Achieving the Impossible?

Whenever we talk about productivity, there’s always this one thing that goes into mind, what is it good for? And don’t get me wrong. It’s not like the the song, “What is it good for, absolutely nothing”.

From the beginning, whenever you want to achieve something, there are multiple ways for you to achieve it. But first, you have to make sure that it is achievable. And there are a lot of categories of achievement of goals and more.

Let’s say in the beginning, when somebody wanted to achieve something that was considered impossible. Impossible, by definition, means that no one has ever done before. That’s impossible. Maybe they tried and it didn’t work out, maybe they didn’t think of that particular solution, I don’t know. But the fact that it is impossible, means that they have tried and it didn’t work out. So the first layer when a goal is impossible is why no one ever managed to do it.

And then you one person manages to break this record or create a new record;  Now, it’s no longer impossible! it just cascaded down to becoming a very, very difficult task. And then you hear that few more people manage to do so then it’s not impossible, but just extremely difficult. It has degraded to just very difficult. when more and more people are capable of doing it just becomes difficult. And after hundreds, and even thousands, millions of people are capable of doing it. It’s just no longer considered difficult.

“It always seems impossible until it is done.”

Nelson Mandela

The reason why you have to look at this from that perspective, is that when you put goals, you need to make sure that they are achievable by you. Are you capable of achieving them? Or are they realistic for you?

You see, if I asked, let’s say, the famous Bill Gates, can you make $1 million in one year? For him that can be very easy, since he built a multi-billion dollar fortune already. Or if I asked you, can you make $1 million in one year? For some This is like an unrealistic number for them to even imagine, right? let’s say a hundred thousand is a big number for you, then you will say it’s a stretch. So we are getting somewhere. So I put that $100,000 and I say, all right, I need you to do it in five years.

What, five years? Okay.

Yes? Can you do so which means you put it with for five years? And then you say this is $100,000? it’s specific, you know, where do you want to get it and it is kind of realistic for you.

Now, you just keep them say, Okay, if I didn’t achieve within five years, let’s divide those numbers over, let’s say, five. And you say, all right, every year, I need to achieve $20,000 and $20,000, you need to make it happen over 12 months, what should I make every month in order for me to reach there, and so on.

Now, reality that things doesn’t happen just as consistent or as equal, as I just described. This week’s tip is about just that if you have no goals you can achieve you cannot achieve what you cannot see.

Sometimes you have to put a draft plan that make sense and you need to adjust along the way you see if I want to make $100,000 after five years, maybe the first year I only made 5000, does that make me not realizing that it is I’m gonna reach those 100,000 more to it than that because I have reached if I reach zero in that first year, maybe then it’s tougher, but I have made something maybe I am in a phase where I need to spend more money even and then maybe the second year I’ve made instead of 10,000, I made 15 or 13,000 and I made more and then the year after I made you said more and the year after and so on. And maybe I don’t manage to get 100,000 but I got like 80,000, is that a bad thing you put 100,000?

People miss understand the power of getting closer to the goals; you see for me if I put a target of 100,000 which was for the huge then I managed to achieve 80% of it. I would be very proud but if I  can make $10,000 a year but let’s say I am capable because I’ve done it like 2, 3, 4 or five times before the achieve 100,000 in five years I still put that 100,000 per year and I get it or I don’t get it then I have a problem with putting your yo goal has to inspire you have to be bigger

Yes it has to be a Stretch, a Stretch to know how far you can go but at the same time have to be realistic. You might start with something and years later. Yeah, my finish with something completely different.

But if you don’t start with anything, just left it like that. More likely you’re not going to reach Where do you want to go and you’re not gonna know where you want to go. So you can’t reach there.

Have a nice week.

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Samer Chidiac is a Strategic Innovation Advisor, a Business Psychologist, a Philanthropist, an Author and a Speaker. 

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Be different and spread your wings

When you hear some motivational quotes and speeches, you find a lot of references to the idea of “Wings and flying” suggesting that birds in general are the most motivated and successful creatures… Really???

I was reading the other day on why some birds “sunbath” with their wings wide open and here’s what the article included:

The birds invariably adopt a posture in which the body feathers are fluffed up and one or both wings are held out from the body, with feathers spread. It is thought that using the sun in this way does two things. It both helps the preen oil to spread across the feathers and drives parasites out from within the plumage. Some of these parasites feed on the feathers themselves and all are highly specialized, with many only found on a single species of bird.

