Notes from The Art of Entrepreneurship Conference 2014

The Art of Entrepreneurship

Notes from The Art of Entrepreneurship Conference 2014 Yesterday, I attended The Art of Entrepreneurship Conference, where they had a good line-up of dynamic speakers, who gave the audience useful tips that they could implement immediately. I received two complimentary tickets from Ron Bester, a LinkedIn contact, who gave me a ticket to attend last year's The Art of Small Business (Key Takeaways from the Art of Small Business Conference). Although they had very good speakers last year, my biggest criticism was that women were visibly absent from the list of speakers. TheArtOf  improved this year, and they secured Debbie Travis as a … [Read more...]

Pierre Trudeau: The Books that Shaped his Young Mind

Pierre Trudeau

Read to Lead: The Shaping of Young Pierre Trudeau’s Mind How is the mind of a successful person shaped? One way is by reading actively – interacting with the words on the page. We have been exploring the concept of the shaping of the mind of highly successful people by looking at their personal libraries. This is not a segment in the series, because I have not yet found sufficient information on Pierre Trudeau’s personal library. What I have found is a biography, Young Trudeau: 1919-1944: Son of Quebec, Father of Canada, which focuses on the younger years of Canada’s 15th Prime Minister. I was ecstatic when I discovered the book, but … [Read more...]

Coping with the Busyness of Life

Coping with the Busyness of Life

Coping with the Busyness of Life Is it me, or is life busier for everyone? How do you cope with the busyness of life? I have been feeling overwhelmed with all the stuff on my plate that I find that I cannot function, so I ignore my overloaded plate because I do not really want to deal with it. But issues do not resolve by themselves, whether we like it or not, we have to take action, finding the right solutions. While thinking about my overly busy life, and my plate flowing over, something struck me - I don’t have to finish everything on my plate, it is up to me to choose what I eat and digest. I should know better, because I have … [Read more...]

CS Lewis Personal Library

CS Lewis

CS Lewis Personal Library - The Shaping of a Mind Born on November 29, 1898 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Clive Staples Lewis (CS Lewis), was a writer, critic, Anglican scholar and theologian. As a boy, he read voraciously, wrote about an imaginary world,  called Boxen – “Animal-Land”, which was inhabited by talking beasts. At Oxford, CS Lewis studied the classics, philosophy and English. Between 1925 and 1954, he was the fellow of English language and literature at Magdalen College, Oxford. Close male friends – his brother Warren, JRR Tolkien, English scholar Hugo Dyson, novelist Charles Williams and philosopher Owen Barfield – … [Read more...]

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – Book Review

Brave New World

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – Book Review Chief Bottler, Director of hatcheries and Conditioning, Director of Predestination, Deputy Assistant Fertilizer-General, Professor of Feelies in the College of Emotional Engineering, Dean of the Westminster Community Singery, Supervisor of Bokanovskification, State Conditioning Centre – I invite you into the world of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. In this brave new world, babies are essentially manufactured on an assembly line, and while they sleep at nights, they are preprogrammed so that they will grow into people who always accept the status quo, never thinking for themselves, nor … [Read more...]