سرّ الرّجل المقَطّب

قصّتُنا هذه المرةُ من جنوب أفريقيا... فتاةٌ اسمُها "ليليان" أحبّت أن تشاركَنا في قصّةٍ حصلتْ معها ضمنَ عملِها. تعملُ ليليان في أكبرِ شركةِ تكنولوجيا، والتي لديها فروعًا في مختلفِ أنحاءِ العالمِ، والفرعُ التي تعمل فيه ليليان يقعُ في جنوبِ أفريقيا. عادةً أغلبُ الشّركات الكبيرةِ لديها الكَثير من الموظّفين، فلهذا أغلبُ الموظّفين لا يعرِفون بعضَهم من كثرَتهم. لكن، من بين الموظفين الكُثُر لفتَ نظرُ ليليان موظفًا، تظهرُ على ملامحه "العُبوس الدائم"، وفي نفسِ الوقت هو جديٌّ وصارمٌ في عمله، لا يستطيعُ أحدٌ من الموظفين التحدثَ معه بحريةٍ وراحةٍ عن أمور خارجةٍ عن نِطاقِ العملِ. وبعد فترةٍ من الزمنِ موظفو المكتبِ توطّدت علاقتَهم العملية والاجتماعية باستثناءِ هذا الرجلُ "المُقَطّبُ"، أي: العبوس، لم يستطِع

The Technician

في مكان ما في دبي سامر: مرحباً، التقني الذي طلبته لم يأتي بعد، هل هنالك أي مشكلة؟ الموظّف: لقد أتى ولم يجد أحد في المنزل سامر: غريب لقد كنت في المنزل طوال الوقت في انتظاره... الموظّف: لقد قرع جهاز الانتركوم ولم يردّ أحد، فربّما اعتقد أنه لا يوجد أحد في المنزل يا سيّدي، أعتذر عن ذلك سامر: ولكنّه أتى ليصلح جهاز الانتركووووووومممممم!!!!!! العبرة من القصّة #FiSystem في سيستم

عِش كلّ يوم كأنّه اليوم الأخير

بين سنة 2005 و2006 حصلتْ معي حادثةٌ غيرَتْ مَجري حياتي، وغيرتْ طَريقتي ونَظرتي وأيضًا تَفكيري، وتَقييمي لبعضِ الأمورِ الحياتيّة بشكلٍ جذريٍّ. استمع الى القصة وحمّلها أو اقرأها ماذا حصلَ معي؟ كنتُ في ذلك الوقت في أمريكا، وكنتُ مسافرًا من ولايةٍ إلى ولايةٍ أخرى... كما تعلمونَ الأشخاصُ الذين يسافرونَ كثيرًا، يصلون لمرحلةٍ تُصبح السّفرات كلّها مُتشابهةً، نفسُ الأشخاصِ والوجوهِ والمشاهدِ. حتى من كثرةِ رؤيتِنا للمضيفين والمضيفات نحسّ أنهم يُشبهون بعضهم بعضًا. كلّ هذه الأمورُ تتكررُ دائمًا في السفرِ مع فارقٍ بسيطٍ يحصلُ أحيانًا في بعضِ التّفاصيلِ. لم أكن أتخيّلُ أن هذه السفرةُ ستُشكلُ فارقًا في حياتي، سواء في هذه الرّحلة أو مُستقبلًا، الأمرُ الوحيد الذي اختلفَ معي عند دخولي للطائرةِ أنني كنتُ مصاب

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone

It was almost 10 years ago at a time that I had delivered a talk with Education Leaders in one of the countries in the middle east (Jordan at that time) about the future transformation of our world beginning with the classroom, and how students' behavior is shifting as Life is Shifting at the same time, and what was once a norm in the teacher's time became a "weird" in today's students time; I started my keynote speech with a Question: "Ladies & Gentlemen, are we sitting here today, because that's exactly where we thought we would be 20 years ago?" an awkward silence followed in the big hall filled with representatives of all Universities of one of the leading countries in education at that

The only advice you will need to have a happy life

I had an interesting discussion back in October 2015, when I was delivering a workshop in Casablanca - Morocco, about some of the essence of happiness, what makes us happy and what should we change in our behavior to increase the chances of us staying that way. The beginning of that conversation, erupted from a simple emphasize that the more a person is happy and fulfilled, the less he or she will feel the need to require acceptance from others, so at the end of that, I was asked, what would be the advice that they need to hear to have a happy & fulfilled life in my opinion. So I was very straight to the point, when I said: Develop the habit of NOT worrying and Just Stick to that... You see

