Mario Cardinal

"The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes" – Marcel Proust


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The most useful form of patience is persistence

Covid-19 has no borders and is spreading at lightning speed. In these times of crisis and confinement, patience is essential. The eminent leader of Indian nationalism, Mahatma Gandhi, known for promoting nonviolence compares the act of waiting to a fight: “To lose patience is to lose the battle”. Leo Tolstoy, the Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time, known for “War and Peace” compares patience to a warrior: “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time“.

Today, I was reading “3-2-1”, the weekly newsletter from James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits. There was an insight connecting patience and persistence which I found very appropriate.

“The most useful form of patience is persistence. Patience implies waiting for things to improve on their own. Persistence implies keeping your head down and continuing to work when things take longer than you expect.” — James Clear

Patience, persistence and positivity are the three keys to living better. It’s the easiest way to reach your goals and succeed! Life is a journey and you cannot rush success. This is true in all areas of our lives, even more so when you are a start-up entrepreneur.

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It has been several months since I provided any status on the progress of To-Do Studio. I know that many of you are eagerly awaiting the Beta version of the product. Your patience will soon be rewarded. Me and my business partner, we keep our heads down and keep working even if there is a pandemic and things take longer than expected. Less than ten weeks to wait. Soon we will announce the Beta program.


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I wish emotional Intelligence and mental balance for my children

For almost two years, Yuval Noah Harari’s bestseller “Sapiens” has been on my reading list. Last summer, I started reading the book during a vacation with my youngest son. Since then, I have not only finished Sapiens but I have also devoured his second book, “Homo Deus”. These masterpieces really helped me to understand the world we live in a little bit better.

I love the mix of facts, simplicity and philosophical questions that makes you think a lot and reflect. It helped me put things in perspective and, in a way, extract myself from the current realty and think about meaning and purpose of life. These readings have fueled my thinking so much that I keep recommending their readings to everyone around me. Harari’s work should be taught in schools. I am currently reading his latest book “21 lessons for the 21st century“.

For those who are less familiar with the writings of Yuval Harari, here is an interview where he discusses his latest book. Unfortunately, the facilitator does not seem to understand the nuances of Harari’s work and he is completely unable to follow with significant questions, and especially to question his thinking intelligently. The result could be disappointing. But as there is something positive in everything, one of the advantages of this interview is that it is a very good introduction to Harari’s books.

Yuval Noah Harari: “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” | Talks at Google

Recently, thanks to the random algorithms of Youtube, I came across an interview of Harari with an intriguing title: The 2 Most Important Skills For the Rest Of Your Life. Harari is not only a macro-historian and professor but one of the world’s most innovative and exciting thinkers. I quickly made the decision to listen to the interview and I was not disappointed. There is a lot to learn from this video, especially for the youngest who start their adult life. In this regard, I will recommend it to my four children.

I like to believe that the main reason we are on earth is to create happiness. I have always wished that my children become initiators of happiness, that they flood their entourage with those little things that make life more pleasant. Obviously, we must begin by finding happiness deep within ourselves. Like Harari, I am convinced that in the 21st century, only those who have enough emotional intelligence and mental balance will be sources of happiness.

And in the end
The love you take
Is equal to the love you make

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The End (Abbey Road)

Here is the link to listen to the full interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6tMLAjPVyo