This acoustic cover from Boyce Avenue is dedicated to all the lovers, specially to mine, with whom we have decided to start our own life, in our new place.

T’estimo Anna.



Hackschooling to be happy

*It has been long time without publishing, but this time is worth it.*

John Lennon already said that. He wanted to be happy when he grew up.

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.

See what happens when a Child states to hack school and go for what Mr. Ken Robinson explains at his TED video “School Kills Creativity”




Some days ago I purposed to watch a list of TED videos. For those who don’t know TED, it is just a non profit organization spreading amazing ideas from really interesting people.

…I found out the one below. Despite it was posted in August 21, 2012 I thought I would be worth watching all the videos. …And I’m on it!


Since I had already seen the first TEd talk, I played directly the second talk of the list, from Jill Bolte. The video tells an astonishing story: The speaker shares personal story of a stroke recovery. She had a massive stroke, watched as her brain functions shut down one after the other. And she recovered.

Beyond the inside out passionate story, Mrs Jill Bolte awoke me the will to dig in how our brain works…. And this is what I came up with, searching the web. See the infographics velow!

Attention! There is lots of controversy: some say we can’t just split up the brain in two parts, others say the opposite… The truth is, that the human’s brain is brilliant.


LA CONTRA (II) – “El creativo quiere confrontar ideas; el ejecutivo, personas”

Què bona la contra de La Vanguardia d’ahir dilluns 27 de maig de 2013. Entrevista a Howard Gardner, autor de la teoria de les intel·ligències múltiples.

Clicar aquí per veure l’entrevista sencera.

A mesura que Lluis Amiguet s’endinsa en la profunditat de les paraules del senyor Gardner, en va extraient conceptes com que és afortunat perquè estima el que fa, i compadeix a aquells que es volen jubilar. O que el test de coeficient intel·lectual no tradueix el vertader potencial de tots de nosaltres… Perquè hi ha múltiples intel·ligències!! I que a l’escola… potser podríem canviar la manera en que eduquem els petits…

Deixo un video d’enllaç que repassa de foma molt visual els tipus d’intel·ligències:



Per cert, tots tenim aquestes intel·ligències en major o menor mesura desenvolupades. És a dir, no es pot catalogar a les persones per ser Kinètics o Musicals o…  Tots som una mica de tot.

En quines intel·ligències destaques?


…talking about desire

I have just been mailed an article worth reading. Actually the sender is Ferran Montserrrat, not only an MBA mate, but also one of my best friends. In fact, he is a provider of such interesting info as it comes:

The One Thing All Successful Entrepreneurs Have In Common: A Case Study

What entrepreneurs need most of all—above motivation, focus, hope, financing, marketing skill, a brilliant idea, etc.—is desire.

Unless you truly want to make something happen, the odds are nothing will. Without that desire, nothing else matters…or occurs. Your life will be filled in other ways.

Here’s why.

Any idea you have for something you would like to bring into being could be great. But you need to do something to make it a reality. Thinking is terrific, but absolutely nothing happens unless you take smart steps to translate your idea into action.

You need to put your thoughts into action to see if you are right about there being a potential audience/customer for your ideas (and learn what you need to change if there is not).

So far, so good. But what causes people to act? We do some people feel compelled to move from thinking to doing, a step that the rest of the world—those folks who think they have a good idea for a book, nonprofit, website, retail concept, new initiative at work, or civic initiative—never make.

That line of demarcation: Desire.

People who create something new wanted to do it; often they say they had to do it; they felt compelled. To reduce it to a word, what caused them to act wasdesire. They had a desire—sometimes an overwhelming desire, but always, at the very least, a desire—to act, to create something.

Now it could have been a desire to get away from something they didn’t like (e.g. “I just can’t stand working for anyone else (and one might say this is simply a restatement of the desire “I want to work for myself” but it is desire nonetheless.)

Desire is a word we rarely use in connection with commerce. And when it surfaces, some people are quick to try to eliminate it because it sounds squishy, unbusiness-like, and, of course, hard to quantify and teach. But it is the right word, defined as it is as “a longing or craving, as for something that brings satisfaction or enjoyment.” Its synonyms are even more accurately descriptive: aspiration, longing, passion, and yearning, language that—as the Random House Dictionary of the English Language correctly points out—“suggests feelings that impel one to the attainment or possession of something . . . that is (in reality or imagination) within reach.”

Desire is what compels people to create something new, something that they want to bring into being.

I know this sounds strange at first. On the surface, it seems there are four questions you might ask before starting any new venture:

  1. Is it feasible i.e. is it within the realm of reality?
  2. Can I do it, i.e. is it feasible for me?
  3. Is it worth doing? Will there be a market for what I want to sell; is there potential to turn a profit; will people appreciate what I am trying to do? In other words, does it make sense to put in all this effort?) And finally
  4. Do I want to do it?