So in short, birds use sunbathing with open wings as part of their routine feather maintenance.

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.

Rabindranath Tagore

If we are to look on the behavior of humans, and combine the two analogies of spreading your wings as a mean to refer to success, and also to maintain your feathers, we can come to a nice conclusion which is our tip for this week:

Maintain your success by spreading your wings, and just be different than others, like the birds sit on the floor with their wings open to sunbath, you can make your success speak loud and clear without saying a word.

They say that you are as free as your options, so if you have more options, then you have more freedom than when you have less, and if you have some skill that is different than others, that gives you an additional option, and instead of just trying to ignore that and fitting in… Try to Embrace that and nourish your difference and just like a Bird SHOWCASE IT and maintain in, and eventually, you will do like the bird does… Fly away from whoever tries to criticize you.

Have a beautiful week,

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Samer Chidiac is a Strategic Innovation Advisor, a Business Psychologist, a Philanthropist, an Author and a Speaker. 

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Don’t Change too many parameters in your life at the same time

Change is great, don’t get me wrong… It’s wonderful, it’s necessary in our life and the right amount of it, blended with the right areas and dosage produces evolution that often leads to progress.

Let’s start with something that you would like to Hear… CHANGE IS GREAT…. The second (that you don’t like to hear) would be… CHANGING IS NOT GREAT.

Yes, the difference between the 2 statement has to do with where you stand on the line. Are you the one changing? or playing a role in that change or simply you would love to be as far as possible from it when it happen on its own?

Whether you are changing a relationship status (in a good way or a bad way), changing jobs, attending to a restructure in your own company, a New Boss, a New Diet or simply switching from an iPhone to an Android… Change can happen or occur to you on so many levels, and irrespective of what/how it happens, there’s some sort of a change curve that is observed a lot that has a relationship with the Morale of the person and which take around 5-8 steps over time.

Kubler-Ross Change model

If you can just notice a little bit in the Change model illustrated above, you would notice that the person going through some change would start with a SHOCK, Then DENIAL his morale will drop with FRUSTRATION and DEPRESSION and then things will start picking up so they can reach to ACCEPTANCE and INTEGRATION.

No matter how well planned the change management is, or how arbitrary it was, the CHANGED person would go through the same… Only the phases / steps may be much smoother in the Planned change than in the an UN-Planned one.

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

Leo Tolstoy

This week’s tip is about dealing with change, especially when it’s a DECISION taken by you, and not imposed on you by someone else.

Some of the most common “New Year’s Resolutions” include a long list of “I Will start a diet, Exercise, Work hard, start a new project, marry, have kids etc… ” and those lists gets longer and longer. Irrespective of how much you would actually implement, but let’s say that one of the main reason these resolutions break down, is when you try to do all of them at the same time.

Let me tell it to you straight… YOU CAN’T JUST WIN EVERYTHING… You will need to chose wisely on what to focus on.

Trying to focus on a lot of things and fight many different battles and try to succeed on many fronts doesn’t seem very hard… IT IS VERY HARD… and that’s why you would love to see it happen more than trying to make it happen yourself.

Think about it this way, if let’s say you implemented multiple changes at the same time and your (kubler-ross) change cycle started… And you are in the Frustration/Depression phase, and then you fire off another change and another change that each will trigger and start their own change cycle all over… You will end us with more and more depression and frustration cycles… That’s why there are higher chances that you DROP IT all together than moving up from Depression to acceptance and integration.

So it’s very simple, whatever you want to do (in one same category) do it… and see how it will go and then after you are out of the change cycle and you can monitor the progress for a while, try to go back and see how you can implement another change.

Have a beautiful week!
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Samer Chidiac is a Strategic Innovation Advisor, a Business Psychologist, a Philanthropist, an Author and a Speaker. 

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Get to know your own angels and demons

When I was young, and was watching cartoon, there has always been that situation, when the character is about to do something (good or bad), and suddenly they an angel and a devil would appear on each of her shoulder and where each would advise on their own preference…

In many points in our life we may face some situations (let’s call them opportunities for now) where we need to take a decision to seize the moment and go for it or stop our selves from taking another step. Whether you prefer to visualize the small angel and demon talking to you or not… Each of us have some sort of an internal mechanism… You can call it whatever you want (Habits, Instincts, Values, Beliefs, Cultures… etc) but at the end, it’s what drives you to take the next step or not.

