Being effective

What is being effective and how to get better.

What is the single, most important, goal for me?

That is the question we all know we need to ask ourselves to get our priority straight. It is only one thing. Not number one, number two, etc. …  But here it gets a little complicated.

Being effective is not what we are in everything, that is called perfection. And I am sorry, but perfection isn’t the goal. It is a vague dream. 

“Strife for perfection to achieve excellence”

                                                                                     Vince Lombardi 

I like this quote, because it give us the reason to take massive action. But why we need to do more where we want to get more for less time? Isn’t that what is being effective? It is simple, we all want to be there, but it takes time. It takes practice. We haven’t been created with any knowledge or wisdom. We need to put time and try different things until we find something that clicks. Effectiveness is the goal of every modern business, trying to get more for those fixed cost that it is already paying. And it is funny how that transfers to our personal life. Well at least for some of us, who want more of it. We try to do more before going to work. Otherwise we are just chasing other people’s agenda. Sleep, eat, work, repeat. When that might be the case for some entrepreneurs, it is rarely a long-term goal.

How do we measure effectiveness? With time. A simple example. If you produce more units than Tony, for the same time, you are being more effective. Then the boss is likely to keep you longer on work and give you more props. Were that doesn’t mean that Tony isn’t efficient per se. Perhaps he haven’t right, or have been distracted, or he haven’t used the best method. Multiples criteria overlaps here and that’s why the isn’t one solution. Moreover there are many for different situations.

“If you do the right thing at the wrong time you get pain”

Tony Robbins


Wise words from a wise man. But what does that tell us? Do more things, to find those that fit in your capabilities. And eventually it will get smoother. But that require patience. Patience to improve your skills by practice and reading. Where that is only the entry-level. Knowledge isn’t effective, wisdom is. Knowledge is simply potential power that will help you resolve an issue/problem for “x” amount of time. Wisdom, on the other hand is that what is saving your time. And perhaps you need to pay for it sometimes to save yours. Because by definition wisdom is extracted from long hours of expertise. Where that gives you the ability to see what actually brings awesome results, not only works.  It is awesome to be in that level, but in these ages of mediocrity it is hard to find your way to mastery.

That’s why average methods and solutions aren’t much demanded. They are everywhere. Where creative new traits are prone to be effective. For every thing there are some secret moves that save time. If you don’t know how to grill a burger patty you won’t do it faster than a cook will. And it is like that for everything. Specialization is effective. There are being more tech job created after every new emerging technology. They tend to be very narrow and deep in their subject matter. That’s why I can’t describe what my friends are working to my grandmother.

Lastly, with all that being said about excelling and chasing results and goals, there are a few more things to keep in mind. Sometimes it happens that we have the resources to do certain thins the best way possible, aka being effective and creative. But other times it isn’t the case. I am still getting myself to do those things. It is also a reminder for myself and I hope you find that post helpful too. Upgrade with patience. Enjoy the process.

PS: If you lost your key in the hash. Don’t dig for it, ask your roommate to make a duplicate for you. 🙂


The path of least resistance

Most people walk in a haze through life. It is literally everyday it’s just another day to push. Why is that.

It is easier to keep your senses close. It is easier to let marketing and advertising to dictate your values. It is easier to let external sources feed you and make your day. But what happens when you skip a dose? Something is missing, we have felt that feeling. I used to buy a bunch of things that I don’t need. And that is part of what Edward Norton discussed in Fight Club. We indulge in consumerism. And I still fall in that trap today, however my awareness cuts most of the useless commodities. Does not matter, if it is IKEA items, as mentioned in the movie or some other stuff that come across your way.

Are you using your brain, or it is using you?

Take a moment next time before purchasing the next thing and, simply give it more awareness and perhaps delay, if it isn’t anything of vital need. 

We are constantly being bombarded with stimulation and most of it is cheap. In fact, organizations strive to make their products/services more accessible to the vast majority of population, to profit more. Mediocre things for the middle class. Simple right?

If you want more, do more!


Standing on a crossroad with a multiple signs pointing in everybody elses clear directions is confusing. Confusing  by the fact of existing that many possibilities. It’s overwhelming And we do have much of those options, paths. Representing other people’s agendas, which of course want to make it simple for us to be easier to follow. While there isn’t anything bad in that route of choice, there is another entire highway to pick. Where you make your crossroads that eventually will join people. It is about creating your own way. How to do it? Take massive action. The path of least resistance is there for a reason, many of us tried to battle it. But most of us didn’t persist enough. That resistance is making it hard to breakthrough and express your own ideas to the world. Your personality, your character. And there is a beauty in that.

