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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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. 

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

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. 

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

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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It only takes a minute…

Guarding your time is a skill that you should master and looking back to find out that a month have passed since you thought of doing something or even a year can strike you by surprise.

At the end of 2010, I published a video called 11 minutes, to highlight that 2011 would be the most productive year of my life, by concentrating 11 minutes everyday to tryout something new. 

When you come to think about it, 11 Minutes may not seem much, but 11 minutes everyday for 365 days, is equivalent to more than 60 hours, which is MUCH!

“How did it get so late so soon?”


Dr. Seuss

The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step, and the journey to a 100 hours begins with only one minute! 

This week’s tip is about putting a target that you wouldn’t normally think you could accomplish and concentrate one minute everyday towards it…

Yes Just One Minute per day. 

Let’s say Reading a book, how many pages you can read in one minute? or how many words can you write per minute? Just do that.. It’s as simple. 

 Well, the logic behind that, is that the first minute is usually the hardest… So imagine that you want to work out for just one minute? chances are that once you are in that position to work out for that 1 minute, more will flow naturally, and same with other items… Reading and writing and more.. 

Concentrate on One Minute everyday… and See where it will lead to.

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.

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.

Until you know the rule, follow the crowd

One thing about routine is that you have a very good chance of excelling, when you know you can pause and reflect and then enhance your current way and eventually become better and better. Whether you have a desk job, or you simply go to the GYM to exercise; Routine Habits is a great way to become “better” at where you are.

As defined in the Cambridge Dictionaries Online: “Routine” is

    • a usual or fixed way of doing things:There’s no set/fixed routine at work – every day is different.He checks under the car for bombs as a matter of routine.
  • a regular series of movements, jokes, or similar things used in a performance:an exercise/dance routine He went into his usual “I’m the head of the family” routine (= usual way of speaking).

Let us say that you started a new job and you really don’t know the rules, or you moved to a new country where everything is still new to you, How would you handle yourself? of course you will eventually need to learn more about how things are done from some source, nevertheless you can be un-productive and “on-hold” until you do… or you need to start acting until you figure something out.

Everyday, on my way to my office, mostly taking the same route, once I’m on the highway, the speed limit is 100 KM/h with a buffer of 20 KM/h => meaning that you are allowed to speed up to 120 KM/h on that highway and beyond that  limit, you would get a speeding ticket.

At some points, as I’m moving at the speed of 120 KM/h, I find that most cars around me (doing the same) feel like they are NOT-MOVING, since all of us are moving at the same speed, so things shows as if we are all stable while we are all moving at a high speed; So as a general rule for me, whenever I’m taking a road that I am not aware of its current speed limit, I just mimic the speed of “most” of other cars… Until I see a speed limit sign :).

So this week’s tip, is about understanding the patterns around you, until you figure out how things are done on your own, and creating your own pattern.

So how do you do that?

Look, Learn, Take notes and then Mimic.

At the beginning you may not fully understand why you are doing things in that way, but afterwards, you would, and only then you would start linking what you are doing to what you need to be doing… and Start Excelling in what you do. Use the power of the Crowd!

Have a nice Week!

Cheers,
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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

Don’t just stand there… Start Acting or Reacting!

In one of my books, I spoke about the importance of timing, especially in taking decisions. How much does it cost us, NOT to take a decision or taking a decision too soon or too late; Each one of us experienced the following statement at least few times: You take 1 hour to take a decision to do something that actually take 10 minutes to execute… and NO, the 59 Minutes Spent were not for Brainstorming and Planning :).

It’s totally true in relationships, but it’s more general towards handling opportunities….  How many times you thought that an opportunity that presented itself would just stick there waiting for you to make the first move (on any move for crying out loud)?

It’s wise not to be foolish in taking a decision without thinking it over, but it’s foolish to stay wise all the time and take no risks whatsoever.

This week’s tip is about calculating the ratio of time-hesitating over time-doing and checking the impact:

What’s the Nolite Timere equation?

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Well, beside the fact that I just came up with the naming which translates into “Don’t Worry” in Latin, here’s the equation:

NT = Time Spent Deciding / Potential or Actual Time Spent Executing 

if NT is equal to 1, in most cases you’re breaking even, but it’s not exciting for the task.

if NT is Greater than 1, then you’re wasting too much time. Imagine you’re spending 60 minutes trying to figure out if you should take a shower that will take you in total 10 minutes?

