After graduating from Gymnasium Kollegium Kalksburg and having completed one year of civil service at a kindergarten, I am finally studying at University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien.
People describe me as a very communicative, driven and sporty person. In fact I love dancing, kitesurfing, basketball and soccer. Being surrounded by different friends is something that is very important to me but being a student is my full time job right now and this is what I invest most of my energy in. Studying is great and I am learning how to organize my life in a more structured way and think about my plans for the future.
I feel like I have achieved quite a lot in life so far and my experiences, negative and positive, have helped shape the person that I am today. Particularly my attending a Scottish boarding school, my graduation from school here in Vienna, my civil service at an Austrian kindergarten and my internships in Australia and Russia. Tackling the different obstacles in my way not only improved my ability to communicate with my peers but also my problem-solving skills. Through my work with disabled children during my civil service I learned about what it means to be subordinated and how beautiful it is to help people. These experiences helped me find out what I really want out of life and what my strengths and weaknesses are. Especially my stay in Australia, that was when I discovered exactly what I wanted to do with my life.
To manage my own company has always been my dream. This is what I have wanted to do ever since I can remember. Personally I believe that if you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time. I want to work in business and IT, and these are the two things I love. In my opinion the program at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien is amazing since there is a mixture of technic and business. After completing my three year course, I will hopefully be an educated, praxis orientated and strong young man who will have what it takes to succeed in life - even though the bachelor program is not my highest educational goal. After graduating from Technikum I plan on studying at a good university either in London or in America. Whilst reading my master I want to specialize in marketing and business.
I truly believe that studying at Technikum Wien and a good business university afterwards is what is meant for me.
The reason why I think this way and not any other is probably because of my parents and the way they have brought me up. My dad has always pushed me in the right direction and wanted me to thrive for success, in which ever endeavour I choose. My mum is always there for me and such a strong person. From her I learned that you should work hard and take risks in order to get what you want.
Without their support and love, I don’t think I would be in the position I am today and I am eternally grateful for everything they have given me.
Since I got exam weeks, no time for blogging. But this is interesting.
I woke up today and after stalking through instagram I noticed this tiny pop-up on my news feed. It says: Announcing Instagram Web Profiles. Visit yours at instagram.com/bastianernst.
Instagram’s design resembles the facebook design. Well this is not very surprising since the giant social network bought instagram earlier this year. The design itself looks cool and nice. Basically the web profile offers you to view your and your friends instagram pictures and you can like and comment on them.
statigr.am, a third-party instagram application launched in 2011, offers the same thing. In addition statigr.am gives you insights about your most popular image ect..
Instram rolls out this new feature this week, so take a chill pill if you are not one of the lucky users who can enjoy the service today.
Recently I gave a speech:
One the one hand:
If you hang out with a bunch of pessimists who believe life sucks and there is nothing worth to work for, you will start descending into a negative pool, even if you initially a positive individual.
On the other hand:
Motivated and hard working people who chase their dreams will have a positive impact on how you think and what you want to achieve in life.
What I want to say with these two sentences is that people influence each other! Think about your friends. Your friends influence you. Their motivation or their negativity have an impact on how you think and who you are. If you see people all the time you will eventually take over some of their characteristics and attitudes. Even if you have a very strong personality, on some point you will act alike.
Basically this means that the people you spend most time with will influence you on how you think, on what is important to you and what you want to achieve.
1. Imagine you are preparing a project with a team. Motivated and hard working team members will push each other to the next level of excellence.
2. You want to lose weight. This is going to be pretty hard if you are surrounded by people who eat a lot of very unhealthy stuff. Think about how much easier it can get if you spend time with people who also want to lose weight.
What I mentioned before:
Choosing to stay around people who are not adding value to your life can limit your success.
Let’s say you have friends who do not think about future goals, they do not care about achievements and success is not important to them. All they want is food, cigarettes, a place to stay and maybe a playstation. If you spend a lot of time with these people you will change your priorities. You wouldn’t sit here.
As a result they stand in your way to become the best possible person you can be.
Okay, let’s say we are in this situation. So what should we do? Let’s say most of your friends are like that. And this is what you can do…
Cut off all people in your life who do not contribute to your life goals in a positive way.
