The Invisible Mentor Week in Review

This is what we talked about on The Invisible Mentor Blog this week: The Flinch by Julien Smith, Wisdom of Life: Hannah Arendt, Philosopher, Writer and Refugee from Adolph Hitler, and Director, intercultures, Stefan Meister. Adventures in Learning The Invisible Mentor blog is an educational one, so with that in mind, I’m inviting my readers on an adventure in learning, which is taking place all of 2012. You do not have to read 200 books – I read a lot for my consulting business – but I would like you to read one book a week, so at the end of 2012, you would have read 52 books. It’s a … [Read more...]

Booked for Mentoring: Review of The Flinch by Julien Smith

The Flinch is a great book for mentoring because it teaches us to step outside our comfort zone, and it assures us that we are not our mistakes. Because we have failed before, doesn’t mean we will not succeed. Failure is feedback, inventor Thomas Edison said, “If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” The Flinch by Julien Smith is one of the books in Seth Godin’s Domino Project, and is distributed for free to spread the message. I read it on my computer (I have the Kindle apps) and it … [Read more...]

Booked on Tuesdays: Review – Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson is an essay in the First Series that he wrote in 1841. His essays are freely available on the internet. When printed, the essay Self-Reliance is about 19 pages, size 14 font, but it is packed with a lot of wisdom. Even though this work is very short, to fully savour and digest what’s being said, require time for reflection. I took the time to read Self-Reliance three times to fully get what Emerson is saying. Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was a transcendental philosopher from the 19th century. In this philosophical essay, Emerson … [Read more...]

Mentor Yourself With Nadja Piatka, Food Entrepreneur, Part Two

Interviewee Name: Nadja Piatka Company Name: Nadja Foods, Owner Website:, Read Part I of Nadja Piatka's Interview Avil Beckford: Tell me a little bit about yourself. Nadja Piatka: I’m a food entrepreneur. My company is called Nadja Foods, and I also do the women’s event called Ultimate Girls Getaway where I raise funds for women survivors of war. That’s what I call my hobby business, but it keeps me a lot busier than a hobby should. I also do consulting for women who are starting or trying to get into the food business, … [Read more...]

10 Tweets from Thomas Edison

Image via Wikipedia Here are the tweets that I think Thomas Edison would blog about on Twitter: @Edison I improved on a 50-year old idea to produce a light bulb that worked. What can u improve upon today? @Edison I had very little formal education, so lack of formal education is no excuse for failure. Persistence pay @Edison Held 1,093 patents for different inventions, many of which influenced your life @Edison Don’t be mesmerized with the idea of success. I’ve had some whopping failures, but I’d like 2 think I failed forward 2 success @Edison As a child I consumed books: … [Read more...]