Valentina Vermandois

LIFE IS AN ADVENTURE AND IT NEVER ENDS • www.valentinavermandois.com
Cooling down with an ice cold Vichy Catalan and a twist of lemon after a dressage class on this hot and sunny day in Spain. To be riding your horse under the supervision of a great grand master like Olympic medalist Beatriz Ferrer Salat is not easy for the ego. But at least after many months the elbows are right… At least almost… At least some of the time… So I guess that is something, right? Time to celebrate the small things in life.  …& just continue learning… By the way, what is your current I Will Never Make It But I Just Have To Get There-project?

Cooling down with an ice cold Vichy Catalan and a twist of lemon after a dressage class on this hot and sunny day in Spain. To be riding your horse under the supervision of a great grand master like Olympic medalist Beatriz Ferrer Salat is not easy for the ego. But at least after many months the elbows are right… At least almost… At least some of the time… So I guess that is something, right? Time to celebrate the small things in life. …& just continue learning… By the way, what is your current I Will Never Make It But I Just Have To Get There-project?

It Is Only A Mytth

Talking about results, performance and efficiency - getting the things you really care about done and out to the world… How are you using the internet and your social media? Do you have a strategy? Does it work?

(EQ) The #1 Secret on How To Engage With a Narcissist

Excellent article on how to deal with some of the most attractive (to start with) and complicated (as you learn more) people on the planet: The narcissist.

If you have one around, this article is spot on and can save your life.

If not, develop your EQ (emotional imtelligence) by getting a glimpse into the world of masterful psychological strategy.

You never know when you will need it.

Five economic lessons from Sweden, the rock star of the recovery

The last global financial crisis put all countries involved to the test. Some were deeply hit and are yet to recover. Others hardly took a hit.

What separates the winners from the losers?

One of the winners of the most recent global financial crisis was Sweden. What did they do right? Perhaps the number one thing is that they LEARNED FROM THEIR MISTAKES.

After a severe crisis in the early 1990’s, the Swedish government put in motion a large scale reform package to minimize the risk of similar disasters in the future.

This link takes you to is excellent summary of the main tactics that put Sweden ahead of both the US and most European countries.

Lesson: by all means, we all make mistakes - big and small - but LEARN FROM IT so that next time a similar challenge comes, you can fly through the patches were others drown (until they learn as well).

Your business and life strategy should and must ALWAYS EVOLVE.

In the end what separates those who win the long race from those who lose it, is the ability to learn new things.

How do you organize your own learning? How do you make sure you do not repeat what you just did, in the case the results sucked? Obviously you need new knowledge, but where do you get it? Learn to work with masters of the challenges you need to overcome. It shortens the learning curve dramatically, which can save you fortunes.

Becoming a Real Person - NYTimes

Higher education today somehow misses one of the vital points of forming mature individuals, instead pushing students through a formal training process leaving the greater question unanswered:

Who am I? Why have I come?

In a world that is all too often spinning all too fast, we are left to ourselves to discover how to become a real person, not only a product of a pre-designed production program producing identical units without spirit, without soul.

Is there anything more important for performance, than to really, truly know who you are, what you stand for; the key to your soul?

Do you know the Real You?

How Wolves Change Rivers

When wolves were introduced into the Yellowstone National Park after being absent for more than 70 years, the most remarkable thing happened. A “trophic cascade” of giant proportions took place, that eventually changed the rivers.