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What better way to relaunch my blog featuring young talents than celebrating one of my own!

My 12-year-old son, Luca, is a passionate dreamy young man who sees and plays the world in a very special and unique way. Here’s a short video of him practicing two of his favorite pieces, played his very own way.



There is quite a big difference between being successful and actually shining! As much as success is relative and at many instances subjective, shining can rarely be disputable and is mainly driven and caused by some magical qualities, namely passion, persistence, consistency, enthusiasm, empathy, and kindness …

Shining, in my opinion, is way beyond being just successful. Shining is inspirational, contagious, and energizing. Neither position, nor money, nor phony respect and obedience gained through power can define real success. In fact, true success keeps the person’s feet stiff on the ground yet agile when following an opportunity or a dream, his head in the sky yet humbly bent to the achievements of others, his eyes on the horizon yet vividly watching over his surrounding, and his heart as big as the world…

For me, no one can be successful in isolation from his surroundings. I can only be successful through the success of everyone around me, no matter my or their size, power or influence. Success can only be real when it makes its beholder and those surrounding him shine inside out!

In one of his amazing lectures, Benjamin Zander said “I have a definition of success. For me, it’s very simple. It’s not about wealth and fame and power. It’s about how many shining eyes I have around me”. I couldn’t agree more! I can only feel my worth as a mother, a teacher, a friend or a manager when the eyes of the people around me shine! And there is no way I could do that if my own eyes do not truly shine!

“People who are passionate about what they do are very inspiring”…
13 year old Egyptian Farida Al Sayed is an amazingly determined, passionate and ambitious young lady who keeps raising the bar for herself. Farida always reflects on matters of Life, inspired by great people around her, namely her grandmother. Farida says that people who inspire her in a lot of ways are those who are passionate about who they are and what they do; those who make even the simplest task they do seem lovely!
It’s really nice to see people like Farida, who are inspired by a lot others around them, are themselves a great source of inspiration for a lot others!

Martina Nutricato

Proud Teacher – Chapter 3

13-year-old Martina Nutricato is an extremely enthusiastic and passionate Italian young lady. She is an amazingly positive person whose eyes are always shining. She has a distinguished creative mind that gives everything around her a new dimension and a different meaning!


“All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination?” (Carl Jung)

We only celebrate and completely live our human nature when we play, let go of our fears and constraints, and set our creative imagination free. Do you think suppressing our potential, questioning our abilities and disbelieving in ourselves is a fair payback to humanity?


Hind says: "My painting 'Thoughts' represents the ideas and imagination and the million things in the human mind"

Nothing compares to the feeling of a proud person! I am a proud teacher, friend, daughter, sister, mother, and wife…

Let’s start by being a very proud teacher! Check one of my talented student’s creations; 14-year-old Hind Abdelmajeed; an extremely sensitive, creative, and talented Iraqi young lady, who has a great passion for painting, story writing and poetry.
Enjoy! 🙂

I’ve always been fascinated by exceptionally talented people like 8 year old multi-talented Dhanat who performed his first violin solo and had his first painting exhibition at the age of 4; the 5 year old pianist who wowed her audience with her exquisite performance of Beethoven’s Sonatina F Major and Fur Elise, and Bach’s Guige; the piano prodigy Richard Hoffman who gave his first public piano concert at the age of 3 (only one month after he started learning piano) playing famous complicated pieces for great composers; and many many others.

Being a strong believer that all kids are talented, each in his or her own way, I took the time to examine those famous kids performing, and to think of what makes them more special… One very important and essential difference I could see besides, of course, their parents’ strong support and genuine belief in their potential and talent, was the kids’ PASSION and ENTHUSIASM!

Passion and Enthusiasm are key ingredients to self-contentment and success!

Let’s share ours!!


    • Chantal Chahine Assaad: I would be a very flattered proud teacher!!! Thanks Elie and welcome home! 😉😊
    • Elie Abd: Today's my first visit to your blog, and by reading this very first post, I feel like I am home already. Few are the bloggers out there that can reall
    • Chantal Chahine Assaad: Thank you Areej! It means the world to me! keep in touch dear <3
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