The day of tomorrow

How deep should you go with your learning process? As deep, as it sustains you to stay alive and to deal with the challenges you face. You know what? The problems are never-ending so far, maybe in the future people will live otherwise, but now we face daily new challenges. I always was in search of something that can give me the knowledge to guide me many years ahead, and I couldn’t find that in superficial books, so I searched for something different.

Go for books written by Victor Frankl, Stephen Covey, Carl Jung, Jordan Peterson, and more.

Our history can teach us how to deal with the future, and this idea was bizarre for me. It’s not that what happened can directly show us the future, but it can make us understand what we are capable and to understand how wrong we can be.

Knowing what could be wrong gives you the chance to plan for the best.
If you think that you made good progress in your learning, then you stopped, and you need to find new ways to expand your horizons.

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Damn, sometimes I want so hard to be a kid again

You ever felt lost in multitasking or overworking? I speak now about situations when you have tons of task at the same time. You start feeling lost with the first sign of tiredness. At that moment stop and look around, find a happy person and remember yourself being happy. Take a deep breath and speak to yourself that everything will be fine and you will deal with all the things.

Another thing that could help, look at your hands, do you ever thought how they work together and never get mixed? Go with the flow and always do your best, even if you are on your bad days. All of us have bad days, the difference between a professional and average worker its how they deal with bad days. Those days never goes forever, always come back, sometimes with more significant force. You can choose to become stronger and braver or to hide. But, my friend, if you start hiding once, you will do it forever.

Take the hard way, face your bad days and find ways to get stronger, get some help from family, friends, books, whenever you can. If you can admit, that you are weak, you have the potential to become strong.

If when you were a kid someone told you that you need to fall at least 1000 times before you start walking, you had never learned to walk.

Damn, sometimes I want so hard to be a kid again.

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My answers to career challenges

I’m pursuing my career, and at some problematic points, I found answers to the next questions:

Q: The country I live gives me enough opportunities to grow to the maximum career level I want?

A: No, definitely in Moldova it’s tough to plan the career grow because of a volatile environment and old management styles. I solved this by start planning what skills I need to learn that can help me find a job in Moldova and not only. I oriented myself to digital and technology fields that are and tend to be universal. We face four barriers when we want to change a job: the country and barrier language, being recognized as a part of the community, changing the industry and meeting the professional standards, and the last is fitting and pursuing a career by learning the skills and performing.

Q: Do I have a career or a job? I understand the differences?

A: The job gives you the place to earn money and spend your time. You learn some skills in a few years and repeat what you do daily, until the moment someone better and cheaper than you come to do the same job.

A career is what you do most of your time, or at least about what you are thinking most of your time. You have a plan of what you want to achieve and how you can grow and be a better professional. Earning money is important, but come as a result, not the primary motivation. After you invest a lot of time in that, it becomes a part of you, and your career is your lifestyle. For having a career, you need to think long-term and try to understand how your legacy will impact your life and your family for many years ahead. Try the Japan method kaizen, continuous incremental improvements of everything you do. In my research, I follow the quote of Bruce Lee, ”Using now way, like a way. Having no limitation, as a limitation.”

Q: How many biographies did you read?

A: I had the chance to read the biography of Bruce Lee, that made a significant turnaround in my life. He opened my eyes to Buddhism and philosophy, mysticism and existentialism, planning, self-motivation, performing, being yourself, zen, Allan Watts, Carl Jung, and many many more. Stephen Covey was the person who introduces me in the leadership based on principles and values; with the idea of leading from the back, motivation and putting the first thing first. Victor Frankl taught me that anything in this world has a meaning and at least you have a ”why” you will find a way. The most important is that you should ask more often what I want from this life, than what this life wants from me. You become proactive and find ways to solve anything and achieving what you want. He said that between stimulus and response exist a space that gives us time to decide how to act no matter the situation. Richard Branson showed me how important is to expose to diverse activities and experiences, and that you can learn anything if you are willing to take care of yourself and people you work. Carl Jung invited me to a psychology space where I could see beyond the material things and understand that this world is made from something more than we can fell and touch. Nelson Mandela is an excellent example of patience and tolerance, which changed a nation and gave them a better future. Many more are on the list.

