Piotr Jakubowski – Mind over Marketing

The Importance of Change
October 1, 2007, 10:11 pm
Filed under: advice, attitude, change, comfort, comfortable, life, location, spontaneous

Change is important.

A change of location, a change of image, a change of attitude or a change of lifestyle can all bring benefits.

After being in the same situation for extended periods of time, people become accustomed to and comfortable with their lifestyle. Although we always seek that comfort, it is good to keep in mind that change is also important.

Change challenges the body, the mind and the soul. It opens you up to new horizons, and forces you to adapt to your new environment. Change re-invigorates you.

In the last few months I had gone from






In a matter of days/weeks.

Each place has its own culture, values, lifestyle and speed at which everything is moving. By changing location, you open yourself up to many new experiences that may even change your outlook on life itself.

How can you change?

– Pick up a new hobby
– Study Abroad
– Wake up earlier and start a new routine
– Be adventurous (food and other experiences)
– Get a new haircut, new clothes (remember, clothes can make you feel like a million bucks)
– Do something spontaneous during the day

And remember, just because you are comfortable with where you are doesn’t mean that you are experiencing life to the fullest! If change ever sneaks up on you, you’ll be ready to deal with it!


Make your life an exclamation, not an explanation
July 4, 2007, 3:21 am
Filed under: advice, andy drish, attitude, change, Excellence, Exclamation, Steve Amos

It’s funny how much wisdom you’ll find trapped inside a fortune cookie. Usually, it’s not very much. But this time around, I was very intrigued by the comment and decided to keep the slip.

“Make your life an exclamation, not an explanation”

I can’t stress how important this is. There are 6 billion people in the world. And it is the duty of every single one to live their life to the fullest to the best of their abilities. So that years from now, you sit back on that old rocking chair with the feeling that you had truly accomplished something in your life.

I would like to shed the light on two wonderful individuals I have met at Drake University. These young gentlemen are truly out there to make an exclamation of their lives.

Steve Amos
With the help of his brother and a couple of close friends, Steven saw a vision and created it. Out of his vision spawned Student Films Across America, a student film festival that is travelling across the country, showcasing movies that have been sent in for judging. He has spent a year of time and effort putting this event together. I attended today’s screenings in New York, and I was impressed. Here is Steve, between his sophomore and junior years in college, travelling in a van across the United States, screening films for a festival he organized. Talk about an exclamation with a capital !.

Check out Student Films Across America and see if you can catch any dates in your city.

Andy Drish

If you know this person, you will understand that there isn’t a complete set of words to describe how inspirational he is to others. Andy has not only set up a group which helps underclassmen with their business image, but currently writes a blog. His vision is to write a book and travel around the country and the world, speaking the wise words he preaches on his page.

People like Andy are remarkable. He will definitely make his life an exclamation. Check him out at Connecting in College

These young gentlemen are fine examples.

So how are you going to make your life an exclamation?

privilege and change
May 5, 2007, 5:09 pm
Filed under: change, life, privilege, travel

as the school year winds down and i finally realize that i am 1 year away from graduation and the “real world” (eek), i took some time to sit down and think. in the past few weeks i’ve been approached by people who have told me how lucky i am, how jealous and envious they are of my lifestyle.

every morning i wake up and feel privileged. for everything. the roof above my head, the food on my plate, the bed in my room. my travels have only opened my mind further to the disparity in the world, and made me feel more thankful for what i have.

which brings me to another point. if you’re not happy where you are in your life, it is only in YOUR power to change it. YOU can have the same lifestyle i do. become an expatriate. or work for a travel magazine. or work for a multi-national corporation. the possibilities are endless. however, at the end of the day, the only person who is in charge of your life is YOU.

the number one factor to change, is YOU.