With that much conditioning from advertisers and marketing we end up getting the wrong message. Building awareness is one of the solutions to unwire ourselves and find the our true set of values. Those that drive our actions and commitments. It is literally our direction in life.

Dare to be different

Being different is in my opinion misunderstood. It can be surely weird sometimes, but that’s how we all begin. Speaking about, on the same matter, about finding your own way. Creatives are kings of expression. Doesn’t matter the form, nor the art. It is a way to find peace in our own mind by putting your ideas on the table. Just any kind of domain, platform or anything nowadays can show your work. Your creation to others. And that is what is great about the WWW, it connects random people with similar ideals.  And why not being different in that fashion? Isn’t Iphone different? It very much own its success, because of that unique feature.

Design your own way that you want to live. And cut down the things that are conditioning you. Expel the exempt. Time is here for us to now. And it will never be a better moment. That is what is hidden after you get up above the water. Limitless ideas to become alive are waiting for. What are you waiting for?

Ps: It may sound philosophical for you, but that is why you need to read this post again. I hope it helps a little glimpse of light to shine through your window. Because you can’t read the right newspaper otherwise.


Happiness is for free

Happiness is for free! What a simple, yet confusing phrase. Check why and how.

Do you believe me? You need to keep on reading than.

While modern society tells you to chase money, fame, career and status that is rarely the way leading to happiness. It’s superficial, meaning it covers the true and real joy of life.

Sharing is caring”you might heard before. And also by sharing what you have, you “buy” happiness. But there isn’t any transaction for that trade. You don’t get any receipt. In fact, being outcome dependent when sharing something will corrupt the appreciation from the receiving end. It is meant to be unselfishly.

Happiness multiplies when it’s shared.

When you have nothing to eat, but a snickers, are you willing to share it with a person in need? I guarantee you that by giving him half, just half of that snickers, you will get satisfaction. That joy will feed you, like you are all of it by yourself. Simple right.

But what often stands by our way is that we are in a hurry. All the time chasing some tasks, dribbling balls into our court. That add a lot of pressure and sometimes it is unnecessary. Yeah we will now that, you would say. What is the solution than. Cultivate patience, a lot of patience. It is rarely enough. Patience for ourselves and patience for others. And don’t mistake patience for procrastination. Procrastination is when you constantly slack off. It is when you try to avoid action. Where patience is when you still act, but with slower tempo. A simple question to convince yourself to slowdown is: “What would it happen if I get this thing one week later?” Mostly likely you aren’t going to lose that much as you first thought, if anything.

Those are just a few thoughts on the subject. I will surly delve in deep in this topic later.

Ps: Do you like reggae music?

Enter the dream

Enter the dream is getting into more details how to sleep well

You are falling down a building and slowly realize that you are getting down with top speed. Accelerating high makes you shake in bed .. And you woke up again.

Dreams are our getaway from reality, and they give us a great experience. Which in some cases can be controlled. Those are lucid dreams. In which you realize you are dreaming, but rather waking up, you continue dreaming while this time having control over it. The possibilities are within your imagination. But this takes some practice and proper knowledge to trigger lucidity.

An interesting fact is that we all have dreams every night, but we forget some of them before we wake up.

After a hard day working or training, perhaps going for both. When you are having those high performance days, you get into the bed easily and dreams occur more often. At least that is what I have been noticed for myself. It is also useful to think about an issue/puzzle you want to solve before going to bed. And they say, that it is possible to dream about the answer. Every single sleep has different conditions, which all reflect on your dream and the overall quality of it.

To get the maximum out of your bed time you might consider those tips useful.

  • Get a pitch black room, ultimately. 
  • Quiet as possible
  • not too warm and not too cold / 22 around  º C
  • comfortable mattress
  • airy room

Those are what I consider the basics. And we all need standard 8 hours of sleep in those conditions. If anything else we can go for a nap in the afternoon. However, a nap is super good and pleasant. We might consider getting a short nap for 40 min or a longer one for 1,5 hours. In that way you won’t break your sleep cycles, gaining more energy for you. It is different for every person though. I experiment with my own amount of sleep. It also depends how old you are. That plays huge role.


Sleep is the time when our muscles grow and when our mind shuts down for a moment. It is recovery for the body and mind. There is a progression during our sleep in getting into deeper and enriching sleep. Getting into different phases is in the following order: 1 & 2 phase, 3 & 4 phase, 5 phase. The first two are putting you to fall asleep, but not into deep sleep. It is a state where your body is getting relaxed. Next is 3rd & 4th phase in which your body gets still and your eyes start to move rapidly – REM sleep. And the 5th phase is deep sleep, where your body and your brain is recovering much more on Delta waves. They are restarting your capacities for being active again the next day. Of curse, if you are not hung over. Alcohol tends to disturb sleep as we well know.