“Our minds sometimes see what our hearts wish were true.” 

Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

This week’s tip is about getting to know the Angel & Demon of yours, and how to make sure you don’t have to deal with them at the wrong time. (At least not without knowing them)

The reason this is important is because you would want to get to know yourself better and to have more control over your actions rather than making other uncontrollable factors making you take a decision when you are more vulnerable than your normal 100%.

According to research, if you get under stress and let’s say you are in a fear from something, your brain will shut down some of the functionality and will give over the control to “habit”, so you would do whatever you are used to always do; I guess it’s something that has to do with the evolution of the old man being chased by lions and stuff… So if you were pushed under pressure and your logic got stuck and the auto-pilot took over and you don’t have any time to try out something new, but had to apply “what you always did”… What would that be? and will the Angel take control or will it be the Demon?

You may be in a crisis situation, a relationship “situation”, or just by random. How do would you trigger your Angel Auto-pilot or your Demon Auto-pilot to come out for a small chat?

Well it’s not as simple as it may sound, however, and luckily for you, the source of the wiring our brains are pretty much the same Fundamentally. So Whether the source of stress is actually a lion chasing you, or late bills chasing you; Or the source of Opportunity is a Burger King’s Whooper or a long term Investment… The chemicals in your head would almost act the same. And with high chances that the Angel / Demon would use the same logic on your behalf and you would act the same…

So for this week, try to get to know more about YOU by rehearsing some fake situations or fictional scenarios such as imagining that you were seduced by someone else’s partner while you are married… How would you react? or watch a movie and see if you were in a situation of the bad guy… How would you act?

It’s a funny exercise that you will get better at it with time… and the more you rehearse it… and once you get to know your angel and demon more… You can then TRAIN THEM to act in a specific way rather than relying on what would happen by chance.

Have a great week,
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Samer Chidiac is a Strategic Innovation Advisor, a Business Psychologist, a Philanthropist, an Author and a Speaker. 

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5 types of lies you tell yourself and what to do next!

You can guess what Monday is it, it’s Monday the first of April, and traditionally it’s a day where you can allow yourself to lie a “white lie” that is both harmless and entertaining with others… Now whether you do that or not, it became a common practice even with big corporations such as Google, Emirates Airlines and way more, so why not?

You talk to yourself all the time, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing… You just need to be careful with the topic itself… what are the most common 5 lies you tell yourself?

“If you wear a mask for too long, there will come a time when you can not remove it without removing your face.” 

Matshona Dhliwayo

#5 I’m a failure

THE END LIE: That’s one statement that you tell yourself when you feel devastated from trying too hard and not succeeding, however what you may not realize that it’s actually an END RESULT which implies that you WON’T CHANGE no matter what… So instead, you can start by saying… I Failed… OK, Cool… What can I learn from this… OK… Now let’s move on…

#4 I am nearly there

THE MOTIVATIONAL LIE: Now despite that I’m not necessarily against this type of way to motivate your self, but sometimes it is used in a way that gives a false sense of completion and hold you back rather than pushing you forward. Per example, if you are commuting for 20 KM, and you passed 1 KM only… Saying that you are nearly there is an overstatement and at the same time, if you’re on the 19 KM mark, then yes you are truthful… However, When you are 9 KM or 11 KM, then you’re not there yet, and but you are far off where you begun, so in this case, you can motivate yourself in whatever you think feasible to keep going… and Not taking it as a reason to stop.

#3 He loves me but, he’s too busy

THE BETTER-HALF LIE: Yeah yeah yeah… He (or she) loves me… but he is too busy to call, too busy to give me attention and too busy for a lot of other things… But he still loves me… and I’m OK with that…. He did this or that because he cares about me… I must have done something wrong to deserve this… And the list goes on and on.

To be honest with you, WTH!!! … You’re giving excuses on behalf of someone else, so in other words, you are assuming something that you don’t know for certain, and if I know one thing… NOTHING is CERTAIN… a lot of people get deceived by someone who they think they knew… and the best con artists in the world… are those who MAKES YOU BELIEVE IT ON YOUR OWN… So if you’re doing the work of giving your Better-half an excuse… Congratulations… You’ve just made a BETTER-HALF Lie to yourself.