Obviously, NT should be Less than 1. meaning that the Time spent deciding should be less than the potential or actual time spent executing.

The rule of thumb in decision making, is the order… You first need to understand / estimate how long a task needs to be done before taking a decision about it… Because if it takes less than 2 minutes to be done… Then you need to DO IT otherwise you will need to take a decision to Differ it to another time (scheduled), or Delegate it to someone else or Drop it from your list. And those are called the 4 Ds of Decision Making.

Enjoy your week!

Cheers,
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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

Have a clear vision and take easy steps to get there

I still remember a small chat I’ve had with one bright young man on my team a while back, we were discussing the impact of data and change on the course of business, it was more about decisions than it was about the science of data and the example I’ve share with him at that time was simple:

  • When you go to have a shower, (and if you’re like most people 🙂 ) you will need to balance the hot & cold water to find the perfect relaxing fit so you would enjoy your shower, however most tend to work on EXTREMES… they go from Extremely Hot, to Extremely Cool and so on… If it’s Hot… you automatically move the water to cool, then it’s too cool then you go back to less hot and then back… until you succeed.

That example was to simplify the importance of small decisions and testing and doing the corrective measures as you go until you find your match; That bright young man then, became a renown data scientists and one of the world’s Big Data Influencers. (Always proud of you Ali Rebaie )

Fast forwarding to today, and our tip for the week; pretty simple… let’s start by the DON’Ts… it’s actually just One:

Don’t Take Too many decisions at the same time

You see in real life, battles between armies, happen when a lot of soldiers are fighting at the same time, and the side who makes the most damage to the opponent normally wins that battle. In Chess, and on the other hand, it’s different!

In chess, you do have a lot of soldiers, with another set of different ranks etc, and you have to move them one step at a time… It’s still one army deployed on the board fighting the other, but the reality, it’s 2 people only playing. and Yes, you can win the game without causing enormous damage to your opponent, in fact all you need is to have ONE MOVE, The Right One

The board contains 64 squares of alternating colors. Each player has 16 pieces: 1 king, 1 queen, 2 rooks, 2 bishops, 2 knights, and 8 pawns. and if you think that is easy… There are over 9 million different possible positions after three moves each. There are over 288 billion different possible positions after four moves each. The number of distinct 40-move games is far greater than the number of electrons in the observable universe.

THAT’S HOW COMPLICATED THIS GAME IS!! But still it is Won… ONE STEP AT A TIME.

Life is a game board. Time is your opponent. If you procrastinate, you will lose the game. You must make a move to be victorious.

~ Napoleon Hill

Have a nice week,
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(This post is dedicated to UAE’s Chess Champion 2015, Saeed Ishaq)

Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

That one Important Step that Kills your Productivity…

Whatever you are doing right now, step out of it, sit down and read this… You will need it!

After a long time researching personal and corporate productivity, on what would be the right process to make things right, what are the tools and the tips to have a both effective & efficient use of time and resources to accomplish your tasks, I have came down to a small and easy advice on how to do it… You can read more details about it in this Post  but here’s a small recap:

Once you have a To Do List, assign properties to the same line item, and normally it’s like adding 4 Tags to the line item:

  • Call Jack: Project A, 15 Minutes, End of Day Today, Phone
  • Get Shampoo: Personal, 1 Hour, Friday 13th, Errands
  • Reply to Amy: Project B, 30 Minutes, Tuesday 22nd, Email
  • *To Do Description*: *Related to which project*, *Time to finish*, *Priority/Deadline*, *Context*

So here’s the trick, You just need to assign 4 different tags to your list, and based on that you can re-order the list, and make sure you can finish them all on time… So per example, if you’re leaving work at 6 PM, you might not be able to take that call because it’s not business hours anymore and is inappropriate to do it, however if you were heading to lunch or a meeting, and you’re driving your car, then you can take advantage of those 30 minutes to take that call. and so on.

I guarantee you, that if you use this method, you will increase your productivity tremendously!

So what’s this week’s tip all about?

