“You need less than you think you do. All your life, you’ve been led to believe that more is better, and that whatever you have isn’t enough. It’s a prescription for disappointment. Instead ask yourself this: How much of what you already have truly adds value in your life? What could you do without?”—Tony Schwartz
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If you’re like most people I work with in companies, the demands come at you from every angle, all day long, and you have to make difficult decisions without much time to think about them. What enduring principles can you rely on to make choices that reflect openness, integrity and authenticity?
Here are ten that work for me:
1. Always challenge certainty, especially your own. When you think you’re undeniably right, ask yourself “What might I be missing here?” If we could truly figure it all out, what else would there be left to do?
2. Excellence is an unrelenting struggle, but it’s also the surest route to enduring satisfaction. Amy Chua, the over-the-top “Tiger Mother,” was right that there’s no shortcut to excellence. Getting there requires practicing deliberately, delaying gratification, and forever challenging your current comfort zone.
3. Emotions are contagious, so it pays to know what you’re feeling. Think of the best boss you ever had. How did he or she make you feel? That’s the way you want to make others feel.
4. When in doubt, ask yourself, “How would I behave here at my best?” We know instinctively what it means to do the right thing, even when we’re inclined to do the opposite. If you find it impossible, in a challenging moment, to envision how you’d behave at your best, try imagining how someone you admire would respond.
5. If you do what you love, the money may or may not follow, but you’ll love what you do. It’s magical thinking to assume you’ll be rewarded with riches for following your heart. What it will give you is a richer life. If material riches don’t follow, and you decide they’re important, there’s always time for Plan B.
6. You need less than you think you do. All your life, you’ve been led to believe that more is better, and that whatever you have isn’t enough. It’s a prescription for disappointment. Instead ask yourself this: How much of what you already have truly adds value in your life? What could you do without?
7. Accept yourself exactly as you are but never stop trying to learn and grow. One without the other just doesn’t cut it. The first, by itself, leads to complacency, the second to self-flagellation. The paradoxical trick is to embrace these opposites, using self-acceptance as an antidote to fear and as a cushion in the face of setbacks.
8. Meaning isn’t something you discover, it’s something you create, one step at a time. Meaning is derived from finding a way to express your unique skills and passion in the service of something larger than yourself. Figuring out how best to contribute is a lifelong challenge, reborn every day.
9. You can’t change what you don’t notice and not noticing won’t make it go away. Each of us has an infinite capacity for self-deception. To avoid pain, we rationalize, minimize, deny, and go numb. The antidote is the willingness to look at yourself with unsparing honesty, and to hold yourself accountable to the person you want to be.
10. When in doubt, take responsibility. It’s called being a true adult.
At first sight they may look like some pretty sharp blue photographs, however all those pictures are actually hand drawn with a simple Bic ballpoint pen!
Spanish artist Juan Francisco Casas uses up to four 14p ballpoint pens to create his incredibly photorealistic drawings, measuring up to 10ft (3 meters) high.
The use of penballs makes Juan’s drawings even more original, which certainly has played a big role in his way to success, and his works are already a sell-out at exhibitions.
His source of inspiration comes from his own photographs of nights out with his friends, so you can only imagine how wild his parties are, as half of his drawings include girls that forgot to put on their clothes.
"Ang Babae sa Septic Tank" wins best film at Cinemalaya
Marlon Rivera’s “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank” wins Best Film at Cinemalaya
PHILIPPINES - JULY 25, 2011 - After a successful ten-day screening of this year’s entries, the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival commenced last night with an awarding ceremony held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines hosted by Paolo Bediones and Angel Aquino.
Publicis Manila’s president and chief creative officer Marlon Rivera was named Best director for his film Ang Babae sa Septic Tank (The Woman in the Septic Tank), also declared the Best Film in the New Breed category for full-length films and winner of the Audience Choice Award. The movie’s writer, Chris Martinez, also won for Best Screenplay. The film’s lead star, comedienne Eugene Domingo, was named as the festival’s Best Actress.