This means you should reduce the amount of contact you are having with people who do not enable you to become a better person. You might say: Most of my friends are like that. They don’t help you directly to achieve your goals. If I think about myself, I have a friend who is not willing to work and who is not very motivated. But what I learn from him is how important it is to be down to earth and the necessity to speak about personal problems with someone. As a result he contributes positively to my life in a different way. He makes me a better person and helps me to understand other people better. Only if a particular person is seriously dragging you down you should think of cutting him/her completely away.
Do you have friends who always complain about problems and are not willing to work for their personal success? You could try to distance yourself from those people and find new friends.
Hang with the best
Imagine: The people I spend time with are just 2 people: Max and Moritz. They are most likely the smartest people I have ever worked with before. Both have a focus and determination I’m constantly blown away by. I try to learn from their skillset as much as possible and get myself lifted onto the next level. The power they have is therefore incredible. I’m highly influenced by them. The only impact this can have on me is a positive one. I know this, because of their actions, experiences, their daily work and their attitude. It is pushing me higher and onto the next level every day. I am the average of Max and Moritz.
To sum up: It doesn’t matter how smart you are. It doesn’t matter how talented you are, which skills you have, where you are born or which family you came from. All that counts if you want to be successful in life is the people you surround yourself with.
Write down a list of 3 - 5 persons who you spend the most time with. Choose who in your list you want to continue spending time with. You will probably experience that some of the persons do not meet the standard of excellence you want to set for yourself. Don’t be afraid to lose some friends if that means you are surrounding yourself withe right people. Instead of becoming the average of some average people, dip with the best.
Okay let’s say you want to apply for a job. Your employer will look you up on google. Well he could find bad stuff about you. For instance pictures about you being drunk ect.. That’s really bad. As a result make sure you have the right privacy settings on all social media sites. Then he could find nothing. This isn’t either good because it shows that you are not very serious about being successful and motivated.
But then your employe could find your blog, twitter and LinkedIn account. From this moment on you are different to every other person who applied for the same position. You show your employe that you are interested in a certain field, motivated to work and able to share good content.
Moreover you tell the world what you are interested in and as a result you build your online brand!!
Ok, but where should you be online?
Well this definitely depends on what you are interested in. However to give your employe a general overview about yourself, the following points are important:
This cool little website (like mine!) is perfect to write down a short biography about yourself, put an AMAZING picture in the back and then link the site with all your social media pages. This is kinda like your home website. It is very easy to set up and looks just brilliant.
Paste it on the end of every email you send and put into your facebook and twitter info box.
Most people use facebook for private usage. So do I. However facebook has this small little box called info or About. Use this box to write down your education background and your work experience. Also link to all other social media pages. Having a good profile and cover pictures is an advantage. So do not share any pictures which could harm you in any way. Moreover privacy settings are very important!!!
This tool is perfect to share anything what you think is worth sharing. Spread your blog articles, the articles you read on your newspaper app or retweet other people’s opinion.
Write down a short bio in 2 sentences and link to your about.me page. Tweet about the things you are interested in. For instance I tweet about technology and my life, share articles I read on my diePresse app, retweet quotes and opinions of other interesting people and spread my blog posts on twitter.
Furthermore twitter is one of the best places to read about news, trends and the topics you are personally interested in.
Give it a try, it often makes more fun to be on twitter than to be on facebook.
I am on google+ but I do not use it regularly because almost non of my friends use it. But google+ is obviously connected to google. As a result having a profile on google is essential to improve your ranking on google. Moreover it does not hurt to share your blog articles also on google+ since it will improve your general google position and more people will get the chance to read your blog posts.
LinkedIn and XING are almost identical except LinkedIn is american and slowly coming over to Europe. XING is German and well known over there. Both are business networks and are essential to present yourself online.
So let’s get started and write down your educational background, working experiences, private information and join different groups on the network. Don’t forget to link to all the other social networks.
The blog is probably the most important page. On your blog you write about all the topics you interested in. Most important: You write them by yourself. No matter what you write, be professional and obviously the topics should be interesting for other people. But remember you do this for yourself! I write about technology, life and other things I am interested in.
