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Ivan Novak

Join the *Sunday Scoop*: your weekly guide to excelling in the tech and business world. I'll share everything I learn from engineering, leading organizations, growing my business, and fun personal stories.

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Build Bridges, Not Cliques

Build Bridges, Not Cliques Look, I get it. We’ve all been there. Trapped in the workplace dynamics that feel eerily similar to high school cliques, a dangerous playground of ‘us vs. them’. Sometimes, it feels like we’re stuck in a never-ending loop, doesn’t it? But what if we could break free? What if we could take all those experiences, stir them up, and form something new, something that truly resonates with our inner selves? I’m talking about transitioning from sympathy to empathy, about...

10 months ago • 2 min read

The Poetry of Pausing Speed. Hustle. Constant productivity. Do more! Accomplish more! Keep climbing! Life often feels like a race we’re destined to lose. We’re chasing the illusion that the next item crossed off our to-do list or the next rung on the ladder will finally bring contentment. But in the mad rush of constant doing, we lose something profound: The poetry of pausing. Pausing is not laziness or wasted time. It’s an art form - one that unlocks fresh perspective, vision, and...

10 months ago • 1 min read

One True Passion? Overrated. Can we take a moment to dismantle the cliché that is ‘finding your passion’? Seriously, it’s become this overblown, mythical creature, hasn’t it? I’m tired of hearing that you’ve got to uncover this one, monolithic life purpose that’s been hiding in the cosmic puzzle of existence, just waiting to reveal itself and make everything make sense. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not downplaying the significance of being passionate. Hell, it’s the spice of life, right? But if...

10 months ago • 2 min read

The Subtle Lessons From Everyday Life We're all in a mad dash to 'get things done'. Ticking boxes, making lists, and feeling accomplished. But amidst this hustle, have we ever stopped to question: What are we really learning? This weekend, I embarked on the seemingly simple task of building a fence. Just hammer, nails, wood. Standard weekend chore. But as the hours rolled on, it dawned on me: this wasn't just fence-building. It was a lesson in life's grand classroom. Why? Because in those...

10 months ago • 1 min read

Career Inflection Points We often paint the picture of our careers as neat, orderly staircases. Step by step, rung by rung, we ascend to the pinnacle of success. But let me tell you, that's rarely how it goes. I've traversed the peaks and valleys of my own career, and I've come to see it more as a series of inflection points than a predictable set of stairs. It's not just about skills or knowledge—though they're crucial. No, there's another force at play here: opportunity. Imagine having a...

10 months ago • 1 min read

Ideas vs Action Innovation and progress. Ideas are often held on a pedestal as the pinnacles of creativity. But an idea without action is like a vehicle without fuel – it won't get you anywhere. In today's edition of "The Sunday Scoop" we look at why taking action is the heartbeat of every successful venture. 1. "Do the Needful" This phrase I've often heard encapsulates the essence of taking hands-on, pragmatic action. It's about the unglamorous, nitty-gritty work that forms the backbone of...

11 months ago • 1 min read
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Strategies for Navigating Change Change is inevitable. But how we respond to that change can define our success or failure. In this week's edition of "The Sunday Scoop," we're exploring actionable strategies for navigating change, whether in your startup, career, or personal development. 1. Acknowledge the Change The first step in navigating change is acknowledging it. Denial can lead to inertia, keeping you stuck in the past. Recognize the change, embrace it, and prepare to move forward....

11 months ago • 1 min read

On Building Resilience Hello Innovators, Trailblazers, and Lifelong Learners, In this edition of "The Sunday Scoop", we're diving into a subject that forms the cornerstone of successful tech startups and fulfilling personal careers: resilience. A New Definition of Resilience For tech startups, resilience is about so much more than weathering a storm. It's about swift, informed decision-making, the relentless pursuit of customer value, and a staunch refusal to chase losses or wallow in sunk...

11 months ago • 1 min read

The Power of Exploration and Experimentation Published on July 16, 2023 Hello, Innovators, Pioneers, and Curious Minds, Welcome back to "The Sunday Scoop", where we delve into the world of tech, entrepreneurship, and lifelong learning. Today's theme: the power of exploration and experimentation. The Unpredictable Value of Experimentation Many groundbreaking discoveries have sprung from exploration and experimentation. The discovery of the light-emitting diode (LED), for instance, began with a...

11 months ago • 1 min read

Embracing Change, from Technologist to Entrepreneur Published on July 9, 2023 Hello, Tech Enthusiasts, Entrepreneurs, and Lifelong Learners, Welcome to the first edition of "The Sunday Scoop"! This week, we'll dig into the transformative journey of transitioning from a technologist to an entrepreneur. It's a path I'm familiar with, and one that's both challenging and incredibly rewarding. The Transition You've spent years honing your skills in technology, learning the ins and outs of software...

11 months ago • 2 min read
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