Egos aside, for the fun of self-analysis and reflection, and as a practical reference for anyone that  would need to work with me, here are my DISC profile results from the online test I took last May 2010.

Apart from the specific note on “Things to avoid to effectively communicate with (me)..” that advised people to “Avoid trying to build friendships and personal relationships,” which I sort of disagree and  interpret to be ‘business first, personal things later’, I mostly agree with the points mentioned. (o:

A summary of strengths specific to my score:
(this is the point where I start to shy away now a bit)

  • A high sincerity-factor in working with individuals, or with small groups, and you also bring a bit of a candid ‘edge’ to comments or input.
  • Able to assimilate complex information and develop conclusions based on the data, not the emotions of special-interests.
  • High degree of follow-through, and completeness of thought and action.
  • Brings a high degree of objectivity to the organization’s systems and projects.
  • Able to provide factual, authoritative, and objective verbal expression on topics to which you have given mind-share and intellectual consideration.
  • Brings a high knowledge-base and process-base from which to expand the ideas of the team
  • Patient in working with others.
  • Provides a very deliberate and systematic approach to the analysis and critical thinking necessary for finding answers and creating solutions.

..As well as Areas for Continual Improvement:
[I *may* tend to..]

  •  Not openly project a lot of enthusiasm.
  • Sometimes become blunt and critical, and forget about appropriate tact.
  • Be rather opinionated and inflexible when asked to make a sudden change in process or procedure, without prior warning or consideration.
  • Become rather stubborn once your mind is made up.
  • Take criticism personally, even though it was directed at a work process.
  • Have a lower sense of urgency to get things done.
  • Become somewhat critical, even sarcastic, when others don’t measure up to your standards.
  • Become indecisive in the face of sudden change.

Just a few selected inspirational quotes from Paulo Coelho that I previously compiled from a few interviews, articles (see references below):

on dying alive
“[we must be prepared to pay the price, then any difficulty will make sense. On the other hand,] if you do not follow your dreams, a difficulty is just a difficulty, it is just a difficult moment, and doesn’t make any sense.”

everyday’s a miracle
“I’m not saying that you cannot discover the universe in a daily life basis of repeating the same, you know, job — you can do this. You can do this, but you can now get blind by seeing each day as a similiar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter to pay attention to this miracle. So, if we do this we will succeed in discover the clues of our destiny, even if we do the most boring, you know, task every single morning.”

“We have to accept ourselves as we are and stop worrying, instead of trying to become perfect and then start working.”

“I made a living out of writing, although I did not write a book till I was 38. Why? Because I believe there are two things that keep you away from your dream: to think that it is impossible, and to realize that it is possible (in this second case, you fear losing the meaning of your life).”

“..experience is all you have and must share. This is our reason to be here: to share. A book can act as a catalyst, making people understand that they are not alone. Several authors made me understand that, and I felt relieved during some critical moments in my life. A book can be a good companion. But it is up to each one of us to learn from our own experiences.”

“..when you’re really close to what God meant for you to be here, you are going to experience beginner’s luck”

“we know when we are closer to our goal by listening to our heart. So, my driving force is to fulfill my destiny.”

“I, who had dedicated most of my life to penetrate the ‘secrets’ of the universe, realized that there are no secrets. Life is and will always be a mystery. We have to follow the omens, and pay attention to others. Life is a constant miracle, and this miracle manifests itself in encounters with other people.”

“After the pilgrimage, I simplified my spiritual search a lot, and instead of searching for answers, I started to understand that life itself is an answer.”

on writing
“You need discipline and inspiration, rigor and mercy, earth and heaven. You need to have a clear goal, but you also need to allow yourself to be guided to get there.”

Coelho’s inspirations: Castaneda, Henry Miller, William Blake. But, above all, Jorge Amado and Jorge Luis Borges

On what he wants to communicate: My soul. My love. My experience. And one sentence: “Who dares, wins.”

on omens
– “The only way that you can learn any language is by making mistakes. I made my mistakes, but then I started to connect with the signs that guide me. This silent voice of God that leads me to the places where I should be.”

“In a certain way I try to share with my readers my inner quest, that’s basically my spiritual quest. I don’t have anything to teach, I don’t have anything to explain about the universe, I don’t believe in explanations of the universe, but actually I do have something to share. It is how I am experiencing this strange and sometimes very trickery path.”

Q: Your latest book, Eleven Minutes, wants to bring sexuality and spirituality to a healthier place. How can this happen?

Well, by accepting that sex is a physical manifestation of God, and that is not a sin—it is a blessing. And then by understanding that except for two things that I consider to be really sick–rape and pedophilia–you are free to be creative. It’s up to you, how you do this.

