In September/October I’ve rediscovered my love of writing. OK, maybe love is too strong of a word, but I lack the vocabulary in English to find another, more suited one, so I’ll use that.
You might have noticed it, actually, since I wrote on this blog a lot more than I’ve done it in the entire two years before.
And then I stopped. Or not really. Cristina, my co-founder at The CEO Library, decided to focus more on what she wants to do (and can do) in Romania, so she decided to leave the operational position. She still helps with advice from time to time. If you speak Romanian or can use Google Translate, you can read more here, on her blog. The Google Translate version (here) is quite good, actually.
This meant that I started to write a little bit more there. Not only about business and books, but also about the most interesting libraries I’ve visited in the last few years. Yes, I start with Bucharest’s Carturesti Carusel. Because why not?
I’m also writing The CEO Library weekly newsletter. There are more than 3500 people subscribed there, I couldn’t leave them without their weekly portion musings and links to read. By the way, you’re not subscribed yet? Well, you should. To make it easier, here’s the link.
As for the things I’m writing, here’s a short excerpt from the second newsletter I sent, about two weeks ago:
Asking questions is probably one of the most underrated skills in the world. I mean, everybody can ask questions, right? A toddler asks questions. And, oh, my God, they do ask a lot.
As you know, though, it’s not that simple.
I grew up in communist Romania. School was a serious matter and you didn’t ask stupid questions. Or, even better, don’t ask anything. Take everything the teachers give you, learn it by heart and become the perfect little communist. Of course, I’m generalizing, because I was fortunate to have some great teachers, but they weren’t the rule. This continued through college, even if it wasn’t as obvious as it was in the first years of school.
You can read the entire newsletter I sent here, to get an idea. Also, if you used to subscribe to my personal newsletter, 5-6 years ago, it’s similar to that, but better. Because I’m more experienced at 40-something than I used to be at 30-something, ok? :)
Truth is, I don’t know exactly what I’ll do with The CEO Library just yet. The project started one way and it morphed in something a little bit different over the last 2 years. I still need to think about it. But, for the moment, I’m happy to have found a community of like-minded people again. It feels like it’s 2008-2009 again when I was writing my Romanian blog. Of course, the context is different, but I genuinely missed writing.
I will still write on this blog, as well, don’t worry.
I mean, I can’t write on The CEO Library about silicone wheels for the desk chair, right? Or can I?
Ok, ok, but I can’t write about wanting a Christmas tree in October there. Can I? May I?