One of the
reasons, why I ended up having few but very strong and talented friends, is
simple: they all can be happy for me. At any time. At any level of my “happy”.
If I would earn a million tomorrow, they would be glad for me and would ask,
how I did it. And I would definitely tell them. I would come one week later,
and each of them would already have 5 million. “Damn, I need to catch up!” – I would
tell you to surround yourself only with people of “the same level”, as my mom
used to say. But remember that being a friend is not only sharing the worst
moments of your life, but also being able to be happy for somebody else. The
friendship includes both sides, and there is no way around it.
And here I am.. fashionably late with the new
style of the website, but I hope that you will enjoy it on your mobile devices
as well 😉
I guess, you know that I never reappear
without a fresh container with motivation. I would never disappoint you, so,
here I am, packing my things to get a Lobbyist training with the European Parliament.
What a Russian soul has to do with the
European Parliament, you would ask. Everything and nothing: during an exchange
semester in Germany in 2010, I got a student excursion to the European
Commission in Brussel. I was very excited when we were offered to seat in the
seats of the Commission officials, you know 😉 Many important decisions are
made there, decisions, which affect the world politics. So, I was happy and I
wished very deep in my soul to be able to work in the European politics one
day. Just for a bit. Just for life experience. A strange wish to a non-European
person, isn’t it?
9 years later, whole 9 years later I was
invited to get an intensive Lobbyist training – but not in Brussel, in
Strasbourg. All costs covered. I still have my Russian passport, I have just
applied for the German permanent residence permit, and I was wondering at
first, what gave me this opportunity. Talent? Motivation? Strength? Nope.
Curiosity. Because I applied for a place in the program one day before the
deadline, the same day I found it. Just for fun, just because I was curious if
I have any chance.
There is one popular joke in Russia. A man
dies and asks the God: “My whole life I wanted one thing: to win a lottery.
God, why didn’t you give me just that?”. And the God answered: “Actually, I was
going to. But you did not buy a single lottery ticket”.
Buy your lottery ticket very much in advance,
I had an interesting call with one of the organizations responsible for funding jobs for refugees yesterday.
Actually, one of our clients had an interest in helping out several qualified people by filling positions in his innovative projects. Therefore, I took the phone without knowing anything about neother HR processes nor visa regulations for refugees in Germany.
Somehow, I expected an excited voice on the other side of the phone – because we were going to do a big thing. We were going to help people out. We were ready to talk about integration opportunities and language courses.
Instead, I got about 10 minutes of a structured professional phone consultation. There ARE language courses, and most refugees who wanted to integrate ALREADY HAVE a B1/B2 level of the German language and are preparing for the next exam. At the same time, they are registered by the unemployment agency like all unemployed Germans are. The only difference is, there are some kind of “state headhunters”, who help companies to find the right profile within the database. No drama, no “saving the day” – just work. For everybody.
I am known for criticizing Germans for overregulating everything – but nobody creates structures like they do. I am glad to see people who suffered getting their window in the local bureaucracy. I hope that Europe will find it’s way through the integration crisis very soon. I don’t want to see talented people in a ghetto.
There are two reasons why people get disappointed with their own dreams not coming true: those dreams are too large and ambitious or too far away to reach. Some people say, one should reduce his expectations to become happier. I strongly disagree with that opinion. In order to achieve a big dream, one should see it not as a light at the end of the road but as a puzzle spread across the road from many smaller dreams. Each time you do a step, you make a small dream come true, which motivates you to go further and inspires to seek new big dreams. You want to start a new life abroad? There are the dreams about passing the English test, getting your papers done on time, getting an invitation, getting a visa…so many small things to celebrate and be happy about each day!
Let the most important dreams in your life be a road, not a destination!
Me: „I can’t make it to the meeting on time if I go to the jour fix at 10:00. My meeting is at 11:00, and it’s a 15 min. walk.”
Assistant: “No problem! Take the corporate electro scooter (Remark: This is not a usual “Italian scooter”, but the one like you used to have when you were a child!) and you will be up on that hill in no time!”
Me: “You must be kidding. Me staying straight on high heels in an Italian coat on the roller..By the way, how fast can it go?”
Assistant: “Up to 30 km/h!”
Me: “Give it to me right now!!! ”
If you cannot motivate yourself to go to work on Monday, just remember that the MOTIVATION has been discovered just about a century ago. Before that people just WORKED – so, why don’t you just take it easy and forget that you need any motivation at all?))
If I disappear for a while, this usually indicates that I spend time in a country with a veee-eery low-speed internet 😉 Interesting articles about India and the working culture in that amazing, very different from everything I knew before, country will follow soon.
Right now, I am trying to keep up with the politics from the last month while balancing my words in the political circles at my new job.
Here you go – fresh fast food politics for those with some humour!