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When you volunteer, you will tend to work for yourself

Just Google [volunteering helps with] and you will get some reasons for which people volunteer.

But the most important reasons are these two:

  • Instead of watching TV, you’ll feel better after you volunteer.
  • Instead of working, you’ll also feel better when volunteering.

I think I’ve read it first on Derek Siver’s blog, but it was also a long thought of mine, that in order to best help an NGO you should do the work which is most impactfull (which is likely to be something closely related to your 9-to-5 job), and use the money you earn like this to help NGOs. This should have more impact than you giving flyers and organizing events.

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The most powerful question to ask for self-development: “So, it’s his fault?” (via Nigel Risner)

More than 10 years ago, in October 18, 2007, at the Howard Johnson Hotel in Bucharest, HR Club organized a conference at which I’ve first seen Nigel Risner. His talk was about “How to Create IMPACT as an HR Partner”.

At some point, he asked for volunteers to a task which anyone should have volunteered to (be in front of people, be applauded). He picked the fastest person to raise his hand, and then asked a curious question to a participant – “Why didn’t you raise your hand?”. And the answer came “He was faster than me.”, to which Nigel Replied “So, it’s his fault?”

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Wonder (2017) – the seventh movie I like a lot

Yesterday I watched Wonder (2017).

It’s the seventh movie I like a lot, after Le Notti di Cabiria (1957), The Grey (2012), Gattaca (1997), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), The Butterfly Effect (2004), Inside Out (2015).

I looked at the list above, and noticed that most of the movies in the list are dramas, and only two are comedies. Only one movie is an action movie. I noticed I tend to avoid dramas, and watch action movies, and comedies more. That’s a bit of a strange choice, given the context.

“Wonder” is a delicate movie, gives you some perspectives on life. I don’t consider it very realistic, it gives an unrealistic optimism over life. And I think that’s a good thing, movies should do that. You don’t watch a movie for the brutal truth, but for the good it should bring in you.

Otherwise, it’s a powerful movie, with tough emotions. I haven’t cried, though. :)

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How do I love?

In the past, I used to deeply admire some persons. For the rest, the inevitable question arose: “Why aren’t you why you could be, if you really wanted?” (a model).

Nowadays, I don’t have any models. There are some people for which I care more than for others, but it’s not a big difference.

Also, I tend to have lost the need for attachment. I used to think that to love someone, I needed to be attached to that person. Not anymore.

This gives me some freedom (I can be wherever I must be, without caring too much about models).

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Recommended book: “Irresistible” by Adam Alter


This book (“Irresistible” by Adam Alter) can be useful if:
A. You want to know more about your internet / technology dependence. It focuses in particular on Facebook / gaming addiction, but it goes through more aspects.
b. You are interested in the influence of technology / Online on children.
c. Are you interested in concepts such as gamification in the business (how to make “gamification” products), or how to make an attractive online project, what “hooks” to use.

The key word of the book: addiction (Internet mainly, but also games and technology in particular).

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20 feed-back points for the The SEO Framework Plugin

Below, some feed-back for the The SEO Framework Plugin.

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Small thoughts

Below, some thoughts, too small to make an entire article by themselves.

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I have passed by a park today and took the photo below. What you see in there is “park arrangement” by Romanian authorities: feweer green areas, more concrete areas. The green part is neglected, the artificial one increased. It’s a shame. Why do you need 3 alleys in a small park?

Passion of the CEO

I’ve noticed in a lot of small companies for which I give consulting the following trend – the CEO of the company is very engaged, passionate, hard working. The person has lots of ideas. On another hand, the employees have much less energy and passion. A big problem is the lack of accountability. The CEO is accountable for everything, while each individual employee for just a small number of things. For this reason, a company needs the CEO a lot. That person is the blood within the body.

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Exact Match Domains in SEO – does it still pay to use them?

What are EMD (Exact Match Domains)?

“An EMD is a domain name that precisely matches a search query that will likely drive traffic to your website. For instance, if you call your website
The search query ‘buy cheap jeans’ is a lucrative search term, and if you call your website this then you might assume this is a short cut to the top of a search engine results page (SERP).
Source: What is an exact match domain (EMD) and how can you safely use one? | Search Engine Watch“.

Should you use them? Yes, you can still use them, but their value is declining, and you might want to consider going for a branded name in your domain.

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