Brett Wilson Redefining Success Giveaway

Redefining Success

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EEeek!! *Somebody pinch me!* I’ve been chosen as one of ten writers to review W. Brett Wilson‘s shiny new book Redefining Success. I’ll be getting 2 SIGNED hardcover copies before the release and I’m giving one away. If you want the other copy, go here>>http://www.amylafleche.com/redefining-success/<< put in your name and email in the form, and I’ll send you all the juicy details when the books arrive!!

Try to be a Rainbow…

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“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

 

In the worst of time, there is the possibility of seeing hope…

We can say “I can be a rainbow in the cloud for someone yet to be.”

That may be our calling.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,

people will forget what you did,

but people will never forget how you made them feel.

~ Dr. Maya Angelou

 

 

 

 

**I did not create this image. I don’t know who the Copyright belongs to.
If you can read the tiny writing on the spoon, or this belongs to you, please let me know so I can give you credit!! 🙂

The Silent Shift of the Big Scary Internet Machine

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Photo courtesy: http://www.dijitul.co.uk/advice/the-internet

Do businesses (because let’s not forget that’s what they are) like Facebook and Google have a responsibility to us, their users, to create a space of free flowing information?

Did you know that what you see on your social media feeds and search engine searches is being controlled by ROBOTS!?

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Ok, maybe not robots per say, but algorithms that are coded to identify and sort what you “want” to see. Is this a good thing? A bad thing? Is Big Brother watching?

If you got as far as this post, it means I wasn’t sorted out based on your interests – yay! Which means you’ll likely appreciate this video too.

This is one of the best Ted talks I’ve seen in awhile about the silent shift of the big scary Internet machine!!

How To Make Your Own Mic Flag

Ever since you were a little kid, you dreamed of having your very own mic flag… Well, guess what!? The wait is over!

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to do it yourself.

What You Need:
Cardboard
Pencil
Tea Light (or similar sized circular object)
Pink Exacto Knife
Ruler
Duct Tape
Black Permanent Marker
Logo Stickers (or your logo with some clear packing tape)
Wine (optional)

(This list would make MacGyver proud, no?)

STEP 1: Gather your shit together and take a deep breath.

 

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STEP 2: Measure out 13″-ish wide x 3″ tall and cut yourself out a piece of cardboard.

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STEP 3: Fold the cardboard into 3″ square and use the rest as a fold. Duct tape the fold on the inside. Now you have a square. Weeeeeeh!

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STEP 4: When you are done admiring your cardboard square, cutout two 3″ x 3″ squares from your cardboard and mark them with X to find the center. These will be the top and bottom of the mic flag. If you don’t want the bottom then just cut out one for the top.

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STEP 5: Find a circular object, like a tea light to mark a circle in the center of the ‘X’

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STEP 6: Cut the circle out. Try not to butcher the cardboard like I did.

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STEP 7: Attach the top with some duct tape and then wrap the whole thing up in duct tape. There is no such thing as too much.

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STEP 8: When you run out of duct tape. Stop. Then, cut the hole back out at the top (and bottom if you made one)

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STEP 9: Put your logo stickers on each side of the mic flag.. like so.

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STEP 10: If you’re super clever, this step can be avoided by just buying black duct tape. 😉 But if you’re like me, open a window and colour the silver tape black with a marker.

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STEP 11: Insert mic and, VOILÀ! You got yourself you’re very own mic flag!!

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Remembering Kevin

There’s something to be said about having a group of people believe in you. I was lucky enough to get to experience this in my college years at Loyalist. Among other things, the faculty of TV & New Media taught me how to believe in myself by believing in me. I’ve never felt so supported in my life as I did in those 3 years.

 

While exploring the French Quarter in New Orleans last week I got news that one of the faculty, Kevin Sansom, had passed. I was and am still devastated and shocked that he has left our planet. My friends and I quickly stopped into an old bar and had a drink in his memory – how Irish of us, (none of us are Irish but it seemed like the right thing to do).

 

A few days later, while on a cruise, I woke up at 530am unable to fall back to sleep. I walked up to the upper deck and spent some time alone with the ocean reflecting on everything that I learned from Kevin.

 

Kevin taught me a lot – about editing, graphics, and all things video but more importantly about life. I compiled 3 life lessons that Kevin shared with me and wanted to share them with you. I’m sure there’s more but these are the sticky ones that have stuck with me over the years.

 

Kevin’s Life Lesson #1 – Practice the Empathy Check
In my 3rd year at college, Kevin and Cathy Goddard worked on a movie that I was directing as my executive producers and staff advisors. I was not playing nice with some of the people that I was assigned to work with. I was frustrated that they weren’t meeting my expectations and was having difficulty with it. One day, Kevin and I were having a talk about it. I expected him to back me because of course I was right. That’s when he came at me with, “Amy, you’re lacking empathy.” What a brave man. 😉 That’s when I would have typically thrown a fit of some sort, but he said it in a way that got my guard (read: ego) down long enough for me to really hear the message.

