My name is Alexandru, and I live in Bacău, Romania.
I am 33, I have a beautiful 6-year-old girl and a loving wife.
I grew up in a working-class neighborhood on the outskirts of the city, surrounded by friendly neighbors with whom I remained good friends.
As a child, I dreamed of living in Italy; I was fascinated by Italian music and Italian football. I stayed up late at night listening to the older boys tell me how they discovered other countries. …
Looking back at the results of my decisions, I see three factors that influenced my decisions: short-term thinking, temporary fear, or my unexpected morning mood.
My good decisions — on the contrary — were taken with courage, strategic thinking, and clarity.
As an entrepreneur and a chess player, to gain mental strength and prepare for life’s high tensions, I must adopt a long-term strategic approach, a warrior mindset, and regular — quite important — decisions.
Here are the books that impacted me the most for that purpose.
“Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.” - G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
I love meditation with all those refreshing mental pauses.
Meditation improves my mood, liberates my mind from unproductive thoughts, and often has the capacity to heal me.
Because no meditation plan impacted me more than the feeling of having Jesus as my guardian, I began to study practical Christianity, even though the Orthodox church — to which I belong — somehow considers reading unorthodox works a sin.
Moskow, 1984: All traffic has been stopped, and thousands of chess fans, with minuscule chessboards in their hands, gather in any intersection, praying to see Garry Kasparov — or his life-time rival, Karpov — at least for a few seconds passing in the tournament’s official cars.
Kasparov was the world chess champion for 15 years. He designed his life as a long chain of tensions, radical decisions, and challenges, and many lessons can be learned from him about how to be mentally stronger.
Key points covered in this article include:
Have you ever wondered why some people buy from you at first sight and why others — for the same excellent product or service — make their decisions after many days of having doubts?
It’s obvious that each person has a different personality, but do we treat them properly or do we prefer the more social ones, following our own style?
Charles J. Clarke III is the creator of “Bulls, Owls, Lambs, and Tigers®: Personality Selling and Personality Marketing,” the selling technique also known as the BOLT system that starts by dividing people into these four categories — each one…
When we think about the most important books we came across in our life — those books which we would re-read with pleasure any day — we discover how they managed to change us.
In a way, these books I’m about to present are just like me:
Allow me to describe in detail what they mean to me.
Cultural Prompt: “Expressing Positive Changes Emerging After Our Lives Were Disconnected Physically from Our Pre-Covid-19 Lifestyles”
-Knock Knock! — Who’s there?
-Pandemic! Be aware!
I spread fear for empty hearts
Put on your brown pants!
-Wait right there! We have a plan!
God will guide our catamaran.
Even fragile, it will flow
With the liberty chapeau.
We miss tourists, holidays
Our company’s sweet duet
But sorry, labyrinthine dancer
Our hearts are not empty yet…
You could take our taste
You could steal our smell
We would still be blessed
Faith is our citadel.
Along silenced Resurrection carols Hopeful sunset —…
‘How are my favorite bald men?’ the young nurse shouted after kicking the door open as her hands were occupied with yellow envelopes and small boxes.
‘Brenda, yes!’ four of the five patients in the boys’ ward loudly expressed their joy…
Everyone was thrilled for her return, except David, who seemed deaf, continuing his abs workout, with his black T-shirt and his kind-rapper face.
Each patient superstitiously placed his envelope with the results of the tests on the bed, but not him — he glared at Brenda, clenched the paper in his fist, and threw it straight into the trash.
Often, my clients compliment me for my organizational skills, but the reality is that I’m not a super-organized person.
I actually can’t suffer papers, spread objects all over the house, multitask, and find myself opening 40 tabs, of which 30 are useless!
I confess: my database, along with its attached habits, does it all for me!