Last Friday, June 24, St. John the Baptist, in Northern Europe they celebrated the Mid Summer Night. When I was living in Estonia, I found out that it is a strong tradition also there and once I went with some friends to see what happened during that long weekend, as it is a public holiday! … More Mid Summer Night
Japanese people have an incredible ability to recover from catastrophes of any kind. After World War II that left the country in ruins, in just thirty years Japan became the second largest economy in the world, becoming leaders in the electronics sector in the eighties and nineties. How could the Japanese economic miracle happen? The … More How to Overcome Difficulties with the Ganbatte
Towards the end of the 19th century, a group of economists from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland studied the social inequalities in Europe. By analysing the tax data of several European countries, they found out that in each of them about 20% of the population owned 80% of the wealth. Today is even worse, … More Do You Know the Pareto’s Principle?
Last week I was on vacation in the beautiful village of Lu Bagnu, located in Sardinia, Italy. I had the chance to read more than usual and I found an interview to Pamela Paul, author of the book “100 Things We’ve lost to the Internet“. The book presents the world before cyberspace. If you are a … More Things We’ve Lost to the Internet
This story is attributed to the famous philosopher Socrate but the source is not that sure. It is also known as the Triple Filter Test. This anecdote teaches us not to pay attention to rumours and untrue, hurtful, and useless messages. It can be referred to regular gossip. However, it can also be applied to … More The Three Sieves Test
The search for meaning is inherent in the human being. In Japan there is even a specific word to define the importance of having a purpose in life: Ikigai. The Ikigai refers to the individual motivation, the one that makes us get out of bed every morning and that gives us the joy of living. … More Ikigai: the Search for Meaning
“How’s at work?” it is a question that is often asked to us by our loved ones and when we answer, we probably think about the difficulties we face or the discomfort/distress we feel towards our work. If this is your case, don’t worry because you are not alone. The work environment has changed a … More How to Find Your Inner Motivation at Work
The etymology of “atelophobia” comes from the Greek atelophobia, a word composed of atelés (meaning imperfect, incomplete) and phóbos (or fear, phobia) and it means fear of imperfection. A large number of people suffer from atelophobia, a constant feeling of imperfection and inadequacy. Discontent with one’s own aesthetic appearance, search for a perfection that does … More Fear of Imperfection, AKA Atelophobia
On Saturday I listened to an interview to a Belgian politician who was saying that Governments should let out of the political scene extreme rights parties. He claimed that they receive too much visibility from the media and this is a reason for their popularity. He suggested not talking to them, as simple as that. … More Declaration of Honour
In Japan, they believe that folding 1000 origami cranes may bring good fortune. Today, this ancient Japanese practice has spread around the world, embodying faith, hope and peace. And God knows how much we need them now. According to an ancient Japanese belief, folding 1000 paper cranes can bring good fortune in your life. The legend … More 1000 Origami Cranes
In a world where we boast of being able to do several things at once, we rarely focus on one thing. If you listen to music on the train, you probably also browse the news or Instagram. When you cook dinner, the TV may be on in the background. Maybe you even make a shopping … More Can You Focus Only on One Thing?
Would you stop using your car? Do you know that by increasing the road capacity to reduce traffic jams would make the situation worse? This is an interesting story about a practical application of the “Braess Paradox”. 2009, The Netherlands. Some inhabitants of one Rotterdam’s neighbourhood receive a strange email: they have been watched while … More Would You Stop Using Your Car?
I am not bossy, I have just better ideas. I read it in the office of my colleague. At first, it made me laugh, but then I started to think about it. There are not only managers but also people who behave bossy. On the other hand some people seem more co-operative, they like working … More Are You Bossy or You Just Have Better Ideas?
Nowadays we face with more and more mediocrity at work, and this is transversal to all the jobs. In this story you are going to read about how competence at work pays off. We are in 587, in Japan, on Mount Shigi. Prince Shōtoku is in an unfortunate position. For two days, his clan has … More How Competence at Work Pays Off
Last Saturday I went to visit the private art collection of Proximus, a Belgian digital service provider. In 25 years the company has collected about 600 artworks and last December they opened the doors to visitors. For the moment, only 200 paintings and photos are displayed. The exhibition is called Art with a View, because … More Art with a View
Today, we celebrate the International Women’s Day. Do you know the true origin of women’s day, why is it on March 8? Fire in the Triangle factory The fire in the Triangle factory in New York on March 25, 1911 was the most serious industrial accident in New York history. It caused the death of … More March 8, the True Origin of Women’s Day
You missed the train and on the quay you met the love of your life. You received money at the exact moment you needed it. This is the magic of synchronicity: they are coincidences that sometimes leave you speechless and let you see a new path. What Is Synchronicity? Psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung brought us … More The Magic of Synchronicity
Would more money make you happier? Let me tell you a story. Markus Persson, a Swedish 36-year-old business man, spends his time on Twitter, where he talks about his life and that of his company. One day, he twitted something that will change his life. Markus created in 2009 the video game called Minecraft, a … More Would More Money Make You Happier?
Today is my birthday. One step more towards the wise age. What am I going to do to celebrate it? First of all, I take the day off. No hurry, no stress. Second, I will go out for a long walk in nature. It is always regenerating to me. Third, I will buy that cake … More Birthday Celebration
A hater can be defined as a person who uses expressions of hatred and violently insults individuals, usually taking advantage of anonymity and especially on the Internet and on social networks. What is behind haters behaviour? Last week, Italian’s iconic Sanremo Music Festival took place. In 2021 the band Måneskin won and maybe that’s why … More What Is Behind Haters Behaviour