Your blog should have included a link to your about.me page and a picture of yourself. I also share my twitter feed on the left side of the blog and all my other social networks above.
this is the idea:
about.me is your “home”page or landing page. From there on you send interested readers to your blog and to all your other social networks.
what should I put online?
Try to avoid sharing pictures about you drinking hard alcohol or smoking. You could think like this: Don’t put stuff online you wouldn’t be comfortable seeing on “The New York Times”.
Recently I started to use buffer. Buffer is a really cool tool to share your posts to twitter, facebook and LinkedIn. Furthermore you can analyze your posts and get an great insight on how many people actually click on your links and articles.
I found out about buffer while reading Fabian’s blog and he linked to Leo’s blog. Especially the second one is really good. Leo writes about very interesting topics, you should definitely check it out. It’s worth it.
Most people read newspaper/blog articles during breakfast or lunch ect.. Posting three interesting links to twitter during 10 minutes is not very efficient. And this is when buffer comes into your life. Buffer helps you to spread your links over the day so that more people get the chance to read them. In settings you set the posting times and buffer will remember them.
What is more?
You can download the buffer app for chrome and then easily link great things to twitter and get cool insights. Thats easy and pretty sweet..
Moreover many different readers have the buffer button integrated. Thats the list of apps which also use buffer as a posting tool.
Furthermore I use buffer to spread my blog articles over twitter: The free version of buffer allows you to add up to 10 links. Otherwise you can pay 10€/month or 8,50/month if you use buffer for a whole year.
Buffer is a young and cool tool! Try it out.
Do you have a best friend? Would you call a person in you life your closest and best friend?
I want to share thoughts about friends and friendship: In my opinion the key to a true friendship is trust and that both never let each other down. Never.
Pick your friends carefully!!
This is really important. To get to know someone needs time. Something like this does not happen over night. A friendship is a relationship between two people. Trust is important and trust comes with time. Be open and ready to dive in a friendship. If you can not handle personal and deep conversation you will stay in a superficial friendship.
This kind of friendship may be easy. I know this because I have lived through this. I almost believed this person is my best friend. But remember, you can not count on superficial friends. They will let you down sooner or later, remember this.
Do friends have to have same interests and be similar?
Well I think they do not. But it helps a bit. Having a friend who is different enriches you. This friend will show you sides of life you would not think of or he thinks of certain things in a way you do not. This helps you to grow and get an understanding of people. I think the more similarity friends have, the easier a friendship is. But this does not mean that if you have no similar interests the friendship can not work. I even believe this makes it more interesting and you develop your character more. Why? I guess on reason is that you learn to make compromises.
A friendship is 50/50
This means a friendship always consists of two people. Thinking about yourself is important. You are important. It is your job to look after yourself and be happy. But remember there is also family and there are friends and maybe a girlfriend/boyfriend. These people are important as well and you need to care for them if you want your relationship with them to work out. That means you need to bring yourself in and make it happen. But a friend is not always a friend. Pick your friends carefully. You can count them on one hand. The rest are acquaintances.
loosing a friend
Imagine there walks one person in your friend’s life and both of them invest most of their time being together. Does your friend still takes time to be with you? Do you guys spend as much time together as before. No you don’t.
Who are those people? There are two possibilities: either love or someone who is right now more interesting.
This main focus of your friend is a current phase of his life. This phase will change. But the problem is, most of the people do not accept this and believe that there is nothing more important than this one person and they are going to spend the rest of their life being with this person.
People fall in love sooner or later. As a result your friend will not have as much time as before and can not see you as often as he used to. This is natural and absolutely normal. But what you should not forget is, that a true an real friend will always be there for you and will not drop you.
learning from your friend
Every human “needs” to help you to develop yourself to a better person in every aspect of life. Imagine spending most of your time with people who are smarter than you, more motivated than you and can do certain things better than you can. You will get better! You should definitely think about this thought even if this means loosing some “friends”. I think the most important thing is that you as a person get better and this will not happen if your friends pull you down!! Think about this..
Make a list
Write down your real friends (you can count them on one hand). How does every single friend helps you to become a better person? But on the other hand, what do you do to help them to become better persons?
