Since discovering the (now-defunct) hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Better Living Pque called “Little Tehran” back in 2003, I’ve fallen in love with Persian cuisine. Back then, I was totally hooked on their luscious Lamb Biryani. Their version for me is unparalleled till this day. They served a generous mound of saffron-flavored basmati rice (good for 2!) covering the huge oh-so-tender lamb cuts, served with savory lamb broth soup with bits of fat floating on the glistening, oily surface, and a bowl of Persian salad with chopped fresh veggies and hits of lime and olive oil dressing. I always had this dish with sweet yoghurt lassi shake on the side.
My love for Persian cuisine opened unusual doors for me. (Oh did I mention that my name “REZZA” is actually a male Persian name??) In 2011, I decided to finally get myself an orthodontist and have my braces. I met the gorgeous half-Persian, half-Pinay Dra. Shideh Nikbin of Fashion Smile Dental Spa and Clinic through PSI, and she and her partner, Dra. Far Shamsi are young, modern and highly-qualified dentists who are passionate about their profession! Because of this, I entrusted my pearly whites (well, I have yet to undergo teeth whitening after my braces are out), and I got myself my ceramics! Months later, I was thrilled when they told me that they were opening a spa within their clinic facility. The idea was so new, but it made sense to open a place to provide relaxation and comfort to the clients who are waiting, or had just finished their dental appointment! In June 2012, ARAMESH Spa & Wellness was born!
I was invited to try their Aramesh Signature Massage. Before my session, I was served Persian tea. This is served complimentary to all their guests/patients (upon request). As with all things exquisite, everything they used were from Persia (now known as Iran). The teaset was intricate, and made with iron gently cladding the glass cup. But what really caught my attention was the sugar cones! Literally, they were tiny white cone-shaped thingies. I made the mistake of popping one right into my teacup. Dra. Shideh laughed and said that was not the Persian way of drinking tea! So I tried it all over again. It should be this way: 1. Place a sugar coneon your tongue.
2. Slowly sip the hot tea (make sure its not too hot!), and allow the tea to slowly melt the sugar cone.
After that tea-drinking experience, I sooo loved the sugarcones that I wanted to order for myself, hahaha!
Watch out for my next entry about their Signature Massage! :D
Live abundantly and love unconditionally!
In the age of “eco-friendly”, “biodegradable”, “organic” and “sustainable” products, the blog entry linked above is filled with such painful irony… the reality of how man has created so much conveniences to the utter inconvenience of the current state of Mother Earth.
In my very recent trip to Sydney, both my friends and locals were consistently complaining that they were having the “weirdest summer” ever: Chilly nights, temperatures hitting 20deg Celsius during the day, plus occassional thunderstorms and rains. The bewildered look on their faces told me that they were truly flabbergasted at what was happening to their weather.
Deep inside, I was increasingly feeling nervous.
Just like in the movie “2012“, that shook and unnerved everyone after viewing it: The signs are all around us. Makes me wonder, are we in denial to what will eventually happen to us and our world?
Lance Ulanoff, ed-in-chief of my all-time-fave site Mashable, created this 20-point summary after reading the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson. Now that I’m coaching for PSI Starshooters Team 85 starting Feb. 2012, this is more than timely for my phase in life. This list is also something I’m lovingly going to share with my future team players.
My personal thoughts to follow.
- Don’t Wait
When the young Steve Jobs wanted to build something and needed a piece of equipment, he went straight to the source.
“He began by recalling that he had wanted to build a frequency counter when he was twelve, and he was able to look up Bill Hewlett, the founder of HP, in the phone book and call him to get parts.”
- Make Your Own Reality
Steve Jobs learned early that when you don’t like how things are in your life or in your world, change them, either through action or sheer force of will.
“I didn’t want to be a father, so I wasn’t,” Jobs later said, with only a touch of remorse in his voice.
- Control Everything You Can
Steve Jobs was, to a certain degree, a hippie. However, unlike most free spirits of the 1960s-to-1970s love-in era, Jobs was a detail-oriented control freak.
“He wants to control his environment, and he sees the product as an extension of himself.”
- Own Your Mistakes
Jobs could be harsh and even thoughtless. Perhaps nowhere was that more in evidence than with his first daughter. Still, as Jobs grew older and began to face mortality, he more readily admitted his mistakes.
“I’ve done a lot of things I’m not proud of, such as getting my girlfriend pregnant when I was twenty-three and the way I handled that,” Jobs said.”
