Gabija Grušaitė on Business/Life/Creativity balanceAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta2 months ago
While the world is waiting for a vaccine that would help "everything to go back to normal", some researchers take a radically different approach. Corona is one of a kind respiratory virus that infects blood vessels, in this case the good news are that there are existing treatment options. Better than bleach, I guess. But in all seriousness, we know so little about the world around us and ourselves, but still act as we are above nature.
Coronavirus May Be a Vascular Disease, Which Explains Everything | Elemental

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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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Gabija Grušaitė on Business/Life/Creativity balanceAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta3 months ago
Imagine a turkey that is fed by a "loving" human hand for a 1000 days. With each day, based on empirical evidence turkey's confidence grows that this is the natural order of things. A big surprise is waiting for a turkey on 1001st day - Thanksgiving dinner. "Black Swan" by Nassim Taleb is trying to answer a question: how not to be this turkey? We are operating in a world with limited information available and history is shaped by Black swans, completely unexpected big events with massive significance. Current world lockdown is a Black Swan that none of us could have imagined as far back as few months ago. So, it's a very relevant book to dwell on the unpredictable nature of the world. P. S. Nassim is not a dry theorist, but an active doer who made significant bets on Black Swan events and hit jackpot big time. So he walks the walk and has a brilliant sense of humour.
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