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I am just quickly posting this talk before some friends arrive for dinner, but I should watch it again.

Daniel Pink untidies the knot of motivation and has an answer on the tacky question what a good job involves. In his words, it is

  1. mastery – doing something you are actually good at
  2. autonomy – doing things independently
  3. purpose – doing something that matters.

An important lesson for as long as my job hunt continues! For now, I am pretty autonomous, I don’t really feel that I master anything, but the worst part: (apparently) I don’t have a real purpose at the moment.

Anyway, enjoy the talk and be inspired!


Yesterday, I went to see a documentary about a very peculiar story in European politics. Back in 2002, nobody would believe that Herman van Rompuy would be appointed President of the European Council seven years later.

And yet, it happened. The dull Belgian prime minister, a haiku poet with the ‘appearance of a low grade bank clerk‘, turned out to be the only candidate without any controversy. The Danish documentary, full of irony, tells a story of fading dreams, fights amongst friends and earthy compromises. Recommended!


I have been looking forward to posting this Tuesday TED Talk for an entire week. Today, I would like to share two TED talks about animals – and how similar they are with human beings.

The first one is about ‘monkeynomics’. People have built complex economic systems. Human beings often display irrational behaviour. To summarise it, human beings have a ‘loss bias’, which means they may take (excessive) risks in order to avoid a loss. Laurie Santos researches whether monkey have the same kind of economically irrational behaviour.

But there is more animals have in common with human beings: some animals can cooperate and have empathy with each other, as Frans de Waal shows.

In this first Thursday TED talk I’ll be weekly posting here, I’d like to share one which is close to the reason why I started this blog.

Sometimes, there are moments in life where not all things are going as smoothly as you’d wish. In those days, it’s important to remember all these great small things that make life awesome – and to actively look for them. TED speaker Neil Pasricha did just that and started the blog 1000 awesome things. Enjoy!