Using brands and logos for visualization

In some of my courses, I suggest using brands and logos for the visualization of complex ideas. I kind of assume that this is straightforward… What if it isn’t? Here I provide more guidelines and ideas… Avoid abstractions Our language is full of abstractions. When we visualize, we should really avoid abstractions, because how do …

The secrets behind your signature

We sign documents without even thinking about the meaning of our signature. Moreover, we select and design our signature at a very young age and then often use it for as long as we live. Without thinking too deeply about it. As an exercise in creativity and critical thinking, sometimes when I see something obvious, …

Conceptualized self: Are we perfect the way we are?

We are perfect the way we are. This is a mantra I hear and read very often, yet I fail to implement it in my way of thinking. Where is the catch? Why is it so easy to feel imperfect? Can we become perfect again, and if so, how? I feel flawed I am flawed. …

Elegance and minimalism as a cultural quality

Japanese culture is minimalistic and elegant. What can we learn from it, and how can we implement the best sides of this culture? Do we really need all the stuff that we have, and what price do we pay for it? Elegance and minimalism also cost money. What is the best tradeoff? I will share …

Get Inspired by Nature: 5 Things in New Zealand That Will Blow Your Mind

My honeymoon was in New Zealand. We spent a month in the most wonderful locations I have ever seen, doing extreme sports and relaxed hikes. It was the best vacation of my life. So I wanted to write about it for a while.  But nowadays New Zealand is a dream. Imagine my surprise when I …

Reimagining a pen

I am considering a new business. For a couple of weeks, I have been working with friends and family members trying to reimagine one of the most common and wildly used items: a pen.  This is a creativity exercise with a very real expected output. Join me on my quest for the perfect pen. Knives, …

Humanity’s Tendency Towards Loneliness

Is loneliness so bad? So many of us replaced real-life connections with virtual ones. We miss the human touch. Our brain reacts differently. We are social animals. Yet many people in human history willingly choose and enjoy loneliness and even hermitage. I did not form my opinion yet, so I invited Jack Lee to write …

Illusions and perspectives

Visual illusions use the automatic mechanisms of the brain to create something that is not there or create multiple alternative re.presentations. Sometimes life itself feels like the greatest illusion of them all. By changing the perspective, we can understand some illusions better. What can we learn from this? For today’s reading, the links are here, …

Food and music

When I think of food and music, the pleasure centers in my brain come to life. Everybody I know loves this combo. If we love something this much, it must be useful for us. How exactly can we leverage it?  Maybe the connection is dangerous? More reading here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. …

Training schedule vs reading schedule

There are several kinds of schedules required for proper training: training, reading, video instructions, coaching sessions… This can get very intense. How to navigate the training insanity? Quite simply, actually. Answers below. Divide and conquer There is a family of algorithms from ancient Babylonia… It is significantly easier to solve a large number of small …