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Missed Birthdays

For one day in a year, I become selfish. I want to have everyone call me, think of me, send me the warmest of wishes and love. I want my friends and family to make effort when choosing their words (and gifts) around me, and I want to be the happiest person in the world. Yes, it’s my birthday and I want to be the center of attention!

Every year I say that I will not make a big deal out of it. I’m not that young anymore, I don’t have that extra money to spend on one party, I just don’t feel like making a big fuss. But than the day comes and my best friends are the first to call and ask “So where is the party?”…and I have to have an answer. This year, it was so impromptu, that I just bought couple of bottles of gin and fresh mint and made the best mojito party there is! 

Yet, the next day you start thinking who did not came/call/wished(singed) “Happy Birthday”. Did they forgot? Have I forgot to call them? Should I have had invited them anyway? Should I call them now? Eventually, time goes by and you forget about these questions.

However, the time comes when they have their own special day. These days, with the notifications, Facebook or Skype is hard to forget or ignore someone’s birthday, but when you are doing a huge project, thoroughly immersed in the work,  or are out of the country, or life(and it counter part) just halts you in your every-day tasks,  these things happen!

I wished so many belated birthdays to friends and family members in the past few months, people start to wonder if I’ve become forgetful or ignorant! And the birthdays I miss the most are the ones of the great people of the history of the world, when I read a book by a famous writer (Victor Hugo, 26th of Feb Les Misérables or Charles Dickens, 7th of FebOliver Twist) or listen to great music (Mozart-27th January, Bob Marley-6th Feb, Norah Jones- 30th March, Marvin Gaye- 2nd April) or watched a great movie or documentary for an artist, scientists, sportist etc. 

I’ve missed so many events, birthdays, celebrations and moments of leisure and fun. Just now , looking back, I can see the sacrifice I have made. Sometimes you have to ask yourself if it is worth it. But for this…for now…I think it is.

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Happy Birthday Woody Allen

I should stop ruining my life searching for answers I’m never gonna get, and just enjoy it while it lasts.

Happy birthday Woody Allen, one of the best writers, directors, comedians. He may not be liked for his type of movies, or how he skips award shows, or his view of love, but he knows how to live his life, learning to be entirely satisfied with who he is! That is something you can learn from him. Here are couple of excerpts from his interviews:

I have no apprehension whatsoever. I’ve been through this so many times. And I found that one way or the other, your life doesn’t change at all. Which is sad, in a way. Because the people love your film… nothing great happens. And people hate your film… nothing terrible happens. Many years ago, I would… I would… a film of mine would open, and it would get great reviews, and I would go down and look at the movie theater. There’d be a line around the block. And when a film is reviled, you open a film and people say “Oh, it’s the stupidest thing, it’s the worst movie.” You think: oh, nobody’s going to ever speak to you again. But, it doesn’t happen. Nobody cares. You know, they read it and they say “Oh, they hated your film.” You care, at the time. But they don’t. Nobody else cares. They’re not interested. They’ve got their own lives, and their own problems, and their own shadows on their lungs, and their x-rays. And, you know, they’ve got their own stuff they’re dealing with…. So, I’m just never nervous about it.

I made the statement years ago which is often quoted that 80 percent of life is showing up. People used to always say to me that they wanted to write a play, they wanted to write a movie, they wanted to write a novel, and the couple of people that did it were 80 percent of the way to having something happen. All the other people struck out without ever getting that pack. They couldn’t do it, that’s why they don’t accomplish a thing, they don’t do the thing, so once you do it, if you actually write your film script, or write your novel, you are more than half way towards something good happening. So that I was say my biggest life lesson that has worked. All others have failed me.

Happy Birthday Jack Welch!

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Today is his 77 birthday! This man has so much knowledge and experience in the field of leadership and management, that every word he sends out to the world is golden! I have been fascinated with the way he blends passion and simplicity, while always focusing on people. His books are bestsellers, he always smiles and he never shuts down or refuse to give an advice. He is one of those idols I have who shows me to be altruistic, by giving what I have studied and know. 

With that being said, I give you few options on how you can study his work and let him teach you to be a better leader, and a better human being. 

