IN-Spiration: Examining Life and How You Can Start to Thrive

It’s almost been a month on this blog! Can you believe it? Throughout our first month, we have explored how failing can lead to greater success, the power of giving back, and how creativity can revitalize your work environment. Now, we want to focus on the most important part of being an influencer: YOU!

To kick off the week, we are getting IN-Spired to self-reflect with Socrates.

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” 
― Socrates

What does it mean to examine life? Is looking at which habits work and don’t work in your life? Could it be meditating on your place in the universe? Perhaps it’s cleaning up your social media page?

This quote brings up hundreds of questions. However, the core of Socrates’s statement is simple. If you don’t reflect on your life then it’s all for nothing.

Millions of people around the world work hard to survive, to earn just enough to build a safe life. They don’t dare to fail. There’s no jumping outside the box. It’s just existence.

That’s not living.

Life is meant to be explored and understood. If we didn’t reflect on why we were here or how we can make the world better then what is the point of humanity? What’s the point of consciousness?

Okay, that got very deep. Most people are not philosophers. The same, though, can be applied to everyday life. Examine why you want the new job or if the person you’re with actually makes you happy. If you don’t take the time to ask yourself these questions, then you might not be living your life to the fullest. You’re just existing.

Don’t exist. Live. Thive. Examine Life.

Now, it’s time to examine Socrates’s words for yourself. What do you think? How does examining life effect your life? Let us know in our comments below or on our Facebook page.

What is “In-spiration?” In addition to creating custom content for entrepreneurs, Write Mind Media LLC is dedicated to helping business professionals create inspiring brands.  We help them to become better business professionals and human beings through inspirational quotes, an in-depth look at how these ideas can help you in business, and developing weekly challenges to push our readers to do better.

IN-Spiration Challenge: Get Creative and Keep Moving Forward

Due to my negligence, there was not an IN-Spiration yesterday or today. So I am mixing it up and incorporating that IN-Spiration into this week’s challenge and, if you’ve been paying attention to my posts you probably know what the

 

focus is going to be on.

Disney! More notably, the creativity that inspired generations of artists, storytellers, and fans to unleash their inner child.

 

Your challenge this week is…GET CREATIVE!

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” -Walt Disney

The beauty of creativity is that you can basically do anything. The Disney company is proof of that, being the first to produce a feature length animated film (“Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”) and ushering in a world-wide entertainment empire.

 

Being creative and fostering that idea within your company can help your business achieve the impossible and create something worth while.

Before you can do the impossible though, you must believe you can.

“When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.” – Walt Disney

Even if you fail, the power of belief can help drive you towards an innovation that you could never imagine. So, get creative. Make something. Dance and sing like know is watching. Think outside of the box. No matter how impossible being creative might seem, you need to keep moving forward like Walt Disney always did.

John Lasseter continued to move forward despite business failures and being fired from Disney animation.

“Keep moving forward.” – Walt Disney

Our In-spiration Challenges are meant to push the limits of our followers so they can inspire themselves as entrepreneurs and human beings.

What is “In-spiration?” In addition to creating custom content for entrepreneurs, Write Mind Media LLC is dedicated to helping business professionals create inspiring brands.  We help them to become better business professionals and human beings through inspirational quotes, an in-depth look at how these ideas can help you in business, and developing weekly challenges to push our readers to do better.

Inspired Brands: How Disney Has Stayed Magical

The statue of Roy Disney and Minnie Mouse at the front of Disney World. Roy was Walt’s brother and business partner.

In honor of our Pixar post from Monday and the D23 Expo* this weekend, we have decided to highlight the Disney brand rather than a trend.

If you don’t already know, the Walt Disney company has been able to ride the waves of pop culture since its creation in 1923. All the while, they have served as a symbol of childhood wonder and entertainment’s innovation.

The question we’re asking tonight, though, is…how do they do it

Know Your Brand

The fact of the matter is that you KNOW when you’re faced with a Disney product. Disney is a master at knowing its brand and how they can use it to expand it further. Is it always successful? Not necessarily when it comes to some lackluster sequels or the revamp of “Journey into Imagination.” However, it is always high quality and filled with little details that mystify fans. Not to mention, everywhere you look there is a popular Disney character saying hi.

Speaking of Quality

Disney is notorious for its quality. Their parks are some of the best in the world with “cast members” trained to constantly make guests feel welcomed and magical (like asking little “princesses” for their autographs). A Disney vacation, while expensive, is practically guaranteed to feel luxurious and magical.

