Lately I’m trying to really understand the word manifest.

I understand that is all about showing to yourself and to the whole universe what you want, who you are and what you believe in.

However, I’m not sure yet how to manifest the real me, my real needs and my true beliefs.

I think it’s so easy to fall into this miss-concept of manifesting your fears of what you don’t want to happen in your life.

Thus, before manifesting one should pay attention to what they really want in life and who they truly are.

Have a nice day beloved ones



Persistence again …. or motivation

Yesterday I was so eager to defend persistence over motivation, and it’s really true.

For example, here I am siting on my couch thinking: should I go to the gym or just stay and watch series?

I’m so lazy right now that I’ve thought thousands reasons why I should stay at ho me and what I should say to my gym body …

But…… it’s time to persist !

Motivation vs. Persistence


Lately I doubt motivation

How long does motivation last and how helpful is it when you want to achieve something?

I remember myself not being motivated and keep on working towards my goal. The easiest example, I can think of, is finalising my thesis. I was not motivated when I finished my thesis, damn no I wasn’t. But I was persistent. No matter how low my motivation was, I was too stuppborn to give up. Persevering with your goals, work every singly day, 10 hours, 12 hours, doing something that makes you angry and tired and annoyed, is what brings results. Not giving up brings results, not giving up makes your happy at the end of the day. This feeling of having accomplished your goal.

This is always the case, find out your purpose, set your goals and persevere. Learn every day, work every day, get tired every day thinking only this: there is nothing more fullfilling than reaching your goal. Complition of something that used to be just an idea and how you made it happen, you made it work, you just made it. It doesnt have to be your thesis, there is no limit to what people decide that it’s important or worth their time and energy.

So yes lately i doubt motivation

I rather be persistent

Setting clear goals for yourself is crucial!

The universe does not make conspiracies

Freddie Mercury said it all: “I want it all, I want it all, I want it all, and I want it now!”. I do not find a reason to wait for the “universe” to send me what I wish for. I will work my way there, and yes I will be thrilled to see the “positive energy from the universe” on my side, but let us be honest:

The universe only reflects the outcome of our own actions. So work your way to accomplishing your goals, whatever your goals are.  No one will be more willing to make your dreams become true than yourself.

In any case, an honest effort, in achieving our goals,  deserves the attention from the “universe” and the support from our people.



An Alternative Cover Letter

I wonder if I get invited for an interview after this cover letter I sent:

Dear Sir or Madam,

Having seen the advertisement for the position of ### at @@@ I am writing to you in order to highlight my motivation and relevant experience with respect to this position.

In the spirit of honesty, I will start with downsides, rather than my upsides which are rather outstanding. It might occur that non-academic world hesitates to hire Drs, however, I am convinced that my skills and qualifications are vital for private market. My personal goal, after my graduation, is to make a significant contribution to the world of regulatory affairs and registration of chemicals/products. I love learning, but I like application even more, therefore, I believe I am the right match for this position at @@@, a leading industry in paints and not only.

Admittedly, my research has been industry oriented as I have been working with @@@@, however, always maintaining academic standards. My final thesis was evaluated as sufficient which sounded almost worrying. But wait a second, I managed to produce a sufficient amount of work, which proves my skills to resolve complex issues, by myself and on time.

Apart from demonstrating my analytical skills by developing a decision analytic framework I also demonstrated my communication skills by establishing mutual agreements between economists, toxicologists and statisticians in order to finalize my interdisciplinary project.

During this project, I lived in many countries in Europe and I worked in three different work environments (academia, industry, research centers), indicating my strong international and multicultural orientation. The results of my thesis have made a contribution to the process of getting chemicals registered under regulatory constraints.

More important than my skills is the sense of responsibility which drives me in life. I am a good listener but with my own views still there. I speak my opinion with robust argumentation as I did during my negotiations to turn my research into a more ‘toxicological’ direction. Using strong arguments, providing a feasible plan for the recommended change, coupled with a smile most of the times lead you to the desired result.

Having highlighted my downsides and most importantly my upsides, I wish we will have the chance to further talk about a feasible plan that will allow me to make a contribution to @@@ as a ###. I would like to thank you for accepting my application. I wish you luck with the recruiting process and I am looking forward to meeting you.


Sincerely yours,

M. De Leone

Interview … Just be yourself

Good news! I managed to get invited to a job interview!!!

Oh the stress just kicked in the moment I saw the invitation email. I have a chance to get the job I am looking for all this time. Lets step back for a minute and think about it.

This is a first interview with this company. Do I have a chance to make it? If I think of how many capable people there are out there, I must admit  find it hard. But does the number of capable people really matter?

I just graduated my PhD and I did complete a difficult project. I am actually on top of the world right now. I promised I am an excellent candidate, in my cover letter, because I believe it. Although still a candidate, I do have a chance to get this job simply because I was given the chance to explain why I applied for this job.

Today, I spend a few stressful hours and then I just pulled myself together. I read the requirements of the position again, researched about the company, looked up the profiles of my interviewers, tried to revise everything I know so far on the topic, checked all possible questions an interviewer can make, tried to find smart answers…and I got more stressed.

I give up, I only have time to be myself. I will explain what it means to me to work on something I love. I want to make it as much as someone tries to get oxygen while his head is forced below the surface of water. If and only if I convince them that getting this job will give oxygen to my life, I have a true chance to get this job.

I may as well be myself then.




The pursuit of a job

Is it important?

The pursuit of happiness would most probably sound much more romantic, however, we live in a cruel world and paying our bills can dominate our mind when our savings (if any) are dropping dramatically.

As plain as it sounds, unless you have a source of income that allows you to simply enjoy life without thinking of your survival, we all have to find our way in the job market. It would be ideal to get paid for what we like to do, but many times we are called to do shitty jobs. I have been through this phase for some time now, not long but enough to make me think what do I want in life and most importantly how I am going to get it.

Jobs 2017 blog will carry the process of how people can find out what they want, how they can accomplish it and how they can communicate this to the job market, thus the world we live in, through my eyes.

Calmness and dedication: This is what you need to make things work

You can see my grown-up shadow in this photo as well. I took a photo of my “photo as a kid” last time I visited my parents’ home. Sometimes we all need to go back, remember who we were in order to find out who we want to be.