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Big; Revive Your Inner Child



When was the last time you played a game that really blew your mind away? When did you really enjoy a toy, not an application on your mobile phone? Yes, I know you are an adult now, but does that mean that you don’t have a kid inside you that’s calling for help? You have a job and you think you have no time for such things? Let me tell you that this is totally wrong.

Did you know that a thirteen-year-old boy did his job better than a thirty-year-old man? It happened, in a movie, yes, but it counts, and believe it or not, it sounds real to me.

Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall. It stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish “to be big” and is then aged to adulthood overnight. The film also stars Elizabeth PerkinsJohn Heard, and Robert Loggia. It was written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg. The movie is considered one of the classics but for the 70’s and 80’s generations, it was one of the favorites. One cannot forget the famous piano scene, and dreaming of having a piano just to imitate Hanks and Loggia.

The movie gives two examples of employees, Josh (Hanks) and Paul (Heard). Josh, the kid who becomes an adult overnight, he has all the qualities that we all try to hide; he is frank, passionate and most of all loves what he does. He starts with a job as a data entry clerk at MacMillan Toy Company, and because of his passion and childlike enthusiasm he is promoted and gets everybody’s dream job: getting paid to test toys!

Paul, on the other hand, represents the majority. He causes problems with his work colleagues. We all know those Paul-likes, though I am against stereotypes, but all the Pauls are just alike, and that is according to Dr. Haroun, a psychology consultant. He says that “the employee that hates everyone and wants to be better than all, no matter how, creates obstacles and snags, and is mainly the boss’s favorite. This kind of employee has a lot of psychological issues that need to be cured.”

Paul can’t be our role model; however, lacking the passion in our job is a killer. We need to revive our inner child and be more like Josh.

Studies have shown that a trampoline at work enhances productivity in the workplace, and a trampoline desk is considered the hottest new workplace trend. Josh has one at home, jealous? Go and be Josh. It will certainly help make your work life much easier and more interesting.

So here is the plan, after reading, go and re-watch the movie. It is available on YouTube. It will make your day. Remember you are the one who has the money now, save some this month and go to the biggest toy store and buy yourself the toy you have always dreamt of. Consider it your birthday gift or لعبه العيد   and it won’t hurt if you borrow some money from your parents, to help your inner child to jump out of joy.


And here is the link of the movie:

The movie is on me and the toy is on you, enjoy 🙂

By: Abir Yassin

EDITOR: Nada Adel Sobhi


Movie Review: “The Platform” & Corporate Cannibalism – Abir Yassin



Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s horror thriller “The Platform” has been a regular feature on Netflix’s daily Top 10 since it hit the streaming service, and no wonder it is a hit: with its generous cannibalism scenes, suicide, starvation, blood, guts and with a really strong, or may be a young “message”, how could it not be a headliner?


A Spanish science fiction horror thriller film, one can define it as the modern man featuring “ANIMAL FARM” with a unique setting, large vertical tower-style of 200 or more stories where each floor has a small room with two inmates, the residents got transmitted randomly between levels, and are getting fed for two minutes a day through a platform, where they get to eat the leftovers of the level before them.

The film is an actual mind trigger one; it is not a feel-good movie, it can take you to thoughts, may be you have never thought of or even think that this could ever happen. You can see it from a Darwin political view or from a communist view or may be a religious view in a way. What about a realistic point of view…

The movie’s main character Goreng, the new comer, who grabbed a book to the prison where others grab different kind of weapons to such a piece of Hell, to defend themselves or kill each other, for food, not to mention that the book was “don Quixote”, the man who fights the wind mills, significant much! He was addressed by another cellmate, “that’s not a place for a book lover” he has enlightenment thoughts that were not very welcomed with other random prison mates, he wanted to talk, have a reasonable conversation with the lower or the upper floors, and as the film goes on, one can see how his character develops and forget all about the conversation, even started to eat the paper of his only book.

