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I am a localization manager/translator and intercultural consultant living in Berlin (Germany), passionate about languages, cultures, diversity management, body art, dancing, self-empowerment, coaching, effective communication and, last but not least, vegan gluten-free food and good movies.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

"What is happiness?", and the smallest daily action you can take, from now on, in order to be a little bit happier

If you could pick only two things, in order to define happiness, which ones would you go for?
German legendary novelist and poet Theodor Fontane [1819-1898] was pretty sure about his own picks:

Happiness, it seems to me, consists of two things: first, in being where you belong, and second -- and best -- in comfortably going through everyday life, that is, having had a good night's sleep and not being hurt by new shoes.

Which is a good and pragmatic answer, if you ask me.
A couple of weeks ago, while experimenting with a new pin-up look, I picked the wrong shoes out of necessity and oh boy, at the end of the day, my feet were absolutely not happy.

No doubt about the fact that Theodor Fontane was the pragmatic kind of guy, also famous for saying, more or less, that if one is happy already, should not desire to become even happier. [in German: "Wenn man gl├╝cklich ist, sollte man nicht noch gl├╝cklicher sein wollen"]

[Untitled street art by Trek Thunder Kelly (2014) in Venice, LA, CA (USA)
quoting Abraham Lincoln: 
"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be"
Image source © Jennifer Saparzadeh]

But what if, even while being happy, one should still desire or aspire to get even happier?

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Does X matter, or not? The basic question about discrimination and inclusion

X (insert here the factor that could define you for some reason and make it possible to discriminate you and go for someone else instead: age, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, social background, looks, financial situation, social status, family situation, working experience, gender, emotional baggage, location and so on...) does not matter. You say. Or they say.

Sometimes, you are right.
If you are dealing with people that carry the same conviction as you and think that X does not mean anything and other factors are more relevant, then X doesn't matter, other factors are more relevant and together you will figure out how to make the most out of a situation.

[Sometimes it doesn't matter. And sometimes it does.
Knowing the difference between both scenarios
and how to deal with it is key]

However, it takes only one person to decide that, within a certain human interaction, X matters. And in that case, it will.
Making them change their mind because you disagree, is not always your job.
And even if it should be or become your job, it could be helpful to you to decide, for yourself, under which kind of circumstances you are going to stop and to take your business elsewhere.

It could make the difference. For you. 
And maybe for them as well.

Tags: Discrimination, Mental shift

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Not feeling 300% motivated and full of energy 24/7 every single day? This is what you should ask yourself, instead of beating yourself up

Do you have any dreams?
Do you have any goals?

Most probably, yes.
And it is also very probable that you are working toward them. 
Chances are also very good that, once in a while, you may not feel like working on them and for them.
You may wonder... It is possible to be 300% motivated and full of energy 24/7 every single day?

Let me ask you something else, instead.
Is it reasonable to expect that from yourself?

[Never, never, never, never give up, they say.
What if, sometimes, it just feels so difficult?]

Let's be honest: not really.
Still, even if it is not humanly possible to be a ruthless goals machine every single minute of your day, you can become very fast at getting back on track every time that you are going to slip up.