This was part of a Search Stories Series by Google. In just 52 seconds, they manage to tell the whole romance cycle of finding love during a Parisian study abroad. This video is closely followed by Pixar’s 4-minutes life story of Ellie and Carl in Up, beautifully accompanied by Michael Giacchino’s soundtrack:
In written form, my favorite love story is in Shakespeare’s Hamlet:
When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.
My fellow film studies classmate – Gianluca Baroni – sent me this film clip as inspiration today. Thank you GL.
Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. What we think, we become. My father always said that. And I think I am fine.
– Margaret Thacher (Character) Movie Quote
The Unthinkable… and the Mundane. An article in Fast Company on business + Innovation. It’s DEFINITELY worth a read – takes just about 7.2398 minutes!
But then the board became messy and complicated, and suddenly it was too late. I realised that I was losing because I didn’t have the daring to make a rudimentary move.
This is the beautiful tension that defines chess — that distinguishes between the unthinkable and the mundane.
And for all my talk of boldness and daring, great chess players cannot lose sight of the mundane details. In business, you might call this blocking and tackling — the everyday operations that, if left untended, will undermine your organisation.
Written by: Garry Kasparov (#1 ranked chess player in the world)
So I recently read The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries.
To caveat the ‘fail faster, learn faster’ mentality though – individuals should only start companies if they truly believe these businesses can create value for consumers and profitability for investors. Although there is a lot of seed money and angel investors at the moment looking to take advantage of the thriving start-up scene and promise of ‘unicorns’, I would remind people that most new businesses still fail or grow to a marginal level – therefore not returning on the initial investment. ‘Doing A Start-up’ seems to have become an ambition or goal with the same emphasis and occurrence as ‘running a marathon’ or ‘living/studying in a foreign country’. However, owning your own business is not a tick-box off necessary millennial life experiences. It’s a lifestyle, career choice, and full commitment. So yes, Build, Measure, and Learn faster. But also be persistent, committed, and faithful to your start-up. If you plan on giving up easily, it wasn’t a business worth starting in the first place.
Eric also has a blog: http://www.startuplessonslearned.com
Best piece of advice my high school figure drawing teacher gave me:
The fastest and easiest way to change your perspective and habitual drawing style is to switch mediums. So if you’re stuck or having a bad art day, don’t give up – just switch from a pen to a paint brush.
While doing some research on the diffusion of innovation for an upcoming talk – I refreshed my memory on the ideas in Gladwell’s book ‘The Tipping Point.’
If you haven’t read it… I would definitely recommend it, along with Blink and Outliers from Gladwell. (This is my second time telling you this – so hopefully increased frequency will get my point across).
“The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.” – Blink
Success is the result of what sociologists like to call “accumulative advantage.” – Outliers
“That is the paradox of the epidemic: that in order to create one contagious movement, you often have to create many small movements first.” -Tipping Point
“When it comes to interpreting other people’s behavior, human beings invariably make the mistake of overestimating the importance of fundamental character traits and underestimating the importance of the situation and context.” -Tipping Point
“Faites des lignes. Faites beaucoup de lignes.”
– Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (French Neoclassical painter, 1780-1867)
…Draw lines. Draw a lot of lines.
One of my favourite things to do in London is have breakfast at Duck & Waffle.
It’s a treat filled with excellent caffeine, interesting menu offers, and a view of the whole city. As the sun hits the Gherkin’s glass exterior, the waiter brings my flatmate’s poached eggs on ox cheek. It’s moments like these that make me instantaneously happy and grateful for the life I’ve built as an expatriate in the United Kingdom. Sandwiched between an Italian-Swiss film buff and British northerner, I think back to the day my parents left me at LAX with two suitcases. And now I have a full time job, apartment, and network of life-long friends around the world. Ultimately, you live the life you create and I choose to create little happiness every day (always start with breakfast, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise).
One of my favourite quotes:
“I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question.”
– Harun Yahya
I had the English Cherry Waffles (cherry & yoghurt ice cream, white chocolate crumble). Here’s the full breakfast menu.
Address: The Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
Open 24 Hours
Make a reservation on OpenTable or by calling 020 3640 7310. Weekend reservations fill up far in advance for their brunch menu. So if you can manage to get up early in the mornings, I would recommend going at 7AM! I love going before work as a little treat thats woven into my ordinary regime.
I went to see The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch at the Empire cinema yesterday. As a media gal, I arrived early to watch the pre-roll adverts that are put on by Pearl & Dean (cinema advertiser).
My favourite was, but of course, the Chanel No. 5 Ad with the beautiful Gisele Bündchen. I love the marketing strategy of positioning Chanel No. 5 ads as ‘films’ and thus, correctly placing them on the big screen before a movie. The films, as with the brand, are always decedent, glamorous, and classy and they offer a beginning, middle, and end to the story. All I have to say is… these 3 minutes are filled with the perfect combination of sultry, yet elegant shots to create the perfect cinematography for the brand image of Chanel.
Some quotes by Mademoiselle Chanel:
- “Fashion passes, style remains.”
- “‘Where should one use perfume?’ a young woman asked. ‘Wherever one wants to be kissed,’ I said.”
- “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”