Gabija Grušaitė on Creative writing & publishingAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta3 months ago
For those who want to travel to Japan or miss the land of the rising sun badly, here is a beautiful short novel one could read in few hours 📙❤️ 💎 "Before the Coffee gets cold" is a book even my husband thoroughly enjoyed and he doesn't enjoy fiction so often 😂🙄. It's a gem of a story that will blow some fresh Tokyo breeze your way. 🌎 The story is very simple and unique at the same time - if you could go back in time just for a short while who would you want to see? What would you say before the coffee gets cold? ☕ Even though the story explores the past, Toshikazu Kawaguchi inspires his audience to appreciate the present. 💚

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Gabija Grušaitė on Creative writing & publishingAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta4 months ago
Wild times call for wild books. Since Mr. President has a certain obsession with post office, I thought, it might be a good time to read “Post office” by Bukowski. If the rent is due and you have no idea what to do, this is The Book 📖 It explores the depth of desperation and provides a glimpse of hope that people are able to withstand just about anything. Even a dull and mind-numbing shifts in post office. And still manage to become the world famous writer. Hate your job? 🙄 Bukowski did hate his for sure! But in the end, it was worth it as he succeeded in writing an awesome ode to all the most horrible jobs in the planet. Enjoy with nice stiff drink and let me know what you think 🍺🍷 Please comment 👇👇👇to let me know what kind of books you are looking for or request a Talk in my profile 👌
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Gabija Grušaitė on Creative writing & publishingAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta3 months ago
What is our motivation to read? Expectations are to expand our minds, to get insights into life and perform better on daily basis. Intuitively many people tend to favour non-fiction, because it talks about 'real' world rather than fantasy, but, to be honest, it is not true. Non-fiction gives you somebody's opinion on a certain question, while a right choice of a novel might open up your internal wisdom, help you process important questions of life and death, loss and opportunity. Reading is way more than a way to acquire information, it is a meditate inward process. But... It is very hard to make a decision on what to read and why. Many lists tell you a bit about the book but not "the value proposition" on what you could discover by reading it. That's my goal 💅
The 100 best books of the 21st century
www.theguardian.com
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Gabija Grušaitė on Creative writing & publishingAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta3 months ago
Fungi is the original network of planet earth way more complex than what humans ever created. It transmits food both and information between different species of plant/fungi/animal kingdom. Main question should be: why are we not connected to this network? "Animals tend to find food in the world and put it in their bodies; fungi put their bodies in the food. To do so, they must ceaselessly remodel themselves, weaving their bodies into relation with their surroundings. This entanglement—with themselves, with their physical surroundings, and with other organisms—is their staple mode of existence. "
Fungi’s Lessons for Adapting to Life on a Damaged Planet
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Gabija Grušaitė on Creative writing & publishingAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta3 months ago
This is a book written more than thousand years ago by a young woman in Kyoto ❤️ "Pillow Book" by Sei Shonagon reaches us from the depth of long forgotten era, but it's not a grand epic story, but rather funny notes and anecdotes a witty charming lady wrote for her own amusesment. But it's also a very humbling to realise how universal human experience is. In imperial Court of Kyoto same as contemporary New York, Kuala Lumpur or Vilnius people laugh, tease each other, hide lovers and watch the beauty of nature to unfold. Highly recommend reading it while watching the spring blossom and slowly mature into summer 🌸🌸🌸
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Gabija Grušaitė on Creative writing & publishingAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta4 months ago
Want to read a great novel about a fall of United States in a very likely scenario? Let your imagination wander through the desolate landscape of USA fiscal crisis and a bloodless international currency war. The Mandibles is a family saga based in a near future when USA defaults on its debt and the dollar down spirals into oblivion. If you constantly scroll through the news trying to imagine a doomsday scenario of what the aftermath of this crisis could be – This is the book for you!
