Being a brutal optimist …

“Take risks: If you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise.” So a new year has started! Do you have new year’s resolutions? 🙂 Thinking about this brought up some thoughs on a particular topic in me. There are two major ways to go through life. Being optimistic, being pessimistic. Ok, maybe still not caring, but I hope you have a stand on life. As

Definition of "Home"

What is home (in different languages)?

So it is around Christmas now, where many people go home. But what really is “home”? How do you define home? Many say that it is where their family lives or where they grew up. Some say “Home is not where you were born but where you want to die”. I have been wondering about what home really means for me and by being abroad some international aspects came into the

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How to really LIVE your Dream

After now already posting about ‘Preparing for Job that does not exist yet‘ (where I described what my dream job lookes like and how I got to find it) I also want to stress the importance of living your dream! I am doing it as you maybe have already discovered in the aforementioned post. It took me some 5 years to know ever more exactly what I do NOT want.

What Egypt, Pakistan and Togo have in common and what Europeans are blessed with …

[Update] Check out this text to get some more background information and videos: Updates on the Situation in Egypt: What is Happening Also check out the current parties and their stands interactively. === How will this end? After the initial promising change in Egypt and other Arab States now there are threats to safety and freedom of it’s people again. I was chained to the TV back then watching how the

Major Shift in Pakistan – the peaceful Leader

After talking about believing in your ideals and bringing positive change here is somebody who is doing it – right now! One thing that got my attention, apart from my personal experience that I have mainly been focusing on in the last articles, is the current awesome development in Pakistan!     Picture Source   You have seen the Arab Spring happening and

Walking the line …

Well, this one is not exactly going to be about Johnny Cash, but rather about the difficulty of keeping the balance in emotional situations when dealing with others. The past weekend has again shown me a lot about this and those are experiences I do not want to miss! Some days ago I told you about my experience in chairing a conference in Denmark – this time I chaired a

5 years of AIESEC – a Resumé

So it has now been about 5 active years of AIESEC until left my last active (operational) role some weeks ago. So what has AIESEC actually given me in this time? Actually quite a lot – otherwise I would not have stayed for 5 years I guess. 😉 The Start of It All I started in November 2006 in Hamburg, Germany actually rather looking for a way to promote international

People taking to the streets in Togo

Some get what they want – and some just don’t get it!

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Now this is obviously a historic event with finally Mubarak stepping down. I am really relieved and congratulate the Egyptian people that their voice and prayers have been heard and hope that a peaceful and prosperous future following the idea and the spirit of the people comes into place.

But I remember very well a place where it does not! It reminds me of a story that I lived personally a few years ago in 2005 – when the dictator Eyadema died and left a vacuum of power. He had been a dictator for even longer than the Egyptian ruler – for 36 years, the second longest right after Castro in Cuba. People also went on the streets and demanded free elections. What had happened there?