“Hello this is your captain speaking we are preparing to landing, the temperature at your destination is 20 degrees and the weather is sunny”. After 20 minutes the plane landed, and the passengers clapped with enthusiasm. Another journey had started.


 The above scenario was very common in the past. Maybe ten years ago, if you had flown with an airplane. Some of us even remember that.

How would the captain and the cabin crew had felt when they heard the passengers to clap? I bet it was a pleasant experience.

It is like tipping in the restaurants.

What changed?

A few years later, you can’t hear any clapping when the plane lands!

Are the pilots so bad that they don’t deserve appreciation? The obvious answer is no! We still arrive at the tight place and usually at the right time.

However, we become comfortable flying, there are so many affordable ways to reach out your final destination and so many low-cost companies. Flying turned out to be a commodity.


Now, think about your daily life! Is there a time you were the most important person for our spouse, especially when you dated for the first months, the so called first phase of a relationship or to our friends, before they took you for granted. Sooner or later you will find out that things change and the once appreciation and statements of affection were transformed to a normal daily routine and casual interactions.


I can see this in many situations, at the workplace or with friends, people feel disconnected because everything we appreciate, we now take for granted.

So instead of escaping social networks or being grumpy, try to ask yourself a simple question?

Why am I doing this?

What I really enjoyed in doing that?

And after identifying what you liked in your job, or the communication with your spouse, friends or family, then try to think how you can bring it back in to your life. Sometimes a small change can make a significant difference.

Reinvent yourself and be happy and fulfilled.

Aleks Vladimriov is a Senior Software Developer, recognized Project Manager and Soft-skilled trainer and a coach.

Aleks Vladimirov

Solution Engineering Manager at Thales | Senior IT Professional | Startup Mentor and Product Manager

Aleks is experienced Product Manager with an engineer background and over 10 years of experience as a software developer. He works with different governments and is responsible for negotiation features and requirements, understanding the customers’ needs and supporting the senior management with regular reports and analysis. He held various positions starting as a software developer, moving to a team leader and software architect.

He strives in waterfall and agile environment alike. He is certified Scrum Master and Prince2 Practitioner and he knows how to design business processes and help teams optimize their work.
During his tenure, he had to wear many hats, prioritizing business requirements, delegating work and mentoring team members, creating mockups with Balsamiq, providing MS Project plan to the senior management.

He had worked in many international teams, located in the same city or distributed in different countries and continents. He had been a team leader of cross functional international team of 8 people.

In his current position, he is very much client focused. He has excellent presentation skills.
He delivers training sessions on presentation skills and leadership and he had helped hundred of people to improve their presentation skills.

He is also interested in creating more positive changes in the workplace by using entrepreneurship skills.
He had won startup competition where his team had validated and develop a business idea from scratch.

In his free time, he writes in his blog about effective product development.

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