Archive for ‘Be Inspired’

May 24, 2012

It’s not too late… give your dream a shot!  Here are some great examples of older inventors.  Mind you, young, tech-savvy multi-billionaires really are a current era invention, so I’ve no problems nodding towards the older generation for inspiration and mentorship.  However, things had to progress and young industries had to be taken forwards and that’s where the younger generations stepped in and kept things apace.  It’s encouraging both ways: notable and lasting accomplishments by the young and refreshing ideas from the old.  Read the above blog post to see what’s been invented by the middle age and beyond.

Late Blooming Entrepreneurs

We hear a lot about inventors in the technology area who have had phenomenal success at a very young age.  But that doesn’t mean inventors with more mileage under their belts can’t be ultra successful as well.  Some of the most revolutionary or popular products were the work of people who were at least 40 years old.

You have a cell phone, right?  Martin Cooper invented it when he was around 45.

What about TV movies and shows?  Do you “TiVo” them to watch later?   Thank Mike Ramsay who, along with Jim Barton, co-invented this digital video recorder when he was 47.

Are you a fan of Kentucky Fried Chicken?  Colonel Harland Sanders pioneered this “finger lickin’ good” favorite when he was in his 60s.

Do you make sandwiches with Pepperidge Farm bread?  Margaret Rudkin began baking it when she was 40.

Here are a few other items whose creators were 40 or older:

Segway Personal Transporter – Inventor Dean Kamen was around 50…

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May 24, 2012

What to do if asking for yourself is too much for you?  That, in essence, is what networking is: it is between the two people present at the event.  The questions being answered are: what can you do for me, and what can you give me?  Whereas there is another option which has been going on for years without a label or a name: netweaving.  Netweaving is where you introduce two others because there is benefit to be had with that new relationship… and then you never know what might blossom and land on you too.  In effect, it’s working on the pay it forward effect i.e. what goes around, comes around.  Of course then, there is the usual things to be careful of, that is users, takers and people who forget who brought them to the party.  But, having said that, there are a lot of people who would benefit from netweaving instead of the immediacy of networking.  Treat it like a future investment…

Late Blooming Entrepreneurs

By Lynne Strang, Late Blooming Entrepreneurs

If you’re someone who doesn’t like schmoozing at cocktail parties to make business contacts, listen up. Bob Littell has a method for meeting other professionals that may suit your style.

Twelve years ago, Littell, principal of Atlanta, Georgia-based Littell Consulting Services, Inc., came up with a concept he calls “NetWeaving.”  It’s a “Golden Rule,” or “Pay It Forward,” form of networking, where people focus on putting others’ needs first.

What Goes Around, Comes Around

Here’s how it works:  You have two contacts who you think would benefit from meeting each other.  Through a virtual or some other type of introduction, you help them exchange bios and arrange to meet in person.  When the two parties get together, synergy occurs and a new partnership forms, or they find other ways to help each other.  They follow up with you later, to let you know the outcome of the meeting.

“People…

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May 24, 2012

Why not start your own business?  What’s stopping you?  Is your dream big enough to fuel you and provide for you?  Well, it appears that the myth of security within corporate jobs combined with the lull of the mundane within that coporate structure puts you to sleep so you don’t awaken to the sound of your own drums.  So why aren’t your own drums beating that much louder so that you may awaken and start marching to your own beat instead of someone else’s?  It appears it takes quite a bit of reality to push people to the edge and face setting up their own business as a true venture, even advenuture.  Think about it.  At what point have you accumulated enough, experienced enough and satisfied yourself enough that starting up a new enterprise is the better option for you to live your life?  Be aware, that with each passing day you let your daydream pass you by is another day you don’t live your life as you please… in the parting words of Mike’s blog post:

“Otherwise, your passion will be nothing more than a fantasy that you daydream about that mocks you on moments you are honest with yourself.

Don’t waste your life.”

Micro Business Solutions

In my prior post about May 24, I discussed how I came to start my business.

IT TOOK ME GETTING FIRED!!  Then, it took subsequent insulting job offers that made me so mad I was no longer afraid.  Finally, I was going to show them, now.