Sleeping is also restarting our short-term memory. If we want to go take an exam the next day, and we didn’t prepare that much studying all night is an effective method. Not so good for missing your night sleep, but helping you remember the things you have just read.

With all new technologies that are being created nowadays, especially digital watches and phone apps. We can measure our sleep data from them, precisely enough to see how much time of which phase we got. This is profound for being at your best and performing your best. There are a lot of things to experiment with. I might delve in more in the near future. For example smells, time, positions, etc.

PS: Sweet dreams and write it down! 🙂


Living off the grid

Living off the grid is an awesome experience. Check out what I have to say.

Have you ever thought about selling everything and moving out somewhere unknown and desolated place? Hidden from lazy eyes, but waiting for the seeker to be discovered. A getaway spot that disconnects you from the urban fast pace life and reconnects you with nature.

We are a by-product of nature and we live again because of it. Nature is free for everyone and very diverse. It is there to makes us wonder and use its fruits as we wish. But sometimes we don’t look after nature the same way, she does. Which discussed in previous topic. (click here) All those gifts that we find valuable from the ground and above are for free. We put prices on them and label them, specialize their production. And we all need them, to craft our new house, so we have a shelter.

nature_background_light_stains_paint_83541_1280x1024.jpgBuilding houses is a big leap after cave man ages. We started to settle down for a local life. Creating this new style we saw the benefits to live in a static place. Where everything is there for us to exploit. We started to create villages with people from the same tribe. And over time it build up in a big tribe, later they share the same culture and it emerges into nation. And we than settle down for a more safer life.

When you are outside the city you start to experience the influence of mother nature stronger. You can glimpse moments of that way of living when camping or going to your village. But you are not really getting to understand the full way of it until you made a chose to that for a longer period of time. I remember how I was growing on the weekends outside of my hometown. It is very strange experience for a city child, but somehow, if you have inherited to value nature from your family or another way you do things differently. You won’t be angry if the Wi-fi doesn’t work, because you know you don’t need it. People living off the grid are offline. That’s the point. However, even if you are not used to that way of living you can move somewhere for a suitable time for you to experience the wild.

Remote living is a extreme for modern civilization and the fancy lifestyles that are praised by mainstream society. It is a sacrifice in those people’s eyes and that perspective is one of the many. Nature is there for you to interpret as you wish and desire. Perhaps you connect nature with the weather or the plans and animals they live in. Where all that is absolutely true, there is , more to add. Your could experience nature more fully if you decide to see and to engage yourself in more isolated place. Your local park is not going to give you that same feeling, nor a single trail hikes. It takes time to plant some tree and to see it grow. Any plant or take care of an animal, where you are disconnected from the web. Not much technologies, but enough food, water. Shelter and friends. Those are the basic needs to disconnect once from civilization and then to reconnect with nature. That will be sufficient way to appreciate what nature can offer you in its purest.

Those remote places give me so much serenity and tranquility that nothing else. I am a nature lover and I see the beauty of it. When you wake up with the sun and go to bed with it. You are cultivating more energy, and you are at ease. You don’t feel rushed you just taking your time to go through the day to do certain things, but it’s not that demanding for your attention and making you scattered. Those are still save conditions to live a normal life, you are not trying to survive, you are living. And the key is to get used to it with those sober conditions, where later you can allow yourself some technologies. Why this order is that important? Because, technologies nowadays are still not that well supported in off grid places. And more likely less reliable. You don’t want to freak out with internet don’t you. No Netflix and Pringles. … O M G

PS: I currently live at the house on the main picture  ^_^

When you are lost

When you are lost is a time to act even more!

Everybody gets at place in time, where they are in between a crossroad, perhaps with multiple exits. And this is mine.

In this age of revolutionary technologies creating spacecrafts and virtual realities we have absolute infinite possibilities. How can we tap into those is our personal choice and responsibility. However, I found it very hard to choose a medium. Business is a big one, but is it really a medium or even a smaller section of the spectrum? Speaking from my observations I see many friends, from cross countries, that constantly change jobs. Throughout our working life we specialize deeper and deeper. We get a new job and suddenly from there we see something related to what we want to do, but not exactly. Which leads to the next, where we see another subtle thing that redirect us to another domain. But eventually we are going to reach that point of less things to try and much to upgrade. Meaning its time to commit and specialize.

