23 October 2015
No words to describe it. Just listen. Here's the official video of Adele's new song "Hello" from the upcoming and much anticipated album "25".
21 October 2015
Shut. The. Front. Door.
Adele is back people. It took four years for the follow-up to 21 and the snippet from X-Factor UK confirms it's going to be one helluva comeback. Well, she's never been officially away since we still hear her songs everywhere but THIS IS NEW ADELE MATERIAL and the netizens of the world are freaking out.
07 October 2015
What the hell Microsoft HoloLens! The first time the HoloLens came out, I thought it was already ridiculously awesome. The Windows 10 devices announcement yesterday blew my mind even more! We really are in the age of immersive holographic experience and Microsoft is paving the way.
02 October 2015
One of my absolute favorite films is Romy and Michelle's High School reunion. I mean, you would probably pretend that you invented post-its if could get away with it, right? In this exclusive video by HuffPost, the film's star Mira Sorvino meets the real inventor of post-its and apologizes for claiming his invention. Laughter ensues.
29 September 2015
Pika Santos 8:40 AM current events, mars announcement, mars water, prometheus, technology, water on mars
I have been following the Mars Curiosity Rover as it sends back amazing images of the surface of the Red Planet. But nothing has been more amazing than NASA's announcement today: they found evidence of liquid water on Mars.
Where there's water, there's life. Where there's life, humans are bound to go there. Are we on the verge of experiencing a scene from Prometheus?
This photo looks so damn convincing. The streaks do prove there was once liquid flowing through the surface of the Red Planet:
I'm telling you, it the Mars Curiosity Rover captures a real Martian in one of its many cameras, I bet it's going to scare the shit out of everyone on Earth.
On the other hand, how do you think will this affect Matt Damon's "The Martian"? I'm sure people will see it to see out of curiosity. However, people will be disappointed right off the bat with the major inconsistency that this new discovery has presented. The film's plot that says nothing grows on Mars and he has to "science the shit" of his situation is now not entirely accurate.
24 September 2015
Pika Santos 8:56 AM current events
It's Holy Crap Thursday. There's a plane that made an emergency landing on a busy intersection in Southern California.
21 September 2015
19 September 2015
|Scott Dinsmore and his wife|
Photo: From Live Your Legend
I was flicking through some TEDx videos to find some inspiration when I found this video of Scott Dinsmore, founder of Live Your Legend. The 33-year-old gave a very important and inspiring talk about how to find work you love - something I've personally been struggling with for a few years now.
While I do [kind of] love what I do and the things that come with it, there is still a feeling of emptiness in my daily work life. It is so much easier to say "find the job you really enjoy" or "find what you think is fun and you'll never have to worry about work ever". Frankly, only a few people are lucky to turn their passion into something profitable. For most of us, needs and responsibilities dictate the course of our actions in our professional lives. So how do we marry these two goals?
After watching the video, I found out the three important things you need in order to find the solution to this problem. First, you must find your unique strengths. Know thy self before answering the question "What should I really do in order to be happy?"
Second, stick to your values. Values make up your entire self. These are things you won't trade for fame or a big paycheck. Come to think of it, some people are miserable in their jobs because they feel like they "sold their souls to the devil". Something just doesn't feel right. They gave up their values and traded it for something they thought would make them happy.
Third, mark your experiences. A very powerful message Scott mentioned in this video is making sure you list down the qualities of the person you look up to or aspire to be like.
Last and perhaps the most important thing from Scott: surround yourself with passionate people. Connect with people who are relentlessly aiming for success in life. Stick to your miserable, sad little group and you'll end up sharing sob stories and workplace nightmares over cold coffee.
The last one may be pretty hard to attain though, especially when you're stuck in a situation where you can't quit your job because you have no alternative yet (operative word: YET). The trick is to change your surroundings. Instill a culture that avoids all sorts of negative behavior towards work. Be the force of change and stop complaining about work.
One quote Scott showed during his TEDx talk says, "You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with." - Jim Rohn. That is such a revealing statement! It is also such a sad realization. Whatever thoughts I have right now about what I do and my position in life have somewhat been influenced by the people I constantly interact with. So Scott said: "Don't change your goals. Change your surroundings!"
Sadly, we will never get to hear more inspiring words from Scott Dinsmore. The Daily Mail reported that he was struck and killed by a boulder while climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with his wife during their adventure around the world. We lost a great and inspiring soul - but his message, through this video I would like to share with all of you, will be heard for many years to come. I hope it will help all of us find meaning in what we do, and eventually, find work we all love.
The way I see it, most people are still unaware of what a call center employee does. Their knowledge is limited to what the first few news reports were about or what they've personally experienced when they contacted a customer service hotline. Truth is, the industry is not just about answering stupid questions from customers who are too lazy to look for answers themselves. The industry involves other facets of any business you can think of - sales, marketing, PR, creatives, finance and accounting, etc.
Therefore I easily get infuriated when people think "nasasayang ang talino" (Knowledge is wasted). That statement is completely false. More importantly, it is irrelevant! Your job should never define you or your strengths and capabilities. Anyone who is just starting out in the BPO industry, like any other industries, should pay their dues. Bank managers start out as tellers. Sales managers were once sales agents. BPO managers/leaders were once CSRs before they were in a position to influence change or lead a team of hundreds (sometimes thousands) of other BPO employees. So it is kind of baffling to me that (some) ignorant people from other industries would insult our people who graciously take your phone calls and help you out when you have some trouble with your phones or computers.
My theory: this attitude is very much like the Spaniards of the past! People are defined by what they do, how much they make, and how much influence they have in society.
It is alarming - to say the least - that we are stuck in that crappy mentality.#GrowUpPhilippines