Are You a Day-Dreamer, Dream-Killer, or Dream-Builder?

Recently I have heard a fascinating talk by best-selling author Elisabeth Gilbert. It reminded me of my own experiences when following new dreams and projects.

She described that any new idea starts in a three day phase. I can totally relate.

  • Day 1: You discover a new idea. You fall totally in love with what is possible and how beautiful and meaningful it would be.
  • Day 2: Reality hits. You see how far you are actually away from that ideal. This can crush many dreams.
  • Day 3: Are you still going with it? This is the difference maker.

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Wie lange dauert es, bis man eine Sprache gelernt hat?

Ich finde diese Frage total interessant. Denn sie beinhaltet, dass es ein Ziel gibt, das man erreicht und dann ist man fertig. Eigentlich ist es aber bei allen Fähigkeiten so, dass man immer besser werden kann. Die Frage ist dann nicht mehr: Wann bin ich dort? Sondern: Wie weit kann ich gehen?

Ich probiere das aktuell einmal mit Französisch aus, so zu denken.

Die Frage ist dann nicht mehr: Wann kann ich endlich perfekt Französisch sprechen. Diese Frage stresst unglaublich und die Antwort auf die Frage ist immer: Nie.

Stattdessen frage ich mich lieber: Wieviel Französisch kann ich lernen? Wieviel kann ich mit dieser Sprache machen? Diese Fragen zeigen mir den Fortschritt den ich mache und sie macht mich neugierig auf mehr.

Und das ist das allerallerwichtigste beim Lernen. Die innere Haltung der Neugier.



Moving to learning by speaking and writing with real people

It is hard to switch to this mode for me. I am so used to living as an observer and consumer.

And it is hard to believe you can change if you have done this for so long.

I am used to avoiding conversations as much as I can.

Though I usually enjoy them once I get started.

And we can do a lot of the basic things in life without having to speak a single word. Shopping for example just got so extremely convenient.

The hard truth is that we don’t learn a language by osmosis. And we don’t build relationships by osmosis. We need to take intentional action.

What is essential for producing content while traveling?

I can still remember the time, when I had my first computer, it was my dad’s old laptop with a black and white screen. I was amazed by the ability to draw with MS Paint. Later I used an old desktop computer and was fascinated by MS Works and how I could write and make tables. When I bought my first own desktop computer, I discovered Micrografx Designer, a software to layout pages. It was marvelous that I was able to design pages that looked like in the magazines. I had many different laptops after that. The size and shape of the devices I used changed over time.

The one thing that always fascinated me was the ability to create & share thoughts and ideas. And to create in different places. To have these tools with me as I explore. Over time creating and sharing became really simple. Now you can use any smartphone to create a blog or video channel or whatever. You basically need only two things:

  1. A tool to capture your thoughts. I just discovered the WordPress app for Android. It’s marvelous. It makes it a lot easier than to use my laptop.
  2. An online connection to share it. With roaming, it’s easy in Europe.

That’s it.

Cycles of Life

We might not notice, but our life is in cycles. When we know this, we can prepare better for what we need.

Earning money & spending money.

Working & resting.

Arriving & Leaving.


Je pense que nous avons trois libertés fondamentales dans la vie :

  1. La liberté d’être qui nous sommes.
  2. La liberté de se connecter avec les autres.
  3. La liberté de changer.

La liberté signifie la responsabilité de choisir. Est-ce que je choisis ce que les autres attendent de moi ? Ou est-ce que je choisis de faire ce qui est juste pour moi ?

Je vois cette liberté quand je voyage.

Qu’est-ce que je choisis de pendre avec moi ?