- Know Yourself
While not always aware of how those around him were reacting to his appearance or demeanor, Jobs had no illusions about his own formidable intellectual skills.
“Then a more disconcerting discovery began to dawn on him: He was smarter than his parents.”
- Leave the Door Open for the Fantastic
Jobs was a seeker, pursuing spiritual enlightenment and body purification throughout his life. He wasn’t a particularly religious person, but did not dismiss the existence or something beyond our earth-bound realm.
“I think different religions are different doors to the same house. Sometimes I think the house exists, and sometimes I don’t. It’s the great mystery.” — Steve Jobs
- Don’t Hold Back
Apple’s founder was famous for his outbursts and sometimes over-emotional responses. In product development, things were often amazing or sh_t.
“He was an enlightened being who was cruel,” she recalled. “That’s a strange combination.”– former girlfriend and mother of Jobs’ first daughter, Chrisann Brennan
- Surround Yourself with Brilliance
Whether he was willing to admit it or not, Steve Jobs could not do everything. Yes, he could have a huge impact on every product and marketing campaign, but he also knew that there were others in the world with skills he did not possess. Jobs’ early partnership with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak perfectly illustrated this fact. His early success with Wozniak provided the template for future collaborations.
“After a couple of months he was ready to test it. ‘I typed a few keys on the keyboard and I was shocked! The letters were displayed on the screen.’ It was Sunday, June 29, 1975, a milestone for the personal computer. “It was the first time in history,” Wozniak later said, “anyone had typed a character on a keyboard and seen it show up on their own computer’s screen right in front of them.”
- Build a Team of A Players
Far too often, companies and managers settle for average employees. Steve Jobs recognized talent and decided that any conflict that might arise from a company full of “A”-level players would be counterbalanced by awesome output. He may have been right.
“For most things in life, the range between best and average is 30% or so. The best airplane flight, the best meal, they may be 30% better than your average one. What I saw with Woz was somebody who was fifty times better than the average engineer. He could have meetings in his head. The Mac team was an attempt to build a whole team like that, A players. People said they wouldn’t get along, they’d hate working with each other. But I realized that A players like to work with A players, they just didn’t like working with C players.”– Steve Jobs
“I’ve learned over the years that when you have really good people you don’t have to baby them,” Jobs later explained. “By expecting them to do great things, you can get them to do great things.”
- Be Yourself
Steve Jobs was often so busy being himself that he had no idea how people saw him, especially in his early, dirty-hippie days.
“At meetings we had to look at his dirty feet.” Sometimes, to relieve stress, he would soak his feet in the toilet, a practice that was not as soothing for his colleagues.”—Mike Markkula, Apple’s first chairman.
- Be Persuasive
While it’s true that early Steve Jobs was a somewhat smelly and unpleasant person to be around, this same Steve Jobs also trained himself to stare without blinking for long periods of time and found that he could persuade people to do the seemingly impossible.
“If it could save a person’s life, would you find a way to shave ten seconds off the boot time?” he asked. Kenyon allowed that he probably could. Jobs went to a whiteboard and showed that if there were five million people using the Mac, and it took ten seconds extra to turn it on every day, that added up to three hundred million or so hours per year that people would save, which was the equivalent of at least one hundred lifetimes saved per year.”
- Show Others the Way
Jobs wasn’t truly a programmer or technologist, certainly not in the way that Microsoft founder Bill Gates is, yet he had an intuitive understanding for technology and design that ended up altering the world’s expectations for computers and, more importantly, consumer electronics.
“To be honest, we didn’t know what it meant for a computer to be ‘friendly’ until Steve told us.” — Terry Oyama, part of the early Macintosh design team.
- Trust Your Instincts
I have, in my own career, navigated by gut on more than one occasion. Steve Jobs, though, had a deep and abiding belief in his own tastes and believed with utter certainty that if he liked something, the public would as well. He was almost invariably right.
“Did Alexander Graham Bell do any market research before he invented the telephone?” — Steve Jobs
- Take Risks
Throughout his career, Steve Jobs took chances, first with the launch of Apple, then in walking away from it and then returning in 1997. In an era when most companies were figuring out ways to diversify, Apple — under Job’s leadership — shed businesses and products, and focused on relatively few areas. He was also willing to steer the entire Apple ship (or at least some aspects of it) in a single direction if he thought it would generate future success.
“One of Jobs’ management philosophies was that it is crucial, every now and then, to roll the dice and ‘bet the company’ on some new idea or technology.”
