I’m here to provoke you, not teach you something

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During a TV show – “Garantat 100% cu sociologul Gelu Duminică” (@TVR1), Gelu Duminică said something like:

Rolul meu nu este să te învăț, rolul meu este să te provoc / I’m here to provoke you, not teach you something.

When I think of flaws in the educational system, most of the flaws refer to things that I didn’t learn well enough – “Oh, I wished I had more room to learn Mathematics better”. But that was not the purpose of the education system. It was, indeed, just put there to create a spark. To incite my curiosity.

When I look at the situation from this perspective, I find that I spent four years in college, and during that time I found out about NGOs, about having an Internet connection, about attending conferences, about spending time online writing (forums, Yahoo! Groups, later blogs), about promoting things. All of these evolved in my life, I did some things afterward.

There was no class in college for photography, we barely connected online for official purposes, NGOs were 100% optional, communicating online, and promoting things were mostly not part of the courses.

While I did learn some things in the actual classes, most of the things came from human interactions – to see a teacher devote her/him self to creating a wonderful experience, to meet people from NGOs, to see people at conferences, to put some passion in your work, to love to find out more. Things like these were not taught directly, but indirectly.

And I’m grateful for the college years, from this perspective.

Following that, I did three Master’s Degrees, had some professional experience, and did some things with NGOs / events / online.

I owe it, partially, to the educational system in college.

I used to be critical to some things in the educational system, I’m less now, after that I heard the speech above.

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Life experiences make you better

Dirk - Evolution

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

I don’t think people should go through traumas. I don’t think it’s necessary to go through lots of pain, sufferance, difficulties to be a good person.

On another hand, living with everything you want at your disposal, no stress whatsoever, no limitations nor boundaries, being allowed to have, do and experience everything – I also don’t think that is the right path.

Tough experiences should be avoided. But a minor inconvenience, a limitation, a self-imposed limit, a boundary you choose not to cross – this might make you a better person.

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You have already won!

Iberian Proteus - Victory

My family once received an envelope with a message: “You have already won one of these prizes!”. Three things were there.

You were supposed to pay some money, and receive another message: “Again, another one of these prizes is yours!”.

After another member of my family received the same thing, and one person from the Postal office told us that a lot of people receive the same envelope, it was clear – it was a marketing scam, and the prizes which we won we actually paid for by entering a scheme.

But coming back to the message – “You have already won!”. Now, that’s one powerful message.

How would you go to school, considering that no matter what you do, learn hard or less-than, you will graduate? What would you do – learn more or less? Focus on some subjects, or become a jack of all trades?

How will you measure success, considering that you could live your life without fear of survival? Will you work more or less?

This thing – “Winning without a possibility of losing” is one powerful thing.

Going to a football game knowing that your team will win.

This changes the perception.

I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or not, but it’s something to think about.

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Despre cearta de tip – Nu face poza!

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Uneori, sunt certat pentru că fac poze.

Pe mine mă deranjează disproporția între agresivitatea cu care mi se spune uneori “nu poți face poze” și rezultatul concret.

La aeroport – “Nu poți face poze!”. Nu văzusem niciun semn. Întrebarea e – dacă nu fac eu poze, nu cumva e foarte posibil să facă altcineva? OK, te iriți, ești nervos, dar în afară că îți verși nervii pe mine, rezolvi ceva?

Am vrut o dată să fac o poză cu orarul unei piețe, era pe un panou transparent, a ieșit cineva din clădire să mă certe că de ce le fac poze lor? De ce îmi trebuie mie poză? Dar dacă mă ceartă pe mine, și într-un fel agresiv, oare pe viitor nu se vor face din nou poze de alte persoane? Nici măcar nu voiam să fac poză în interior, eu aveam ceva cu orarul.

Eram în Germania, am vrut să fac poză unui om al străzii, mi-a făcut semn să nu. Cineva cu care eram în grupul de turiști mi-a zis să fac poza. Am făcut-o. Și am plecat. Omul străzii s-a ținut după noi vreo 50 de metri, m-a ajuns din urmă, mi-a zis că ar putea să meargă la poliție. Nu mi-a zis să șterg poza, nu a țipat la mine, nu s-a iritat. Dar și-a exprimat punctul de vedere. Mi-a fost o rușine teribilă, și a fost un mesaj pe care, pe cât am putut, l-am interiorizat. Asta da eficiență. Am șters poza, și pe viitor am fost mai atent.

În România e mai greu să dai feed-back, fie și pentru că atunci când se dă nu se dă civilizat, de multe ori, ci se dă într-un mod agresiv.

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You’re not good enough for this


It’s my birthday today, and I can’t stop but think at this – some people don’t understand why I say I’m not good enough for some things.

I posted some photos online, some people liked them so much that they thought I should print them.

I don’t think I’m an artist-photographer.

I look for beauty, I’ve done more than 100,000 photos until now.

But I’m a beginner, still.

I haven’t studied things a lot, I just got some experience.

