The highlight (the professional one as there is certainly no lack of personal joys these days) of my first quarter of 2014 was without doubt a new book by Ben Horowitz, The Hard Things About Hard Things. It hit me to the core. I loved it to bits. It is filled with real stories, of a real doer, of a real CEO and now a highly respected VC. He has earned it. He is a master of the art of struggle, the entrepreneur. Let me share with your why am I so high from this book (Having Nas and Kanye West jamming from my headphones helps to prolong this ‘dopy’ feeling.) It was like reading a 21st century thriller. I’ve never before had my heart beating fast when reading a business book. Ben’s lessons from decades long struggle are for me like the holy book of running a business, being a good manager and being a good human being. Do yourself a favour – read his book. Here is why: [Read more…]
I missed you. I promise that time offline was well spent! My return to #IS is about some goodness from Steven Pressfield — his new book The Authentic Swing (dedicated to golfers and writers) which arrived in a surprise package from Steve’s team. Thank you for that again!
Here are hand-picked few quotes for you. (Even though I underlined whole pages of text). Enjoy! I loved this book.
If you will, get it and read it yourself.
it has been sometime since we have ‘met’ in this space. There have been plenty of reasons for my silence, however I am delighted to be back today. The following video sums up a 3 year long journey (some of you have been on with me also via this blog). In September 2012 I stood up on the TEDx stage in Nitra (Slovakia) and I shared what I have learned during the most challenging 3 years of my life (so far). I hope you will find in it at least one thing which will resonate with you. Remember, (R)evolution Starts in the Heart. [Read more…]
This is the title of the book which blew my socks off last September. It precisely sums up what I was up to in the last 6 months. I was and am daring greatly. (I will share with you more stories in this blog once I digest them, understand them and talk about them with those I love).
Hi hi hi my dear SCG,
believe it or not, on 17th September 2012 this blog reached another milestone on its journey. Three years ago was the first time I have posted a blog post in this digital space. Naive, enthusiastic , fearless, driven, a bit “I know it all”, “let me save the world” Ivana posted a video about quitting my job and with title “End, which got me to begin.” Indeed in 2009, closed a door on security, on predictability, on the beaten path of a 9 to 5 job walked by too many before me. I have jumped with a bliss of ignorant beginner into the world where those who really do the work meet, create and collaborate. I have learned how little I know about myself , about human nature and about the world out there. It is three years since I set out on the most exciting and difficult times of my journey in this world. I am insanely grateful for all of you who crossed my path and who still walk beside me. Here are three main lessons, which could wrap up each year with Inspiring Shipments, NGLS and myself.
you may have noticed that I have got a break from posting book reviews over past few months. Firstly I have been reading much less and secondly I have been shipping very important work offline. This book by Bruce Chatwin was given to me by a person I adore. Songlines was not only about Chatwin’s traveling adventures in Australia, but it contained rich philosophical resources on human nature, evolution, psychology and relationships. I was blown away while reading it. It took me over two months to read it, as I was pondering over quotes I have read for days…I was also shocked to find out that it was Bruce Chatwin who popularized those notebooks which every digital nomad possesses… [Read more…]
why all that noise about shoes? Isn’t it too materialistic to say that shoes matter? Isn’t it only image component? Well, there are three reasons why I am so obsessed with shoes. The first reason has roots all the way in my childhood; ever since I was a child I was taught (by both my grandparents and parents) that one should ALWAYS wear clean – high quality and polished shoes, because: [Read more…]
many of you were and are constantly pinging me, because you do miss shipments on #IS. I do admit that I have disappeared from online shipping for solid 4 months, but believe me it was all worth it. Before I will start to share all those life-changing moments and lessons I have learned ‘offline’; let me share with you (so far) the biggest shipment of my professional career: Manifesto on Education created by folks attending third NGLS Conference, which took place in April this year. It is also bit symbolic time as school are opening its gates for new term this week again, so perhaps this manifesto can inspire those who have guts to change something in their worlds. Enjoy! [Read more…]
Hello my dear SCG,
oh my, I have missed you. I believe that during my exile from blogging you shipped loads of your art. I must confess that last 8 weeks have been the most trans formative and in the same time the most eye-opening, frightening, miraculous and soul shaking weeks of my life. I needed time to digest all experiences, regain energy, heal the scars, part with those who I trusted and loved, re-united with those I meant to be with and thank everyone who made me who I am now. I was simply Turning Pro from being an Amateur. What exactly do I mean by Turning Pro? Let the author of “turning pro” phrase explain it to you. Go, Steven Pressfield go -> Guys, enjoy hand picked 50 quotes from just self – published (I love the “self” bit of publishing a lot!) & must read book by @SPressfield – Turning Pro. [Read more…]