The pin kiosk in Epcot is where Disney pin collectors from around the world come to trade.

Variety is Key

Disney has everything: movies, theme parks, stores, books, CDs, stage shows, cruises, toys, STAR WARS! Pretty sure the only thing the company doesn’t have yet is an airline. Disney is not afraid to diversify their portfolio. While this doesn’t always work for small businesses, it is an example of protecting the brand. Starting a website? Invest in similar domains to avoid copycats. Creating a film franchise? Make sure no one questions that it is yours.

With the 95th Anniversary just around the corner and Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary not far behind, it’s no secret that Disney is about to make a lot of noise in a big way. They already have Avatar Land attracting more guests to the Animal Kingdom. Star Wars Land will have a huge impact on attendance, especially with more films planned for the franchise. However, only time will tell what else Disney has up its sleeve.

 

*The D23 Expo is basically Comic-Con for Disney. It happens every two years and is when the company announces major additions to the parks (Avatar, Star Wars, Toy Story Land), movies (MCU, latest Pixar, and live-action films), and more.

IN-Spiration: Discover Your Passion’s Perfect Balance

Today, we focus on what drives artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs alike is passion.

“Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.” – Yo-Yo Ma

Is is passion has been what gives inspiration and energy to visionaries throughout history. It creates a need to innovate and inspire others. It seeps into the very fiber of our creations, gives them life.

We are a society caught between two generations that view passion differently. One views it as dangerous, something that should be kept behind closed doors for the sake of status quo. Another views it as a way to help expand the world, make it better through music, art, and advocacy. These are the people that see risk as an opportunity rather than a hazard.

However, passion is like anything in life. There is a reason it is related to a fire. When harnessed and controlled, it can keep us warm and cook food. If you let it out of control, it will burn and destroy. Too regulated and it will suffocate and snuffs out in a puff of smoke.

The key is to learn what YOUR balance is. What is that magic spot between smoke and wildfire for you to thrive on your passion? Are you taking too many risks or not enough?

Now, is the time to unleash your passion, to begin to understand that limit. Once you achieve that, you may start to realize how far you can soar.

What do you think? What is your passion? Do you know how to balance it for future success? We want to hear about your passion and how you can make it work for you! Let us know in the comments below!

What is “In-spiration?” In addition to creating custom content for entrepreneurs, Write Mind Media LLC is dedicated to helping business professionals create inspiring brands.  We help them to become better business professionals and human beings through inspirational quotes, an in-depth look at how these ideas can help you in business, and developing weekly challenges to push our readers to do better.

IN-spiration: One Word of Truth

Today’s IN-spiration comes from the Russian Writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn and is a quote that I have held dear since high school.

“One Word of Truth Will Outweigh the Whole World” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn

When I first read this quote, it made perfect sense to me while confusing so many others. It is the belief that the right word in the perfect place can change the world.

Since their creation, words have always had power over humanity. They have freed entire countries from tyranny and condemned criminals to death. Words can give hope or cause despair. All you need is to know how to use them.

As entrepreneurs, words can help convey a certain image to your audience. Perhaps, they can be used to help energize your team towards success.

The key to creating powerful words to influence your audience is to be sure there is truth behind them. You can use your words to lie and manipulate, but eventually, it will only lead to despair and mistrust. If you incorporate your truth into your company’s content, audiences will feel closer to you as a person. It gives your service, product, or story a face to trust.

Look at Solzhenitsyn. A Russian writer during the reign of the Soviet Union, Solzhenitsyn was an outspoken critic and wrote personal accounts of the mistreatment his people faced. It was his truths that helped bring to life the experience of Soviet prison camps so those responsible were seen for what they were.

Now, I’m not saying that your marketing campaign must defy regimes and change history. However, they do need to make an impact. Every word must count. After all, one word wasted can always tip the scales from your favor.

 

What do you think? Can words really have such an impact in the world of viral videos and Snapchat? Is there a way that your words aren’t being used to their fullest potential? Let us know in the comments below!

What is “In-spiration?” In addition to creating custom content for entrepreneurs, Write Mind Media LLC is dedicated to helping business professionals create inspiring brands.  We help them to become better business professionals and human beings through inspirational quotes, an in-depth look at how these ideas can help you in business, and developing weekly challenges to push our readers to do better.

Influence Through Creativity

Artists are more powerful than anyone could imagine. While many believe that schools should focus on technology and science, the arts have been increasingly overlooked. It’s unfortunate, especially considering how much influence art has on the way our culture thinks.

