Motto: “Ask, and it will be given to you, seek, and you will find, knock, and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7.7) Jesus Christ Offer before receiving! Whoever is not content with a little is not worthy of more, either. (Romanian Proverb) The more we get, the better we notice… Read More How to Create a Better World by Means of “Thank You”
Once upon a time, as many other times back then, there was a little puppy named Fido. He was small, but he was going to grow up fast. That’s why he and other puppies were sent to a particular school, where he would learn how to behave to become better friends and supporters of people.… Read More The Puppy School
What does listening imply? The ability of virtually anyone to meet their needs by employing technology has raised the following issue. Everyone who wants to express themselves has to face increasing competition for an increasingly unavailable resource: the limited attention of the interlocutor. One of the main functions of listening is validation. This issue is… Read More In Search of Lost Listening
When you have a team of people working in task-oriented activities, such as specific projects requiring phases and deadlines, it’s essential to use a few necessary tools. Intrinsic motivation is the one that makes people act on their own initiative. It makes them happy and proud to be working on a particular project or for… Read More The Difference Between Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation
I created a personal development exercise based on a similar one designed by Harry Faddis and promoted by Betty Martin (the 3 minutes exercise, based on the model of the wheel of the consent). I think it can be a powerful tool in creating a connection between people, as long as it is done video+audio.… Read More The Self-Expression and Listening Exercise I Developed
I invite you to read an article about how time management influences personality: The Timeline. This is a fundamental meta-feature that dominates each person’s personality, although it can be different depending on the context. The articles “In Time” and “Meta Time” are sequels: the detailing of the first perceptions. This is the fourth article of… Read More The Complex Perception of Time and Measuring It at An Elementary Level
I invite you to read an article (the first one in a new series) that will show you how time management influences one’s personality: The Timeline. This fundamental meta-feature dominates somebody’s personality, although it can be different in different contexts. The article “In Time” is its continuation: detailing the first central perception. This is the… Read More Meta Time
I invite you to read an article (the first of a new series) showing how time management influences personality: The Timeline. This is a fundamental meta-feature that dominates one’s personality, although it can vary in different contexts. “In Time” is its continuation: detailing the first main perception. In Time (partial association with the perception function,… Read More In Time
Motto: « [The Romanian] is wasteful with time, more so than people from the West. Time is anything for the Romanian but a currency. At the fair, he haggles for hours for whatnots. The same goes for parties; he loses days and nights»; «It is said that [the Romanian] is undisciplined working in the economic… Read More The Timeline
The Mirror of the Bible To look in the mirror spiritually is to live according to the Holy Scripture. The true essence of listening to fragments of the Holy Scripture during the holy liturgy is to carry those to others. There are two ways of doing that. The first is to tell your friends what… Read More In Which Mirror Do You Prefer to Look?
Occasions to buy gifts Romanians are very welcoming, occasionally (but not as a primary trait) generous, and they buy many gifts for each other on different occasions. Usually, such events are: birthdays Name days – usually, most Romanians are named after saints, which means they have at least one “name day/ziua numelui” or even more… Read More What Gifts to Buy to a Romanian
Many friends tell me I always make the most original gifts or the best-personalized congratulations on different celebrations and anniversaries. So I decided today I will share with you what I consider some of the greatest gifts to give or receive. I have recently seen a beautiful film called The Ultimate Gift. If you treat… Read More The Ultimate Gift
This is the original series of 11 articles that make up the paraphrase of Mircea Eliade’s work from the ’30s. It is titled the same way as the broader tag: The Art of Respecting Others (30 articles) The Art of Respecting Message Actually Living Communication. Between investing and spending. The Modern Buttons of the… Read More The Art of Respecting Others, by Marcus Victor Grant
I long wanted to write about a charming city I have visited twice in 2010 and hope I will get the chance to further explore in the future. I wish I had not lost all the pictures I have made there to illustrate all these ideas. It’s amazing, and I don’t know where to start;… Read More Chişinău
We are all aware of the preached necessity of forgiving. So, starting from a personal development material I got from a training concerning the benefits of forgiveness, I asked myself the following questions: Which are the causes of forgiveness? (what determines people to forgive?) what are the benefits of forgiveness? What are the barriers to… Read More Benefits of Forgiveness
Yesterday, July 2nd, Saint Stephen the Great [en, wiki] was commemorated in Romania. There is a large amount of information, mainly in Romanian, about Stephen the Great (we call him Ștefan cel Mare), but I am sure you all know how to use the “translate” function of Google Chrome. It is rare in the history… Read More Saint Stephen the Great or Why Europe Has Such a Diverse Map
“Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar“ Sigmund Freud According to Alfred Korzybski [en, wiki], the greatest epistemologist of the XXth century, in his work “Science and Sanity” [complete book, en, HTML index, pdf chapters], for example, in the case of the word “pen”, when I take it in my hand, and I say: “This… Read More “The Art of Personal Branding”, or Sometimes, a “Pen” is Just a Pen. But Sometimes It Isn’t.
I have once seen a man in a grand library, sitting at a table, with a piece of paper and a pen in front of him, without doing anything. Yet, around him, there were tens of busy people with book piles on the table, notes, charts, and all sorts of written, colorful papers. And, of… Read More Photo-Reading People
We frenetically type away our lives. We write off the words, throwing them like a depreciated currency when sometimes less is more. “More, more, even more”: clicks, links, tags, tweets, posts, pics, blogs, lists. More avatars [en, wiki]. More input to type away the lack of proper stimuli for authentic communication. Ultimately, we are left… Read More Less Is More. Until It Becomes Nothing.
We must learn not to be afraid of communication. On the contrary, we must learn to live without the obsession with communication. We must learn to get as much out of our messages dedicated to working. Still, we must also master the art of respecting others by communicating with them through deeply relating and less… Read More The Windmills of Your Mind