7 Day challenge – Don’t look back in anger #retrospective

don’t look back in anger!

I spent the last week looking on the challenges I’ve done so far and did they have any impact  on me. What has stayed with me and have I forgotten something, adjusted my life to suite the challenged?


I see mindfulness as something that can be a really great way to relax and bring your attention back to the present moment. Especially for me who has crazy ideas flying all the time –> it would be good to have a short moment each day where I bring the focus back. I find my inner peace when playing a game, as I focus 100% towards that, but I guess according to the laws of mindfulness –> Stimulating your brain isn’t the way to inner peace.

I was able to do it for one week, but after that I just noticed that I had forgot to do it. It’s hard to say why, but I guess it’s related to the fact that I can’t find a suitable time to do it. There is an old saying that if  you don’t have time to meditate for 15 minutes —>  you should mediate for 4 hours 😀 I guess it’s just a lame excuse that I can’t find time when it’s more about motivation to just sit still for 15 minutes. It’s uncomfortable, but I guess that’s exactly the reason why I should learn it.

Jogging – ARGH, restard needed

This one is the hardest one as I hate waking up early + having a shower in the morning. Last time I got sick and had to quit the challenge too early, so I need to do a proper reboot for it. Perhaps these could be combined somehow that after running for 15 minutes –> It could be followed with a 15 minutes mindfulness moment? Right away in the morning? Hmmm. That might do the trick?

“Any specialists there who could confirm if this is a good idea?”


No news! – adapted

This experiment was a succesful one and I have been able to avoid reading crappy news articles that have no meaning. I started out by excluding all news for two weeks, but now I’ve slowly been able to read some articles that have scientific, social, medical value. I choose my sources much carefully and it’s funny to observe how my brain and fingers still try to type down the same old addresses I used to browse. I need to hand out my apology to click baits as you are not any longer succesful of luring me to read your articles.

I do feel more positive without spending a huge amount of time reading about what’s happening around the world. I think the trick here is to find the middle ground as I can’t just exclude myself from the news and what’s going on in the world. I think reducing your digest of unnecessary news that have no real value, is an step forward.

Any good tips that you’d like to share? Quit reading news, read some, digest everything like a quick meal at McDonalds?

No sugar – white powder got me after 3 weeks

I was feeling good about myself.. I cut down all added sugars for 3 whole weeks, but that was ruined last weekend. I’m not going to blame myself too much, but I did have a huge headache on Monday after eating icecream. I’m not sure if it’s related, but I have a big hunch there is a correlation. I’m flying back from Berlin now and I’ll kickstart this again as I do feel there were positive effects in cutting down added sugar. It’s quite hard to live without getting sugar from different foods these days, but it’s a start at least when you become aware and cut down those portions which you obviously don’t need.

results are – ok!

I guess you can call this one month experiment already a pretty decent one as I did learn a lot about myself. This retrospective is an essential part of the learning path and also to be persistent on rebooting some of the challenges and not just giving up even though I wasn’t that succesful. I’ll try to combine the jogging and mindfulness as one exercise. Sugar will not have a similar place as it has had and I’m quite happy that I can stay away from it.

Me got #swag #nufsaid

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What’s next after this week? 50€ challenge

Next week I’ll be cutting down my spending and living on just 50€ for the whole week. It might sound a lot to some people, but this is for me a stepping stone to become more aware of my spending. I guess I need to plan my week much more carefully to achieve this goal.

Thanks for reading and your comments : ) Let me know if you have interesting challenges that I could try out.




Virtual man pt 2 – Tero Pänkäläinen #teropänkäläinen #virtualreality #deeptale

Who will benefit from the Virtual Reality first?

Tero:” I believe it will be the gaming community who will enjoy the first wave of VR. We have Oculus Rift, HTC Vice, Playstation VR etc and their main focus will be in VR gaming. It’s a logical step to bring it to the general public and eventually Microsoft Hololens and other solutions will make the leap of VR stepping in to our business world.”