Q: Who are your mentors? Digital and real ones?

A: I grew up in a small village where people that inspired me was my teacher of Romanian language and the sports instructor. So, I start reading books where I found out that we can learn something from everyone, and I changed my world paradigm and started searching for a source of inspiration in each person I met. Now, I have digital and real mentors. If I have any problematic situation, I take the chance and ask them.

Q: What challenges do you face on time and people management?

A: Time management is always a challenge and the most prominent issues to solve are to choose between urgent and essential, and between what thing should go first. Here I can add that time management is about understanding your capabilities and the big picture. I’m new in managing people, but what I already understand is that each of us can be motivated and have own set of values and goals if I can meet them, then I can manage people efficiently.

Q: Do you know that any technical skills can be learned and leadership skills should be practiced with care and empathy?

A: After many years I’m not afraid to learn new skills. I’m sure that it takes time and effort, and I’m happy to do anything to study. On the other part leadership skills depend on what person you are, and first, you need to listen and understand yourself, second, you need to practice the same technic on others. To be a good leader, you should life-study and research the changes that happen in the world.

Q: People go first; it’s a statement that needs to be in front of all the challenges.

A: Because people created everything mechanical in this world and without them, all will stop. On the other part, nature will thrive.

Q: We rely on the team, and we face all the problems together.

A: There isn’t such a thing as ”me” did all the stuff, its a big mistake and a statement of a narcissist. In teams, we can achieve what we will never succeed by ourselves. The exceptions here are genius who has a very high IQ.

Q: In the end, if our project doesn’t make money, then we should revise all our strategies and start another project.

A: We can and should have projects that will not bring us money, but to keep them alive we should first make a good source of income that will enable us to finance all the good causes we support. To be financially sustainable give us wings to do even more and divide dreams from real viable ideas.

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Career challenges

Are you pursuing a career or thinking to choose one?

At some point its good to ask yourself next questions:
– The country I live gives me enough opportunities to grow to the maximum career level I want?
– Do I have a career or a job? I understand the differences?
– If I go to my work and I can’t expect the hour to get out of there, then I may think I have a job. If I am dreaming and in my dreams, I find solutions to my daily challenges, then that could be a career. 🙂
– How many biographies did you read?
– Who are your mentors? Digital and real ones?
– What challenges do you face on time and people management?
– Do you understand that any technical skills can be learned and leadership skills should be practiced with care and empathy?
– People go first; it’s a statement that needs to be in front of all the challenges.
– We rely on the team, and we face all the problems together.
– In the end, if our project doesn’t make money, then we should revise all our strategies and start another project.

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Hackathon Media

So, I was this weekend to a media hackathon by invitation of a new friend Emil. It isn’t my first participation in such kind of events, but I gave it a try. I can start with the fact that the focus of the hackathon was on media and how to stop propaganda and fake/false news.

Thinking to local media results and the general situation in this informational niche I feel that we need more than that, but let’s be thankful for the small things that happen to us.

I was surprised that at this kind of events we had less good tech professionals than generalist or non-experienced at least in the business sphere. If we will take a look at the definition of the word;
”Hackathon – an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming. or “a series of 48-hour hackathons to build new web and mobile services.”

My question is, why we did minimal programming? I think at least we need to discuss how to build our ideas and projects from the programming part, to have a plan and to know in which direction to work. Why do not bring more tech people and let them give us a tech solution to our ideas? Maybe this could work for the next events.

The overall impression is good because at this events we can meet people and share knowledge. I did practice my design skills and business thinking. We don’t know why, but our idea didn’t win, and we didn’t receive any appropriate feedback why. For the next events, I think its good to give the participants a feedback form where they can read constructive feedback on their projects. In this way, we can understand what to avoid next time and the solutions of the mentors.

My lesson is that its way much productive to generate ideas and to make them work before participating in this kind of events. Its easier to present a product that was tested and has a working business model. Make a plan, start research, do some testing and act until you create a product that helps someone and can be sustainable.

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