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. 

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

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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

You are not the center, the center is You

During my path of coaching and assisting people, whether it was on a professional or personal level, if we were in a casual conversation or in a formal meeting, I have encountered a lot of similarities in what hold some people off from realizing their potential, and sometimes in what is holding them from doing any type of progress!

This week’s tip is inspired by the same conversation that I had with like at least a dozen of individuals (with variations of course); the initial versus of the conversation starts with something like:

  • I don’t know what to do …
  • My personal life is going nowhere…
  • My professional life is going nowhere…
  • I’m not the same person I used to be before…

and then it continues on and on, and at some point in the conversation, I would ask “Why can’t you do this… ” and the reply is always similar to:

  • But you don’t understand, how can I do this while THAT is still there…
  • I can’t focus on my work while my Personal life is not working…
  • I can’t focus on My self while I’m having issues at my work…

So to cut it short, here’s what I end up saying:

“My dear <NAME>,

Let me put it this way for you, there are 3 Circles in your life. 1) The Professional Life, 2) The Personal Life & 3) The Private Life.

1) The Professional Life: includes all the work related items, your relationship with your boss, colleagues etc

2) Your Personal Life: includes your family, friends, loved ones, LOVEd one, and your life with them

3) Your Private Life: which includes YOU, how you eat, drink, exercise, what makes you happy, and what makes you sad… etc

All 3 constitute YOUR LIFE, but let’s be realistic, those 3 areas are not the front of the BLADE of a BULLDOZER that you use to CRAFT your life AT THE SAME TIME!  in fact although they are interconnected and interdependent, they are to be dealt with separately.

Of course when you are happy at home, and you are in great physical shape, it would affect your professional life in a positive manner. Of Course, the opposite will affect (and would probably mess up) everything around you. But Hey! don’t make yourself the CENTER of the 3 circles, just understand that The Center is YOU. And you just need to have a mental separation to all 3…

  • You need to Eat healthy, take care of your self, EVEN IF YOUR professional life is not going well.. Don’t Stop Taking care of yourself…
  • You need to take good care of your personal life Even if you have issues at work
  • You need to keep the work related issues… AT WORK….

From what I learned from Successful people, they do that a lot, they have this amazing ability of separating things mentally, if they have issues at home, they don’t make that affect their responsibility and especially their communication with their employees, teams and colleagues… If they have an issue at Work, they don’t bring on the stress home to their family.

If you put yourself in the Spotlight of the 3 circles, you won’t get satisfaction unless everything is solved / working optimally, however realizing that the center is you, makes you work further on developing / handling each aspect separately and enjoy the benefits!

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

5 Tips from a Frequent Flyer

When I was sitting in the last hour of 2014 evaluating what happened during the year, one thing stroke my attention… I have taken 62 FLIGHTS in 2014!! And compared to 37 flights in 2013… I won’t be counting the miles and hours I spent up in the air instead, I’ll share with you 5 tips that you might find useful next time you’re taking a trip.

1. Be Meticulous when you pack your bags

Whether it was a long flight or a short one, if you were traveling Light or not, packing is important… SOME try to STUFF things in their bags as if they were escaping the apocalypse only to live in a deserted island for the rest of their life J … Irrespective which type of PACKER / STUFFER are you, my advice to you is to be in a state READY to open your bag and add, check or remove anything in a matter of less than 2 Minutes!

For any reason you might be in a long line, and you would be asked about to open your bag… to see / validate something in it… and no one likes to be in this situation, exposing their personal items to the public… So make sure you can do so in 1 minute… and save yourself and others some inconvenience…

One time as I was walking the door of my flat, I discovered that the key to the apartment is in the pocket of my suit stored very carefully in my bag… Yes it happens!

2. Your Passport is your most important asset… Understand it

It does help that you go through your passport and memories important items on it, you WILL be asked in EVERY flight you take to fill a small form that will include your Passport #, its Date of Issuance, Place of Issuance and expiry date. Most of the time, you will need to fill that form before you land, or before you pass through passport control, so it can save you some time and less effort to get your passport from your bag stored in the overhead location or do so while standing in a line or so.

One other thing here, and this may only happen if you’re traveling in the countries of the Middle East and Africa but it’s worth mentioning… Some Local authorities, might HAND-write down some information on your passport, like a number or a code… That you might not pay attention to at the time, nevertheless, they would LOOK for this (again Hand-Written) code while admitting you in… So if you have changed passports or something. This might take you even more time and sometimes some inconvenience.

Also, your passport holds your travel History, and at points, you would be asked (whether in an application or in-person)  about a specific date of entry to a country… in My case, once I was standing before the passport control in Morocco and the gentleman was sure that I didn’t leave the country the last time I went in, since it does not show on the system… so I had to look up the “Stamp”… otherwise it would’ve been an additional valuable time to finish the process… So MAKE SURE you pay attention when the gentleman perform his procedure on your passport.

3. Be at the airport at LEAST 2 hours before your flight time

I have a good friend, who really Push the envelope on this one, he would literally take his time in going to the airport, and we always fight over why I do the opposite J …

There are numerous cases that I passed through personally that made me confident that the rule of 2-3 hours before your flight time is there for a REASON!!

