Is The Goal To Achieve or To Succeed?

To me this is the proverbial chicken and egg question, what comes first? What should come first? What is more important? Management gurus will tell you that success is everything and it is quantifiable in currency i.e. profit. Emotional Intelligence Coaches will tell you the exact opposite, the achievement is the true success and not the monetary value, success or failure thereafter is inconsequential because it is the emotional satisfaction and well-being that matters. For those of us on the journey who need both the success and the cash after the achievement, we are left scratching our heads while stuck…

I Will Always Crave the Sea

Being a curious person, always hungry for new inspirations and challenges, I don’t mind getting into a fix from time to time. Life is too short to be stuck in one place and be weighed down by obligations. I can’t let the tax office, healthcare services, citizenship rules and regulations, cost of real estate, or the insurance companies run my life. No way! They work for me and I will jolly well enjoy life on my terms. Well, this is what I have learned thus far, after being an obedient and submissive resident in whatever country. Enough! There are places…

Internet Linguistics

A plethora of words born or invented after the internet have unfortunately become an intrinsic part of our lives. They have made their way into our daily language and I dislike them intensely, beginning with the word welp. What the hell is welp? Who uses it and why? A lot of people on facebook and twitter, I discovered this morning. It may not be in the dictionaries yet, but it is on the Merriam-Webster radar of words to watch. Here’s what they had to say on the matter: “We regret to inform Twitter that welp is a word, even if it’s not…

“Have You Googled It?”

Gather around the virtual fireplace children, and let me tell you a story… Once upon a time, many bites ago, in a long-forgotten analog world, humans used to gather around tables or camp fires and have conversations about life, family, school, work and the burdens of the soul. Families had home-cooked meals together, parties were organised through invitations, soirees required pearls, ties and heels, and the grandparents were not dumped in nursing homes. Lurking in the nearby dark forest of Technology lived the beast called Internet. There was a myriad of magnificent myths and legends that surrounded this monster who…

Pre-Brexit Shock on Amazon

Did anyone else out there wake up to an email from Amazon warning me of sudden price changes in certain products I subscribe to? Well, I did, and was still groggy when I read the notice, trying to wrap my sleepy brain around the concept. Let me clarify: ever since I moved to Berlin in 2017, I buy certain products from the Amazon Pantry on a subscribe and save basis, or the Spar-Abo as it is called on Amazon.de. Because they are bulk items, it was a pretty good deal compared to what I would pay in a local supermarket,…

Most Hated Photographs (By Photographers)

As a reaction or follow-up to yesterday’s blog, I decided to continue my rant put together a list of most-hated photographs by professional and/or serious hobby photographers that can be found online i.e. social media, photo sharing communities. This is where the line is drawn between being a photographer and a camera owner. The raw truth of the matter is: owning a camera does NOT a photographer make. Thank you to those of you who wrote in and shared your photography pet peeves: Flowers Cats Dogs Insects birds cameras camera lenses selfies / “groupfies” It is seemingly a short list,…

How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Decision-Making For Businesses

Last month¬†FrogDiva Thoughts launched a blog-sharing project with Tenfold, a cutting-edge platform for customer telecommunications infrastructures (CTI).¬† From The Terminator to Blade Runner, pop culture has always leaned towards a chilling depiction of artificial intelligence (AI) and our future with AI at the helm. Recent headlines about Facebook panicking because their AI bots developed a language of their own have us hitting the alarm button once again. Should we really feel unsettled with an AI future? News flash: that future is here. If you ask Siri, the helpful assistant who magically lives inside your phone, to read text messages and…