It’s been a while since my last post. I went away on holiday recently and was faced with some eye opening realities. Enjoying time away from all the stresses and mundanities of life, I came home feeling a serious pang of gloom. I brought it down to a simple case of post-holiday syndrome. But then I started questioning myself and I felt overwhelmed by how much more happiness I wanted in my life. I was in this continual state of self evaluation. Questioning my worth, my values and what inspires me. But am I going to sit here in a pitiful state dreaming of the future? No way, not me! If my resilience helped me through the worst of times then I knew I just needed a little inspiration to stay positive.
One piece of advice which was drummed into me a long time ago, is that we must just keep going. Regardless of the situation or whether we are feeling unmotivated, afraid or uncertain about the future, it is better to constantly keep moving than to stay idle. In hard times these words resonate deeply within me and the gutted feeling of past mistakes and failures remind me all too well of the times I gave up. I feared the unknown and was afraid of moving forward. It got me nowhere at the time but I learnt from those mistakes and moved on. Continue reading
“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity” -Albert Einstein
Before you were glued to your computer screen, before you used your first mobile phone, humans used a variety of methods to communicate with each other. Just imagine if you were out in the wilderness with a group of your friends. Just you and nature. No phone, no internet, and not even a compass. Imagine you wanted everyone to come back to the camp site before dark so you decide to create smoke signals to let them find their way back. When all you have is nature, the means by which you communicate suddenly become very simple… very primitive.
Societal norms and cultural values evolve and become characterised with each period of technological revolution. Technology can greatly influence our lives and relationships. We are naturally predisposed to use our minds to think, speak and interact with each other, and as a species we have the capacity to use our minds to create all sorts of tools that enhance the way we communicate. Continue reading
Recently I was told that cards and payments were merging into one. Wait a minute… aren’t cards payments? Aren’t they just instruments used to identify payments?
A colleague of mine recently stated, “Not a week goes by without someone launching some new payments initiative that combines technology with society’s want of “instant gratification.”” From a Gen-Y perspective, we are at the heart of a payments transformation era… I have an iPhone, therefore I am… On the other hand from a marketer’s perspective the payments industry can at times be as cumbersome as Sydney’s outdated train system. The challenge is marketing payments innovation in an industry split between those that recognize and are boldly embracing change to those that are aware of change but remain comfortable in their established ways. Continue reading
1. Follow good password practice. Change your password at least once every few months. If like me, you are too paranoid to write your passwords down then stick to 1-3 passwords that are unique but you can still remember and use for more than just one site.
When choosing a password think of a simple base word or phrase… It could be a memory or nickname that only you would know of then add some numbers to it. To be even more fail safe, then scramble your password in a way so that you can still read it as one word. For example: spaghettiisland368 becomes ghettispaglandis368.
2. Don’t be a crazy clicking fool. Approach all unidentifiable links with caution. If you receive a suspicious looking link that you think might be a spam post, do NOT click on the link and ALWAYS change your password immediately if you do click on it by accident. If the link is shortened and you can’t see the URL clearly, then best to avoid clicking it until you have updated your security software on your computer. People unknowingly click on links which allows hackers to access your details, spam your contact list and make you feeling like a fool! Continue reading
Last week I visited the Apple store. A newly opened one. One could liken it to a mecca for Apple lovers. Now by mecca, I don’t mean to worship any deity, nor can I say I use Apple products religiously. It’s just a place that represents one brand, yet attracts so many people from all walks of life. I was simply drawn in with the rest of the shoppers walking past.
Sure I love Apple. As a brand it represents knowledge, hope, power and innovation. As a product it represents simplicity, quality and perfection. With its stylish design and fluid lines, I felt very welcomed walking in. The experience of the Apple store itself is meant to leave people wanting more. For Apple lovers it’s like visiting a toy store. Continue reading
The other day I jokingly asked a friend, “Why do you have two facebook accounts? One for each face?”… perhaps that was harsh, but my blatant observation was nothing more than plain curiosity. “Which profile is the real you? So one is the public you that you display to everyone… The other is the private you that you show only to your close friends and family?”
Now as oddly intrigued as I was to discover that some of my friends are creating two facebook profiles, the more I come think about it… the more I think it isn’t such a bad idea. Continue reading
1. LinkedIn- Social app for business. Connecting you with millions of others in your industry.
2. Cardmunch- I spilt coffee on someone’s business card the other day… oops. This app lets you take a photo of a business card then converts the data to your contacts list. Fairly accurate too.
3. Dropbox- Save your files in dropbox and it sync’s with all your computers, iphones, ipads. You can access your files on your online account and even share your files with friends. Continue reading