Let’s say you were given a report to make, the person giving it to you, expect it done in 2 hours, or let’s say the next day… Or Let’s say you agreed to execute a project that normally takes 2 days to finish… But you end up, slipping through time, procrastinating.. leaving some details to the last minute… and so on… What happened? why are you not working efficiently? if an Email takes 10 minutes to reply, why is it not done yet?

I will tell you… Simply because you don’t know how to do it… (at that particular time)… YES… Sometimes, the reply to an email when it comes to TYPING… takes 10 minutes, but to know WHAT TO TYPE… might take 5 minutes to 5 hours… 🙂 got it?

So most of the times, we tend to ignore one important step, which is “Accommodating needed time to Learn How to Do the task”, but since we don’t pay attention on how this is too important, or our Super Ego jumps in (I’m going a little Freud on this 🙂 ), we tend to accept the task, commit to deadlines, and then Frustrate our entire life, and our personal time, and our energy trying to live up to that expectation.

So the Answer is simple, put a step first, call it: The little Learner! how much time I need to Learn how to do this task? (even if it’s 10 Seconds)

If you need help, it’s OK! just ask for help, or put some checkpoints along the way, so start writing a small draft and then validate it with your boss or client, then go over it again and re-do the validation and so on… You will realize that Not only you learned how to do it, but also the satisfaction from your work grows higher and higher…

So remember, LEARN, to put your Ego aside and Increase your Productivity! 

Enjoy your week,

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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

Be like the Ant: Never give up, look ahead, stay positive and do all you can!

One of my favorite and most probably one of the first stories I heard when I was a kid at school, was the story of the Ant and the Cricket, the cricket that was singing all summer while the Ant was working, and when the winter arrived, the cricket paid the price while the ant ripped off the benefit of hard work.

The summary of the story is goes something like this:

Once upon a time… one hot summer, a cricket sang cheerfully on the branch of a tree, while down below, a long line of ants struggled gamely under the weight of their load of grains; and between one song and the next, the cricket spoke to the ants. “Why are you working so hard? Come into the shade, away from the sun, and sing a song with me.” But the tireless ants went on with the work… “We can’t do that,” they said, “We must store away food for the winter. When the weather`s cold and the ground white with snow, there’s nothing to eat, and we’ll survive the winter only if the pantry is full.”

“There’s plenty of summer to come,” replied the cricket, “and lots of time to fill the pantry before winter. I’d rather sing! How can anyone work in this heat and sun?”

And so all summer, the cricket sang while the ants laboured. But the days turned into weeks and the weeks into months. Autumn came, the leaves began to fall and the cricket left the bare tree. The grass too was turning thin and yellow. One morning, the cricket woke shivering with cold. An early frost tinged the fields with white and turned the last of the green leaves brown: winter had come at last.

The cricket wandered, feeding on the few dry stalks left on the hard frozen ground. Then the snow fell and she could find nothing at all to eat. Trembling and famished, she thought sadly of the warmth and her summer songs. One evening, she saw a speck of light in the distance, and trampling through the thick snow, made her way towards it.

“Open the door! Please open the door! I’m starving. Give me some food!” An ant leant out of the window.

“Who’s there? Who is it?”
“It’s me – the cricket. I’m cold and hungry, with no roof over my head.”

“The cricket? Ah, yes! I remember you. And what were you doing all summer while we were getting ready for winter?”

“Me? I was singing and filling the whole earth and sky with my song!”

“Singing, eh?” said the ant. “Well, try dancing now!”

Although this is a story designed for children, it’s very true in the world of business, entrepreneurship and leadership; you see, Ants are fascinating creatures, they don’t have left and right brain to think logically and creatively and they don’t have a Facebook account to brag about what they are doing or watching, instead, they are only driven by their instinct to fulfill their life mission and goal. 

If they’re headed somewhere and you try to stop them; they’ll look for another way. When I was a kid, I used to place a straw to prevent the ant from continuing its path and the response was, they’ll climb over, they’ll climb under, and they’ll climb around. They keep looking for another way.

This week’s tip, is about learning 3 things from this amazing tiny creature,

  1. Look ahead
  2. Work in a team towards a common goal
  3. Stay positive and do all you can 

Have a nice week,
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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

Mediocrity is the enemy of success

I can’t think of any inspirational / successful person who started on a perfect scale, where everything was in order and things came easy… Unless you are born, the son of royalties or so; You just need to make a living for yourself just like the rest of us.