Last week one of worlds biggest elevator manufacturers thyssenkrupp informed that they will be providing Microsoft Hololenses to their technicians.

What if we are already in an VR simulation?

Juha:”If VR becomes, as immersive as our own world, at some point –> How can we learn to distinguish the real world vs the virtual one? What if that happened already?”

Tero:”I’ve been reading about the debate that for example Elon Musk is saying that we might be living in an simulation already. I try not to think about it too much and just live and embrace this moment wether it’s a simulation or not.”

Internet as a virtual reality experience?

Juha:” Are we going to see the internet, as a virtual experience ,at some point? I have this image in my head where you could walk on a street of the world wide web and do virtual shopping and where you get real stuff delivered then according to your virtual shopping tour? ”

Tero:”At the moment we have virtual rooms where random people can meet up. They are quite separated from actual business yet, but it gives you the idea how VR can transfer our way of making business.

Why is Facebook investing a lot of money to VR?

Tero:”I’ve been thinking about this matter also and the only logical reason is that they see VR as the next level to social media and communication. You have already a huge portion of mankind in your service + all businesses, so perhaps their plan is to link all of this into a VR experience what were talking about before. A virtual experience where you meet your friends, shop, comment etc in a virtual replicant of our own world.

We discussed also earlier about the impact of VR on our brains and with VR we have a completely new way of impacting peoples emotions. Perhaps through VR we can also measure how human emotions work by measuring how our eyes react to different experiences. Does this advertisement make you cry, happy etc and that can guide to more emotionally powerful advertisement/experiences/entertainment ”

What are the PRO’s and Con’s in your opinion of Virtual Reality?

PRO – how can VR impact our lives in a positive way?

  1. ENJOY – People make a lot of their decisions based on feelings and AR/VR can tap in to these much easier then traditional formats
  2. MONEY – You can experience more with less cost. Travelling is a great example where you could be going on a trip each day with minimal cost – MONEY
  3. MEDICAL – Social aspects and cures for treating phobias . AR/VR holds the key for an easy tryout and with no risk

CONS – what are the downsides of vr?

  1. PRESENCE – Can VR be a technology that comes, so immersive that you don’t want to be present anymore in the real world? In the sense humans do seem to have a natural habit to always dwell in to something fictive from time to time. We have books, movies, music etc, which take us somewhere else, so I see VR as one addition to that list which people use for escaping reality from time to time. You can ask already from yourself and with your smartphone, that are you mentally present all the time?
  2. EMOTIONS – We will bring the experiences much closer to human compared to tv or your computer screen. So all experiences will be much stronger and will have an bigger impact to us. You can see it as a pro and a con.
  3. ESCAPE GOAT – Let’s see if there will be a similar kind of debate, as there was in the 90’s with slasher movies/computer games, where they were blamed these medias murders and etc.


Juha: Virtual reality holds a lot of potential to transform our daily lives in our work and in our free time. Technology can be used for good and bad and it will be interesting to see where we will see our first big breakthrough. Gaming industry is on the forefront of AR/VR and hopefully during this year we will start seeing more and more killer apps for VR. VR has been trying to reach us multiple times, but is this the time where it makes a foothold?

If I think about recent AR hit Pokemon Go –> A lot of the media focus has been about deaths, car accidents etc, that the game has caused. That’s why I’m a afraid that, people are unable to see the real positive sides ,where people are more active alone and spend time with their families.

I’m voting that VR will have a positive impact towards our lives and it can create wealth and prosperity. We can experience more with cost efficiency, which I think is really essential these days. I believe that all business are trying to find what’s the right solution for their industry –> Is it VR,AR, Mixed reality or something else? That’s why we need people like Tero, to tell us what are the news from the world and what these technologies really mean.

What’s your thoughts? Did this give you more insight to what VR will bring to our lives? Please share this article if you feel you have learned something valuable.

Next stop will be about Augmented Reality 🙂

Thanks for reading and special thanks to Tero Pänkäläinen 🙂

Greetings from Berlin 🙂