Parking Lesson

Parking in Sveti Stefan, on peak season, is not easy. The roads are narrow and steep, cars are everywhere. However, everybody has a great attitude and parking here taught me a valuable lesson: every problem can be solved with patience, collaborative negotiation, and time.

From Zadar to Sveti Stefan

I left Zadar in the morning, headed south on the Croatian coast. Had a quick swim in Pisak, and a quick light lunch.

Back on the road heading south east, crossed the border with Bosnia, and later entered Montenegro. 

After a breathtaking ride down to Kotor, we arrived in Sveti Stefan, a beautiful town on the sea side.

Computers FTW

On my way to Montenegro for vacations, the car broke down right after the border between Slovenia and Croatia.

A bright red engine light went off, and according to the vehicle’s manual, we were supposed to immediately stop the engine and call for service.

Having 3 more hours to go for the day on our plan, and with the car not showing any sign of malfunction we bravely (and recklessly) push through Rijeka and pulled over into a car mechanic shop.

Not speaking the local language we were a little worried but English was well understood and in just 15 minutes we had a mechanic looking after our case.

He plugged a laptop to the car and 2 minutes later he came out from under the hood holding a little rubber pipe, bent and cracked on the side.

He changed the broken piece and 5 minutes (and 20 euros) later we were back on the road, towards Zadar, the first planned stop of our trip.

It’s amazing how computers have entered the car industry and made things easier. Computers FTW!

The Three Tenets Of Persuasion

Of the modes of persuasion furnished by the spoken word there are three kinds. The first kind depends on the personal character of the speaker [ethos]; the second on putting the audience into a certain frame of mind [pathos]; the third on the proof, or apparent proof, provided by the words of the speech itself [logos]. Persuasion is achieved by the speaker’s personal character when the speech is so spoken as to make us think him credible. – Aristotle.

You can find these principles on books like Talk Like Ted by Carmine Gallo and they can be used to explain the character development in modern fiction like Game of Thrones.

They are:

  • Ethos: character or reputation of the speaker.
  • Pathos: emotional influence on the audience.
  • Logos: content and logic argument.

Masterfully leveraging those three, you can persuade any audience.