#2 I’m going to do this for the last time

THE ONE LAST TIME LIE: I’m going to __________ (start exercising/ dieting/ stopping this /starting that) tomorrow, be for today, I’m going to do this ONE LAST TIME…

Whether you want to quit a bad habit, or start a new one, the temptation that you can get from the ONE LAST TIME of something is unparalleled. Maybe one last smoke? or one last time with this delicious fast food before switching to healthy eating… Whatever your ONE LAST TIME was… If you really wanted to quit, you would just START and resist the temptation of this type of lies.

#1 You can’t cook the chicken except after removing its legs.

Wait… What?? well as a start you need to give it to me that I grabbed your attention.. Read on cause this is the worst type of Lie of them all!

THE TRUE LIE: I once had a conversation with a friend of mine who told me that when he got married, his wife had a small conflict with his mother who was “suggesting” to her on how to cook chicken which is removing its legs then putting it in the oven. And as weird as it sounded, the wife complained to my friend who told her that the Mother learned it from her mother…

So my friend went to the old grandmother, and asked her on the SECRET… and she simply replied “We had a small oven that didn’t fit the whole chicken.”

Just like the mother of my friend didn’t know why her mother was cooking the chicken this way, and decided not to change the way… We have a lot of habits and Knowledge that we don’t know where it came from, and we do them anyhow… And that eventually they became our Truth! and this the worst type, cause it’s a true lie… And you have no idea that it is…

So how about you check which habits falls in the last category… The Lies that you don’t know they are Lies… And you pass them on!

The tip for this week is obviously related to “Stop selling your lies to yourself”… Despite – again – that I hate lying in general and wouldn’t recommend it in any situation, however for the purpose of this blog, I would focus on the part where telling yourself lies to make something better is the worst you could do.

Have a TRUE-LY wonderful week!
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Samer Chidiac is a Strategic Innovation Advisor, a Business Psychologist, a Philanthropist, an Author and a Speaker. 

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Use Mindfulness as a productivity tool

Whenever I used to read some books or articles about productivity and how the most successful authors/managers/CEOs/ athletes (… etc) manage their time… They all seem to emphasize the power of Meditation and Mindfulness (One Way or the other).

Whether you meditate professionally or are simply trying it out, getting into the state of calmness brings a lot of very good benefits to your body and soul… Especially enabling you to concentrate more, and even take better decisions throughout really difficult time.

Ever heard the sentence: “Never take a decision while in Anger and never give a promise while you are happy”? it’s kinda true since our mood affects how we can view and evaluate things, and that can affect our productivity tremendously (at least from the idea of not making a mistake or make a decision that you will regret it later on or that will take you more time to fix)…

Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.

Buddha

CALM YOUR MIND AND TAKE BACK YOUR SOUL

This week’s tip is about how to get into this state of calmness and how you can use it as a productivity tool.

In one of my books, I emphasize on the idea of NOT using your head.. Because gets really crowded inside and you may end up with a task taking 50 minutes instead of the original 10… And so forth.

Try to clear your mind every week, 2-3 times per week would be a good start and then you can use it as you see necessarily… And you can do so by using multiple methods some include formal meditation practices such as trying to sit and not think for a while, and others might not sound like meditating but you can actually reach the same results such as engaging in prayers or a religious activity, reading (or better of… Writing), and doing some physical activity like walking (While you are shutting down your analytical brain and focusing on your senses…)

Once you have that practice 2-3 times per week… Or Simply before the start of a task, you have higher chances that (if you have done it properly) you will have a clearer mind to actually perform your task much better.

Enjoy your week,
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Samer Chidiac is a Strategic Innovation Advisor, a Business Psychologist, a Philanthropist, an Author and a Speaker. 

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Forgive quickly, move on faster and never forget

Even in the deepest of the wholes in your relationships, you can still move out and on…. However the more you stay there, the more comfortable it will look and more importantly, the more painful the move will be.

There are some situations in life where it will be inevitable to escape, maybe you miss-trusted someone and you paid the price, maybe you expected too much from someone and you got disappointing results or just maybe that person is simply YOU.

When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.


Bernard Meltzer

Now I know that what I’m going to say to you might sound more of a cliché, but based on so many experiences of my own and of the people I have interviewed, this cliché does perform better than other tips that you may have seen before.

This week’s tip is about that cliché…

Forgive but never forget.

Let’s say you passed through a bad breakup, irrespective of who’s fault was it, the more you stay without moving on will keep destroying you and your chances of continuing your life… And it’s easier to actually unplugging “while the metal is still hot” than later on when things are colder.