Be like the Ant: Never give up, look ahead, stay positive & give 100%

One of my favorite and most probably one of the first stories I heard when I was a kid at school, was the story of the Ant and the Cricket, the cricket that was singing all summer while the Ant was working, and when the winter arrived, the cricket paid the price while the ant ripped off the benefit of hard work. The summary of the story is goes something like this: Once upon a time… one hot summer, a cricket sang cheerfully on the branch of a tree, while down below, a long line of ants struggled gamely under the weight of their load of grains; and between one song and the next, the cricket spoke to the ants. “Why are you working so hard? Come into the shade, away from the sun, and sing a son

Don't Settle for less... Love is the Limit

This story originally happened in March 15, 2014. In the past 2 weeks, I’ve been to 4 different countries, was speaking at conferences and conducting workshops and trainings all day long, and taking red eye flights (Midnight or very early AM) most of the time and sleeping on planes… Bottom line with the lifestyle I have, socializing with someone on a plane, was pretty much the least of my concerns, as I preferred to sleep or at least to preserve my vocal cords . On that flight back from Tunisia to Qatar, I had an interesting passenger sitting next to me, an old man but pretty full of life much more than other young people on that aircraft. It was about 6 hours flight, and I know I need to be

The Old Couple and the Storm

This story is one of the most popular posts, I did receive it in a chain email about 17 years ago. It got stuck in my mind, and I published it maybe 8 years later. Believe it or not, the story DID change some people's lives, including one person who wrote me back saying that this has stopped him from committing a very bad bad decision about his life. This is how I remember it, and how I published it long time ago. There was a Man a his wife who has been married for a long time, and they were happy with their lives… What was funny about this old Couple, is that the Wife was always Hyper-Active and the Husband was always COOL… The Wife is always concerned about almost everything, can get upset

10 things girls need to know when dating a programmer

I'm republishing this one popular Blog post that is 7 years old, but remarkably still getting lots of views. Today (the time I originally posted this) is 10.10.10 and one of the GEEKEST Days, so I decided to dedicate this Post to WHOM IT MAY CONCERN So you’re dating a Programmer, a Techy or an IT Guy… Here’s some GOLDies you need to take into consideration and This will save you lots of headache and sleepless nights talking to your self and saying .. WHY THE HELL MY GUY DOESN’T UNDERSTAND ME!!! 10. The Health of our Computer/Mobile is as important as your Future Child… Stop Nagging! 9. We use a different logic than other guys you’ve dated, this is true: 1+1=2 and this is Also True: 1+1=10 …

SC’s 5 Career Tips | GUARANTEED to Change your Life!

Although most of what you’re about to read can be applied almost anywhere in the world, I’d like to dedicate this post to my readers from the Middle East as most of the experiences behind this were developed based on samples of individuals from the Arab World. Over the past 7 years, I have LITERALLY interviewed over 300 persons for different roles within my companies and coached over 2,000 individuals from different parts of the world on topics like Personal Development & Career development and some of the findings I got is that you have NO idea how Simple things could answer a LONG AWAITED question or change a person’s Path in life. It really doesn’t matter if you’re a Fresh Graduate or y

Demand Excellence... And go Beyond

I Once heard a great story about a Very Famous JAZZ Player, who was like 85 at the time but still plays his instrument passionately in a small pub, and at that night barely 2 –3 people showed up (there was Super Bowl finale or something at the same time) … and once asked WHY??? he replied… “it’s For the Music…” When you’re doing what you’re doing… most of the times you will need to remind yourself WHY you’re doing so… Community Presentations is never about money, it’s not for Fame, not about fancy claps at the end, and definitely not about getting all those “You were Awesome! I loved every second of your talk” (Off course they are all Nice … ) The key is to give it all you have, Push for EX

An Eggceptional Story

Below is an extract from a GREAT Book I read; Jim Collins’ Good to Great. The analogy seems just like the way I explain things in my books so I thought I would share it with you. How change doesn’t happen Picture an egg. Day after day, it sits there. No one pays attention to it. No one notices it. Certainly no one takes a picture of it or puts it on the cover of a celebrity-focused business magazine. Then one day, the shell cracks and out jumps a chicken. All of a sudden, the major magazines and newspapers jump on the story: “Stunning Turnaround at Egg!” and “The Chick Who Led the Breakthrough at Egg!” From the outside, the story always reads like an overnight sensation—as if the egg had su

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