But why did it take me so long to get there?  I had wanted my own business since I was 17.  Now, I was 33.  That was 16 years.  Why?  Why had I spent almost half my life waiting?  Why did I have to be shoved off the cliff to take control of my own life?

The answer is twofold: 1. The Myth of Security and 2. The Lull of the Mundane.  I will cover these two in this post.

1.  The Myth of Security.  We are fed the line that we should go to school, do well in school, get a good…

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May 24, 2012

Here’s a loud and proud admission of a morning lark. Apparently getting up early is not something to to go back on. Oh, is there anything good about being a night owl?

The Pinstriped Suit

Yesterday, I read this great article on Business Insider about the 23 Business Leaders who wake up early. I found this piece to be especially intriguing because a lot of the biographies and business books I’ve read over the years have emphasized the importance of getting up at the crack of dawn. The reason being that you end up getting ahead if you have more time to sort yourself out before you hit the ground running.

I personally like getting up early (usually 6-6:30am) because it allows me to meditate and have some time to think about the day ahead. That extra hour in the morning allows me the time to think and reflect before I get on with my day. Although I don’t get to the office super early, I do manage to check e-mails, read the news and a chapter of a business book before I head out…

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August 11, 2011

A literally chatty blogista with flair for fashion and a love of visual feats: Garance Dore’s blog

GaranceDore.fr 
in English

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I found Garance Dore’s blog via The Sartorialist.  She’s a fashion illustrator turned fashion blogger and photographer.  A very favourable turn too.

As a start, I stumbled upon her photographs of Alexander McQueen’s exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, entitled “Savage Beauty”.

The curation was perfect, from the layout to the sound design – it allows you to take a mind-blowing journey into the designer’s imagination. Emotion catches you and stays with you for days.

I was so moved that I asked for authorization to go back and take pictures…

To be honest, it takes a very high-grade photographer with substantial wits to be able to first, consider capturing such works on film; second, consider to seek permission with authority such as the Met; third, action all of this and fourth, gain such incredible results.  It is a worthy blog bundle.

Her postings to have caught me are:

  • Illustrations–
    • “Your Best Worst Advice – Beauty”
    • “Your Best Worst Advice – Love”
    • “Garance Forgets Everything and Talks About Nothing”
  • Portraits–
  • Dressing —
    • Real Leather” <—her thoughts on city bags and she’s re-considered seven types of bags that city people should use or have been seen using most often
    • “Hot Pants” <—omg, how do we do these nowadays?  And so she gives us an illustration and a true life example in “Sweet Little Angel
  • Collages–
    have a gander, the overall resultant natural feeling of ‘togetherness’ of such a jumble of visuals and writing speaks volumes of her ability to combine things to a superb effect of discreet styling with purpose.
July 22, 2011

Do you have an insatiable appetite for fashion and edgy photography? Then try calling in at “We The Urban Magazine”

We The Urban magazine issue 3

WeTheUrban issue 3

"… dedicated to everything related to culture, including: music, art, fashion, photography, and more…"

For the fashion industrious or the the strong of stomach and mind… 100% fashion proof. You have been warned.

My verdict?  Bring me tea, bring me lemons, bring me milk, bring me biscuits and cookies… and a plaster for my wrists and I’ll happily sit here curled up on my armchair clicking through all 248 pages.

What is amazing in my mind, is how they managed to sidle (slightly) away from the styles of other magazines – why veer so greatly away from something that already works so well? 

Its content contains a great variety of fashion styles, but the overall tone is still quite unanimous.  Mind you, they only established themselves in September 2009.  

I’ll sit back and wait for more… ^_^ .  Yummy.

July 17, 2011

Often have lots to blog about but sometimes feel print is too dry? Ever thought of emoticons? A brief outing of some of the icons I *heart* from Smiley Central’s extensive graphics.

On the verge of my tongue are the words, “I can’t believe what they can do at SmileyCentral.com !?”  But, oh yeah, I am not their advertorial and *ahem* I have a *little* pride in being a bit up-to-date with what’s possible and what’s happening in the world of graphics, illustrations and animations.

