Every surfer will tell you that surfing is not just a sport, it is a way of life.
I entirely agree; some of the things I learnt surfing are also totally applicable to life outside of the water.
Here are some of these nuggets:
Never turn your back to the ocean: Observe what’s in front of you. The good, the bad, the ugly, face it and embrace it.
Surf in every condition:
There is only one way to improve. Practice and practice again.
Eddie would go:
You might not always have a good session but you will never regret getting in the water. Don’t hold back, go for it!
Learn the rules of the game and when it’s your turn to play, don’t let anyone steal your opportunity!
The ocean will always be more powerful than you. Don’t let it remind you, it hurts – a lot.
The winner is the one having the most fun:
It doesn’t matter how well you ride, how man waves you catch, how radical (or not) your maneuvers may be as long as you are having fun you are doing it right!
And finally, last but not least,
Keep our oceans clean:
There is no metaphor in this one. The ocean is not only the playground of surfer, the ocean is life. We must protect it.
One of my 2018 new year’s resolution was to read one book per month. To do so, I made some simple yet powerful adjustments to my daily life: I swapped social media time for kindle time.
Easier said than done… after multiple failed attempts (as I am sure most of you can relate), the trick that worked for me was to delete most of my social media apps from my phone, carry my kindle in my bag everywhere I went and consciously reach for it during down times: commute, airport, line at the super market, hairdresser… That worked. I read 17 books in 2018!
Also always line up your next read before you finish your current one.
If you need some inspiration, here my 2018 reading list (not in order of preference). I recommend all of them, especially the ones in bold:
Publicis bold statement about shifting resources into AI rather than continuing to showcase its work on the Croisette, seems to be creating more buzz than the 2017 Cannes Lions winners.
The industry is concerned about what it means for International Festival of Creativity, It also reveals a lot about the value of agencies in a world where AI/ AR/ VR are transforming their role, purpose and creative process.
I say AI/ AR/ VR because one of my observations from attending the Cannes Lions this year is that these 3 disciplines are often grouped together and take up most of the innovation stage.
I recently left Twitter and joined NextVR as the VP of revenue partnerships.
The #WomenOfNextVR welcomed me to their uplift lunch series where Melinda Witmer (guest speaker), Stefanie Yoshimura (software developer at NextVR) and myself shared our stories around the topic:
What is the biggest challenge of your career and how to overcome it
A tiara and cuffs might allow Wonder woman to gracefully extract herself from some tricky situations… as far as I am concerned, I only have a brain, a body and a few connected devices to “do epic shit” day in day out!
So, no tiara involved, here are some resources that I use to do so.
Nurture your creativity & confidence in your own time:
Find and practice what gives you “thinking space”.
The best ideas often come from unexpected places/ moments. This is because all the work you do throughout your busy work days sometimes needs a spark to ignite the insight that will give you the confidence to move forward with an idea or solve a problem.
I often find that spark while surfing, that’s when I used to live in Australia, now that I live in NYC, it’s by walking the streets of the city with blasting house music in my headphones, or painting, meditating…
Whatever it might be for you: cooking, playing with your kids, walking your dog, singing in the shower, doing your hair, dancing, watching cats on the internet, chasing double rainbows…. Make time for it!
A good read is always a good idea:
A trick that helps me read more is to swap social media time for reading time.
From quotes, to articles, fiction or self development books, here are a few examples I love and find very useful:
Watch industry conference keynotes:
They are always packed with big announcements, excellent public speakers and inspiring technology.
Facebook F8, Google IO, Apple WWDC to name a few.
Here are 2 good keynotes to watch if you are a Women and/or work in VR: