I love watching football, preferably league matches.
One of the things, besides many others, inspires me is the determination of all players in every condition.
Even when team-A is 10-to-1 ahead, team-B never gives up and keeps going till the last minute. And still they try to score, at least one more goal!
Surely, the rules doesn’t allow leaving the field till the end, but again none of the players slows down nor completely disconnect from the game, till the final whistle!
It’s is a virtue, a fundamental principle, to carry on by maintaining your attitude with determination, till the last minute!
Even if you know that the match is already lost, you should keep on playing till the last moment.
Let it be the best match you experience, even more important than the final score, and play it with all your might, till the end!
And remember, it’s not only a single match, it’s just yet another one of the continuous adventure. You may lose in a single match, what matters is to learn from it so that you can improve, and keep moving ahead.
“Once more into the fray. Into the last good fight I’ll ever know. Live and die on this day.”
— quote from The Grey
It’s easy to confuse them with each other, sometimes intentionally but more often unconsciously. Though, we shall be aware of the dangers of mixing them up!
Passion pulls you into doing good things, creating value, sharing, caring… Often it brings positive feelings altogether, even though it also inspires hard work.
On the other hand, ambition can make you blind. And you may even become blind to your own blindness. This often brings frustration, working overtime, competition, … Ambition stands on a thin line, and you never realise when you slip into the dark side, vanity!
This reminds me of the movie; The Devil’s Advocate. He becomes so engaged with his ambition, he doesn’t realise when he slips into the vanity side! Till he destroys everything around him just to achieve his ambitious goals. Though the biggest harm happens on himself, with a bitter form of blindness!
If you allow ambition control your path, you become aggressive and begin destroying everything around you, and even yourself.
Notice that even at the most important tournaments, the winning side shows gratitude to the losing side, and the same happens the other way around.
It’s a virtue, to show gratitude by maintaining respect in every condition.
Success is more delightful when it pulls you, let it sweetly happen by itself, along the way. If you push for it too hard, you may end up breaking it into pieces, irreversible forms!
Let there be lightness in your path, sharpness with your actions, and always a respectful attitude.
It’s never a zero-sum game!
It gets better, and more joyful, when you have common goals, work together and share your journey.
Keep calm, and Smile :-)
Whenever I go out, my preference is places with a story, a character. Part of that, I also try to find out if the owner and employees are also the customer of that place. If it is a bakery, see if they eat what they bake, etc. Having food or drink in a place which is just yet another place, has no meaning at all!
Today I want talk about a golden lesson I’ve learned from the last training session (*).
We were going thru regular exercises, warming up, stretching etc.
Almost half an hour passed, and still I’m not able to concentrate, my mind is full of thoughts! Then I began failing miserably, in every exercise with no exception!
Especially, in the pairing part I couldn’t do any of the techniques, as easy as it may seem from outside.
Anxiety took over me like a rain-shower, and this even made it look like I’m distracting the whole team. My natural reaction was a thought of even quitting, and that made me feel even worse!
Then, I noticed that all other practitioners pairing and helping me even more with each exercise, without blaming or pressure or …
I kept hearing this “it’s ok to fail. try again, keep trying!” with a calm smile.
Disclaimer: This post does not talk about an old-school internet service I’ve experienced recently.
So you decided to provide an internet based service, let’s say it’s for potfolio-indexing, and you want your customers to pay for it.
How would you establish customer engagement for paid options?
Here comes two different approaches;
In the beginning of August, I’ve participated in a sailing adventure…
Besides being yet another great team building activity, the sailing experience itself inspired me big time!
p.s. that was my first sailing experience.
The teamwork aspect shall be completely separate topic, this definitely requires special attention whereas it’s a very good example of learning-by-doing & working as a team.
Today, I want to focus mainly on the sailing experience, and highlight patterns which are applicable for Agile Planning…
What you notice in that map?