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The Secret to Success…Ask How You Can Help

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I was at a family dinner the other night and was talking about office politics with one of my cousins. This cousin is a successful software executive who has a chemistry degree and years of experience working oin almost every aspect of the software business.

Our conversation about office politics turned into one about business philosophy. He explained to me that he was very fortunate to have started with his company years ago when it was growing and there was opportunity for a young go-getter fresh out of university. When he was in an entry level position, he went out of his way to find ways to help his team, boss and company do better. He took on extra work, corrected inefficiencies in the company’s processes and always took the time to help his boss out.

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TED Talk: The Art of Asking

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A friend of mine recommended this really inspiring TED Talk presented by Amanda Palmer, a musician and highly successful crowd sourcer.

In this short 13 minute video, Amanda talks about how creating a connection with your community or crowd can create amazing things for yourself and your projects. To give you a quick background, Amanda’s band was signed with a record label as their popularity grew. After selling just 25,000 records, the label dropped the band and they were forced to go back to the drawing board. Amanda decided to give the music away for free and start one of the most successful music kickstarter campaigns. Initially asking for $100,000, the campaign quickly grew to over $1.1 million. Amanda attributes this success to the ideal that people genuinely want to help each other and if you aren’t afraid to ask, then you will be amazed at the results.

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30 Day Challenge Update

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A few months ago, I decided to make a commitment to myself to start a new 30 day challenge every 30 days to begin tackling my goals. My first 30 day challenge of blogging every day was really successful.

My second 30 day challenge was a bit of a bust. Partly because I lost track of what my 30 day challenge was (I tried to do two at once) and also because I got a bit lazy. The two 30 day challenges I was trying to implement was to start watching a TED Talk every day and to meditate for 20 minutes each day.

I’ve realized that in order to make a 30 day challenge work, you really need to focus on one new habit. So, my one habit that I’m going to be working on for the next 28 days (I started two days ago) is to bring back writing “Morning Pages” which are part of the Artist’s Way Course. I’ve talked about the Artist’s way a lot in my posts because it has been one of the most valuable personal development activities I’ve ever done.

In terms of my failed 30 day challenges (TED Talks and Daily Meditation), I’m going to still work on making these regular habits but I’m going try to bring them back one at at time starting next month.

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TED Talk: On Being Wrong

Let’s start off this fine Monday morning with a little inspiration.

One of the reasons why I love this TED Talk is because it’s so relevant to everyone. We all want to be right all the time. Last week, a colleague of mine corrected me on a word that I had used incorrectly (medium vs. media) in a presentation. My initial reaction was that of shock because I’ve been using that word for years in the wrong context but after a few seconds, I instantly appreciated the feedback. Sure my ego took a beating but at the end of the day I gained a valuable growth opportunity.

So my advice for the day is to set aside your ego and embrace being wrong. Being wrong helps us grow and widen our perspective.

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Molson Canadian Advertisement – “The Beer Fridge”

I was watching a video earlier today and as it was loading, an advertisement for Molson Canadian Beer popped up. I was going to press the little “Skip” button but was intrigued by the red fridge.

This advertisement is amazing. It showcases the brand well and makes me proud to be a Canadian.   Everything from the creative execution to the packaging of the fridge are impressive. I can’t wait to see what they do next!

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