Talent Is Overrated

My son the racer

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Dr. Benjamin Bloom of the University of Chicago conducted a five-year study of leading artists, athletes, and scholars. It consisted of anonymous interviews with the top twenty performers in various fields, including pianists, Olympic swimmers, tennis players, sculptors, mathematicians, and neurologists.

That information was supplemented by additional interviews with those people’s families and teachers. Bloom and his team of researchers sought to find clues to how these high achievers developed.

Determination beats talent

What they discovered was that drive and determination not talent—led to their success.

Never Give Up!

If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten. JOHN C. MAXWELL
Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Balance Is Boring

On the Road to Sihanoukville

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A few days ago I wrote on my Facebook Page: Balance is boring.

As I expected, lot’s of comments started coming in.

“Balance is the key to life”
“Completely disagree. Balance is what life is about.”
“Don’t think so. Balance is not a constant, the circumstances that determine it are constantly changing and so has to be our life in order to remain balanced.”

It’s great to share a thought out of the blue and to see what comes back.

Let me explain

Humans desire 3 things

  1. They want to know what the limits are
  2. They want to find a way to overcome them
  3. They hope it works

Adrenalin is what makes an adventure great. Adrenalin does not come from balance.

Nobody want’s do drown in boredom. We all long to expand our limits and take a risk now and then.

We are longing for the unknown and seek the thrills of this life.

We are not satisfied with a little of this and a little of that.

God has made us with an unlimited desire to create. Our creativity drives us to not stand down when faced with limits. Our creativity will always motivate us to find strengths to overcome our limits.

Balance vs Rhythm

Balance is a fashion word. It is in fact not very old. It’s trying hard to stay between extremes.
I don’t want that. I want excitement. I want a life that has risks. I want to expand and try new things.
This will only happen if I go out of my comfort zone.

Finding the rhythm of stop and go has nothing to do with balance. It’s rhythm!

Get it?

Related post: The Rhythm Of Life

What Is A Disciple?

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What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?
As you will discover, the answer is fairly simple, but it changes your life completely. The word disciple refers to a student or apprentice. Disciples in Jesus s day would follow their rabbi (which means teacher) wherever he went, learning from the rabbi’s teaching and being trained to do as the rabbi did.

Basically, a disciple is a follower, but only if we take the term follower literally. Becoming a disciple of Jesus is as simple as obeying His call to follow. When Jesus called His first disciples, they may not have understood where Jesus would take them or the impact it would have on their lives, but they knew what it meant to follow.

They took Jesus’s call literally and began going everywhere He went and doing everything He did.

It’s impossible to be a disciple or a follower of someone and not end up like that person.

Jesus said, “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:40). That’s the whole point of being a disciple of Jesus: we imitate Him, carry on His ministry, and become like Him in the process. Yet somehow many have come to believe that a person can be a “Christian” without being like Christ.

A “follower” who doesn’t follow. How does that make any sense?

Many people in the church have decided to take on the name of Christ and nothing else. This would be like Jesus walking up to those first disciples and saying. Hey, would you guys mind identifying yourselves with Me in some way? Don’t worry, I don’t actually care if you do anything I do or change your lifestyle at all. I’m just looking for people who are willing to say they believe in Me and call themselves Christians.

Seriously?

No one can really believe that this is all it means to be a Christian. But then why do so many people live this way? It appears that we’ve lost sight of what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

The concept of being a disciple isn’t difficult to understand, but it affects everything.

I only follow people I love. I love Jesus!

Questions

Up to this point in your life, would you call yourself a follower of Jesus Christ?
Why do you say that?
Do you see evidence of your faith as described in Luke 6:40?

Inspired from the book Multiply by Francis Chan

Social Media For Business

English: Infographic on how Social Media are b...
English: Infographic on how Social Media are being used, and how everything is changed by them. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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4 social media tips to send your business off to achieve social media success:

1) Strategy
First, decide which social networks make most sense for your company. It’s better to have a limited, strategic presence on social media than to be everywhere without purpose.

Define your desired goals. For example, do you have the goal of growing your Facebook community? If so, you should be brainstorming content, promotions, and posts that will attract your target customer.

2) Respond
Assigning an intern to manage the social media channels a few hours per week is simply not enough anymore. Your online community expects to receive responses to inquiries in a timely manner (typical accepted response time is within 24 hours). If you aren’t willing to invest the time and money it takes to respond to your online followers, then you probably shouldn’t be on social media.

Customers want to know someone is listening. The simple task of responding speaks volumes to your customer service. If you don’t have the answer and need some time to find it, let that person know that you have seen their question and you are working to get the answer for them.

3) Content
Don’t just broadcast anything to make it look like you’re active on social media. If you want to build a following, create content that makes you a leader in your industry.

If you don’t have enough time to regularly produce original quality content, share the good content that’s already out there or approach the experts to create content for you.

4) Conversation
In real life, when you’re trying to make friends, talking about yourself won’t get you far. It’s the same with social media. Your participation in the space should foster conversation. It’s okay to tell your online community about a new product or promotion, as long as that’s not all you’re doing.

Make it easy for your community, customers, and industry leaders to share content on your social pages. Be an active listener to better understand what your community wants.

How do you use social media for your business?

Share your social media tips with us.

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ONE DAY – Film Premiere

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ONE DAY – Film Premier im Kino Palace, Winterthur am 14. Dez. 2012

One Day in a live from a Street child

ONE DAY is a Documentary film I made this summer about one day in the live of Rong, a Street child in Phnom Penh.

We will also have a Vernissage with Acryl-Paintings from Sophal Strupler | Strupler ART

On December  14th Sophal and I will give further information about the film, the country and our future in Cambodia.

Free entry

Because the space is limited, there is a Guestlist

Doors open 7:30 PM
Film start 8:00 PM

Kino Place in Winterthur – map

One Ugly Photo

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Last Wednesday I fell asleep around 9pm.
This is very unusual for me. I like to stay awake till midnight. It’s just a thing I have.

Anyway. At 3am I was wide awake and couldn’t get back to sleep.

I started to look at photos on Instagram and saw one that I didn’t like.

So I wanted to get rid of that person in order to clean up my news feed. Just before I clicked “unfollow” I read the word.

Siem Reap

I stopped. Siem Reap is the city in Cambodia we will move to next summer.
So I clicked on the link that said lifecenter.asia

WOW

This guy is the pastor of a church in Bangkok that has just recently started to do work in Siem Reap. I contacted the guy via email and said I wanted some more information. He wrote back around 4am and said that we met at ICF Zurich in 2000. He was a youth pastor and followed what we did in Zurich. Since 2007 he lives in Bangkok and started a church that does outreaches in Siem Reap. Mails went back and forth and around 5pm we where friends.
What started as an unattractive photo (this is just my opinion) ended up being a divine encounter.
Now I’m even more pumped to go to Siem Reap and start a new church.

I love it when things like this happen

And don’t tell me social media is not important!
I think God has so much fun with us. He must be laughing so hard, every time we try to be wise.
Thank you God for social media.