So, my chosen words of final verdict?  I am very willing to allow what were once animated atrocities (but have now been transformed and improved into animated wunderkinds) greater and greater space in my online blogosphere. 

I just adore this kind of cuteness.  This is what I, in my mid-thirties, would roll-call as “definitely cute” and “definitively delightful to visually engage with on a glowing hi-resolution computer monitor in the beginnings of the 21st century”. 

Brilliant work.  Slap, slap and clap, clap to those who worked on these.  I’m hoping for more… you see, I’m not demanding at all… just reasonable and prone to *ahem* tantrums… *ahem*…

Tantrum

Maneki Neko

Maneki Neko

 

Puppy

puppy

Butterfly watching

 butterfly watching

Fairyfairy

 

Gothgothic

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Valentine candy

Valentine candy

Geisha

geisha

Woman In Rollers

woman in rollers

Nerd

Nerd

Xray

X-ray

Beautiful

beautiful

Wild
wild

Dolled Up

dolled up

Mean

mean

Soda Cup 2

soda cup

Antique 1

antique

Maneki Neko

Maneki Neko

July 12, 2011

Love the way photographers can re-interpret what they see? Read TheSartorialist.

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photo of the day
TheSartorialist
on blogspot

It’s tagline is: “selected as one of Time Magazine’s Top 100 design influencers”.

Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist writes,

I started The Sartorialist simply to share photos of people that I saw on the streets of New York that I thought looked great. When I worked in the fashion industry (15 years), I always felt that there was a disconnect between what I was selling in the showroom and what I was seeing real people (really cool people) wearing in real life
Rarely do they (designers) look at the whole outfit as a yes or no but they try and look for the abstract concepts of color, proportion, pattern mixing or mixed genres everyday people have been inspired to see themselves and others in a new and usually more accepting way.

Browsing and reading the blog is really quite refreshing. It is possible it’s because I’ve been reading female writers and their perspectives and reporting on fashion and style for all my life. I mean all. Yes, really *all* my life up until now. I rarely read male perspectives. However, over the last few years I’d been bumping into more and more male fashion/style writing in editorial magazines of the English broadsheet newspapers; but there wasn’t enough of a certain calibre to keep me going.

The Sartorialist is different in this genre because it really is written off-the-cuff from someone who has (in my eyes) good personal opinions. For example a snippet of the write-up that accompanies the photo of the day (see photo) is:

I love the simple urban explorer feel is perfection in its stealth measurably more refined by its juxtaposition with the rugged grooming It is such an art to be well-groomed but not manscaped. This is one of the best examples I’ve seen in a while.

And I guess that is what I like about The Sartorialist: it gives me another eye-sight.  Yes it is sexist, but I like it because I, and many other female fashion and style-lovers, would not have noticed this man on the street, for it really is stealth male style.  But I’m sure we’d fall for it!  Thanks for pointing it out. 

It is one of those styles that you will know when it is missing, but will not be able to pin-point to retrieve it.  Yet it is also discreet enough to be worn by many in the same place… but be warned, it’s not so easy to carry.  If it’s not for you, it’s not for you.  It only looks discreet and stealth because it so becomes and befits the man wearing it.  That, ultimately, is the key to good grooming.

July 12, 2011

Like getting creative but stuck in your own thoughts and tastes to become far too personal and repetitive? Loving Julie Andersen’s “Inspiration Lab”… thanks!

Inspiration Lab--Julie Katrine Andersen
Inspiration Lab

Julie K Andersen-design work

Ms Andersen’s own work published online at MyAnimalFarm

Julie Katrine Andersen is a graphic designer and associate professor of media and journalism whose aim with Inspiration Lab is to inspire both my students and professional designers by paying tribute to all the amazingly talented people out there.

I’m loving her professional taste… nice selection of solid design work from people who have the flair but are also willing to put in the effort to be combined of technical brilliance and disciplined in personal, subjective taste.

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