I don’t even look at a lot of other people’s photos, and, even if I do, in a lot of things I’m a beginner.

For example, shooting images in a room with low light or images in a theater, where’s there’s both a lot of light and not enough light should be a task for a beginner, at most a medium photographer. I’m not that good, I don’t shoot photos so well.

Even at composition, while I do know the basics, I’m not an expert.

I also don’t like to spend a lot of time on a photo, both when taking it and when editing it.

I don’t think that everybody should do everything. Yes, photography is a hobby, but I have some criteria in order to publish something, and that criteria has not been met until now.

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I need ideas! What’s the solution? 21 Lessons for the 21st Century – by Yuval Noah Harari

21 Lessons for the 21st Century: Harari, Yuval Noah: 9780525512172: Amazon.com: Books

If you need ideas to understand the world, if you need some insights on how the world works, you might be interested in:

“21 Lessons for the 21st Century”  – a book by Yuval Noah Harari.

It’s a great way to get ideas, in my opinion, and, more importantly, related to the current situation in the world.

I really don’t like spoilers, so I won’t give you a glimpse of the book, but I’m sure you can find places to read more about this book.

How to read the book? Not as a book of solutions, but as a book for getting ideas.

You might, as I did, not agree with everything in the book.

But, boy-oh-boy, was reading the book interesting!

I plan to re-read it.

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On launching a business

Heiner Engbrocks - business as usual

There’s a speech I like a lot: Charlie Chaplin – Final Speech from The Great Dictator.

I’m thinking a lot about launching a business.

Two things stop me from doing so:

  • I totally refuse to pay others a small amount of money. I don’t like this habit I see a lot in “I, the entrepreneur, drive a Mercedes, the employee can walk”. But if I pay big wages, it’s hard to stay competitive.
  • I don’t have an idea to sell others as a perfect gift. I don’t have anything which is really moving the needle in “I want to give the world the gift of …”. This isn’t present in my life. There’s nothing I wish to sell others. Sure, I exaggerate, there are some things, I would like to make the world better, but, mostly, I can’t find a lot of things to sell that are part of my emotions. I don’t wake up in the morning saying “World, listen to me, I want to offer you the gift of …”. If I have some ideas, I put them on this blog, but there’s none with huge importance. Sure, I’d wish people would help one another, but I somehow feel that if I want to sell this there’s some sort of imposed ideas, which I dislike.

Still thinking about this.

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Ideas multiply as they are seized

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“Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” ― Sun Tzu

I do get some ideas, I am creative at times. But there are plenty of times I’m not creative at all, I follow rigid procedures, having a poor memory sometimes is a burden.

But when I do get an idea on how to improve a procedure, what to write on a blog post, I generally tend to write that idea down and follow up with a blog post as soon as I can.

Writing an idea down helps me clarify it and save it for later. Not for too much later, as I tend to forget things.

But once I write an idea down, generally more of them follow suit.

I’m not at all at Seth Godin‘s level, but I do my best to make the world better, and also work on myself.

How to get more ideas? Not only by reading more books, or watching movies, or reading the news, but also by doing things.

You tend to get more ideas if you expose yourself to things. Sure, reading helps in some aspects, but just by reading, in my opinion, you won’t solve lots of things. You need thinking and immersion, and for that a job well done is a great tutor.

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Dark emotions

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“I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” ― Mark Twain


FEAR: False Expectations Appearing Real


“Freedom is what we do with what is done to us.” ― Jean-Paul Sartre


I have some dark emotions. I don’t like rats and bugs.

But they are pretty much innocent. Most bugs fear me, and most rats will run away from me.

I have only encountered them a few times, and most of the time it was me who started the process (I ran after them, not them after me).

Yet, I fear them, and I associate them with dark emotions.

That’s irrational, I think.

The solution?

The first step is acknowledging the issue.

The second step might be trying to change what I can – how I look at the world.

I can’t change the existence of rats and bugs. But I can look at them in a friendlier way.

In a poem like “Gândăcelul” – by Elena Farago the little bug is presented nicely.

In a book like “Papucii lui Mahmud” by Gala Galaction, the rats are around a monk living in solitude, and they are considered to be part of this world, they are not abnormal creatures of which we must get rid of.

The third step is reinforcement. Meet a rat, don’t run away from it. Meet a bug, don’t kill it, and don’t be afraid to touch it, or, at least, don’t look at it with disgust.

That’s it – three steps: acknowledge the issue, look at the situation differently, and reinforce the way of looking at the situation.

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The emotional part determines everything

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There’s a book called “Partea nevăzută decide totul”, by Horia-Roman Patapievici.

The unseen part determines everything could be a possible translation. I’d like to adapt that in the current blog post – The emotional part determines everything.

Everything is related to emotions. Your ethics code, how you see success, how you prevent failure, how you fight for your rights, how determined you are to do a good job, how you view your role in society. Emotions are pretty much everything.

I can’t stress this enough.

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