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Gabija Grušaitė on Creative writing & publishingAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta3 months ago
Tired from scrolling down meaningless selfies, but not ready to commit to Dostoyevski? This is the great list of novels shorter that 200 pages, something you can easily tackle in one weekend 📚🍷 Reading a novel is a great way to let your mind rest from workweek stress and let the imagination wonder 🦄
The 50 Best Contemporary Novels Under 200 Pages
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Gabija Grušaitė on Creative writing & publishingAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta4 months ago
As a writer, I am often asked for book recommendations. Reading a book is a big commitment and before investing time, we would like to know if this is going to be relevant. To help you out, I will start a series of reading recommendations based not on the plot of the story or unique artistic features of the book, but on the individual situation of the potential reader. Expect fiction recommendations that help to deal with anxiety; wild books for wild times; stories that help to overcome fears.
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Lina Linkeviciute on Be Creative as Leonardo Da VinciTheatre Director [email protected] Paintings/Luxury Business Professional
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I would like to share a Mind Map with 8 Creative Personalities. 1. Dreamer 2. Producer 3. Innovator 4. Artist 5. Adventurer 6. Thinker 7. Maker 8. Visionary The Mind Map drawn by hand with colors helps us to expand the whole picture, to see it clearly on the paper ant to make our brain function better. This process creates a space for NEW IDEAS TO COME!!!! I refused to draw since I was 6 years old and never ever wanted to start again. Once I have learned and experienced that combining DRAWING with WRITING makes our brain like a TURBO MACHINE!! No matter how you draw, your brain appreciates it a lot!!! I can explain ALL during MIND MAP session! P.S. Mind Map inspired by the Adobe Test of CREATIVE TYPES https://mycreativetype.com/
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Lina Linkeviciute on Be Creative as Leonardo Da VinciTheatre Director [email protected] Paintings/Luxury Business Professionalabout 1 month ago
Justas Janauskas asked me: Lina, could you explain what is the mind mapping technique, why and when people should use it and share your story of how it benefited you? The story begun in my early years, when I refused to draw at school. I was offering my classmates compensation in return for making all my homework assignments that required drawing. Up to 33 years old, I was deeply convinced that drawing is entirely not my thing and there is no reason to even try improving these skills. Until the day I stumbled upon Mind Mapping. Whilst writing a book, one friend of mine told me that it helped him organize his ideas using computer. He shared so many instances when mind mapping may be instrumental, such as, *To remember things and never ever forget them *To organize and structure one’s ideas *To find creative solutions Also for: *Agenda organization *Oral presentation or meeting animation *Project management and development *Thesis or book writing *Brainstorming *Resolutions And so much more!!! I decided to take a special training course of 6 months in order to master Mind Mapping technique professionally. Once I entered the class with my beloved computer, the instructor told that we are not going to use computers and instead will be working on our Mind Maps by hands, by writing and drawing. Now I got myself in a trouble! And became the one who was protesting the most, because I don’t know how to draw !!!!! It started very BADLY ! First of all, my writing is just as horrible as drawing, so every time I would show my homework, the teacher would repeat that my work could be clearer and tidier !!! I was feeling like I was back in the primary school !!! Oh my God, what a shame !!! My motivation was very low and I wanted to abandon these stupid classes, becoming convinced even more that I was bad in writing and drawing and it was too late to change it ! I was already 33 years old !! Luckily my EGO received a BIG SIGNAL. I was browsing the book of Mind Mapping creator Tony Buzan and my attention was caught by his statement that it was Leonardo Da Vinci who was a father of Mind Maps, as he was perfect in blending drawing and writing. This is a way how he managed to go deep into subjects and to realize in 15-16th centuries that planes and cars were going to exist!!! It was by an amazing accident when after two weeks I went to the museum of Louvre, where a special exhibition of Leonardo Da Vinci was hosted, and I noted several exclusive drawings. I LOOKED AT THESE DRAWINGS AND EXCLAIMED ‘EUREKA’ !!!!! IT WAS A BIG, SPECIAL MOMENT, I UDERSTOOD !!! I realized, that if I wanted to delve deeper into my mind I should write