 

We had a long talk about the importance of empathy that day that has stuck with me. Ever since, I’ve put into a place an “empathy check.” It’s pretty simple to do. I just check-in with myself every so often. “Am I being an asshole in this situation?” If yes, stop it. If no, carry on. As one of my mentors pointed out to me recently, “you lead people and you manage things” – not the other way around. What better life lesson is there than to have compassion and empathy for others?

 

Kevin’s Life Lesson #2 – Believe in Yourself
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I have never felt so supported as I did by the faculty in TV & New Media. They believed in me enough to the point where I finally started believing in myself – which was no small feat at the time. Kevin was one of those people and for that in itself I’m eternally grateful.

 

Kevin’s Life Lesson #3 – Forge Your Own Path
After my 2nd year internship, I knew that working at a TV station wasn’t going to be my gig. I wanted to do something different. I decided that I wanted to start my own business as a 3rd year internship project and got some friends on board with the idea. When I brought the idea to Kevin who was my staff advisor I thought I was going to have to fight him for it since it hadn’t been done yet. Instead, he sat down with me and talked about the pros and cons of business and then gave me a pep talk about forging my own path. When it went to the dean for approval, I knew whatever the outcome, Kevin had my back. Reading through all the messages left from other students, I can see that with everyone that crossed his path he always had their best interest at heart and was a supportive player in their worlds too.

 

Which brings me to this quote. I don’t know where I got this quote from, but I found it years ago and wrote it down on the back of an old photo of my grandfather. I carry it with me in all of my travels and when I heard about Kevin I immediately thought of it – I think it suits him perfectly.
“I expect to pass through this world but once.
Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now.
Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

 

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Kevin on the set of “So Far Gone” in 2005. 

 

Kevin, thank you for all of the lessons in life that you have shared with me and for being an amazing leader and person. This planet is not going to be the same without you.

Internet Killed the Video Star?

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Stats show that folks are moving away from the television and spending more and more time online. Does that mean video is dead? NO!! It’s just being consumed in a different way. Blockbuster didn’t go bust because people don’t want to watch video anymore, it went bust because the company did not evolve with the times.

Services like Netflix at $8/month are offering movies and tv shows online (granted they’re a little dated but it’s getting better). You can buy full seasons of shows and movies from iTunes for the cost of your morning coffee.

Then there’s the movie kiosks. I’m getting groceries and on my way out I can pay $2 and get a DVD rental? Why would I make a special trip to a store and pay 4x as much?

Sorry Blockbuster, it doesn’t make sense and when you don’t evolve with the times, you get crushed.

Lesson? All Businesses MUST evolve.. even the big giant ones.

Now let’s all take a moment and remember what was…

 

and when that moment is done let’s switch tabs and finish watching Arrested Development on Netflix.

RIP Blockbuster 🙁

 

 

I Beg You…

Some friends shared this quote with me not too long ago.. It’s come up several times since and so I wanted to share it here. I read it at least once a day.
Read it.
Learn it.
Live it.
Love it.

Isolated in Entrepreneurship


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I got a care package from home today, (and NO, I’m not TOO old to still be getting these).

Inside was a bunch of “cool” things – coffee, books, a quilt, … and a magazine opened up to a page that read “Rise to the Top.”

Over the past little while, especially in recent weeks, I’ve been talking to other Entrepreneurs and I’m shocked at how many of us feel isolated. The road of Entrepreneurship can be a lonely one. It’s one that you only really understand when you’re on it.

– Why do you work so much?

– Why don’t you just get a job?

– Wouldn’t you rather have a regular pay check?

The pressure can be overwhelming sometimes…

That’s why when this care package came in today and I opened it up to this magazine I felt instant relief. My Dad is an Entrepreneur just like me (or I guess I’m one like him), and he gets it.

He’ll clip newspapers and magazine articles about business and new ideas and mail them to me. It worries me a little that he is now on Facebook and has become more internet savvy. Please don’t tell him that you can probably find these articles online. 😉 My point is that every time I get one of these clippings I don’t feel so crazy. Or at least, I dont’ feel alone in my craziness. I’m also reminded how important it is as an Entrepreneur to surround yourself with like-minded people.

Thanks Dad!

I would love to know who inspires you to keep going. Please post to comments.

And if you’re looking for community I have built pages for Entrepreneurs for this purpose:

Entrepreneurs of Canada
Entrepreneurs of Alberta

(it’s okay if you’re not in Alberta or Canada, all Entrepreneurs are welcome)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Secrets of the ‘Novelty Testicle Hitch’ Uncovered

Meg & Amy go on an adventure to get iced coffee and look for inspiration for their first video blog.

They find it in an unlikely object, and so we present to you..

Secrets of the ‘Novelty Testicle Hitch’ Uncovered

There’s some brilliance in here… somewhere. You may just have to look really hard.