“I don’t do change”

There’s a movie which I like a lot and express one thing: “I don’t do change”. Essence of life – one doesn’t do change. It may inspire it, provoke it, ignite it. Not actually do it. “We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.” – Mother TERESA (Mother Teresa quotes; Mother Teresa – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) It’s an important distinction: change, great things, huge accomplishments take a lot of things. But what I can do is small things. With love, as mother TERESA puts it.

The warranty (extended or not) for a product is not required

You may look at this and tell me I’m wrong; why would I buy a camera from another country, with difficulties in returning it, and, possibly, with a smaller time-frame for warranty than in Romania (one year vs. two years)? The answer is simple – I don’t “believe” in warranties; sure, if you ask me, give me not 2 years, but 200 years of warranty; but, the thing is, if I am to pay more for warranty of a product, I would not do it; I have been using digital devices all my life; rarely, if ever, did I had to use my warranty; even in cases where I needed warranty, most of the time its warranty-free (let’s say, I drop a product in water); I rarely needed warranty for a product.

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When you buy IT things, should you do research or not?

The answer is – it depends:

  • I think that when buying certain items, you should do research (monitors – research; video camera – research; hard drives, power source, media player, motherboard, processor, video card – research) if you’re not a professional / expert in that field.
  • On the other hand, there are items which you should definitely check out yourself (mouse, keyboard).
  • At other items, you may do research or buy by checking things yourself – head phones; loud speakers; computer case (perhaps monitor&video cameras, if you’re a professional working with graphics);

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Elements of a successful team (by Jim BAGNOLA)

At a recent conference (Jim BAGNOLA: “Leading Teams: Managing Success”, The Leadership Tour (2011.11.25, Bucharest, Crystal Palace Ballrooms) – Get a result now!), Jim BAGNOLA (see Jim BAGNOLA – the best trainer I’ve seen – Get a result now!) said the elements of a successful team are: Preparation; Cooperation; Communication; Luck; Execution. Also, you should operate in a team as if it were an emergency. (an emergency asks for no individual responsibility, it’s either success or not) Finally, there should be a shift from being different into making a difference.

On redemption

It may look simple: You do good, you’re saved, you get redemption; You do not-so-good, you’re in trouble; Simple, right? How about this? “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Let’s go back to the original algorithm: You do good, you are not forgiven, (here comes the tricky part) you get a bit angry, you love God less; versus: You do not-so-good, you’re forgiven, (the following may not happen) you feel good, you love God; Both algorithms have a tricky part, and it may also be that you do good and still love God, or you may do evil and still not love Him, but it’s something to think about; and the original algorithm doesn’t provide, now, the full explanation of things; who gets to have redemption? The person who only does good things? Or the one who fails to do so? It’s, at least, unclear – now.

Optimism with a grain of salt

My favorite movie is Le Notti di Cabiria; I’ve recommended it to others; some have seen the movie as pessimistic, depressing and sad; I see it as a great hope for life / humanity / purpose of life. The Stockdale Paradox is, in my opinion, on the same side with me. Explained, by Jim COLLINS, the paradox goes like this (details): You must retain faith that you will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties. AND at the same time… You must confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be. This is, in my opinion, the essence of pretty much everything; a hear-tearing paradox leading to hope. PS, 2018.08.03: I’ve first heard this quote at a training with Cătălin Zaharia.