30 May 2014

Who cares about who wins the World Cup 2014?

I don't care who wins the World Cup for the sake of sport, but I am extremely curious to see how the mega event will impact the social conditions of Brazil. 

Is it best for Brazil to win? Or maybe it's better for them to lose? If losing is better, should it be early on or later in the tournament? 

There's no question of whether or not protests are going to happen, it's how and what will be the government's reaction. 

The world is already watching, Brazil will be full of tourists, and they don't want to lose the 2016 Olympics - so the government is more accountable than any other time in history. 

My wish is that Brazil, the country, wins
much more importantly than who takes home the trophy.

06 May 2014

What is essential?

A friend recently sent me Greg McKeown’s article The Difference Between Successful and Very Successful People which resonated, piqued my curiosity, and led me to buy his new book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less to dive deeper.  

What is essential? That’s the key question the book explores, along with strategies to eliminate what is not and how to focus on what really matters. (Most things don’t matter!)

We live in a world of abundance, with more choices than ever before. How do we manage this positive dilemma?   

I remember going to the library, using the card catalog of course, to see if there was a book about a specific subject. Now, we run a quick online search and are presented with an overwhelmingly array of results. What is signal and what is noise? (Most of it is noise!)

We humans like to focus on technology and innovation, but are those really the most important factors influencing us and the world we live in today? ...or is our ability to choose? McKeown quotes Peter Drucker:

"In a few hundred years, when the history of our time will be written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event historians will see is not technology, not the Internet, not e-commerce. It is an unprecedented change in the human condition. For the first time - literally - substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices. For the first time, they will have to manage themselves. And society is totally unprepared for it."

Are you prepared?

Think deeply about what is important to you, what is absolutely essential. Once you are clear about that, it becomes much easier to make choices.  

Say “yes” to the things that are essential and really matter to you. Don’t feel bad about saying “no” to the things that don’t. It’s your life. The choices are yours.  

Making choices can be challenging. Perhaps the only thing that is harder is to not make choices, because then they will be made for you. 

Make choices.

06 January 2014

4 Reasons Why You Should Learn to Cook

  1. Have fun.
    • Unleash your creativity through exploring unlimited food possibilities.
    • Cook with your significant other (or woo one your way ;-).
    • Host family and friends to share an ancient human ritual and universal bonding experience.
  2. Be healthier.
    • Know what's in what you are eating and how it was prepared.
    • [see Michael Pollan's talk in the video embedded below]
      • "Eat anything you want, just cook it yourself."
      • "Poor women who cook have healthier diets than wealthy women who don't.
    • [see article The only way to defeat the food industry: Cook more]
      • "Stop worrying about the food industry, stop worrying about fast food. Just don’t eat it. Cook more.
  3. Save money.
  4. Connect with Mother Nature.
    • "...cuisine is the most important link between nature and culture." Alex Atala, world-famous Brazilian chef.
    • Explore the abundance and diversity of ingredients and food possibilities in this wonderful world we live in, learn more about them and understand where they come from, and enjoy the amazing things you can create with food to nourish your mind, body, and soul.
Bon app├ętit!