First, his books. You can find his books selling on Amazon.com http://amzn.to/1bA9HI0 . There are few *free* options for some of the books. Although, I do recommend having at least “Winning” or “Straight from the Gut” in a paperback copy in your house, so you can add your bookmarks to the important pages and things that can help you. Re-read them over and over! 

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Here are some links for reading some of his books for free, I’ve found online:

http://bit.ly/HWo6qt

http://bit.ly/1efhMWy

http://bit.ly/1bLFJEt

 

Another option for truly diving in, in his teachings is—to let him personally teach you! Yup! Jack Welch has launched courses on Udemy! There are three courses, and each of them cost 500$, however, you can wait for some coupons and codes for discounts to lower the price. 

Here is the link to his courses on Udemy. 

http://bit.ly/1jifvdt

 

Whatever you choose, choose something. His words will stay with you forever. 

Happy Birthday Jack! And have many more to come!

 

Happy Birthday Monet!

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Celebrating a birthday of an artist like Monet, doesn’t require many words. Instead, I’ll just share few of his best paintings, starting with one of my personal favorites, San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk.   

 Few years ago I had the pleasure of owning a huge Claude Monet calendar, enjoying one painting at a month. I still have it, and occasionally open it up to fuel up my appreciation for beauty. His impeccable eye for details and composition made his paintings real and full of emotions. Here are few more to enjoy:

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It’s Dostoyevsky Birthday!

For my favorite authors of all time, I share few quotes of my favorite book of all time Crime and Punishment (as if I didn’t scared you enough with my favorite author being Dostoyevsky, I’m telling you my favorite, read-once-a-year book being Crime and Punishment…well…it’s true!) After reading these few quotes I hope you’ll grab a copy of the book and read it through all of it yourself. Don’t let the number of pages scare you!

I will even give you a link from where you can download the book for free! Just read it!!!  http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2554

Few lines of the book:

“It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.” 

“Don’t be overwise; fling yourself straight into life, without deliberation; don’t be afraid – the flood will bear you to the bank and set you safe on your feet again.” 

“I Love it when people lie! Lying is only mans privilege over all other organisms. Lying is what makes me a man”

“What do you think?” shouted Razumikhin, louder than ever, “you think I am attacking them for talking nonsense? Not a bit! I like them to talk nonsense. That’s man’s one privilege over all creation. Through error you come to the truth! I am a man because I err! You never reach any truth without making fourteen mistakes and very likely a hundred and fourteen. And a fine thing, too, in its way; but we can’t even make mistakes on our own account! Talk nonsense, but talk your own nonsense, and I’ll kiss you for it. To go wrong in one’s own way is better than to go right in someone else’s. In the first case you are a man, in the second you’re no better than a bird. Truth won’t escape you, but life can be cramped.”

Seven years, only seven years! At the beginning of their happiness at some moments they were both ready to look on those seven years as though they were seven days. He did not know that the new life would not be given him for nothing, that he would have to pay dearly for it, that it would cost him great striving, great suffering. But that is the beginning of a new story – the story of the gradual renewal of a man, the story of his gradual regeneration, of his passing from one world into another, of his initiation into a new unknown life. That might be the subject of a new story, but our present story is ended.

“Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be!” 

Read it and think about it…than read it again 🙂 Happy Birthday Fyodor!

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My idol’s Birthday! Marie Curie 144th Birthday

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Today is Marie Curie 144th Birthday! One of the most famous women in the history of the world, not just in the sciences, managed to change the perspective of the work of women in the field. She proved that hard work, lot of studying and great passion for your work is what makes a person brilliant! What was amazing about this women is that she believed that people can be good and so she act accordingly. She stimulated everyone around her, friends, family, colleagues, to be the best they can be by boosting their morale and sharing her prizes with them. She understood the value of nurturing her relationships and she never EVER let the fame of her success overshadow the importance of her personal life and research.

She can not be left outside of your circle of idols! Especially if you are a women or girl or scientist. Or even a human being wishing to be the best you can be. She is the most inspirational person I have ever read about, that radiate with morality and perfection.

 

Photo credits: http://scieng-women-ontario.ca/en/files/2013/07/marie_curie_color.jpg