Life is based on decisions, and those can be especially hard to make when you are young. Isn’t it funny that the most important decisions in our life are in our 20’s, when we are not that mature. We ought to make them better in any case, for personal benefits – generally. But it is true.


The earlier you decide the faster you are going to see if that is the right decision or not. Action is a tool, in this case, to test decisions. You are melting time with action, much faster than with thinking about stuff. Why? Simply because action gives you feedback that you need and thinking give you nothing in return, by itself only.

Life choices over time are going to bring value, doesn’t matter which way we take. It is going to lead us to the right destination. Having faith is key to honor your decisions. You honor them everyday with action.  Only if you believe that you are making the right choice. Make a choice and never look back. At least for some time.

Keep in mind that from making a choice. That decision is sealing the commitment that is putting you in a situation, in witch new choices emerge. It never ends. Why not get better at it than?

When you are lost is time to act even more

I am a fan of the following quote “Live your life in your 20’s as you are planting the seeds you are going to harvest at your 30’s”. Which I directly relate with experimentation, but that needs to be measured, wisely. Any new endeavor is gonna give you something, however it takes time. And time to reflect about it, is in fact saving time. Simply give yourself time to try out something new, but go hard in it. Like a new internship, it takes 3-4 months, sometimes even six. Later evaluate and decide if you are going to enroll or switch lanes (gangsta). Ask yourself what is valuable and go for it. Both for you and society. Where you are the one doing it, you will be the one struggling/enjoying and society is going to reject/appreciate it.

PS: Everybody has a lifestyle, the difference is who made yours. Is it self created, copied or influenced ? 

When plans turn to reality

Here I explain how I make plans and what happens when they turn to reality

Here it is, deep snow, powder, basically sponsored to snowboard. Not a simple plan, a dream come true. Just about a year, after I glimpsed the world of snowboarding. 

In a small place, somewhere in the mountains in Czech Republic. A resort which is known as “the best” in the country. It is pretty magical. For the people who have been already to top resorts in the leading countries it may sound a little exaggerated. But for me that was everything that I was planning get.

This currently brought me to mind how plans are made and how important that is for our goals and dreams. We all have them, but sometimes we rather play it more carefree. Why? Because we tend to be mindless about them or as I often rationalize myself, spontaneous. Well there isn’t anything bad with spontaneity per se, but it is not effective in the realm of results.

It can be a good thing to plan. But sometimes you set to less tasks or too more. You miss the center, the perfect effort for the perfect result. And nothing is perfect, rather optimal it can always be. How than we can make it come true? Despite all factors coming across this topic time and action are critical. With enough time you can distribute action, but when you don’t have it… We all what follows, more work and less sleep. As the old waiter’s saying “If you don’t use your head, you will use your legs”.

All that counts, after all are the results.

newspaper_desk_lamp_telephone_letter_string_bag_54374_1280x1024.jpgIn order to start tackling issues along the way to meet than plan you made for yourself we need to consider the following. This I remember clearly from some classes in my second year in university. Plans are entirely focused on the internal, where predicting is focused on the external. Meaning, when you plan things, whatever it might be, they are all at your locus of control. Making a birthday party, planning a vacation, getting a rise, better job, etc. The planning process and the e is your responsibility, because it is within your locus of control. I view planning as a systematic way of solving tasks along the way, until you reach the final destination. It is that simple. Predicting is the opposite, though. Like the weather forecast, for example, we know it’s based on science, but it’s not 100% accurate. Like all predictions. Why? Because they are outside your locus of control. You are reaching out for something, but that same thing is dependent on too many factors, which are also outside your control. When it happens that your predictions about the future meet, you deserve at least to pat yourself on the back. Because it is very rare to meet predictions with reality. As, if it is a final decision(the event) that is carried over time where things change and we see how our bets(our prediction) move during that time, when we said it is the moment.

That’s why it’s better on focusing on planning, not predicting.

When all struggles finally end, it is time to celebrate. It’s up to you how. Just make it memorable. That really helps to make you believe yourself more and build confidence. It’s simple. Start small so you get more references, of job well done. But, often you have to lower your criteria about the outcome. It’s not going to be anything glamorous the first time, but it will be over time. If you stick with the path.

That moment, when your plans meet, though, it’s so sweet. It lights you up, it makes you happy. And you honor it with pleasure.

Well those are the moments we all seek, but then occurs strange realization. As we enjoy the benefits of our plans we make new ones, often towards the same direction. To support those happy moments and for future. By creating new plan … It will never end, so why not getting better at it.

PS: The internet here isn’t much reliable, yet I will found a way to post more often.