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Pan’s Labyrinth

“Many, many years ago in a sad, faraway land, there was an enormous mountain made of rough, black stone. At sunset, on top of that mountain, a magic rose blossomed every night that made whoever plucked it immortal. But no one dared go near it because its thorns were full of poison…”

From “Pan’s Labyrinth” (El Laberinto del Fauno), written and directed by Guillermo del Toro.
Illus. by Rafal Olbinski.

Get away with entrepreneurship

What is entrepreneurship?
An idea packaged into an alluring story heralding a product designed as the solution for a problem.
How do you start?
Surmise your passions to find a pattern for your product and your business model. Decipher your passions and find your skills. Build on your product and create the words for an enchanting package. Start your enterprise as if you start a new love story. This would be your another love and type of loving because you put more than just time in your idea.

Brain fueling for your idea is always hard. All the more you should make use of your best. Your skills. Your skills will always help you in the direst of times. One should never start finding new ones as time is limited. In everything, your skills will make do.

You are likely to fail in your idea. Predictions break apart when you transfer them from paper to practice. Nothing seems to be the same. On this rugged path, you wish you had struck gold. Literally. You do business with people that assess you, judge you, jeer you, appreciate you…Everybody wants nothing but the best. And they often offer nothing in return.

No matter what you sell or do, do it right and well. Even if you don’t sell gold, leave an impression and a mark. Get the job done. If possible, leave a trail of delight that later will lead them back to you. And whatever you do, ask a simple question: Can I get away with it? Can I get away with my story/presentation/performance? We are all non/artists until we propose ourselves to put our passions into practice and become entrepreneurs.
“Art is what you can get away with.”
Andy Warhol

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Art by Rafal Olbinski.

Engleza de joi/ Nowhither

Nowhither = to or toward no place.

“Some of us look for the Way in opium and some in God, some of us in whiskey and some in love. It is all the same Way and it leads nowhither.”
W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil

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Art by Rafal Olbinski.

Failure and success

I have failed in everything: biking, I have fallen manifold; swimming, as I cannot yet, after many attempts; roller skating, I broke an arm, moreover my knees and ankles aren’t well and happy either; also at boxing I hurt my knuckles and wrist, even if only my punching bag was involved.

I have failed in communicating with some tremendously amazing people.
I have failed in my first business and in my present business as I haven’t fulfilled all my predictions.

I haven’t failed in one thing: in doing what I love and “cropping” my own type of life everyday. And in eating glass…
“Starting a company is like staring into the abyss and eating glass.”
Elon Musk (allegedly quoting a friend).

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Art by Rafal Olbinski.

You’re my flame

You’re my flame…
in the pitch-dark monster lair
and beacon in eery glares of ugly nights.
You are never away…
You are always in the array
of blooming next day.
Sometimes I do prey
other flames gleaming
But I am just dreaming
at the same organ of fire…

…”The heart is an organ of fire.” – Michael Ondaatje, The English patient.

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Art by the amazing Rafal Olbinski.

Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco – January 5, 1932 – February 19, 2016.

 

”To survive, you must tell stories.”

”Captain Cook discovered Australia looking for the Terra Incognita. Christopher Columbus thought he was finding India but discovered America. History is full of events that happened because of an imaginary tale.”

”Creativity can only be anarchic, capitalist, Darwinian.”

”Absence is to love as wind is to fire: it extinguishes the little flame, it fans the big.”

Art by Rafal Olbinski.