Some would tell you to forget about it and move on… I wouldn’t suggest you do… simply because it’s really REALLY hard to do so… If there was someone who actually figured out how to selectively forget a situation in your life, he or she would be very rich selling that secret to millions of people; So in brief, don’t forget… But the Action that you can really take, is to FORGIVE.

Forgive that person, forgive your self… Either way, it’s a conscious activity that requires both courage and determination..

The Fastest you do so, the easier it is (TRUST ME) to move on… And don’t story there, Move ON…

Blessed are those who give without remembering. And blessed are those who take without forgetting. 

Bernard Meltzer

Never Forget, cause you never really know what the future will bring and how things can change and you may be able to find an opportunity to have a decent CLOSURE that will make it worth it and that will be the last key to make you forget.

Have a wonderful week,
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Samer Chidiac is a Strategic Innovation Advisor, a Business Psychologist, a Philanthropist, an Author and a Speaker. 

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Don’t build yourself a prison

In my life, I have met a lot of people who – at several times in their life – felt trapped in a prison that they built for themselves… You know that feeling where you cannot move forward and can’t seem to do anything else.

Let me ask you few questions then, and see if you have been or you currently are one of these people I’m describing:

Have you ever suffered from a loss? Have you ever suffered from a bad breakup? from something that was so bad that it penetrated your every bone and you felt that with every beat of your heart there was pain… 24/7

If the answer to this was YES, or in a way, you can relate to that by remembering a special person if your head… Then by all means.. READ ON!

I’ve heard a lot of similar advice, and in different wording, but the substance is the same… Hardship will always happen, it’s what you do when it happens that makes all the difference.

I had a discussion once in one of my Facebook Live sessions, and 2 points emerged from that:

  1. You may feel a direct link with how much a person means to you and how STRONG / BAD you feel sad for their loss.
  2. The pain can sometimes be the only link you have with someone

Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world.

Eckhart Tolle

This week’s tip is all about what you should NOT DO…

If you read the previous 2 points properly, you would realize a reason from which you feel obliged to be sad for the loss of someone…

Don’t get me wrong, feeling sad and upset and all these types, is healthy and it makes you wash away a lot of things in the process… However when that activity evolve into building yourself a prison for the next several years… then it’s BAD..

Realize that YOU may fall victim of YOU… You may put a roadblock on your future by imprisoning yourself in the past… So Simply… DON’T

Give yourself enough time to be sad… and express it in every mean you can think of… in Public or in Private… But do STOP at one point.. Otherwise you are building yourself a prison… Built by YOU… to imprison YOU.

Have a great week,
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Samer Chidiac is a Strategic Innovation Advisor, a Business Psychologist, a Philanthropist, an Author and a Speaker. 

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Take care of your health

This might not be of a NEWS for you, but I said that I need to write it as reminder for me, for my friends and loved ones. A post about health, and funny enough that SELF-HELP is officially a category under HEALTH in podcasts and Books, so as a self-help post… You Need to Read about Health!

There’s no surprise anywhere, that as you grow older, your physical well being becomes more of a priority than you ever thought it would.

To look at this topic from couple of perspectives, it’s important to highlight that our body (generally) takes care of itself, you know healthy cells taking care of bad cells, just like when you cut yourself, eventually, it will regenerate back (not as quick as X-MEN’S WOLVERINE but still..)

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.

Jim Rohn

Our physical health and mental health are equally as important that I figured over the years, as in the evolution of our bodies, our stressful situations involved running away from predators, where at that time, our mind would shut and our only option is to RUN or get eaten by a Lion.

So the idea behind the link between the mental and physical health, is probably that once the mind is under stress, more likely your body will feel threatened and will stop most of its regular functions and concentrate on fleeing the scene… (I’m exaggerating a bit, but you got my point).

It could be an endless Loop behind having a healthy lifestyle and a fighting stress… But then.. Here we are!

This week’s tip is about (Duhhhh) having a healthy lifestyle, and taking care of your health.

  • To start with, make sure you have regular checkups, it doesn’t hurt really, and you will develop a trend (on what is going up or what is going down…).
  • Eating healthy or not, is really up to you, (cause no matter how much I would say it’s important, you can still screw it up), just make a balance between whatever you eat… Try to limit some items, alternate others… Spoil yourself “responsibly“… and more.
  • Take care of your Vitamins… Vitamin D is a serious thing; so check your levels, and get exposed to the Sun or take some supplements from time to time.
  • WORK OUT… Or Walk… Or MOVE… anything… ANYTHING is better than Nothing, if you do it at a ratio that is manageable to you.

