Welcome to DESIGN YOU~
The show about people pursuing their passions.
Garrison’s guest in this segment is Natalia Wiechowski (wee-HOF-ski) . Natalia, or “Think Natalia,” is a Dubai-based bilingual (German/English) Public Speaker, Coach and Influencer with a social media following of over 114,000 individuals worldwide. After winning excellence awards across the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region and being featured in leading industry magazines, the former Marketing Strategist decided to radically change her lifestyle and career.
A nine-month sabbatical combined with 13-years of expertise in human society and social relationships made the Social Scientist come to the conclusion that she has to think and live by example. Since then, Think Natalia loves motivating people and sharing her inspiring stories on public stages. Further topics she speaks on are personal branding/social media and mindset/mindfulness.
The Edutainer-amongst others-has given keynotes and workshops at the Global WIL Economic Forum, ATCE, DTAC (Bahrain), Startup Weekend and Middlesex University. Think Natalia coaches top Middle Eastern executives ad aspiring entrepreneurs in Personal Branding, Public Speaking and Impression Management.
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“The person you are is a thousand times more interesting than the best actor you could ever hope to be.” Constantin Stanislavski, seminal Russian theatre practitioner widely recognised as an outstanding character actor and co-founder of the Moscow Art Theater, where his productions achieved the zenith in 20th-century naturalism.
Over 70% of workers either hate their jobs or are completely disengaged from them (Gallup poll), It’s sadly no surprise that so many people have become adept at acting out the roles prescribed to them by the superegos of their past, such as well-meaning parents, teachers, coaches, bosses and significant others…even though what they do is far from who they are and what they’re capable of.
Constatin Stanislavski is considered the father of modern acting and every acting technique created in the modern era was influenced by him, For young actors, understanding of Stanislavski’s seven questions is an invaluable foundation upon which to build a character. Ironically, they are the same questions that everyone should ask themselves regarding whether they are living a genuine life or not:
1. Who am I?
2. Where am I?
3. What time is it?
4. What do I want?
5. Why do I want it?
6. How will I get what I want?
7. What must I overcome to get what I want?
Stanislavski believed that there is always something stopping the character portrayed by an actor from achieving his or her objective. Whereas Stanislavski held that there is someone or something in the outside world impeding a character’s advancement and also some internal conflict with which they struggle, the “character’s obstacle” as he called it is experienced in real life by anyone who feels unfulfilled by the work he or she is doing. Using Stanislavski’s “7 Questions” enables actors who put in the required time and energy to have a greater understanding of their character and their personal acting technique. If you are struggling with knowing and pursuing how to live a life based upon your genuine abilities, I encourage you to ask the questions of yourself and think about them.You can go through life acting out a part that is not the real you or you can live life fully by designing you and your life based upon your true talents. The former comes with regrets. The latter leads to fulfillment.
“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” – Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, Stage designer, poet and playwright
Taking action is the only way to get where you want to go. People get stuck in perpetual planning which quickly morphs from being a way of acquiring learning to avoiding the reality of change and moving forward. You don’t need to know 100% of what you’re going after to take the leap into doing what you love. Take action right now and learn what you need to know as you go. Immersing yourself in change is its own motivation and psychological propeller.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain, American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer
Take heart from some of the greatest dreamers that ever lived:
“You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.” Jim Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, to Elvis Presley in 1954
“We don’t like their sound and guitar music is on the way out.” Dick Rowe of the Decca Recording Company who rejected The Beatles in 1962
He “lacked imagination and had no original ideas.” The reason a newspape4r editor gave for firing Walt Disney
Never give up on your dreams because someone else doesn’t understand your vision. Be relentless about YOU.
“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” Leslie Calvin “Les” Brown, American motivational speaker, author, radio DJ, television host and former member of the Ohio House of Representatives
If living our dreams was easy everyone with one would be living theirs. But, over the course of a lifetime the well-intentioned superego voices of our parents, coaches, bosses and significant others cover our dreams like plaque on teeth making them harder to remove as time goes by. However, once we remove those controlling voices and go for what’s important to us the rewards are magnificent and our lives shine more brightly than ever imagined.