He tried his best to keep the good side in him, but when it gets to deliver his message to all the floors in the prison he made his own weapon and he didn’t mind killing others for the sake of delivering food for all the levels, he seeks equality and be fair to all, just to send a message for the management” up there” that all levels can share and be fair to each other. The character development was perfectly framed with the actor’s paced out eye looks and his language that changed through the movie.

 Reaching the ending of the movie, it is full of mixed ideas and will definitely leave you full handed with so many things going on in your mind…

If you think it is a fiction, can’t be happening, how can ever be such a jail?

Have a closer look at your daily routine please again nowadays. Kept in home in lockdown quarantine right? going out only for your essential needs, can you see the link now, not yet? check the news, people in the first world countries are fighting over toilet paper, reminded me much about those in level 8 devouring the food in the most grotesque way, never in mind how the people in level 100 are doing…

Shall I mention the panic shopping and how greedy people get when they get scared? Remember that viral video of the lady who was crying by the empty shelves looking for her baby’s diapers and can’t find any…” if everyone ate only what they needed” A line said by Goreng or may I say the new comer of the prison, did you think of that when you saw how each and every one was grabbing whatever on the shelves lately, all over the globe?

Look how countries invade other countries medical supplements essentials because they are just panicking about the pandemic disease in the air, and the countries didn’t get hungry yet… Can you imagine how ugly things can get if there is a lack in food essentials?

To deal with business you have to deal with the inner human being thoughts, isn’t that what HR is about. Watch this movie and read William Golding LORD OF FIES and you can definitely understand how hideous MAN can get when his life is in danger, the possible cut in salaries and letting go of the employees will reveal an ugly face in the next few months… be prepared companies, try to think with your minds not with numbers, economy will be affected that’s for sure, everything can be recapped after this scary coronavirus beast be defeated, but your real weapon is the Human Resources… HUMAN.

Written By: Abir Yassin

Director: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia

Writers: David Desola, Pedro Rivero

Stars: Ivan Massagué, Zorion Eguileor, Antonia San Juan, Emilio Buale, Alexandra Masangkay

Running Time: 1h 34m

Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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Breaking Bad ~ How far an Underpaid Employee Can Go?



Written By: Abir Yassin

Breaking Bad is a well-known crime drama television series. The story of the series is about an underestimated, genius, underpaid and depressed high school chemistry teacher, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) who is diagnosed with lung cancer. Along with his former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) white started a crime life cooking and selling crystalized Methamphetamine. White had that extreme career shift from a teacher to a drug producer in order to secure his family financially after his death.

It may sound funny to you, but underpaid employees can go through depression and even have suicidal tendencies, according to some researches. Not all teachers are as dark genius as Walter White, and go to the crime life correspondingly to a personal medical report. Teaching, in particular, is known globally to be one of the most underpaid professions. We all have a friend who works as a teacher and you know exactly what I am talking about, especially when you know that this teacher has so much potential, and is very well talented yet struggles through his/her life because of the low paycheck.

Not only teachers who are struggling with underpayment, in every profession there is THAT boss who don’t appreciate his/her employees and give them their due. There are a lot of signs to know if you are an underpaid or no, for example, when your level of responsibility has increased and your salary hasn’t. Or maybe you get a raise but it is like 1% to 3% of your salary through the last two years. A more obvious sign for being underpaid, that you never asked for a raise, according to an analysis by that failing to negotiate could potentially cost you more than a million dollar over the course of your career. Last but not least you have to ask yourself this question, how fair is what you earn on your job in comparison to others doing the same type of work you do?!

What underpaying can do is that it breeds frustration like what happened with Walter White. His cancer was the last straw, for a man who never had a cigarette, to break down or break bad and start cooking Meth. Not just in drama series that work and being an underpaid can affect your health. Due to some studies the least underpaying can do to a human body that it raises the risks of rating oneself as having pour health, headaches and stomach, back and chest pains. It hurts when you feel that you are under-rated and get less than what (you think) is fair on an emotional and even physical level.

