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i don’t remember who i got this from – this has been on my notepad for a while – so i’m sorry for not crediting.

this video explains a big deal of my work/life philosophy – a lot of “work” advice i get is that being constantly engaged or in a ‘working’/project-mode isn’t healthy, but i think it’s exactly the opposite: if your work is such a drag that extending it into your private is unhealthy, then there’s something wrong with your work.

i love being on as long most waking hours, because i love what i do: working towards a fairer and more sustainable future. of course, there’s ups and downs involved and not every single task is something i love, but i try hard to find something positive in it all and i enjoy the bigger picture.

and of course, breaks are important, but the important part about it is that you need to engage your mind in a different way – and not dull it with some mindless activity.

i’ve been told it doesn’t have anything to do with sanskrit, but it’s still pretty good. apparently it’s from chérie carter-scott’s book “if life is a game, these are the rules”

thx, alistair!

people with interesting lives.. (thx, giò!)

this is from the most inspiration-laden pinterest album i know (curated by dominik). makes me want to get more active on pinterest..

inspirational commencement speech: don’t work. be hated. love someone.

resist the temptation to get a job. instead, play.

this was perhaps my favorite talk at TEDxBerlin 2011, it’s really one of my life philosophies: don’t let routine take over. switch things up, try new things, be open to surprises, see with different eyes. move to a different place, don’t get attached to too many objects. feel the magic of being alive.

astronomy video with a motivational touch. happy monday!

happy 2012!

the thing is, we still live in a world that’s filled with opportunity. in fact, we have more than an opportunity – we have an obligation. an obligation to spend our time doing great things. to find ideas that matter and to share them. to push ourselves and the people around us to demonstrate gratitude, insight, and inspiration. to take risks and to make the world better by being amazing.

you get to make a choice. you can remake that choice every day, in fact. It’s never too late to choose optimism, to choose action, to choose excellence. the best thing is that it only takes a moment – just one second – to decide.

seth godin