Let’s say you forgot something VERY important and you only discovered that when you were in the airport? Let’s say there were a LOT of people checking in, you can’t say that “you have a flight to catch” cause you know, everyone else is in the same shoe as you!

Sometimes, airlines could be OVERBOOKED, so you might arrive and NOT find a place for you on the plane (it does happen). And sometimes, just sometimes, a sequence of unfortunate events could happen to you… and make you lose time and more time and more time… like the time I was flying to Oman from Kuwait through Dubai, and I had 2 boarding passes, and the gentlemen in the passport control stamped my boarding pass going from Dubai to Oman and not from Kuwait to Dubai… and Guess what? They couldn’t let me BOARD, until I had to go BACK to the passport control and fix that… Imagine doing that all in like 30 minutes before the plane takes off.

4. Be at the gate exactly at the Boarding time

Also some folks would push the envelope on this one too, so they spend some time cruising around the airport here and there, and wait till the last minute to board the flight…

Sometimes, your boarding gate DOESN’T LEAD YOU DIRECTLY to your plane, but instead to a shuttle that would transport you to your plane; and your plane could REALLY be far from where you THINK it is parked… I was flying Emirates the other day, and while I boarded in Dubai, the gate lead to a shuttle and the bus took us on a 25 minutes trip to SHARJAH (that’s another Emirate BTW) so we could board on the plane… So seriously, you wouldn’t want this type of stress of almost-missing your flight because of that nice perfume you saw in the Duty Free.

5. Be careful when booking connection flights

When a direct flight is not available or is more expensive, a connecting flight is a decent and sometimes rather an excellent choice; just make sure to pay attention of the time difference between your arrival time from your initial flight and the boarding time of your connecting flight.

Let me put it to you in a different way, 45 minutes might SEEM reasonable to you giving you enough time to change planes etc… IT’S NOT… you may need to add an additional Hour to make it reasonable… So 1h 45 minutes IS a good time… as so many things might happen on the way… If you ever took a connection flight from CAIRO per example, (depending on which terminal you would land) the local procedures caused me to MISS my connecting flight 2 times in 1 week!!! And if you ever took a connection flight from Paris, and saw the LONG LINE … REALLY LONG line on inspection… and that wouldn’t help when your initial flight gets delayed (it happen with even the best airlines in the world… almost frequently for numerous reasons)

On a lighter side, the opposite happen, so always confirm the timings with your travel agent before you accept the flight, I once spent 9 hours in Italy and once I spent 11 Hours in Germany… because I thought that I will arrive at 9 AM and will board at 10:15 AM… and it turned out that I will board at 10:15 PM.

6. BONUS: Enjoy the Experience!

Flying is not a stressful activity, unless you make it this way, if you plan everything in advance, follow instructions and deal with un-expected things as they happen, you shouldn’t face enough issues. It’s still the safest mean to travel. And an Excited experience as well, so look around, enjoy the variety of people, languages, sounds and colors all around you, make sure you have a headphones on and play your favorite tunes and you would end up inside a movie or a nice story…

Have a safe flight and 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

How to talk to people at the right time, to get more things done

One day you wake up in a great mood, you have the day off, you have some errands and places to be in to do some of your administrative work, let’s say paying a bill or submitting a document to your bank and inquire about some offers.

You finish your  morning workout, have a delicious breakfast, watched some TV, dressed up and headed to your destination; It was a beautiful sunny day, and nothing seems to make you thin otherwise.

You reach to your destination and you find a long queue; normally you would start complaining but not today, you’ll be happy to be standing in the queue, and start to connect and smile at everyone… You reached to the clerk after some 20 minutes of waiting, and your turn is there, and you started sharing the positive vibes to that wonderful person sitting before you… But unlike you have expected, the response was not very “welcoming”… That person didn’t smile back, and he or she was not in the mood to even listen to your description of the lovely weather… and Instead he gently (but firmly) ask you to stop talking outside the point of your visit… And the flow starts getting down from there, the glass is half empty, and there are several missing items and you know what… You’re back in the line or even had to go back another day…

Is this week’s tip about Positive energy? or how to deal with negative welcoming people?  No it’s not… It’s simply about Understanding that just because you’re in a specific mood, the other person shouldn’t necessarily share your enthusiasm and that would directly impact the efficiency and productivity in both directions.

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”
John Lennon

The above quote by JL, would make you think about what was he smoking when he said that, or how motivating… depending on the mood 🙂

Now although there is no magic trick to make you know when is the right time to talk to your colleague, client or vendor to get things done… Here’s a small trick I use; (Try this for a week and see the result for yourself)

  • Try to call someone you need an urgent response from, Right Before Lunch
  • Try to Pass by someone you need something done from, Right Before the End of the Schedule
  • Go very early and be the first person in Line

When the other person is still Sleepy, is hungry, Tiered  , they have more tendency to finish your request (as fast as possible and) in a very efficient way!

I once passed by X Embassy to apply for a visa at 1:55 PM (when the closing time is 2:00 PM), and guess what, the entire process took exactly 3 minutes!!

And not only this would help you out tremendously, being the first person in line & going early would certainly give you more Buffer to ask more questions and respond to any missed requirement.

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