Now although I know that success is not an easy think to make, it takes really hard work and so many factors and ingredients and maybe so many things that I don’t know about… It’s just one common factor, the pursuit of success doesn’t come from Accepting Mediocrity   

A brilliant person that his books inspired me for years, once said, Good is the Enemy of Great and once we accept the GOOD we stop pursuing the GREAT… 

That person was Jim Collins, in his book, Good To Great!

Whether you were a manager, a team leader or a simple individual, accepting mediocrity is simply surrendering to failure, And here I’m not saying that things should be perfect to start with, I guess we’re far away from perfection as it gets… But at least we should acknowledge that we are at an acceptable stage, BUT WE’RE NOT STOPPING HERE…

I know people who surrendered to their mediocre life, stopped pursuing their dreams and stopped believing they could make it, even not believing that they could even do a routine thing they’ve done 100s and 100s of times. Let me tell you this, it’s HARD to go back to excellence when you start accepting mediocrity, (not impossible.. but just hard).

This week’s tip, is about EXCELLENCE… is about going for the GREAT, and not getting satisfied with the GOOD… since the beginning.. and Accepting the GOOD only as a Stage before you reach to Great.. BUT NOT STOPPING THERE…

“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.”
James C. Collins, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t

Always seek greatness, and never settle, cause when you do, everything starts to become easier to maintain, but harder to grow, and when your leadership accept a mediocre result, your followers will start accepting even less and less…

Have a great Week,

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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

You will know how heavy a burden was, when you let it go

When I started delivering workshops on Time Management, I’ve almost always started with this example… The Example of How Heavy the glass of water is. (or a bottle, depending how it would work out)


How heavy is a glass of water?

A lecturer when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked,”How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 4oz to 12oz.

The lecturer replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

He continued,”And that’s the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”

“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.”

“So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don’t carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow.”

“Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. So, my friend, put down anything that may be a burden to you right now. Don’t pick it up again until after you’ve rested a while.”


This week’s tip, is about discovering the wasted energy that we can suffer from without knowing… You see we may be carrying something very delicate and not necessarily heavy, but requires constant concentration and attention, for a long time that we almost destroy our productivity.

Just take a REAL look at what you are carrying, and believe me, you wouldn’t know how REALLY heavy the load you have, until you let it go… Even for an Evening… so do not underestimate the small pending issues you have, cause they may be killing your productivity softly..

Whether it was the electricity bill you forgot to pay, or that old relationship you still are holding on to, every small stuff, will be a huge burden after a while, and it will need further energy to sustain… And you might realize that you’re not actually afraid of letting go… but from moving forward…

Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather learning to start over.

~Nicole Sobon

Enjoy your Week!

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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

It’s not WHAT you are carrying, it’s HOW you are carrying it

When I was at the supermarket yesterday, I bought loads of groceries, since I only do these types of shopping like once in a month, I get carried on and on 🙂 and at the end, all of the items are placed in commercial bags for me to carry…

I held all of the bags, and started walking, and walking, I live pretty close to the supermarket, and on that day I said that I needed the exercise…

4-5 minutes later, I was very tiered, tiered from the load I was carrying… But wait, the total of items vs their weight is not something a healthy 35 years old male cannot handle! and yet I had to take several stops on my 10 minutes trip… until I reached home.

What happened to me, happened to you before, and I don’t mean carrying the bags, but the entire way that we carry our items that makes a huge difference.

Let’s put it this way: If the entire items, were carefully put in a travel backpack, and the weight was distributed all over our body… not only we could manage to get it going with, we could even fit more and more items!!!

One of the secrets to productivity, is knowing how to distribute and balance your load… You see, sometimes the number of items on your plate might seem reasonable, and manageable, but yet you fail to see that the WAY you are carrying off your items / tasks / responsibilities is not ideal, and will make you feel tiered and you may be in a situation where you can’t continue due to the “unexplained” load you are carrying…

 Make sure you don’t carry the burden of the whole world on your shoulders, just in case someone needed them to cry.

~Nema Al-Araby

Our tip for this week is, as always, simple 🙂 … Make sure you pay attention to HOW you are carrying your load, and not only to how many manageable items there are…

Enjoy your Week!

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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project