IN-Spiration Challenge: Wear Confidence on Your Sleeve

Confidence is everything. Any person can have a good idea or say something inspiring, but no one will hear it if there’s no confidence behind it. People would simply ask, “WHY should I listen to this guy?”

Right now, you might be thinking, “But I am confident. Why am I still not getting people to listen?” Unfortunately, the answer could be what you are wearing.

Confidence is a lot more than just what you say and how you say it. The truth is that we live in an extraordinarily visual society. Style is how you show your confidence.

Think about it for a moment. Think about everything in your closet. Now, pick out an outfit that makes you feel more confident. What makes you feel comfortable? Are they the same piece of clothing? More than likely, they are not. When we think of the comfiest piece of clothing in our wardrobe, we probably think of our favorite pair of sweatpants and an old t-shirt. Not something you’d wear to pitch meeting. Instead, you’d want to feel sharp in a nice suit or a classy dress. Right?

Every day, when I walk to my closet, I think, “What outfit will give me confidence today?” Even if I’m only wearing it to get coffee and write, I put that effort in to elevate my own confidence. That is why I am challenging you to do the same.

Starting tomorrow, I’m challenging you to walk to your closet and “put on” your confidence for the day. First, put on something that you would wear every day and take a picture. Think about how you feel and how you are standing when you are wearing that outfit. Then, find an outfit that brings you confidence.

You know those shoes you have in the back of your closet that made you feel powerful, but you wanted to save for a “special occasion?” Make today a special occasion. Want to wear jeans? Elevate them with a nice top and add a stylish accessory.

Once you find that confident outfit, take a picture and print it out next to the photo of your “comfortable” outfit. Do this every day so, at the end of the week, you can see and feel the physical difference in your confidence. Let that be your reminder the next time you want to dress in leggings in a large t-shirt to work because you felt lazy that day.

Check out the gallery below for some of my go-to confident booster outfits.

In-Spiration Challenge: Learning to Inspire Yourself

To start with, this post is a little late and we would like to apologize for that. Now that we are a month into the Write Mind Media brand, we are experimenting with the order of our usual posts to make a greater impact on our readers. Once we have a set schedule, we will post it here.

Now, for our challenge, which we are going to try on Mondays for now to inspire the rest of the week.

Our challenge this week is…. Be Your Own Inspiration.

We’re challenging you to be your own inspiration because if you cannot inspire yourself, you will never be able to inspire others. This could be through your own quotes and writings or look back on your own experiences. Look back on your life. What did you do that shook you to your core and shaped you into what you are today? Did you fail, but were persistent enough to get back up and follow your beaten path?

By reflecting on your own life you can find pearls of inspiration that can touch the lives of your audience just as they affected your life. We are daring you to take that into your own hands. Own it. Take pride in it. See these moments for the inspiring pieces of the story they are and allow it to shake the world.

So, write your own inspirational quote. Write a short memoir even if you are the only one reading it. Inspire yourself. You may be surprised by how much it will energize you to succeed in the future.

Then share them with us. Write Mind Media is always looking for inspiring quotes and stories to feature on our blog. We look forward to hearing from you.

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.

Motivational Monday: Channeling the Light of Maya Angelou

Today’s motivation comes from the life of a favorite poet of mine: Maya Angelou.

About Angelou’s Life

While she is known for her book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” she was also known as a singer, actor, director, and civil rights advocate. In fact, she was a good friend to civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr.

Most importantly, she was a spiritual leader to many through her words and no-nonsense attitude. She forbade curse words in her home due to the power the words could have. Leaders of peace like Nelson Mandela and President Barack Obama called her a friend. She was truly a “phenomenal woman” as she described in her popular poem.

Photo Courtesy of Maya Angelou’s Facebook Page

Angelou had a difficult childhood, having been sexually assaulted at the age of eight and being mute for several years after the incident. Even then, she knew that her words held the power to change the world. Eventually, she would pen the story for “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”  The memoir would be what took her from a famous entertainer and activist to a global icon.

What We Can Learn From Maya Angelou

This week, we are focusing on becoming your own inspiration, to use your life as an example of perseverance and success. There are very few people that personify this ideal than Maya Angelou who faced adversity from so many fronts throughout her life as an African American woman.

Even though she has passed on, I doubt that her words will ever be forgotten. They are not unlike the words of Elie Wiesel, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, or Malala Yousafzai. They serve as a testament to a life lived. She learned from her experience, reflected on it, and allowed those lessons to make her a better human being.

As an entrepreneur and as an influencer, you must learn from your own life experiences. What would make your life easier? Think of what inspires you, makes you happy or sad. If YOU don’t ask the questions…someone else will and they will be the ones that inspire the world.

So, follow Maya Angelou’s advice.  “Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” Find your light so you may inspire others to do the same.

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: Create An Inspired Brand

Today’s post goes out to the visionary behind the revolutionary car company, Tesla: Elon Musk

“I think life on Earth must be about more than just solving problems… It’s got to be something inspiring, even if it is vicarious.” – Elon Musk

What inspired you to take the leap and start your business? Was it something that you are passionate about? Or did you identify a niche market that needed to be represented? Perhaps you created something that could solve problems.

Whatever the reason, it’s not enough that it solved a problem or filled a hole. If you want to make an impression on your audience, you must inspire. You can inspire through design and through your ingenuity.

Look at Elon Musk’s Tesla. Not only did it satisfy a niche group of environmentally conscious millennials and upper crust environment supporters, but it did it with sophisticated style both inside and out. Now, look at other famous brands. Windows inspired generations with its ability to give everyone knowledge at their fingertips, changing the world forever. Wonder Woman inspired girls to be superheroes.

Even the United States of America when it was first conceived marketed itself on the ideal image of a country where every person can have the freedom to make their own destiny without being hampered by societal tyranny. Why do you think so many people still immigrate to the United States to pursue the American Dream? It’s because that is how we advertised ourselves

So, turn your company into the new Tesla or American Dream. Create something that will not only make life easier but create an inspired life for your audience.

 

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.

IN-Spiration: Remembering the Legacy of Elie Wiesel

My last class with Elie Wiesel.

If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, then you might have seen our post about Dr. Elie Wiesel on Sunday, which is also our In-spiration quote of the day today.

   “Think Higher, Feel Deeper”

The reason this is one of my favorite quotes of all time is that it encourages humanity to learn and that, in learning, we may become better human beings.

This is a concept that I hold near and dear to my heart. I have always believed that in education, learning about different cultures and ideas, we might become closer to each other as human beings.  We may understand each other and not see one another as different creatures but as the species.

Elie Wiesel dedicated his life to education both as a teacher and a student. He never felt like he had learned enough, understood enough about humanity and the world we call home. Up until his death last year, he was constantly trying to expand his mind.

This is a lesson that I hold close to my heart especially after taking his course at Eckerd College twice. Hearing his words and soaking in his presence was inspiring.

Which brings me to the second quote.

Yes, I said SECOND! You get two today!

               “We are all witnesses.”

We are each a witness to each other’s stories. Everyone wants to feel as if their story will not only be heard but that it will also be remembered. It is Memory that ensures our influence on the future and is proof that our life was impactful.

Elie Wiesel made it his life’s mission to serve as a witness for the people who suffered and lost their lives in the Holocaust through his book “Night.” We are each a witness to the suffering around the world.

 

That is why learning how to tell your story, your business’s story, and acknowledging the story of your audience is imperative. If we intend to leave a mark, we must first recognize the mark that every person has on our Earth.

Now, what do you think? What does this quote inspire in you and how can you apply it to your business endeavors?

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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.