Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Strange Girl...


  • Loves the summer, follows the sun and gets the sea view wherever she lives, but she also loves a weekend on a mountain full of snow
  • Walks on high heels, but at home is always barefoot
  • Does not say no to beautiful boutique hotels during her trips, but once in a while she sleeps in a cave by the sea
  • Is a believer of "simple is beautiful" but an extraordinary touch makes always the difference
  • Practices yoga and all kind of sports, but smokes a couple of relaxing cigarettes by the veranda every night
  • Believes that secret lies on details, but quick and synthetic is the way she prefers things done
  • Is a definite team player, but only if the team plays well
  • You can find her once in a modern night club and the next day at the most crapy place discussing with friends for hours
  • In business environment is a leader and although most of the time is the friendliest and most helpful person on earth, she can be really tough if you do not deliver on time
  • Loves flirting, but will not even bother if he is stupid or does not have "the way"
  • Is romantic, believes in love and follows her heart, but can be really cynic at times 
  • Is not a morning person, but she can find a couple of good reasons to wake up early:)

The strange girl is not so "strange" after all...

    Saturday, June 22, 2013

    Steve Jobs - What a character!

    On the morning of 5th October 2011, i woke up at my apartment in Doha,
     and i was announced from my flat mates that Steve Jobs had just died..
    "Ela re", i said, and then... "Who is Steve Jobs?" :)
    I already proudly owned a MacBook Pro and an iPhone,
    so I should at least know the inventor of the devices i loved at first sight!
    I am not the most tech geek person on earth and definitely
    not the one who takes advantage the most of the tech products i buy.
    But, i love design, i love simple and clean lines,
    i love to be surrounded from beautiful things, i want to work with style
    and i am a strong believer that the appearance and first impression do count!

    A few months later i bought his biography, written by Walter Isaacson.
    Due to often trips and lack or luck of a proper home base,
    i too opened my mind and myself to the e-Book industry
    and started to read books online.
     But, for this one, i wanted the actual book, the pure white hard cover edition,
    that now plays the role of a decoration item in my house.
    But it was heavy, and i was traveling a lot, so i did not manage to read it before now,
    that i decided to spend a tranquil summer in Crete, at my refugee,
    and maybe come up with the decision of what to "become" when i grow up! :)

    I loved the book! I loved the story of the character Steve Jobs,
    who in between his "reality distortion field", the raw expression of his truth
    and the hero/shithead dichotomy, he was driving people crazy or else out of the box.
    I do not think he knew what he was doing
     - he probably broke many management rules and market research procedures,
    but my feeling is that he fortunately did not know other way.
    Intuitively driven by a vision, rigid beliefs, extremely nice "taste"
    - obviously influenced from the Zen philosophy and way of life,
    control freak - showcasing the value of end-to-end integration
     and provision of full experience to the client,
    he was pushing people to the edge on both positive and negative way...out of limits.
    His mind-thinking and philosophy could be recognized and reflected
     at the apple's ad campaign "The Crazy Ones"
    and the ad slogan "Think Different".

    The story and the narration, reinforced my beliefs
    that you distinguish
     the difference between "just a product" from a creative outcome with soul and style. I
    t is extremely rewarding for the involved in the creation people and it upgrades the quality of life for the rest!
    An inspirational story, to remind us that we have to dare to dream,
    to develop our talents and leave sth behind.
    but something that we do well and maybe inspire other people to go further!

    To close the story, I borrow a couple of lines from his words :
    "We try to use the talents we do have to express our deep feelings,
    to show our appreciation of all the contributions that came before us,
    and to add something to that flow"
    Enjoy the journey!

    Monday, February 25, 2013

    The Art of Zero!

    It requires courage and strength to progress,
    to move on, to overcome feelings,
    to change practices that have become habits,
    to abstract people you care, to find what really matters for you.

    But once you decide to move on, you are already ahead.
    Do not afraid, empty the cup, leave space for the new, for the happy,
    for the small that matters, for what you want and deserve.

    Choose zero for a while, and then another zero and maybe another one..
    and the number one will be attached,
    will come to head the sequence and you are already lucky and "rich"..
    with this glimpse, those radiant eyes that are visible in the dark!