120,000 Egyptian peasants died during the digging of Suez canal. They were forced to work. All that for 15% of the net profit afterwards to Egypt granted by France.
But then Britain occupied Egypt in 1882 and took it for free, till Abdulnasser nationalization in 1956.
The Suez Canal is Egypt’s modern Pyramids. It is a symbol of oppression and slavery.
George Orwell transformed into a writer because of his travels to Burma and the injustices he saw. He wrote “Down and Out in Paris and London” and “The Road to Wigan Pier”.
He travelled to Spain, it caused him to write 1984 and Animal Farm.
When Che Guevara travelled through South America, he transformed into a leftist revolutionary. He wrote The Motorcycle Diaries during his travels.
When Siddhartha Gautama travelled, he saw suffering and he transformed into Buddha.
When Malcom X went to Hajj he transformed into Brother Malik and lost his anti-white rhetoric and left Nation of Islam.
Travel …. transform.
“I love them [this new generation] because they hate us” Yousef Alqamoussi
“Suspending judgement of emotions allows them to run their course and vanish”
“Rather than avoiding a feeling, your goal should be to move toward the emotion, into it, and eventually through it”.
“The biggest challenge to developing self-awareness is objectivity”.
Emotional Intelligence 2.0
Vacation is hospice for healthy people.
I don’t believe in vacations. I believe in rejuvenating retreat.
I believe deep work trips.
I believe in conquest.
I believe in adventurous exploration.
Capital, branding, marketing, traffic , ideas are all abundant today in the USA.
550,000 new businesses open in the US each month.
We touch our phones an average of 2600 times a day.
US Angel investment market grew from $17B in 2009 to $24B now.
The only scarce thing is time.
If you are building your life around me-time, you will feel something major is missing.
People who have fewer than 4 people in their close support network double their chance of cardiac death, and low quantity and quality of social ties have been linked to high blood pressure, impaired immunity, and inflammations. (FISCHBACH, Princeton University)
From: Dan Gilbert
To: All Company
Subject: The most basic thing we do…
We do great things here.
We grow every day.
We hire more great people.
We grow again.
Once basic thing we have preached since your very first day here is:
WE RETURN ALL PHONE CALLS TO EVERYONE EVERY TIME.
It has come to my attention lately, that some of you have CHOSEN to ignore this most basic philosophy. To cast aside the very DNA this organization is built on.
Some of you have chosen to ARROGANTLY to take and destroy this company’s great reputation single handedly.
Let me make it perfectly clear to those who think they can work here, get paid by this company, and in essence DESTROY OUR REPUTATION AND JOBS by deciding you just “don’t care” …
YOU CANNOT AND WILL NOT WORK HERE ANYMORE. Period.
There are probably more Rang Rovers in Dearborn Heights, MI than in Solihull, UK.
An expansive study published in Nature Human Behavior Journal, that included a sample of 1.7 million people, concluded:
“In America, for daily emotional well-being, the sweet spot is an annual income of $65,000-$95,000, and for long-term satisfaction that number is $105,000”
“People were likely to see decreased happiness if they achieved more than the optimal income for long-term satisfaction, partially due to a phenomenon described as the “hedonic treadmill”, in which people adjust to increases in income.”