and draw !!!! It is the only way if we want to connect our logical knowledge with our imagination. Leonardo Da Vinci was perfect in physics, but he was perfect in imagination as well! That’s where the GENIUS MIND comes from!! It is when your RIGHT and LEFT part of BRAIN function at the same time !! This is the real power of Mind Mapping, produced by your hands, not by your computer!!! So I got a very huge wave of motivation, as the Genius from the past had proven it to me ! And when I started to train myself seriously, miracles started to happen. However I can not tell you all the interesting things now :) I would be happy to share my knowledge and experience during mind map sessions where I explain everything :) P.S. The Mind Map in the photo is from my early beginning :)
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Paulius Staniūnas on Leading Team of CreativesBest Nightlife Photographer in Malaysia, Founder of All is Amazing3 months ago
I love reading short inspirational articles during short breaks. Here is one of those articles. It got me thinking and idea of second order consequences stuck with me. I’d love to share it with you now. Powerful But Simple Technique - What is second and third order consequences? In today's society, the notion of delaying gratification is essentially quaint. While instant gratification may make life easier, it doesn't necessarily make life, business, or our well being better. Second and third order consequences always deserve a seat at the table due to this one big reason. https://www.inc.com/julian-hayes-ii/ray-dalios-technique-to-instantly-becoming-a-better-decision-maker-boils-down-to-8-words.html
1 Powerful But Simple Technique Ray Dalio Uses to Make Better Decisions
www.inc.com
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Gabija Grušaitė on Business/Life/Creativity balanceAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta3 months ago
I graduated from Uni in 2009 in the depth of a recession with no jobs available for fresh graduates. 😳 My options were to stay in London and keep hussling between unpaid internships 🙄 and short term gigs in service industry 🍽️, or move back to Vilnius that had even less jobs available, but at least I could live with my family. 😔 Neither of these options seemed ideal. 20s is a beautiful period in life meant for travelling, making mistakes and learning about yourself and life, so this desolate post-crisis Europe was not the best environment for my personal growth. 🤔 At least, that's what I thought at the time. I was 22 years old with no fear of failure and plenty of naivety and stupidity. Who wasn't, right? 😂😂😂 So I went for The Wild Card - a completely crazy option that was outside of "usual" paths. I went to South East Asia, found few freelancing jobs, eventually settled in Penang and had this amazing opportunity to co-found independent art center called Hin bus Depot. ❤️ I had nothing to lose, only gain, while going for "conservative" options would seem safe at the first glance, but in reality there was no gains for me. 🌎🧭 It's counter intuitive, but safe options often lead nowhere. 💚 It turned out really well for me. Plenty of new challenges, new friends, new skills and much deeper grasp of how different and how universal at the same time people are. ❤️ I would not be who I am without these 7 years in Malaysia and I am still in love with Penang. 🇲🇾 My insight is that you always have more than two options. In fact, there are unlimited options once you start thinking outside the box. We often tend to trap ourselves with thinking that "if not this, then this". 🚀🚀🚀 I'm not advocating crazy risks, but rather to open mind for unusual paths that your intuition tells you to follow. 🧳

Thomas DesimpelAngel Investor, Polyglot, Real Estate Investor
Thanks for sharing Gabija. I recognize this path of life. My path lead to Brazil, it was also completely off the path. Nobody can take away those experiences of life and in the long run they pay off somehow. (And now I start to understand as well by the way why Quoorio starts to grow in Malaysia too 😉👌🆒)
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Jonathan Cairns on Moderation in all especially in copy writingCopy writing and editing, lyrics, poems, trying to give up driving4 days ago