After all, the pen has always been mightier than the sword for a reason.

Courtesy of Kaboompics

Why Are People Afraid of Artists?

Humanity has seen millions of weapons from the spear to the machine gun. When we started using atomic bombs, humanity thought they perfected weaponry. However, what most people don’t realize is that weapons were perfected a long time before. They are pens, paint, and paper.

Tyrants have always been afraid of artists. It doesn’t matter where they publish their art, in a gallery or a newspaper. The influence their creations have to speak for themselves. Michelangelo’s art and sciences have made him a master of Renaissance thinking. Elie Wiesel wrote his account of the Holocaust and making every reader a witness to Hitler’s atrocities. Political cartoons and satire news reflect the incompetence of politicians throughout history.

Tyrants know this. It’s why propaganda has become a powerful tool for every dictator in history. It’s also why they push out any other voices that want to create something different.

Courtesy of Kaboompics

The Power of the Modern Artist

Artists and the businesses that employ them serve as powerful influencers over the way we think about the world around us. They influence our opinions, make us think in a different perspective.

This has never been truer than today. There are a plethora of ways for an artist to spread their messages: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, online stores, Netflix. You name it, artists have probably found a way to use it.

How YOU Can Have the Power

While it has never been easier for artists to promote their personal work, it is also easier to find talented artists to hire and create personalized art for your business. It could be a commercial, a poster, or a blog post. This power of creativity has the ability of not only growing your brand but also help change your customer’s image of the world.

 

 

 

IN-Spiration: How Fun Can Foster Creativity in the Work Place

In honor of our motivational Monday with John Lasseter, tonight we are using one of his quotes for our IN-Spiration.

“People want to be creatively satisfied, and having fun is such an important part of that.”

-John Lasseter

Becoming an influencer means thinking creatively, working hard, and doing what you love. However, what happens when that passion becomes work?

Disney and Pixar remind people around the world of the simple joy of childhood. That sense of fun and wonder is what captures the audience’s imagination. By the end of each movie, it’s what hits the heart. It becomes a happy childhood memory even for adults. They will always associate that feeling when looking at a poster for yet another “Toy Story” movie.  It keeps them coming back.

How do you capture the feeling?

If you were to walk into Pixar headquarters, you would see every office individually decorates and Lego figures of characters in the lobby. Even companies such as Google mix whimsy with business for their employees. Why?

Because it makes their employees feel good and attracts the best up-and-comers too. Everyone wants to feel happy. They don’t want to think of work as “work.” Who wouldn’t want to see a Lego Woody on their way into work? (No, seriously, who wouldn’t?) This builds loyalty because people WANT to work with you. That loyalty creates connections, which brings more happy people to support you.

That energy captured by your staff will transfer into your product or service. It becomes fun and welcoming. People WANT to feel that. They want to feel like they are part of that creative process with you even if it’s just absorbing the story on the screen. They become creatively invested.

So, what are you waiting for? Have fun! Get creative! See where that energy can lead your audience, your team, and YOU during your next endeavor.

What do you think? How important is creating a “fun” and happy atmosphere in the workplace when creating a major product? Let us know in the comments below!

What is “In-spiration?” In addition to creating custom content for entrepreneurs, Write Mind Media LLC is dedicated to helping business professionals create inspiring brands.  We help them to become better business professionals and human beings through inspirational quotes, an in-depth look at how these ideas can help you in business, and developing weekly challenges to push our readers to do better.

Motivational Monday: John Lasseter and the $7 Billion “No”

I LOVE Disney. Since its inception in 1923, the Walt Disney Company has prided itself on being the forefront of entertainment. However, as much as I love Disney, I will admit that there have been moments when it made mistakes that would set the company back as an innovator. My favorite mistake centers around Pixar and its founder John Lasseter.

I call it the $7.4 billion no.

Early Career

Photo courtesy of IMDB.com

John Lasseter used to be a Disney animator, living his dream job. In fact, some of his early career projects include “The Fox and the Hound” (1981), “The Black Cauldron” (1985), and “The Brave Little Toaster” (1987). Lasseter first introduced the idea of using computer animation in Disney movies while he was still an animator for the company. Unfortunately, Disney Animation shut the idea down. Using computer software for the arts was still a very new concept, brought on the crest of the computer wave that was hitting the world through Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

Lasseter persisted, but his persistence and the deep dive of revenue for Disney Animation force Lasseter out of Disney animation and over to Lucas films. The company had revolutionized the use of computer special effects. Not long after though, George Lucas’s divorce and several box office bombs pushed Lucas to sell the division to no other than Steve Jobs.