Ang Babae sa Septic Tank is a comedy about misguided ambitions, the art of making art, and the romanticization of poverty. The film also starred JM De Guzman, Kean Cipriano and Cai Cortez, with the special participation of Mercedes Cabral and Cherry Pie Picache. Martinez shared their inspiration in doing the film, “It’s a real experience that we had, Chris and I, when we were in Busan and we showed it and people ask us, ‘Why are you showing this kind of a filipino family?’ It’s a rich Filipino family, middle class, and they are surprised that we are not showing poor people. We came to realize… that there’s an impression about the Philippines based on the films that we bring out. So things that we show the world actually quite narrow and we said this has to come out and no one’s talking about it. So we said, why don’t we make fun of it? We want to show that the Philippine independent cinema is not all about poverty porn.” JP Cuison, senior art director of Publicis Manila, designed the poster of the award-winning movie. When he was contacted by Martinez to design the poster, he immediately agreed to the project. And instead of showing him pegs from different artists, they showed him some of his gig posters. And the poster brief? Martinez reminded him, “JP, ayokong magmukhang movie poster yung poster natin ha, gusto ko magmukha siyang gig poster…rebel.” (JP, I don’t want our poster to look like a movie poster, I want it to look like a gig poster… rebel.) Moreover, Straight Shooters Media Inc. was the film production house for the ten-day shoot. This is not the first time that Rivera and Martinez participated in the Cinemalaya festival. In 2009, they set up Rivera-Martinez films to produce the movie entry, 100 – which starred Mylene Dizon, Tessie Tomas, and Eugene Domingo. Aside from film and advertising, Rivera is also a fashion designer and stylist. He presented his fifth collection in the recent Philippine Fashion Week. Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival is an annual event showcasing the independent Filipino movies organized by the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Thursday: Burrito night @ Chihuahua Mexican Grill. I found out about this place online. And because my love for Mexican food is just so great, I had to drag @kaecarriedo with me to try it out. The place is located along Makati Ave., in front of A.Venue. Food was great (Mexican food always is, anyway) and the place was just perfect—clean, well lit, had a considerable number of tables and was spacious. @kaecarriedo and I ordered steak burrito, tortilla soup and Chihuarita – their version of margarita.. I’m not so much into alcoholic beverages but i sure would have loved their Margarita if I was. Our order was Php650 in total. Not bad coz the whole meal was good for two. The thing I like about this joint is the fact that they have a salsa bar. You could get as much salsa, lime, etc as you want. Not like others which charge for extra. I rate this place as 3.5 out of 5 stars. Food and place was great but for me, Ristras is still the best!
Friday: Mexican Merienda @ Tia Maria’s. My co-worker has been craving for some soft tacos for weeks already. She finally got to satisfy that craving last Friday. We had merienda at the small Mexican place near our office. Tia Maria’s has been around for quite some time already. I remember eating at their Festival branch with my family a few years back. Well, Tia Maria’s is an okay Mexican joint. They have a wide range of menu which looked and tasted good. But for our merianda, we just had their “Merienda Special”. It was a small meal that cost Php59 + Php10 if you wanted iced tea to go with it. We all ordered soft taco which had an ample amount of nachos on the side. They served this from 1-5pm. For the place, it had a good Mexican feel but it was a bit cramped. All in all, I’d give Tia Maria’s 3 stars.
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Saturday: Burrito night again, this time @ Orale! Taquiera Mexicana (and again with @kaecarriedo). I was reading Yummy magazine last Friday and read about this Mexican place. As I was reading the article, I said to myself that I would it out; I just didn’t know that it was this immediate. Anyhoo, it’s a newly opened Mexican resto located at Fort Strip in BGC. It has wider range of food selection compared to Chihuahua and Ristras. We ordered a regular burrito, regular nachos and virgin apple margarita; everything for Php600 – not bad coz it was good for two. The burrito tasted good but not as good as Ristras! :) Their nachos were hard and thick! Toppings were great but the nacho chips just ruined it. But their apple margarita, it was just refreshing! Oh, and the service here was great. Servers were prompt and friendly. I give Orale 4 stars.
Sorry, but Ristras and Taco Bell will forever be my number one pick! :)
Yulia Brodskaya (born in 1983, Moscow) is an artist and illustrator best known for her handmade elegant and detailed paper illustrations. Originally from Russia (Moscow), she is now based in the UK. Prior to moving to the UK in 2004 she was interested in diverse creative practices ranging from Textile Painting, Origami and Collage to more traditional Fine Art practices. Following an MA in Graphic Communication (2006, University of Hertfordshire) she continued to experiment and explore ways of bringing together all the things she likes most: typography, paper, and highly detailed hand-made craft objects.
“Typography is my second love, after paper and I’m really happy that I’ve found a way of combining the two. Having said that, I don’t want to exclude non-typobased designs, I’d like to work on different projects,” says Yulia.
She has swiftly earned an international reputation for her innovative paper illustrations and continues to create beautifully detailed paper designs for clients like Nokia, Starbucks or The New York Times.