Sunday 30 June 2013

4 'Untruths' That You Have Been Told About The 'Real World'

'Success is the key to happiness', says Albert Schweitzner. Success is also not an easy ride, but on the contrary, it is the result of experience, hard work, perhaps luck, and at times failures.

Muovo would like to share with you the following 4 'untruths' that we used to hear when we were young. Are you ready for the big news?

Here we go...

1. You're excellent in whatever you do. You're the best honey.
When we were young we might have needed that extra push from our parents to get ourselves going and perhaps not giving up from whatever we'd been trying to pursue. However, to tell your 6-year-old kid that he's a great poet, simple by rhyming a phrase like 'horse, divorce, oh it's your choice', does not necessarily make him the next Lord Byron. It will be better to make your child know of the strengths and weaknesses he possesses and that it is okay - and normal - not to be good at everything. Nobody is.

2. You have to be perfect.
Some say that failure is a teacher. In fact, failure is 'success in training', says C. W. Keene at Brazen Life. If you're still in college, you don't need to have a perfect track record to land yourself a good job. A lot of graduates who scored top marks are still looking for their perfect dream job two years down the line.

3. You have to be married by 30.
Although this was the case for a few decades ago, it is certainly not the norm now. With graduates leaving university in their mid-twenties, and starting their career even later, it is almost impossible to be able to fund yourself and settle down the late-twenties, early thirties. Don't stress and don't buy the myth: not everyone is ready to get married by 25. This is not to say of course, that it is wrong to do so. It all boils down to your own life circumstances and personal choice. Live and let live!

4. You will only success if you go to university.
Success comes from all walks of life. Although nowadays there is a strong pressure worldwide for students to continue furthering their education at tertiary levels, it does not necessarily mean that they will be more successful than any one else without a degree. Although you may have to work harder, you can be just as and possibly even more successful.

What's your opinion? Do you have any other 'untruths' that we could add to the list? Muovo would like to hear from you!

Nikita Pisani at Muovo

Friday 14 June 2013

3 Ways to Make your Life Truly Worth Living

Every moment in life should be cherished. Don't waste time engaging yourself in unfruitful activities that could lead to detrimental effects.

Muovo would like to share with you the following 3 tips which you can use (unless of course, you already are) to make your life truly meaningful.

1) Use time wisely.
Time is already too short. Everything seems to be passing by so quickly, days become weeks, weeks turn into months and before you know it, we're drinking champagne and celebrating yet another New Year.

We should however make space in our all-too hectic life to spend quality time with our friends, families and also make time for personal fun.

The following video entitled 'Philip Zimbardo: What Makes a Hero?' shows just how essential it is to make space for people that matter and quality time for ourselves.

2) Invest in Long Life Learning.
English teacher and trainer Jim Scrivner once said that humans are created to learn. Learning can occur into different forms, and can be formal or informal. Formal learning is usually understood as that sort of learning that takes place within four enclosed walls, otherwise known as the classroom. Informal learning can be the result of an a relaxed time with friends at a barbecue, where one of your friends suddenly spills out something that turns into an informative seminar - where people share ideas and possibly grow as individuals. Informal learning usually takes place outside educational establishments (like the school) and is often spontaneous - that's the beauty of it!

3) Are you shy? Make your shyness social!
Do you tend to shy away from large groups or any form of public speaking? Don't worry - you're not alone! Shyness is a self-imposed social restriction that could limit you from a lot and a lot of things. It is in a way a psychological barrier or prison that you create for and by yourself.

Best wishes!

Nikita Pisani at Muovo

Monday 10 June 2013

What The Google Pioneer Chade Meng Tan says about Success

'Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you do, you will be successful.' - Albert Schweitzer

This is by far one of my favourite (if not the favourite!) inspirational quotes, cleverly stated by the German-French theologian, musician and philosopher Albert Schweitzer.

I think that loving what you do will give up the intrinsic motivation and drive to work hard and strive to do your very best. Our readiness to work hard is what ultimately makes us successful.

The video below is an inspiring one-hour lecture given by Google pioneer Chade-Meng Tan about his new book, Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace).

It's it!

Uploaded on June 10th 2013

Nikita Pisani at Muovo

Sunday 2 June 2013

Career Suicide: Be Careful What You Post On Facebook!

A good reputation requires a lifetime of hard work. What happens if one night, you go out on  a staff party (with your boss), you get drunk...and have a bit of 'wild' fun? The answer is simple: you lose your hard-earned reputation.

In a fraction of a second, you can make yourself virtually unemployable, if not unattractive to potential employers. Employers would be more than reluctant to hire somebody who shares racy and offensive pictures on social networks, or has a tendency to voice his or her extremist opinions on sex, religion, politics and other 'taboo' issues at the workplace.

Keep in mind that you are, in some way or other, representing your company. Like every other community, your work is the social hub that you are associated with, and likewise, people from outside your company will see you as the face of your company.

Lesson to be learnt: do not share offensive pictures or photos of you drunk on a Saturday night on social networks. A picture is worth a thousand words...and if it falls under the wrong hands, or seen by the wrong eyes, your pictures can easily get through to your boss...leaving you looking for a new job. A shocking picture could be lethal for your professional career. On the web you are exposing yourself. Like every other thing that is posted online, a wild Saturday night 'innocent' photo could be viewed by people you have not ever even imagined they existed. Of course, this is not to say that everything you post online could work against you, or that there is someone out there who is looking through your profiles day and night to find something with which 'to get you'. However, do show discretion on photos and other posts that you decide to share online and limit your privacy settings from time to time.

On another note...these two short fun videos from Ellen DeGeners show (one of my favourite talk shows in the world!) just how much you need to be careful of what you post online! Enjoy!

...and another! 'Facebook helps you find a job':

Nikita Pisani at Muovo


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