This week we feature Luba Rusyn, Owner, Red Squirrel Productions Ltd. To get the most from The Invisible Mentor Interview, while you are reading it, answer the following questions:
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Invisible Mentor: Luba Rusyn, Owner
Company Name: Red Squirrel Productions Ltd
Avil Beckford: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
Luba Rusyn: I’m an expert collector. For the past 30 year, I’ve been collecting resources – educational, financial and spiritual. What I provide my clients with is a needs assessment for them in the business community. Entrepreneurs with zero to $10 million in revenues have been my general clients, and after I do my needs assessment I stick my hand into my collection, and support them in any area that they need, to help them increase their productivity in their business. I’ve been an entrepreneur for 30 years.
Avil Beckford: How do you integrate your personal and professional life?
Luba Rusyn: I’ve been traveling a lot, so what I do, as this interview while I’m driving to our event and I keep in contact with my friends and family by email, Skype and phone. I have a daytimer and I schedule, I guess the integration part is that I schedule every personal or business appointment and I dovetail them in there.
Avil Beckford: When you have some down time, how do you spend it?
Luba Rusyn: I enjoy quiet time and I make sure that I have some quiet time to myself to reflect as well go into nature, whether that is my backyard or to the ocean. I reflect and always read.
Avil Beckford: What process do you use to generate great ideas?
Luba Rusyn: Go inside and reflect and record the ideas. After I’ve had that time for reflection, I mind map. I record whatever pops into my mind, and then I do brainstorming through a Master Mind group.
Avil Beckford: What’s your favourite quotation and why?
Luba Rusyn: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow, and learn as if you were to live forever,” Mahatma Gandhi.
Avil Beckford: How do you define success? And in your opinion what’s the formula for success?
Luba Rusyn: I define success as accomplishments. Simply, whatever it is one chooses to do, doing it to the best of your ability. The formula for success is perseverance, correct, and continue. State your goals, persevere and as things come up, correct and continue as required.
Avil Beckford: What are the steps you took to succeed in your field?
Luba Rusyn: I defined an actual goal, created the action steps required to accomplish it, broke it down into detail, and then I persevered through each of those steps. And when I found out that the original results I thought it would be were different, I would course correct and continue because sometimes variables change.
Avil Beckford: What advice do you have for someone just starting out in your field?
Luba Rusyn: Make sure that you’re educating yourself on the area you want to go into whether it’s reading or watching the mentors in the industry that you want to go into. Learn from other people’s mistakes and get ideas from different people in the same industry because everyone has different perspectives. Look at that and see how it fits in with what you want to do.
Avil Beckford: If trusted friends could introduce you to five people that you’ve always wanted to meet, who would you choose? And what would you say to them?
I would say to them, “Thank you for your bravery and sharing your wisdom.”
Avil Beckford: Which one book had a profound impact on your life? What was it about this book that impacted you so deeply?
Luba Rusyn: First off it would be the Bible and that’s because I would never be alone. And the other one is Jonathan Livingston Seagull (See The Invisible Mentor Review), and the lesson there is dancing to the beat of my own drummer.
Avil Beckford: You are one of the 10 finalists on the reality show, So, How Would You Spend Your Time? Each finalist is placed on separate deserted islands for two years. You have a basic hut on the island and all the tools for survival; you just have to be imaginative and inventive when using them. You are allowed to take five books, one movie and one music CD, and whatever else you take has to fit in one suitcase and a travel on case. What would you take with you and how would you spend the two years? T he prize is worth your while and at this stage in the game there really aren’t any losers among the 10 finalists, since each are guaranteed at least $2 million?
I’m going to use the time to explore the environment and I’m going to record all the findings and interactions in the environment – Myself to the environment and the environment to itself. I would be an observer in that space.
Note from Avil: The interview got cut short because her cell phone dropped the call and we didn’t get opportunity to complete it.
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