So finally, you really don’t know when your metabolism will start dropping, and when you will start NOT BURNING these calories… So better turn things around… and grow from there.

Like Zig Ziglar once said: You can’t buy a Horse for a Million $, and feed it Junk Food! and your body is the same… it’s worth MILLIONS so act accordingly.

On the mental stress part, we are all under these from time to time, so if you can’t remove them, at least try to find your way on how to deal with your life with that stress in it.. So maybe take some times during the week where you WILL DISCONNECT FROM THAT STRESS… and afterwards you will get back to that… You Owe it to yourself.

Have a beautiful and healthy week,
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Samer Chidiac is a Strategic Innovation Advisor, a Business Psychologist, a Philanthropist, an Author and a Speaker. 

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Light up your world

For so many generations today, Hope, good, security and prosperity and much more were always associated in some form with LIGHT, whether the mark of the ending of the dark times, just like the end of the night with the first rays of sun all the way to the concept of the light at the end of the tunnel.

There’s also the light to mean knowledge that you can have in the realm of ignorance and all what comes with it.

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.

Aristotle

However, finding the light or creating the light for yourself can be very obvious in some times, and exceptionally difficult at other times, where you may find yourself in situations where everything around you is dark, and every situation you go through doesn’t seem to end up well… And yet you close your eyes hoping to open them again and a light will be shed and all of your problems would be gone.

This week’s tip is about finding light and using it to light up your world

You may be the spiritual type of person or religious or you may not, you may be the type who reads books and listen to talks, or simply the type who like to watch movies and get inspired by, or even a simple chat with a friend could do the trick for you sometimes.

Irrespective where you come from, and what your favorite method is, remember this: in order to make fire, our ancestors used to use different methods, but at the end FIRE started with just a SPARK! a Spark that needed to have something to burn at that exact time and Fire will be there.

Being Near the SPARK without having the preparation to “be burned”, will simply make you waste that valuable opportunity.

Therefore, remember that receiving the light is being OPEN to it when you will get the chance to, and once you have it, you can light up your entire world and give it to others.

Have a wonderful week,
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Samer Chidiac is a Strategic Innovation Advisor, a Business Psychologist, a Philanthropist, an Author and a Speaker. 

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Never stop exploring

The most fascinating thing about a child is being brought to this life on a clean slate of knowledge and a lifetime ahead of discovery.

I was reading about the evolution of the human brain, and how there’s a left side and a right side and while our brain grow the same aspect throughout our lives, we tend to start using one side more than the other and we grow into using the other…

The right brain is normally responsible for the imagination while the left is the logical one and deal more with facts and reality; so when you are still young you tend to be more using your Imagination, create worlds and heroes and you see possibilities that are not necessary logical… You are then using more your RIGHT brain… And as you grow older, you start to move your focus towards the LEFT brain and you become more logical and hence, less imaginative.

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. 

Pablo Picasso

I know I may have mentioned this tip before, but there’s no harm in creating a new reminder for that… Therefore this week’s tip is about your inner child that you need to nourish to keep alive.

Never stop exploring

What have you ever wanted to learn but didn’t have the time to do so in your life, maybe this time you can explore more about it… The evolution of resources has gone in ways that we never thought before; in 2018, I have taken masterclasses with Armin Van Burren, Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Brown, Jim Patterson, Gary Gasparove… All of them are OFFICIAL Masterclasses, and online by registering on http://www.MasterClass.com .

What are you waiting for?

Have a beautiful week,
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Samer Chidiac is a Strategic Innovation Advisor, a Business Psychologist, a Philanthropist, an Author and a Speaker. 

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There’s no expiry date for starting

Since the early days of our life and we wait for growing older to be able to realize our dreams, we wait for the next year or the next 10 years and we wait and wait…. Until we are there, but nothing happens. 

How does it feel when you wait all your life for a moment to happen and then you keep on waiting and waiting only to get disappointed?

It seems that getting disappointed only comes from our expectations and our limited knowledge on how life SHOULD happen, only to miss out the best of it by waiting for the right time to starting. 

Our tip for this  week is all about Realizing that you can start anytime, and even when it doesn’t seem logical or realistic and failure is grooming all over, but realistically speaking, what you fear today doesn’t necessarily means that it will be the case tomorrow or in the future. 