Often a bunch of friends become one crew. They may all hold together and appear as a team but all in all they know each other as a group. I think the best friendships consist of two people. In my opinion this is the only way to know every aspect of your friend.
Having a friend is wonderful. Sometimes or quite often they disappoint.
What should you do when I got disappointed?
Speak to your friend! Be the stronger one! I think it hurts more not to speak about problems than knowing the truth.
In the future I will be very careful about what people I call my friends. I will spend most of my time on me and the rest of my time on people who seem to be true friends. I also will surround myself with humans who are better than me.
For me a good day is when I get things done. When I check off all the things I write down on my wunderlist I feel happy. When I go to sleep at night and I know I have done a lot. This makes me very happy and gives me a new and very positive start to the next morning.
Why should you be happy? Being positive and happy makes it easier to live, to get around with people and to work. Doing your work with a general smile makes it easier for you to get your work done and succeed. Success makes you as a result happy and this new found happiness helps you with the next new thing. This is a flow.
What I mean with success: On the one hand I mean success in your work (business, school, homework, study, university,..) but on the other hand I mean success in your social life (good times with a friend, love, family, dog,..)
So what can you do to become happier? How can you increase your happiness? Well the following points help me to be and stay happy:
1. The earlier you get up the more time you have to give yourself more chances to succeed. The past couple of weeks I got up a bit earlier than usual so that i can do a daily workout. Why should you do it in the morning? If you do it right away in the morning you start the day with success. Sport is important (everyone knows this but some do not want to accept this). This early won success helps you to have a great day!
2. Do a lot of different things! The more I do the happier I am. When I go to sleep at night and know I have done a lot this day I smile and I’m happy. An other side effect is that you start your next day with a positive feeling. But starting different things each day is just one step out of two: Get things done!
This is probably the most important rule I follow: Do a lot of things and get them done! What do you do to have a successful day and be happy? Share your comments below!
What I recently noticed is that when you use public transport and you have nothing to do than to wait, people take out their smartphones.
Personally I read the “Die Presse” app (an Austrian newspaper app) the most or blogs I am subscribed to (I really recommend this blog ). Then I start looking at other people who sit near to me and find out what they do while using public transport. Most of them read a magazine/newspaper, surf the web, call people, speak to people, play a game or write sms.
Then there are people who look out of the window or do nothing. (and I mean nothing.) I think this is rather interesting because it’s all about looking around and experiencing what is really going on around you. For me I specially looked at how people look like, what they wear and tried to figure out of which social class they are from. Also it is very interesting to see what the person opposite of you tries to embody! For example I saw this one girl the other day who scratched herself! This showed me again I should appreciate my life more and be thankful how great it is what I experience from day to day.
The train to my University drives every day the same route. After the 15th time I started to look out of the window and I realized that I have no clue about my surrounding.
People often go the same routes from day to day with closed eyes. They have no idea about their surrounding and the people they meet every day.
I started to open my eyes. It’s been great. What about you? What do you do while using public transport?!
Have you noticed? facebook chat got a sweet update:
Some of you might know this: You turn chat offline, so that your facebook friends either don’t see that you are online or you don’t want them to think you are always online on facebook.
facebook gives you the chance now to decide which of your 1000 facebook friends see whether you are online or not.
I think this is an useful update!
Heute war mein zweiter Unitag! Die Fachhochschule Technikum liegt im 20 Bezirk in Wien, Österreich. Der offizielle Uni - Beginn ist am 14 September. Bis dahin finden Warm - up Kurse statt. Ich belege diese in den Fächern Mathematik und Informatik.
Informtik ist cool, liege zwar etwas hinterher, da die Anderen schon einige Tag vor mir begonnen haben, aber das ist in Ordnung; lerne übers Wochenende nach!
Wir haben einen Hamster in einem Laborinth herumlaufen und Nüssen sammeln lassen.
In Mathematik gehen wir im Grunde Matura Stoff und AHS Stoff durch, ich tue mir nicht all zu schwer.
Die Leute sind ganz nett, habe schon ein paar nette Burschen kennen gelernt. Diese sind echte Computer Kenner und der eine hat mir schon viele gute Tipps gegeben.