On august 31st, we introduced a new event called “BDD TALKS”. As the name suggests, BDD Talks is a program made up of a series of talks tackling different topics relevant to our community. Through this event we will bring you authors, innovators, influencers, artists, life coaches, scientists and speakers of all kinds to Beirut Digital District for talks centering on either their work, life lessons or learnings that we can all benefit from. Why BDD Talks? With the clock ticking against us nowadays, it is of utmost precedence that we make the best of the time that we are given. To do so, we cannot afford to make mistakes as sometimes it will take us a while to recover from them, be it in our business or personal life.

What better way to progress and develop, than through learning from other peoples’ experiences? BDD Talks is about more than just sitting for a couple of hours and listening to what one person has to say. It is about exchanging ideas, and taking home information that can help you get a step closer to where you’d like to be.  Kicking off a long series of future Talks was Mr. Samir Zehil from Wydner Coaches who gave a talk on “Mental Candy”. Now, while the title might mislead you to thinking food was to be discussed; dig deeper and you’ll understand that the talk was all about what to feed your brain to guarantee a healthier personal and work lifestyle.  Zehil discussed the importance of taking care of one’s mind, explaining how our motivation to get up in the morning and achieve our goals is directly related to our mental state.


He started off by explaining the importance of continuous learning. Reading, studying and researching should not stop the minute we graduate and receive our diplomas. Diplomas, Zehil explained, are the key or “visa” into a company or institute, but our character is what accounts to our overall success.

You could spend years in top-ranked colleges, advance with the highest GPAs but with the countless number of information accessible today, one can easily slide off the radar with the wrong work ethic.  A person’s character is shaped by their day to day practices and surroundings. Zehil stressed on the idea of how even the little things can change the way we do things or think about things. He also explained how our characters are identified by how we treat others, “It shows a lot about who you are” he said “there is a quote which describes how you should judge a person by how they treat their inferiors and not their superiors”, because that is when the truth shines, when you are not obliged to be a certain way, but rather choose to.  Zehil continued to point out how one can tell if their personality is healthy.

First, how well you can see the good in a situation. Let’s face it, looking at the bright side of things isn’t always easy, which makes it that more important. Thinking of how a negative experience can have positive outcomes makes it easier for us to move on with our path to success. Second, understanding to what degree you can forgive someone else no matter their faults. As the saying goes, forgive but never forget! Third, how adaptable you are to situations and in the words of Darwin, only the fit; as in the most adaptable to situations and to the ever changing world, will survive.  It is very important to rid yourself of negative thoughts, by vocally expressing your concerns and confronting their sources. Zehil explained how having a good friend you can reach out to; one confidante who will never judge you no matter what you say, helps. He explained that exercise, no matter how much we might hate it, relieves more stress than we could ever imagine.

As little as 200 minutes a week goes a long way.  In conclusion, Zehil urged everyone to set goals as that will help you navigate through your days easily. Along the road to achieving these goals, he emphasizes on the importance of dropping negative energy from your life, whether this energy comes in the form of people or habits, maybe even places. Most importantly, he insisted that whenever faced with a situation, good or bad, always ask yourself: What did I learn from this?

We hope we see you all in our upcoming BDD Talks event, happening October 26th!
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