online

It seems weird to talk about a life online, but it has become more than just an extension of the “real world.” People have homes online, that place where you know you can find them because they’ll come back at the end of the day. For many, it is where they’re most comfortable, where they…

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Living a life with no regrets

It may sound like an over-simplification, but we are all active engineers in the course our lives take, so invest in the learning and then continue onwards towards the goal.

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Romance Is Not All About Flowers and Gifts

There is a “traditional” perception of romance, largely propagated by novels and movies. This cliche inevitably involves dates and flowers and gifts. Not that those things aren’t nice, but they are not critical to a concept of romance.

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The Secret Life of an Introvert

It has recently become somewhat cool to discuss introverts, and I suppose to admit that you are. Introversion is really about whether you lose or gain energy from being around other people. Even non-shy people can actually be introverts. Are you?

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Why you need to nurture your support system

Whether you like large social groups, have lots of friends or stay close to only a few people, you have a support system. Humans are social beings. They were not actually meant to be alone. One of my goals for this year was to foster healthy relationships with friends, colleagues, and family. So here’s to a renewed focus on the people I surround myself with!

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What strengths drive you?

As part of our early phase of the TechPeaks programme, we were introduced to the Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) during a team building workshop. The SDI is a self-assessment tool that helps people understand what gives them a sense of self-worth and what’s important to them when relating with others. You could see and hear the eyes of my colleagues being opened, as people not only recognized themselves but found a valuable lens for evaluating the others in the programme.

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Communication is the key

Communication is the meaningful exchange of information between two or a group of people. There are a few elements that seem to be required for communication to have taken place. So evaluate your communication and whether it is missing any of these elements.

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What do you mean I’m an entrepreneur? Are you sure?

What is an entrepreneur and how does one become one? Is it something you can become? Or do you have to just be an entrepreneur? Can you discover your entrepreneurial side or is it something you are supposed to just know that you are? These are actually kind of scary questions given my current situation. Having come to Italy, formed a team and been selected for funding, I now have to face the fact that I may actually have to call myself an entrepreneur.

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Learning and remembering several dozen names

After being in Italy for only 2 days, I knew the names of most of the 50 TechPeaks participants as well as, in most cases, where they came from. My solution for learning lots of names really quickly involves no mnemonics or fancy memory houses or anything like that. Hope it helps you.

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Inspired to inspire

I actually move through life generally feeling very uninspired. I see people all around me with this one singular burning passion and wonder, why not me? I always feel pulled in so many directions. Somewhat unsurprisingly, when I considered the actual inspirations I recognize around me, they come in the form of several different people, all doing different things, all inspiring me in different ways.

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Through thick and thin, friends for life

I have found myself repeatedly saying to people that when I become friends with someone, we remain so, unless they do something particularly destructive. My friends are friends for life. And that is regardless of how much time we spend together, how often we speak, or how close we are on a daily/monthly/yearly basis. I…

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Close call

How do you determine how close a friendship you have with someone? It seems like a weird question because you figure you would know if it were a close friendship or not, and the how close part would be naturally determined from the interactions, right? What actually determines the closeness though? Is it the amount…

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