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Christian | Writer | Poet | Founder @Atlas Trip Travel Agency | Travel Guide | Chess Player
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Hello, world!

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. …


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A year ago my family and I were visiting our relatives in London.

I used to get up at 6 AM to discover new places such as the vibrant Portobello Road market in Notting Hill, Victoria Park — where squirrels chased us, or Hyde Park where I had a long and emotional walk with my sister.

Right after the plane landed back home, we met a mad cab driver who was pretty sure that Pope Francis brought the virus to destroy the world: It was as if we were gone for a year, not five days.

Fear and conspiracies got…


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Most of us are urban warriors with good ideas instead of arrows. My daily planner is my fighting armor and my ”creative” helmet.

But why do I need a planner anyway? In the 21st century, if I don’t write down my tasks, I don’t do anything meaningful all day: I postpone all the important tasks with a hidden and sabotaging pleasure to lengthen distractions.

So I took Garry Kasparov’s advice:

It is better to have a bad plan than no plan.

There are tons of efficient daily planners available online but I decided to customize my planner to get the…


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Let’s say a client unexpectedly proposes a quick deal.

”You can get from this business the same amount you work for in a whole month. Don’t let it slip away!” that person would say.

  1. Would you accept a minor illegality attached to the deal and take that money?
  2. Would you maintain your standards even after a financially bad month — the worst month from the last five years of activity?

These questions are easy for a person with integrity. Anyway, temptations surround you, and it’s easier to commit a mistake than to do the right thing, isn’t it?

In this…


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Six years ago, after landing in Milan, I was eager to visit the city, attend a concert, and enjoy the natural wonders on Lake Como.

On the other hand, my mind was in the office, and a detailed list with all the departures of my tourists was in my pocket, helping me react if changes appear. That list was actually a worry list because I was constantly expecting something bad to happen.

Fortunately, Norman Vincent Peale’s book — The Power of Positive Thinking — accompanied me on that trip and gave me an incredible peace of mind — more than…


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As a systems lover, I asked myself:

  • How can I build a system for better decision-making?
  • When was the last time I made an important decision?
  • What can I learn from that decision?

To analyze my actions, I decided to record them in an Excel sheet called “The Decision Journal.”

In this article, I’m going to present the components of this system and how I applied it inside my small business — a physical travel agency founded eight years ago.

The Power of Important Decisions

A functional system needs tough decisions. But how should I differentiate them from the standard ones? I consider them adequate…


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Hotel managers call me long-distance to announce a renovation or a spectacular event — they want to impress me with passion and good intentions, and I cross my fingers to find acceptable reviews.

However, a quick web search shows horrible ratings for their hotels, and I understand that my customers won’t book holidays there unless those reviews improve.

For the past 11 years, I’ve spent every workday checking hotel reviews — even for hotels I’ve visited on previous trips, because buildings get old and every peak season should come with a breath of fresh air.

Allow me to share my…


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Airlines are sophisticated admirers, and you can love them or hate them — there is no middle way: They either fulfill your dreams, or they destroy them by canceling flights and putting you on hold on an expensive call.

In a period of recession, an airline believed in me — a skinny, inexperienced polyglot — and welcomed me in a creative environment: with friendly colleagues, respectful bosses, and foreign languages floating around.

I’ve been working only in travel agencies for 11 years now, but my passion for ticketing has never disappeared. …


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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.

3. How Life Imitates Chess: Making the Right Moves, from the Board to the Boardroom by Garry Kasparov


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“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.

During my travels, I’ve found peace sitting quietly in Catholic churches, felt the magic among thousands of souls harmonized…

Alexandru Vasai, MPol

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