2016 and 2017 have been some quite strange years for those who have been following my writings. They have been changing times for me too. Here are some of the things that happened in these years:
I stopped publishing one article every other day on Discerne, my blog in Romanian and started publishing much less often.
I started writing and publishing again my articles in English on this blog, which is something that brings me great joy. Actually, towards the end of 2017, I‘ve mainly kept the good self-imposed discipline of publishing on Analytic Vision two articles/month and on Discerne two articles/month.
I didn’t publish any books. I didn’t publish any e-book or audiobook. Considering that between 2012-2015 I have been publishing approximately one book/year, 2016-2017 are quite odd for many of those who have been habituated to my rhythm. In 2018, I intend to reward my fans with at least one newly fresh published title.
I have insisted more on articles about my vision and opinion upon certain topics and I have published significantly fewer specialty articles about certain topics.
I have stopped working for the prestigious Romanian magazine Economia Online once it discontinued publishing in spring 2017.
I have started writing for two Facebook publications that weren’t launched by me, but to which I have made a significant contribution both in quality and quantity. These are Learning Skills Romania and Random Inner Dialogues. The first is a community initiated by Silviu Vasile preoccupied with efficient learning techniques: I publish there once a month an article about speed reading, memory, concentration, productivity, modeling, learning and personal development. All the content in Romanian. The second publication, launched by Ștefan Drăgan in the spring of 2016 is a place I publish twice a day, both in Romanian and English: you’ll find over a thousand sketches: funny, ironic, witty, sarcastic and short conversations and dialogues.
One of the most important things is that I have started to work with a “muse”, a brilliant publishing consultant who supports me to deliver the best of myself in what I write. Her name is Diana Andreea Bădrăgan and by this means I thank her. She has added her insightful input to about half of the articles I’ve published in 2017, improving, enhancing or validating them.
So this year I haven’t made a top of the best articles I published on Discerne, as I usually do. I made a top considering ALL of my articles published in 6 different online publications. Of these 53, of course, the bests are on Discerne and on Analytic Vision :) . I have taken into account my own perspective about how important and valuable that content and/or perspective is, both in terms of utility for large audiences concerning personal development and for specialists interested in specific aspects. As usual, I spent a lot of time reading again articles that I wrote and trying to figure out what I loved most. This year, for the first time, I have discarded from my criteria the number of visualizations.
Here are my top 10 of the best original articles written and published by me in 2017. The titles in Romanian are written in Romanian
10. Networkingul fata in fata in era web 3.0 (Discerne, 31.5.2017), follow-up on the article ”Cu siguranță, dragă colectivitate, de la un liber-profesionist cu vervă”
This is an article which might seem to address salesmen and freelancers, but actually affects interpersonal relationships between people even more than you think. How human are we when doing networking for business purposes?
9. The Timeline (Analytic Vision, 13.10.2017)
This is the first article in a series of four, about how the way we perceive time deeply influences our personality. I consider this short series of articles one of the best and most important I have written in my life. Now in English!
This is a tough take on the value and skills necessary to listen and how much is it still worth nowadays.
7. Cine caută răspunsuri, culege puncte de vedere. Cine caută întrebări, cultivă orizonturi. (Discerne, 21.02.2017)
For all the protesters who care about their causes, this is a thought-provoking critical analysis on the protests against corruption which took place in Romania at the beginning of 2017. The article doesn’t take sides, but only invites to different perspectives through questions which may also be applied to protesters almost anywhere.
This article tucked a fable in two pieces on the enmeshment that often happens between young adults and their parents, with a twist on the Romanian lunacy of it all.
5. Despre conștiința de oaie din turmă (Discerne, 1.12.2017)
This is the best article I wrote in Romanian, for the National Day. It’s about patriotism, but it doesn’t only apply to Romanians.
4. Why Public Relations Are Not Marketing (Analytic Vision, 7.12.2017)
Find out what most communication and economics graduates and some practitioners are not able to explain to a 7-year-old child!
3. What is Schema Dynamics Programming (Analytic Vision, 6.7.2017)
The single most important development I have succeeded in 2017. It already revolutionized the lives of a few clients of mine. Find out now how a daring vision might stand at the intersection of everything you were afraid to ask about psychology and coaching!
2. Some Differences Between Working Hard and Working SMART (Analytic Vision, 27.6.2017)
If you’ve got the right mindset and you’re looking for a tweak to implement, how about a dozen, with a clearly exemplified model of how to turn your office clock around the fifth dimension.
1. Meta Time (Analytic Vision, 13.11.2017)
This is the fundamental article which plain and simple explains to you, in case you didn’t know why the time management techniques don’t work for most of those who try them and how to change your perspective to make the whole shebang work in your favor.
Keep on reading!
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