When Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper sang the Oscar-nominated, original song Shallow at the Oscars last night, it was arguably the highlight of the evening. It went on to win the coveted award and in her acceptance speech, Lady Gaga (whose stage name was created after the Queen song Radio Ga Ga which is a funny twist of fate as the movie Bohemian Rhapsody was also up for multiple awards last night) said, “This is hard work. I’ve worked hard for a long time. It’s not about winning — what it’s about is not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it. There’s a discipline for passion, and it’s not about how many times you get rejected or you fall down or get beaten up. It’s about how many times you stand up and are brave and keep going.” Continue reading
Two people who made a big impression on me celebrated their birthdays today. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was born 144 years ago on November 30th, 1874. The author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, was born on the same day in 1835, 183 years ago. Continue reading
This is the way it’s done. This is the way society says it should happen.
It starts when we’re young. Choose these courses. Take this degree. Start this job. Buy this property.
And then one day we realize that we weren’t really sure about any of those decisions and we’re not truly happy, but we’re stuck. With bills and commitments and things we started that we feel we need to finish. Continue reading
Forty-seven years ago, on October 1, 1971, Disney World opened in Orlando.
Walt Disney was turned down over 300 times for financing when he was trying to build Walt Disney World. But he was used to rejection. Continue reading
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 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
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
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
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
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