On a day like today, about 15 years ago, I experienced fear as I’ve never experienced throughout my whole life; I came super close to being in the line of fire between armed military conflict in what I could call a mini-civil war that happened in Beirut in May 2008; It was around 1:00 AM, I can still remember the loud sound of firearms getting closer … Continue reading Be Bold, and Fortune Favors the Bold
I can’t remember when was the first time I actually had the chance to watch “Dead Poets Society” for the first time in the early 90s. Still, I surely remember rewatching it many times over and reliving the “Oh Captain, My Captain” moment that symbolizes the admiration of the students for their teacher and a reminder of the importance of inspiring and mentoring others to greatness. As … Continue reading Carpe Diem. Make your Life Extraordinary!
On September 27th, 2022, my father, Mokhtar Chidiac, passed away after battling cancer for 15 months. Only a few months ago, I had a rare opportunity to spend time with him with my camera just before his health started to deteriorate and had him tell me his life story and the moments that shaped his life. It was a very intense emotional time for me at … Continue reading 3 Life lessons I learned from my Father
In the summer of 2009 and before the release of the blockbuster science fiction movie AVATAR, I had the pleasure of meeting the co-producer Jon Landau while he was speaking at one of our company’s annual meetings at Microsoft; at that time, we were all waiting to hear about how Microsoft’s KINECT technology was used in the making of the movie; Kinect was not yet due to hit the market, … Continue reading Keep trying… Some goals are so worthy that it’s glorious even to fail.
This week’s tip is an extract from my Commencement Speech for the Class of 2020, you can read/listen to the full speech 👉 The Last Day of the Present. “Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will. Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” ~Suzy Kassem Around 10 years ago (8 years at the time of the speech), I was having a chat with my sister, she … Continue reading Become Friends with your Fear
The other day, I was having a chat with a friend of mine who has become a mother just a few years back, and as we talked about Life and challenges in general, she shared with me some great advice that was so simple, and yet very powerful, about facing challenges in life. “Men are what their mothers made them.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson She said … Continue reading A simple lesson from Mothers on Perseverance
One day you wake up, and look at the mirror and see a person you don’t know, a person that looks a lot like you, has your features, but strangely you don’t recognize that person. Because deep inside of yourself, you realize that this is not YOU… and if it was indeed you, you fail to acknowledge how did you end up here. When did … Continue reading Never lose track of yourself
For the past 3 years, I have debated to go back to blogging and publishing Monday tips or not; The journey of The Monday Tip was fascinating by itself and it brought a lot of joy to me and to my reader… The Secret about the story of this blog was described in the Book “Balanced Circles” where I included all the posts and all … Continue reading Sometimes, you need to go back to what worked!
There was that day, a day like any other, when I started my laptop, maybe I was feeling a bit down, maybe just one of these days… All I could remember is that what you are reading right now, is the last post of a project that I never knew that I would be starting that morning… The Monday Tip, a Weekly Blog that aimed at … Continue reading Focus on your destination, and then flow like Water…
We’ve all heard the sentence that you need to ask the right questions in order to get better answers; While it is valid and true in most situations, it could be useless if you were – per example – not being able to interpret the answer one it was given to you :). On one of my trips to Minsk – Belarus, I needed to … Continue reading Before asking questions, learn how to interpret the answers
At one point in time, I was doing a coaching session for a young woman, who was explaining to me how she couldn’t cope with all the problems she had, and how difficult this life is… And while most individuals would consider the amount of problems they have as being the Worst scenarios, I’ve had a different response to that young woman: “It might sound weird … Continue reading Make your faith greater than your fear
This morning on my way to work, I stopped by the gas station’s supermarket and wanted to get myself some breakfast (by the way I start work REALLY early), it was almost 6 AM already, and while I was browsing the items in that mini-market, I saw a young girl, she was around 13 or 14, and all dressed up with her school uniform for … Continue reading Evolve
If you ever had the opportunity to study Psychology, one of the foundation of this magnificent study will be about learning, and how do we learn. And to be able to understand the evolution of the Brain & Mind in this, they normally start with studying babies. There’s a fascinating small game that parents play with their infant child, that is almost universally known as … Continue reading Be like a baby… Then Grow up!
How many times you have closed your eyes and wished deep inside that someone could just change? and how many times you thought you really “could do it” and change them? was it a behavior that you didn’t like, was it a wishful thought to make your relationship become better. Whatever the reason was, we all did it, and more likely we will all keep … Continue reading You can’t change people, but people can change because of you