Pixar Animation

Pixar worked mainly with Image Computers when Jobs first reimagined it. The computers did not sell well. John Lasseter, making short demos with the computers, saw this as a chance. He took his demo character, the now famous Luxo Jr., to a large computer conference. The Pixar Animation Company was born with great success.

While the computer sales continued to decline, the animation department continued to thrive. Eventually, it caught the eye of Disney Animation. In 1991, the two companies made a $23 million deal to produce three computer-animated features with Pixar. The first was a little movie known as “Toy Story.”

The Success

Disney and Pixar would continue to grow their relationship, many times butting heads over creative control. In 2006, though a deal was struck. Disney became the majority shareholder of Pixar for $7.4 billion, catapulting Steve Jobs to the largest shareholder on Disney’s board of directors (7%) and promoting John Lasseter to CCO of Pixar and Disney Animation.

To this day, Pixar has not had a movie that didn’t premiere number 1 their opening weekend. Lasseter revolutionized animation, much like Walt Disney did in the 20’s with “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.” It is his persistence and innovation that ensured Lasseter’s success. He continued to persevere despite the constant failure and disappoint in his early career. This makes him a master “influencer.”

And, to think, Disney could have saved billions if they had just said “yes” when Lasseter was still a young animator.

 

IN-Spiration Challenge: Let’s Change the World

This week was a short week. Our blog didn’t have as many posts. People had days off. However, that doesn’t mean it lacks impact. There were three IN-Spirations this week from three extremely inspiring individuals.

  • Elie Wiesel taught us to “Think higher, feel deeper” and listen to those who have a story to tell.
  • Elon Musk showed us that it’s not enough to just create something that fixes a problem. To be an icon, you must also find a way to inspire others.
  • Malala Yousafzai proved that no matter how small you think you are, you can change the world.

These topics were chosen with extreme care leading up to today’s IN-Spiration challenge.

This week’s challenge is:

Change the World!

I don’t mean you should create an Earth shattering peace agreement unlike any other at the G20 Summit. Although, if you do, that’s fantastic. What I am talking about is changing the world one small, good deed at a time.

  • Help a friend with a project.
  • Walk a little old lady across the street.
  • Volunteer at a homeless shelter.
  • Donate old clothes you don’t need.
  • Play with puppies and yes, that is a legitimate volunteer opportunity.

Taking a moment to get out of your head. Breaking away from the stress of work and life will help you see the world from a new perspective. It changes the way you think and react to your community. Allow it to inspire how your company can go from being another cog in the industrial machine into an inspirational influence.

Our In-spiration Challenges are meant to push the limits of our followers so they can inspire themselves as entrepreneurs and human beings.

What is “In-spiration?” In addition to creating custom content for entrepreneurs, Write Mind Media LLC is dedicated to helping business professionals create inspiring brands.  We help them to become better business professionals and human beings through inspirational quotes, an in-depth look at how these ideas can help you in business, and developing weekly challenges to push our readers to do better.

 

 

IN-Spiration: Small Ideas Can Have Change the World

What can change the world? This is what we’re asking for today’s IN-Spiration.

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai

What does it take to change the world? An icon? An army? A piece of paper? For Malala Yousafzai, it was a blog that she wrote for the BBC.  It expanded her message of education from a little town in Afghanistan to the world stage. Then, when she got shot point-blank the Taliban, that message took on a whole new weight.

Malala was proof that anyone can change the world no matter their age, gender, or where they grew up. She’s the youngest Noble Peace Prize winner in history and inspires thousands of girls around the world to get an education no matter the consequences. She hopes to convince others that a book, a teacher, and a child thirsty for knowledge can help change the way the world works.

You might have an idea that led you to start your company or invent your product. However, you doubt that it will make a major impact. Look at this inspiration as a sign that it’s not. Your small piece of history can have a lasting impact whether it’s just in one person’s life or the entire world. Are you ready to change the world?

Now, what do you think? How can your brand inspire the world? Let us know in our comments below or message us on Facebook TODAY!

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What is “In-spiration?” In addition to creating custom content for entrepreneurs, Write Mind Media LLC is dedicated to helping business professionals create inspiring brands.  We help them to become better business professionals and human beings through inspirational quotes, an in-depth look at how these ideas can help you in business, and developing weekly challenges to push our readers to do better.