Final word to any business owner, invest in your employees, and you will gain much more when they are well-paid and in good health, emotionally and physically. It affects the productivity and when the employee loses the motivation and enthusiasm, everything in the work station goes down.

And keep in mind that Walter White killed a lot of people who crossed him in the most vicious and brilliant ways!!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN.

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Você já ouviu falar dos Minions? Esses personagens fofos que apareceram em dois filmes antes de se destacarem ao ponto de terem seu próprio filme? Se não conhece, pesquise no Google, você nunca vai se arrepender e eles nunca irão falhar em colocar um sorriso no seu rosto.

Você sabe o que é realmente interessante sobre os Minions, além da fofura e da linguagem esquisita que precisa de um glossário especial? Eles são ótimos trabalhadores. Surpreso? Eles têm o espírito de equipe e seguem seu líder com todo o coração. Eles são tão devotados que podem até sacrificar suas vidas pelo mestre ou chefe.

 “Minion” realmente significa subordinado ou seguidor de uma pessoa poderosa, um ser servil ou sem importância.  Pierre Coffin, o criador dos Minions disse que eles foram feitos para serem estúpidos. Eu não os vejo como estúpidos, eles fazem o trabalho e estão sempre ali quando você precisa. Eles são tão leais que trouxeram à filha adotiva do seu chefe, Agnes, um baboi*, em Meu Malvado Favorito 1 (2010). Como um funcionário você pode achar isso submisso, mas pensando como um Minion, foi muito divertido fantasiar-se e cantar em voz alta em um shopping “Copacabana, uhuuuu”! É tudo uma questão aproveitar oportunidades; não fique desanimado com uma tarefa. Faça. Toda experiência conta, e você nunca vai saber quão benéfico pode ser para seu futuro.


Em Meu malvado favorito 2 (2013), quando o malvado Gru se torna oficialmente um super pai, e muda a sua carreira de Malvado para um doce de pessoa, os Minions estavam lá também. Eles não desistiram dele. Eles até mesmo chamavam ele de “papa”. A coisa mais incrível sobre os Minions como funcionários é a devoção deles. A felicidade e bem estar deles permite aceitar as mudanças e aproveitar isso. Eles se importam com o trabalho, que é o que em nós, seres humanos, realmente falta.

O último filme dos Minions (2015) mostra a história deles com todos os mestres vilões que eles já serviram, começando com o T-Rex até Napoleão. Devido a morte “acidental” dos seus patrões, os Minions ficam depressivos e se isolam na Antártica. Isso soa familiar? Quando você falha num certo trabalho, se tranca no quarto e fica encarando o teto?  Então tudo o que você precisa é Kevin, um dos Minions que decide sair do isolamento e achar um outro chefe ou outro emprego, nos nossos termos. Kevin não desistiu e você também não irá.


Kevin não foi sozinho; ele foi com o entediado e obsessivo por guitarras, Stuart e o jovem faminto Bob. Eles tiveram uma jornada alucinante, que começou em Nova York e terminou com o pequeno Bob se tornando rei da Inglaterra. O que eles fizeram foi realmente inspirador, eles não cederam à depressão, seguiram em frente e aproveitaram as oportunidades que surgiram, enfrentando alguns percalços na estrada. Entregar-se não era uma opção. Lutar por seus destinos fez com que eles conhecessem seu único e malvado chefe Gru, no final do filme.

Sempre que você se sentir para baixo e que não há oportunidades, não desista, seja um Minion e busque. Assista os 3 filmes e imagine que todos os Minions na sua frente dizendo: “Tulaliloo ti amo**” e comendo um “Gelato***” junto com uma “Baple****” e tudo ficará bem.

Tank u*****

Minions glossário:

*Baboi: brinquedo

**Tulaliloo ti amo : nós te amamos

***Gelato: sorvete

****Baple: maçã

*****Tank u: obrigado

Traduzido por: Gabriela Neves

Escrito por: Abir Yassin


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