Category Archives: Philosophy

Growing up Entrepreneur; finding inspiration

Inspirations come in many forms. Inspiration has no sense of “time”, or timing. Sometimes it comes when you need it most and other times you search so hard for it that you exhaust yourself looking.

Finding a quick muse in my generation is as easy as the click of a mouse and 4:41 seconds later…goose bumps.

What inspires you? How do you find those inspirations?

The outlook that I take on “Finding Inspiration” is not one of chance. I SEEK Inspiration. I NEED to.

As a consultant, you need to carry the tone of the training group; there simply isn’t the time to waste being a “sad case” in front of an engaged group.

As a leader, you can show vulnerability, but your purpose can never shift, or your team with shift with it.

As a presenter, you are the ARCHITECT of INSPIRATION, and need to have it present or RISK losing your listeners.

Don’t leave Inspiration to random discovery, in a world as inspiring as ours, you can find it everywhere.

Create a folder in your “Bookmarks” called “INSPIRE ME” and save the favourites. Spend 1 morning a month doing nothing but researching what inspires you and adding to the folder.

Inspire me

Always be open to inspiration.

Never think ANY inspiration is too small.

Get to doing!

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Growing up Entrepreneur; an anthology in the making

Being an Entrepreneur is all that I have ever known. When I tell my “story”, I start with “I may have never had a J-O-B in my entire life”.

Maybe a little untrue, I worked for A&W as a teenager 🙂 The total truth, and the point I am looking to get across to the readers of this anthology is simple.

Entrepreneurship is a way of life, better yet, a way of living, and you can be an entrepreneur even if you don’t own the company you work for.

But to say that I “grew up as an Entrepreneur” is an understatement, it is just who I am, and the only way I have lived my life.

I chose my industry early, “Hospitality”, which encompasses bars, restaurants, hotels, distilled spirits and nearly everything you spend your leisure doing. I live in the service of others, and won’t change that till I die.

Here is what Wikipedia.org has to say about the “Entrepreneur”.

Here is my version;

An entrepreneur is one who organizes and manages any form of business, usually with much initiative and risk. Entrepreneurs engage in productive labour and show “hyper-organization” of personal and professional tasks.

In this anthology, I intend on providing a thorough and transparent look at the life of someone who “Grew Up Entrepreneur” in the most hospitable industry in the world. A geek in bartender’s glasses, with more education than sense.

Weekly you can take part in my anthology, learn from my mistakes and learn from the observations. Although I may reach into the “philosophy” of Entrepreneurship as much as the practical side, I am confident that you can find something from this series that will prevent your own costly mistakes.

Here is to hoping, now let’s get to doing.

Entrepreneur

International Days and a question about what makes them special…

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Today is International Women’s Day, and it got me to thinking. How many “days” are actually “International”?……. As it turns out……a lot….

Nevermind all the fake Facebook ones or the cheesy menial “national” or “regional” days, let’s just talk “INTERNATIONAL”……(so snobby, I know)

Here is March alone; (according to the UN website)

MARCH
8 March International Women’s Day
20 March International Day of Happiness A/RES/66/281
21 March International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination A/RES/2142 (XXI)
21 March World Poetry Day [UNESCO]
21 March International Day of Nowruz A/RES/64/253
21 March World Down Syndrome Day A/RES/66/149
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21 March International Day of Forests and the Tree A/RES/67/200
22 March World Water Day A/RES/47/193
23 March World Meteorological Day  [WMO] WMO/EC-XII/Res.6
24 March World Tuberculosis Day [WHO] WMO/EC-XII/Res.6
24 March International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims A/RES/65/196
25 March International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade A/RES/62/122
25 March International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members

Don’t get my tone wrong, I have 3 mothers a girlfriend and nothing but close female friends, BUT, WHY THE HELL DO I NEED AN INTERNATIONAL DAY to be more “AWARE” of them? Or even “CELEBRATE” them? I tell almost all of them about my love and admiration every other day of the year and it seems to go over just fine…

I’m a lover of POETRY, but you won’t see me at Times Square chanting out sonnets on the 21st of March, ANY more likely than I am going to treat today “special”.

I guess this is a simple rant about;

  • Not needing Valentines to tell someone I love them.
  • Loathing that a UN sanctioned “day” gains more attention than most current GLOBAL issues or UN problems.
  • Asking “WHY?” people LOVE “International” or “Global” days but do little to raise a finger to CHANGE local problems….

I guess I just wonder why we need the “OCEAN” of GLOBAL or INTERNATIONAL to mobilize, when the “POND” of  LOCAL or REGIONAL is massive enough.

Does “Globalization” mean “anti-Localism”? 

How do you celebrate “International” days vs. “Local” ones? What makes an “International” day more sensitive than a “Local” one?

Get to doing! (Done is better than perfect)