The new English is International English. On the streets of London, in cities towns and villages all over the world, in bedrooms and in the glowing hands of waiting travellers a new language is being created, crafted by market forces, forged in freedom. No central committees approve our words. No government agencies will break our knuckles over punctuation or style. We are the Borg. We are anonymous. We are also named beneath pictures of ourselves sharing the most intimate facets of our personalities and lives. In the future there will not be a person on the planet who doesn't know a little International English. Hark the psychologists refrain : "how does that make you feel?" It's language Jim, but not, as we know it. This tumbling snowball of globalisation is accumulating the best concepts from every culture in the world. It is unstoppable. Yes you can feel saudade 🇵🇹 about this nouveau 🇫🇷 patois 🇯🇲 with its delicatessen 🇩🇪 of choices. We can debate if it's a glitch 🇮🇱 of history that this macho guerilla 🇪🇸 linguistic tsunami 🇯🇵 of new words and nuanced concepts is too gung-ho 🇨🇳 in scouring 🇳🇱 other tongues being a parasite 🇬🇷. What price this new tower of Babel? The youth of the world are forging a new world swearing at each other online and off in Russian, Arabic, Polish etcerata etcetera. I think its amazing but also a little concerning. Will Int. English inevitably break other languages and cultures as the decades pass? What do you think? What price this process /progress? 🤔
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Lina Linkeviciute on Be Creative as Leonardo Da VinciTheatre Director [email protected] Paintings/Luxury Business Professional19 days ago
How did decorative handwriting rewrite Steve Jobs' Life? The biggest paradox is that the genius of technology who created a super aesthetic electronic devices mastered calligraphy himself and used it during his whole life. Steve Jobs was studying in Reed College offered the best calligraphy instruction in the country at the time. He learned about serif and sans serif typefaces and about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle. Calligraphy gave Jobs an aesthetic sense which he later successfully explored in other fields. Steve Jobs understood, that by keeping our hands moving: · It encourages our brain to think at a higher level · It’s meditative and relaxing · It develops fine motor skills and memory retention · It promotes creativity and critical thinking · It facilitates connections with other people · It increases aesthetic sense Every single poster, every single note was beautifully calligraphed by his own hands. As Jobs told Stanford's graduates, "When we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it's likely that no personal computer would have them." And the iPad with a pencil where do you think is coming from? It’s hard to imagine how Mac could have looked today if Steve Jobs was mastering drawing as well as handwriting!!! The incredible thing is that it is possible to develop handwriting and drawing at any point in our lives!!! The most easy method to develop these skills by doing Mind Mapping where you can start practice these skills at your own level and for your own reasons !!!

Lina LinkeviciuteTheatre Director [email protected] Paintings/Luxury Business Professional
Thanks Thomas, take your time to choose beautiful and confortable pen, to write it becomes like a ritual, a special and meaningful moment :)
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Gabija Grušaitė on How to make peace with your own white privilege?Author of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta2 months ago
Everytime protests over racial injustice erupts somewhere in a world (mostly USA), I notice quite a few people around me start telling stories how they are not racist, but... Just stop it - we all are. I was once stopped by police in LA, because my friend ran a stop sign. We smiled and told him we are stupid foreigners who are not familiar with driving in a LA. He frowned and asked if our country has Stop signs. We admitted it was wrong and promised to be careful. He waved goodbye and didn't even write us a ticket. Most of us here in the North have no idea what it means to live in fear in your own country. We usually are welcome everywhere. Blue eyes open doors. It was very different for our parent and grandparent generations. Their life was shaped by oppression. Out of respect for those who fought for our freedom, we should show compassion and empathy for people trying to lift themselves out fear. To have their voices heard. Just admit your privilege and be kind.
'That was crazy to me': black film-maker captures own pepper-spraying by US police
www.theguardian.com

Povilas GodliauskasFounder & Coach @ coach.lt
Indeed, we all are. The question is: are we aware of it? And if so, how we manage it?
Gabija Grušaitė on How to make peace with your own white privilege?Author of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta2 months ago
For those who have not experienced racism, it’s hard to appreciate the subtlety of its influence and its infiltration into thoughts and actions, coded behaviours and subconscious responses both for perpetrator and recipient. 💚 I have not experienced it directly, though I have encountered other forms of discrimination throughout my life. 💚 Empathy is not an abstract idea or feeling, as humans we understand it personally most often through a story. 💚 In order to grow, we need to listen to the experience of others who are different than us. 💚 Here is a very interesting perspective of someone who experienced racism as a passenger. What are your thoughts or tips on growing empathy within?
