23 April 2014

New Research Reveals : "When Personality Traits Match Job, Employees Succeed"

"When Personality Traits Match Job, Employees Succeed." It sounds so simple when I read the words, almost like a 'wise saying' that could be attributed to a great leader or philosopher of the past. Yet apparently it's not quite that simple because if it were, this simple statement wouldn't be "new research".

A September 2013 article from Business News Daily explains: "Bosses may want to take some more time finding out what drives their employees. New research suggests that matching the motivations and personality traits of workers with their job duties plays a big role in the success of not only those employees, but their companies as well."

So - let me get this straight... Research indicates that people are more likely to succeed at work if they do a job that matches their interests, motivation and personality. Wait, what was it that I wrote earlier about attributing a statement like this to a great philosopher of the past? How about someone like Confucius (551 BCE to 479 BCE)? He seemed to understand this concept already.
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Confucius - Sources of Insight

22 April 2014

When we honour the EARTH...

"Oh come on, you know you want to share it so Go On!" is exactly what went through my head as I saw this image. So here goes! Another one for Earth Day!

Source: Boomer Muse by Layla Morgan Wilde

Imagine If Trees Gave Off Wifi Signals...

Tuesday the 22nd of April 2014. Otherwise known as "today". Facebook and Google tell me that today is Earth Day. Google even created a very nice Doodle to mark the occasion. Maybe it´s just me, but this particular Doodle reminds me a bit of drawings by artist Marjolein Bastin that I simply adore!

To honour Earth Day, one of my favourite Facebook pages posted an image that - as happens from time to time ;-) - got me thinking. It seems to me that I fucking love science has a very good point!

Photo source: I fucking love science on Facebook
"Imagine If Trees Gave Off 
Wifi Signals, We Would 
Be Planting So Many Trees 
And We'd Probably Save 
The Planet Too.

Too Bad They 
Only Produce The 
Oxygen We 

21 April 2014

Judging based on appearance : Sad but True

Sad but true. Both men and women the world over label and judge others based on how they look, what they wear and how they choose to express themselves. 

A recently published study by the Brazilian Institute for Applied Economics (IPEA) shows that a stunning 65% of respondents found that a woman who dressed provocatively deserved to be attacked or raped
"Earlier this week, a study was released that said a startling 65.1 percent of Brazilians either partially or wholly believe that "if dressed provocatively, women deserve to be attacked and raped." In addition, the study revealed a 58.5 percent complacency with the belief that "if women knew how to behave, there would be less rape."
~ Huffington Post

20 April 2014

Musings and Lennon quotes

"Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one"

When I was a child, still caught up in my own world (before developing big-picture thinking), I used to think that I was the only one who saw strife, war, unrest and fighting all around me. That others simply didn't care enough to want to do anything about it, didn't want to talk about poverty or famine or confront their own shortcomings. Didn't want to admit that somewhere out there, people were suffering, fighting was wrong and war didn't get anyone anywhere apart from dead - Fast.

I couldn't understand then (and still can't now) how humans, thinking people like you and me, could simply go on with their lives pretending there was nothing at all wrong with the world while the nightly news told us how screwed up our entire planet was.  

Then I heard of John Lennon.
And everything changed.  

I realised that I wasn't the only one, not at all. And what a wonderful feeling that was, to know that I was (and am) a part of a global network of people who've been working towards realising peace on earth for so much longer than I've been alive. People who've been spreading the word, influencing the masses, healing the world one step at a time, inspiring leaders and advocating for peace, for respect and understanding, for a change in the way we think, for prosperity and for happiness.

Even though John Lennon died before I was even born, he is one of the people who has inspired me the most. One of the people who has shown me right (and left!) from wrong and taught me to follow my own conscience in all things, no matter what the media or those around me say or do. 

Possible THE most important thing I learnt from John Lennon was to have the courage to think my own thoughts and come to my own conclusions. He taught me that it's okay to believe in Prince Charming, okay to want to believe in Happily Ever After despite knowing all about divorce statistics. That it's okay to believe in World Peace, in Men Who Will Appreciate me for my Brains instead of my Boobs and monsters and dragons and Hobbits and elves and ... 

“I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?”

* As stated, both quotes are by John Lennon - visit John Lennon.com for more information

17 April 2014

"Why I choose not to celebrate Easter"

Guest-blogger Emma wrote an opinion piece which we are honoured to share with all our readers. Emma's been one of our loyal followers since the start of this blog which is why we love giving her this opportunity!

Browsing my Facebook feed today, I came across a friend's post asking if shops'd be open tomorrow in her area. I'm in Europe, my friend lives Down Under. I assumed there must be a local holiday I didn't know about until reading the comments - It's "Good Friday" tomorrow. Right. Took a while but : Click.

15 April 2014

Should Israel Respond Firmly to Palestinian Blackmail?

Efraim Inbar of the Middle East Forum writes about the latest hiccups in the Israeli-Palestinian Authority (peace?) talks.

He raises a number of interesting points that got me thinking, which is exactly why I'm sharing his article with you.


~ Veronica