At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren’t where you want to be, you will always be a failure.


Erin Cummings

How was starting off for me

When I started my first company, people laughed at me, as the entrepreneurship spirit wasn’t very popular in the late 90s in my region, and to actually start something like an enterprise you needed investments and a lot of other things that I didn’t have and even wasn’t in the foreseen future; so instead of creating an actual company, I started with a virtual company. 

It started with a Black & White logo, and a small website, because I only had access to a black & white printer at that time, so I changed my entire branding to B/W; and every freelance opportunity I got, I used to send an official quotation and invoice as if my virtual company was actual company. Until One day, I got the opportunity to establish a real company, and you can guess that I started off  from that virtual entity. 

So you can start off anytime, late or early, with whatever you have and see how this will shape up as you grow.

Have a great week,
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Samer Chidiac is a Strategic Innovation Advisor, a Business Psychologist, a Philanthropist, an Author and a Speaker. 

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Say Yes to Life!

Starting a New Year, a new chapter, a new book or a new life always comes with some luggage that we need to unpack. From past experiences to emotional liabilities or simply old limiting beliefs. 

If you take a small trip back in your memory lane, to a time when you were still a little kid, how many things you were afraid of that today doesn’t even count, how many illusions of how life would be turned out to be not even close to what reality was. 

Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past. Rather, it is a spirit that bears things – with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope.


Corazon Aquino –  Former President of the Philippines

Among a lot of people I have met in my life, there were those who loved life more than anything else in the world, they loved to feel the simplest of things like a breath of air and where they wouldn’t spare any opportunity to go out and enjoy their time; however, in contrast, there are those whom you cannot make them smile no matter what you do. 

Saying Yes to Life is Living… 

This week’s tip is about just that, you need to think about what is making you sad or what is making you unhappy, and ask yourself if YOU are the one who is saying NO to the opportunity to change your unhappiness to happiness? 

I read in a book once about the different types of mindset that a person can have… and I can remember a small story, where the Dr. asked her patient who have been through a difficult break up: 

“If you are to choose between Being Happy and Having the other person suffer what would you choose?”

And trust me, Your answer to a similar question would make all the difference in the world.

Have a nice week,

Cheers,
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Samer Chidiac is a Strategic Innovation Advisor, a Business Psychologist, a Philanthropist, an Author and a Speaker. 

You can check his Books on Amazon, Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and check his Website for More.

Work hard and be smart about it

There’s a very famous comic showing a lot of people trying to push a cubic shaped materials while one decided to make it round and he gained advantage over them. And while such a scenario gets repeated over and over on both the business & personal scene, part of the reasons can be relatively obvious. 

Let us take the following example, you have been doing some really hard work performing a particular task or project; and probably using all sorts of resources you could get your hands on and trying to get it done to the best possible way; then you bumped into a video on social media that showed someone doing the exact same project/task using a different tool or a different approach, yet he/she is getting a phenomenal difference in output. What would be your reaction? 

Would you try out that new approach? or you would stick to what you have known for years or do a hybrid of both? 

For me personally, I have always evaluated doing things in a different ways, but to be honest, I don’t think that it’s an essential part of performing a task, meaning that I don’t evaluate a new approach every time I need to perform something classic for me; However at least for the new projects, I try as much as possible to spend enough time researching to find best approaches and then try the one that fits me. 

At a large scale in your life, you need to evaluate the energy and effort you spend on specific types of tasks, and try to optimize that. You see, with the evolution of technology and the expansion of connected media, someone somewhere must have posted something somewhere about how to perform the same action you are doing, it could be a simple YouTube or Facebook video, an article or a sophisticated book or a course on the topic. So really, unless you are working on a very confidential and original task, chances are that someone else somewhere have done it before you or done something similar that you can learn from.

This week’s tip, is to Work Hard and be Smart about it, 

From time to time, check and evaluate the tasks and projects that are very common to you, and pick those that require more energy and effort than others, and start looking up who else in this world is can help you become better at it; Free information are great to have, but sometimes paying for the information is something you won’t regret (Like purchasing the book or online course…).

Have a wonderful week!
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Samer Chidiac is a Strategic Innovation Advisor, a Business Psychologist, a Philanthropist, an Author and a Speaker. 

You can check his Books on Amazon, Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and check his Website for More.