Blog tip: Steve Pavlina

I started reading Steve Pavlina’s blog a while ago, as part of the GTD (Getting Things Done) blogs I’m following.

It’s a blog worth reading, where the author talks about interesting topics on personal development. If you’re into this, pay him a visit … now.

Dare to dream The Impossible Dream

Late 2005, Honda launched “The Power of Dreams” (click on “watch he TV ad”), a 2 minute television commercial featuring an actor riding and driving on the music of “The impossible dream“. The ad symbolises Honda’s evolution, but at the same time creates an emotional link with the brand.

The soundtrack used in it is actually quite powerful, the theme song from “The Man of La Mancha” (yes, the play/movie about the life of the famous Don Quixote). Read them and judge for yourself if they inspire you or not:

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go

To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far

To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause

And I know if I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star

The Power of Dreams.

… What is your dream? Are you fighting for it?

Get rich quick schemes: become an event planner?

Remember those “get rich quick” schemes? Well, they also exist for marketing related jobs like event organisers. Check out this link: money-op.

No previous experience required, all you need to be able to do is: write down a list of tasks, delegate them to others, read at a ninth grade (or better) level, get along with people” … and you can do it all for $29.95. I really wonder how many people fall for this? I’m in the events business, so before you get any ideas … it doesn’t really work like that.

Getting Things Done, a reminder

I read the book, I’m using the software, and it really keeps my inbox clean and myself organised. What am I talking about? “Getting Things Done”, the system of David Allen, which offers a system to get organised and get the clutter out of your head, into what he calls your ‘trusted system’.

Getting Thing Done, commonly referred to as “GTD” has built a loyal following over the last months (years). Go check these out on the net:

But whatever you do, Just start by reading the book first.

For avid Outlook users (like myself), there’s also an outlook plugin to use the GTD method.

David Allen also wrote another book, called “Ready For Anything (52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life)“. One interesting thing in the beginning of that book is his ‘challenge’:

SOMETHING IS COMING—probably within a few days—that’s going to change your world. You don’t see it yet. You don’t know what it’s about. But it’s there, rolling inexorably forward, destined to throw you a curve that you do not expect. It could show up sooner or later—but it will show up. Trust me. Write down these words exactly four weeks from today on your calendar: “David Allen said a month ago that something was coming I couldn’t foresee that would affect me significantly.” Prove me wrong.

Claudia online

Another friend who recently started blogging: Claudia (Dutch blog only, sorry people).
Be sure to check out this photoset of her too. Some nice shots there. Kudos to the photographer (and the model too, of course)!

Does she look familiar to you? Could be, as she’s one of the “stars” in the Belgian version of The Apprentice, “De Topmanager“. I still don’t like the “Belgian Donald Trump“, but I’m sure he doesn’t give a damn anyway.