Sex was always surrounded by taboos, and I don’t see it necessarily as a manifestation of evil. I think that sexuality is first and foremost the way that God chooses for us to be here on earth, to enjoy this energy of love in the physical plane.

Q: So with a healthy understanding of sexuality you’re helping God manifest himself in the world?

Absolutely. Not only understanding, but practicing.

Ceolho on happiness from the character Esther in The Zahir
“I have everything, but I’m not happy. And I’m not the only one either . . . Some people appear to be happy, but they simply don’t give the matter much thought. Others make plans: I’m going to have a husband, a home, two children, a house in the country. As long as they’re busy doing that, they’re like bulls looking for the bullfighter: they react instinctively, they blunder on, with no idea where the target is. They get their car, sometimes they even get a Ferrari, and they think that’s the meaning of life, and they never question it. Yet their eyes betray the sadness that even they don’t know they carry in their soul . . .”

on philosophy
“I see philosophy as something alive, something that changes according to our inner needs. But if I were to synthesize my work, I would say: live your Personal Legend, pay the price of your dreams, read the omens, awaken your feminine side, and dare to be different.”

References: ; ; ;

Rain didn’t stop the mobile industry people from partying.

Food was good and the bar was open for a considerable few hours. It was Smart’s way of saying thank you to the top CPs for 2005. Bypassing the horrible Edsa traffic on a drizzly Friday evening via the FTI route, we were just in time for the fun.

Games included a witty trivia quiz game about various cheesy stuff from the past and present to apparently expose whoever wins as jologs king / queen., followed by a speed drinking contest for 7 deadly shots of various alcoholic drinks (Karen of Cube Interactive, Charlie from Chikka, Ricky Isla were among the participants) ; and ending with a valentine special featuring models Derek Ramsey and Nicole Hernandez as ‘searchers’, entertaining everyone with questions & answers colored with with sexual undertones that animated the crowd.

Some lucky ones got new phones and gift items that were given away, while the rest can adore themselves immortalized into special Smart photocards. All that fun will not be complete, though, without the singing and swaying for the music of MYMP’s enchanting performance and Mark of Passage as guest, before everyone was finally set loose to dance the night away.

While it’s been generally observed that business has slowed down for most CPs, it’s one of those rare times when formality is cast aside and you see the more personal sides of your business network. While being face to face with competition may be a little awkward, it was good to be reminded of other more common things: fondness for fun, partying and good times from time to time. 😉

balloons balloons gearing up for the drinking spree waiting for the searchees MYMP jams

I took this test based on Thomas Harrison’s book, Instinct. Harrison is a former cell biologist turned marketing guru at Omnicom Group (nyse: OMC news people ) who explored the link between entrepreneurship and genetic architecture in his new book.

My score was 23! Good enough for this aspiring entrepreneur:”>

Spoiler alert:
Don’t look at this image of my quiz result if you will take the test yourself, too.

See also the video where he explains that nature seeks nurture but that there are 8 success promoter techniques to counterbalance DNA.

Also find out why Harrison says:

Entrepreneurs don’t actually take risks.
Nice guys finish first.


Slashdot link here

Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Monday August 29, @05:26PM
from the great-ad-infinitum-grand-children dept.
hatredman writes “NASA is preparing to send the New Horizons probe to Pluto. It will be the first earth device to get intimate with the icy planet. And you can be there too – or, at least, your name. NASA is asking everyone to send them their names, which will be attached in the space device. The New Horizons probe will be launched in January 2006 to explore Pluto and the Kuiper belt, in the outskirts of the Solar System. It is expected that the probe will return to earth in approximately 50 thousand years.”

I’ve sent my name to Pluto. Now it’s immortalized for at least 50 thousand years

When you send yours too, you also get a participation certificate that says:

“Thank you for joining the first mission to the last planet! A compact disc bearing your name will be included on the New Horizons spacecraft, set for the first voyage to a new class of planets on the solar system’s farthest frontier.

Come with us as we complete the reconnaissance of the solar system and unlock the secrets of Pluto, its moon, Charon, and the Kuiper Belt. ”

Had been one of those kids that dreamed of becoming an astronaut. I must have been one in another parallel universe;)) , but, this time I guess, my name sent to Pluto is as close as I can get to being one. 🙂

You are Morpheus-
You are Morpheus, from “The Matrix.” You
have strong faith in yourself and those around
you. A true leader, you are relentless in your

We may not all be able to climb to the top, but we can at least see what it’s like from this imagery:) With just these images, you can imagine how truly breathtaking it could be.. There are no words…

View it here.

You will need to download an app called zoomviewer, though, and it could take a while to load. Trust that it’s all worth it!

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