dictators and questioners

There are the ones that dictate what to do and the one that ask you what to choose from. They evaluate the possibilities through help.

Some peiple might instead decide that their idea is the only one we can support. They might not doing because they feel like they’re the best, so you should not judge them.

What you should do instead is guiding them through discovering other option, understanding the complexity of the world so that you can arrive at a different conclusion, for a different outcome.

toughest

It’s only at the extreme that you can see and understand what your limits are.

How do you react when you’re angry, hopeless, drunk?

How much control do you have in those situations? That’s when the worst part of you shows up and it’s up to you if you want to listen to it or not. It’s up to you to decide which road to take.

It’s quite normal to fail, I would be surprised of the opposite, but at the same time, it’s in these moments that we learn about ourselves.

Some people might argue “In vino veritas”, meaning that once drunk you’ll be more of “yourself”.
To me being drunk resemble any of the other conditions like being angry.

It’s not about being a control freak, it’s about understanding what moves us in the worst way.

the road to success

Is not something clear, because: How would you even define “success”?
It’s paved by failure no one remembers nor talk about.

It’s based on adjusting, changing things that don’t work until they do.
It’s boring.

That’s why many fail, because we don’t stick, we follow trends, fears, loves instead of thinking objectively about where to go from this failure to the next.

Success is that road.

team building

It’s an abused word. Team building. Seems like everyone should like everyone else.

In some context it is taken to the extreme but the real team building is not about building a team. Is about building respect for other people in your group. Treating them as human. Starting to like their behaviours. 

It’s human forming, not team building.

our age

Our age defines what we can and cannot do.

It starts with what our body is able to do, but it moves also into the field of what we’re allowed to do.

As grown up, looking at a young girl, is not something you want to be caught doing, or you might be fooled into thinking that your body is appealing like it was when you were young.

All false. Your age defines partly who you are. It comes with a price. You become wiser and so you should use your age to improve the world around you.

Be the example for others to follow. Be impeccable.
Be the person other people will aspire to become.

Yes, age comes with a price and more responsibility, but at the same time it comes with the possibility to leave a sign, a trace into the people around you.

A sign you didn’t even dream of, 20 years ago.

undoing racism

We’re seeing something very unusual here in italy right now. We have people focused on immigrants, hating them, just like 60 years ago.

How did we come to this? It’s hard to explain but to me there’s only one thing that led to this situation: We allowed it.
Word by word, small concessions to people that were “a little bit racist”, not _really_ racist, but had that spark of intolerance.

We thought “he does no harm”, because a single word doesn’t change the world, _if alone_.
But after some time the words were voices the voices were crowd, the crowd became the major party in italy.

How to undo something that it’s rooted deep into our fears, deep behind our brains, the fear of the unknown, how to undo how we think today since we stopped fact-checking the links we see?

Bit by bit, bird by bird. I think that’s the only way. We’ll start using a word, trying to explain a different point of view. Not to change anyone’s mind, but to give them an expanded view.

Bit by bit, maybe in ten, twenty, thirty years, we’ll see a difference.

the magic of thinking big

How many great ideas did you have last year? How many this month?

If you look at ideas alone you might be fooled into thinking that yes, you can make a big difference with a big idea.

Keeping aside the fact that idea without execution equals nothing, there’s more to it.
An idea and a great execution is not enough.

Let’s say you’re asked to think big, to imagine a new product for the next ten years.
Can you make it? Will you match how the world will be shaped in the future?

No, we don’t. And the fact is: Preparing a 7-years or 10 years plan, doesn’t guarantee you’ll get there. But why some companies are so ahead of time that they can match the shape of the future?

They didn’t have a magical thing. They did have money and decided to spend a significal amount of that money towards some research and development in areas that _now_ are worthless, and in 10 years might be worth it.

They might risk it on many areas, knowing only 1 out of 3 will be successful, but for their business that will be enough.

That’s the difference. If your dream is your best bet then it’s a bet with a high risk. But if you decide to put your money into many baskets you have higher chances that the new technologies will be the one you tested and you might have a chance.

That’s why we shouldn’t always think big. The breakthroughs are risky. Sometimes they are needed, but if that is your only plan you’re either winning or losing it all.

things you don’t know

in life there are no blueprints. There is no clear path.

That’s why it’s not really important what you choose. You can change it. Some time it’ll be harder than others, but nothing is set in stone.

You can unravel any choice, make it better, make it count, as long as you keep your heart next to your mind.

raise the flag

You can’t save them all. You can’t fix it all.

There are things that are part of your possibilities and you should pursue them. But some of them might require too much effort, for what?

Given the fact that we all have a finite amount of time, energy and will, how will you spend it?

Life is similar to buying something. You can buy what you can afford, but the difference is that the energy can be different in time and for different people.

It means we need to choose which battle are worth it, which are meaningful, which of them make an impact in the world.

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