“I had this crazy idea that we could sell just as many Macs by advertising the iPod. In addition, the iPod would position Apple as evoking innovation and youth. So I moved $75 million of advertising money to the iPod, even though the category didn’t justify one hundredth of that. That meant that we completely dominated the market for music players. We outspent everybody by a factor of about a hundred.” — Steve Jobs.
- Follow Great with Great
In everything from products to movies (under Pixar), Steve Jobs sought to create great follow-ups. He wasn’t so successful in the early part of his career (see Lisa), but his third acts to Pixar and Apple proved he had the sequel touch.
“There’s a classic thing in business, which is the second-product syndrome,” Jobs later said. It comes from not understanding what made your first product so successful. “I lived through that at Apple. My feeling was, if we got through our second film, we’d make it.”
- Make Tough Decisions
Good managers and leaders are willing to do hard work and, often, make unpopular decisions. Jobs apparently had little concern about being liked and therefore was well-equipped to make tough choices.
“The most visible decision he made was to kill, once and for all, the Newton, the personal digital assistant with the almost-good handwriting-recognition system.”
- Presentation Can Make a World of Difference
The Apple founder hated PowerPoint presentations, but perhaps somewhat uncharacteristically, believed elegant product presentation was critical.
“Packaging can be theater, it can create a story.” — Jony Ive, Apple designer.
- Find a Way to Balance Your Intensity
It’s unclear if Steve Jobs ever truly mellowed, but he did learn that a buffer between him and the rest of Apple could be useful.
“In a company that was led by a CEO prone to tantrums and withering blasts, Cook commanded situations with a calm demeanor, a soothing Alabama accent, and silent stares.”
- Live for Today
Even as Steve Jobs struggled with cancer, he rarely slowed down. If anything, the disease helped him focus his efforts and pursue some of his grandest dreams.
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.” — Steve Jobs
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” — Steve Jobs
- Share Your Wisdom
Steve Jobs was not a philanthropic soul. He had a passion for products and success, but it wasn’t until he became quite ill that he started reaching out and offering his wisdom to others in the tech community.
“I will continue to do that with people like Mark Zuckerberg too. That’s how I’m going to spend part of the time I have left. I can help the next generation remember the lineage of great companies here and how to continue the tradition. The Valley has been very supportive of me. I should do my best to repay.” — Steve Jobs
Original article by Mr. Lance Ulanoff found here. I couldn’t help but comment. :)
Thank you Steve Jobs, for inspiring us to no end. I pray that one day I may also leave a strong and lasting legacy for others to create positive and loving change in their life.
”Expose yourself to your deepest fear;
After that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes.
You are free.”
– Jim Morrison
After several months of praying, discerning, equipping myself through seminars, researching and opening up myself to the Universe by repeatedly declaring my goals and desires, I finally conquered the fears that have held me back! To think is to create, and to act is to achieve.
So I acted and took that leap of faith.
Starting Aug. 22, 2011 I will be free from corporate life and will embark on businesses that will bring me closer to what I really want: Financial freedom through passive income, travel (not constrained to a finite number of Vacation Leaves), expand my boundaries through further education, cooking, and serving others by being a Trainor and life coach :)
Time for this eagle to fly and experience a whole new world :)
A few days ago on the Let’s Get Digital (secret) Facebook group, someone asked, “If you weren’t doing digital, what is it that you’d be doing now?” There were more than 12 replies to the question, and only one said, “I’d be doing the same thing.”
A lot of people think digital marketing is the fun-nest thing today, sometimes really more play than work. But if that were true, then why didn’t everyone chime in “You betcha’ I’d still be digital, baybeehhh!”?
So, what would be MY response? My top 5 would be:
- Cooking and baking in my dream kitchen, and blogging about my creations.
- Helping other people lead better lives through coaching/counseling, further touching others by enlarging territories online.
- Ideation of creative and game-changing products and services
- Designing my line of clothes
- Designing my line of genuine jewelry
I’d be happily doing these things everyday for the rest of my life. I guess the time to start working on these things is NOW.
NB. Photos are not mine. Credits are reserved to the original owners/posts where images came from.
What do you love? is actually a new “search” site.
I’m loving the new way of searching via Google: WDYL or “What do you love”? Just enter a word or phrase of that which you’re looking for, and it’ll display a grid showing images, related videos, various languages on how to say it, search trends, books, blogs, events, discussion groups… practically anything and everything related to the the topic you wrote.
Because the unasked questions have to be asked. http://formspring.me/rezza