Chinese travel warning hints at an uncomfortable truth
www.smh.com.au
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Elena Hill-Artamonova on Dyslexia and educationPersonality psychologist 🧏‍♀️, dog mum 🐾 and food enthusiast 🌯3 months ago
Being in education for some time now, I have came across range of helpful tools that can make your journey through academia a lot more pleasant. Below are the links for the tools I use for my PhD: https://www.researchgate.net this is a well know platform for researchers, here you can find loads of papers and articles for your subjects. https://www.grammarly.com/m this tool I use for writing, I have dyslexia so writing isn’t the easiest tasks for me, this helps to keep my writing tidy and understandable. https://www.citethisforme.com/uk/referencing-generator this is a reference generator website, I used this throughout my whole academic career so far, I create perfect referencing lists and bibliographies with this tool. https://scholar.google.com cannot stress how important google scholar is for finding articles and texts for your research. It is by far on the easiest tools to use. https://www.elsevier.com/en-gb this is my favorite tools to find articles that I need for my research. It is easy to navigate and easy to search. If you have any questions on how to use these or you want to ask about getting into a PhD/research degree, drop me a message and I will happily answer any of your questions.
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Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors yesterday published its handbook for impact investors, a refresh of a guide they first published ten years ago, a lifetime ago in impact investing. It is a comprehensive (182 pages) guide to the nuts and bolts of impact investing, with some help from a 45-year old avatar investor named Sophia. With so many people now trying to get themselves oriented in investing their money for social and environmental impact, it is excellent to have a fully updated primer for beginners, and a reference book for the more experienced. The Handbook is available (for free) at: https://lnkd.in/dH8qK7U
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Dalia Bagdziunaite on Research & InnovationNeuroconsultant // Researcher // Behavioral Strategist // Educator3 months ago
Speculative design is an incredible field aimed at starting the discussion about big societal issues by using collective imagination & fiction. This type of design is used to help to facilitate co-creative processes and foster innovation. If u want to know more about how speculative future scenarios can be used in business or policy-making settings, I strongly suggest to watch the following video
Speculative Futures: A Plea for Collective Imagination (Ellery Studio) |Virtual Design Thinking Camp 2020
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Markus Seppam on Optimisation tricks for Facebook and Google AdsPerformance Marketing Specialist | Google and FB ads3 months ago
Do you know what is the main reason why most Facebook and Google Ads campaigns fail? It’s due to focusing on the wrong metrics. Most people think the main goal of Google and Facebook Ads is to get as many clicks to your website with the lowest cost possible. Well, that is not true. In performance marketing, the main goal of Google and FB ads should be to increase your sales and that’s why you should always consider and track which targeting options (keywords etc) and ads are helping you to achieve that. Unfortunately, so many advertisers don’t even have conversion tracking enabled and are focusing on the wrong metrics like: * Clickthrough rate * Clicks * Bounce rate * Impressions * Likes, shares Instead, you should prioritize on setting up conversion tracking and focus on more meaningful metrics like: ✅ Conversions and the Cost Per Conversion ✅ Return on Ad Spend Focusing and optimizing for the correct metrics and events is especially vital for the more Automated Bidding strategies, where the algorithms are always looking to optimize according to the event you choose to be important for you.
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Markus Seppam on Optimisation tricks for Facebook and Google AdsPerformance Marketing Specialist | Google and FB ads3 months ago
How do get your first job in a field you like with no experience? When I was on my second year in university I knew that I would love to work as a digital marketer. The problem was that I didn’t have any needed skills or experience to get that first job and I was also studying abroad at the time. My solution - I started a blog! Thanks to blogging I got to learn content marketing, I ran Google Ads to my site with a very low budget (just to get experience and learn by having skin in the game). I learned SEO, Analytics and got a very good overview of different possibilites and skillsets. After returning home from abroad I also worked for free for a start-up for a while, just to get that experience. This proved to be very useful when I applied to Google Ads Academy, which was organised by one of the biggest performance marketing agencies in Baltics (ePPC). There was lots of competition but my eagerness to learn by doing helped me stand out from the rest and get accepted. It’s now been almost two years since I got a job in ePPC and it’s just amazing how much can one learn in a short period of time when there is a will to succeed and consistency in taking action.
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