But it is this last question that is the one that really matters: Do you want to create it?

Why? Either the venture is something that you want, or it’s something that leads to something you want. If it is neither of these, there’s no reason to act or to answer the other three questions.

There is simply no way you are going to give it your full effort if your heart isn’t in it at least to some degree.

Once you want to do something, everything gets reframed. The negative emotional response to all the unknowns is reduced. The reality hasn’t changed. You still don’t know what is out there, but you’ll find a way around the problem, because you care about what you are trying to do.

Let’ say you work in sales and your boss gives you the assignment of figuring out how to sell the company’s products inUzbekistan

Here’s how our four questions play out:

Is it doable? Who knows? You haven’t a clue how to set up a distribution and service network in an underdeveloped country.

Can you do it? Maybe. Maybe not. You’ve never done anything like this before.

Is it worth doing? Who knows the size of the market and whether it will be profitable?

Do you want to do it? Well, no. It’s the boss’s idea.

Situation #2 is exactly the same, but you are the one who wants to sell inUzbekistan. You think there is a huge opportunity and you have a compelling desire to give it a try, in no small part because your spouse’s family lives there.

What’s the likely result in both cases? It isn’t a hard question.

In the first situation, where desire is not part of the equation, you aren’t in any hurry to do anything because the situation is so uncertain and unknown. You will keep thinking about what you are up against and search for more data.

After all, it’s better to study carefully and make sure all the bases are covered than to launch, have it not work out and then have everyone say “you didn’t think it through.”

At  best you will take a lot of time and at worst you will put it at the very bottom of your “to do” pile, never taking any real action and hoping your boss never follows up, even though the opportunity might have been real.

But the presence of desire alters all of that. Because you want to do it, you are much more likely to take a first, small smart step toward solving the challenge. For example, the next time you and your spouse are visiting your in-laws, you stop in and see some local distributors and set up an exploratory meeting with the Minister of Commerce’s staff.

Here’s one last reason that “want to” is so important. Nobody will be committed to what you’re doing if they don’t see your desire, your belief in your idea, and your willingness to try to accomplish it.

So, before beginning anything new, ask yourself this: Is this something I really want to do.  If it isn’t you are likely to be happier and more productive spending your time on something else.


Paul B. Brown is the co-author of Just Start: Take Action; Embrace Uncertainty and Create the Future.

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By Paul B. Brown, on 4/07/2013 at Forbes.


Una visió de futur catastrofic

A Santiago Niño Becerra se l’assenyala de catastrofista.

Precisament, durant una bona part del temps pensava entre mi, no el vull escoltar, prefereixo estar feliç d’ignorància que engoixat de coneixement. La setmana passada va ser entrevistat per Jaume Barberà a Singulars, programa que m’agrada molt seguir.  Vaig caure en la tentació d’escoltar-lo, després de conèixer l’estat de Xipre…

Vull compartir el següent enllaç, on comenta que:

  • Ens espera un futur on hi haurà un “Societat tipus trebol irlandès: 30% de gent que treballa 100 hores al dia, 30% temps parcial i treballs precaris, 30% no treballarà mai”
  • Catalunya té un dèficit fiscal interregional entorn al 8%. Calerons que surten pero no tornen. I alhora hi ha un 19% de pobresa a Catalunya front el 23% d’Espanya. Si som quasibé igual de pobres, perquè hem de seguir cedint? Això no té llògica econòmica ni ètica social.
  • Som en un tren, ens porten on vulguin. Estem en un moment semblant al 1932. Encara no ha començat el despertar. Ens porten a un nou model. Abans però, s’ha d’eliminar un excés de capacitat bancària o de consum.
  • Anem a un PIB més petit i uns estàndards de vida més petit: entre el 2020 i 2023, tornarem a PIB del 2001 però estàndars de vida dels anys 80. Com que aquesta premisa no s’aguanta, part de la població activa (23M) que tenim ara ha de desapareixer. Som masses.En el nou model l’atur estructural serà elevat.

Conclou que ja no s’ha de pensar en Espanya en globalitat. Només hi ha 4 zones amb possibilitats: Catalunya, Euskadi, nord de valència, costa Gallega. Però si tot segueix així, Catalunya farà suspensió de pagaments. I que a Catalunya hi hauria d’haver un tema que fós monogràfic. Ni Barça, ni Champions ni res. S’ha d’acabar amb el dèficit fiscal interregional. Si Catalunya recuperés entre aquests 14.000 i 16.000 Milions d’euros que surten i no tornen, Catalunya tindria superhàbit i en 4 anys Catalunya ventilaria el seu deute públic.

De veritat pensa que això se solucionarà. Però vindrà de fora. Catalunya té possibilitats.

Recordem que a Espanya estem semi-intervinguts, parts de les entitats bancàries ja han estat objecte d’un rescat.