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3rd Steppe marathon in Mongolia

One of the unique things in Mongolia is the Steppe Marathon.

This month, I participated this marathons for the third time, and what makes it special are awards (horse and sheep), fresh air, eternal blue sky and green land.

Previously, I wrote about marathon several time since it teaches us various lessons.

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3 time rule to declutter

“Let’s keep it just in case….”

This is THE most commonly used phrase among us.

“I have too much stuff”

That’s another phrase we tend to hear.

In short, given that there are so many things around us, it is very important to remove them. The principal reason for me to do so (and this applies to many people too) is to simplify the life to find what’s really important for everyone. So I would like to share “3 time rule” which I learned from books, others and my own experience.

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10 reasons to use italki to learn languages

These days when I recommend this to others, I say as follows:

you have to talk a lot with this, because there are 2 “i” and 1 “talk”. It is “italki“.

From my observation, I think many people would somehow want to learn other language for different reasons, and this helps us to achieve this. Let me describe what it is, how I used and 10 reasons to use it.

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How to motivate yourself

The majority of us has some kind of goal, but the challenge is how to motivate yourself to achieve it.

In my previous blog entry “4 Conditions to Gain Any Skill“, I explained about the 4 conditions among which the motivation and actions are the most important ones. Also, in other entory “Long journey to the goal“, I highlighted that the action was the key to maintain or improve your skill.

Before action, however, we have to have strong motivation, about which I will talk in this entry. The more difficult the goal you want to achieve, the more efforts and time you will need, and the more you get to lose your initial motivation along the time. I think every one has the similar experience like this.

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How to improve Negotiation skills

Have you ever done any negotiation?

When I was asked, I couldn’t think of many examples since I thought “Negotiation=Business Talk or Salary talk”.

But it turned out that there are many different types of negotiation.

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Bangkok to participate in 4-day-long negotiation training in humanitarian setting, which was organized by UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). Although the main topic was on refugee, there were many contents that can be applicable to daily life.

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4 Conditions to Gain Any Skill

WIth less than 2 months to go to finish this year, some people like me reflect new year resolution which included gaining skills. Be it language, programing, cooking, etc, based on my experience and what I read and heard, there are 4 conditions to reach: (1) Need (2) Motivation (3) Resource and (4) Action. Let me take some examples of languages skills to explain.
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