Siobhan Kukolic

Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

Tag: Failure

Creativity, Inc.

I am currently reading Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull, the president of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation.  So interesting.

He always wanted to make the first animated movie.  And although he loved drawing as a young person, there weren’t really any courses he could take in that field so he took physics.  He went on to help create the first computer animation applications and one day he was summoned to an interview with a guy who was interested in special effects named George Lucas.  This was post the first Star Wars so it was a big deal.  The first question Lucas asked Catmull was who else he should be interviewing for this job.  And without hesitation Catmull rhymed off a list of others who were also leaders in the field. Continue reading

One year ago today

One year ago today I was told that my book was live and available at Indigo and Amazon.  I grabbed a copy, ran outside and got my son to take my picture.  Then I shared my story and never looked back.  What a whirlwind year.  I’ve done book signings, spoken to students and executives, and been honoured each time someone decided to purchase a copy of The Treasure You Seek. Continue reading

Henry Ford

On June 4th, 1896, one hundred and twenty-two years ago, Henry Ford drove his first automobile through the streets of Detroit.  It was basically a carriage with no horse powered by gasoline.  It had no brakes and just two speeds, but it was the start of a game-changing journey. Continue reading

Women who lead

Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking to 80 team members at a corporate lunch and learn about women who lead.  I shared my publishing goal of one hundred rejections and all the lessons about success, failure, grit and resilience I learned along the way.  I spoke about famous failures and regular folks who never gave up. Continue reading

Almost made the decision to quit

In 2016, quarterback Nick Foles almost made the decision to quit the NFL.  He had just been released from his contract.  But he decided to stay and this season, ended up as back-up quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.  The first NFL team he played for when he was initially drafted.

That all changed when his team’s starting quarterback tore his ACL in December.  Nick Foles was pulled into the spotlight and he made the most of it.  Helping his team make it to the Super Bowl as the underdog and then bringing home the top prize. Continue reading

The human that he was

As I sat watching the Darkest Hour in a theatre on Winston Churchill Boulevard, it was not lost on me.  The larger than life British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, played brilliantly by Gary Oldman, was portrayed as the human that he was.  Which made the story all the more touching. Continue reading

The darkest hour

This week the movie Darkest Hour will be released.  It tells the tale of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in World War II having to decide whether to make peace with Hitler or fight on.  So much of Europe had already fallen to the Nazis and Britain almost lost everything at Dunkirk when regular folks in personal boats had to help bring the British soldiers home to fight against the German attack. Continue reading

Owning our story

Author Brené Brown said, “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” Continue reading

The Yellow Pages

For those of us who grew up using a rotary phone with a long curly cord and no Google, the Yellow Pages was the go-to book to find friends, order pizza and look up the number for a plumber.

Did you know that in 1883 when a printer was putting together the regular phone book as usual, he ran out of white paper so he used yellow?  And a few years later the Yellow Pages was born. Continue reading

The Treasure You Seek

This was a very exciting week.  As some of you know, I decided to publish a book in the year 2000 and made a goal of 100 rejection letters because Dr. Seuss got 43 for his first story.  To date I am at 32 rejections for various manuscripts.  Then on January 1, 2016 I started a weekly blog which gave me a reason to write consistently and I turned the first year of that blog into a book entitled The Treasure You Seek.   Continue reading

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