While he might not have danced his way to victory on Dancing with The Stars, Mark Cuban has had many successful ventures in his career and we can learn a lot from a recent column he wrote for Wall Street Pit. How many of us have been asked to write a pitch, and have made similar mistakes with our tone and authenticity in a pitch. While we should always believe in our company, brand and product, we always need to remember who we are sending the pitch or proposal too and make sure we tailor it to be effective. So instead of hyping up your product is used car salesmen type way, lets all take a few minutes next time we sit down to write and make sure we sending out a quality piece of work.
If this doesn’t inspire you to get off your you know what, I don’t know what will. Evelyn Stevens was a typical wall street exec, before getting on a bike one day and discovering she had an incredible hidden talent. This week she is competing in the Tour De France with under a year of formal training under her belt, a feat that is as extraordinary as it is unusual. Read her story, as profiled in the Wall Street Journal and get inspired to think outside your comfort zone and try something, you may not find your way to being an elite athlete, but you may find your hidden talent, and more importantly have some fun!
Via twitter I was notified of the passing of the great John Huges. He has done a number of notable films, most quotable Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, spawned The Brat Pack, and penned many childhood classics such as Home Alone and Beethoven. But to glorify his successes would not do this cinematic genius justice; I’d much rather take this time to revisit some of his “lesser” works that I hold dear to my heart.
Baby’s Day Out – The brain child of John Huges, about a baby outwitting his kidnappers in the big city… it’s Home Alone meets Baby Geniuses.
Flubber – Based off a classic film starring Dick Van Dyke, John Huges created real characters out of a flubbery substance and managed to write comedic material that Robin Williams couldn’t out act.
Home Alone 3 – A sequel to the first two successful family outings, this film was made sans director Christopher Columbus and star Macaulay Culkin. Underneath the poor acting and over direction, all the charm and wit from the originals is still twinkling.
Later in his career, he started working under the pseudonym Edmond Dantès where he produced many sequels to his earlier successes along with original ideas such as Maid in Manhattan and Drillbit Taylor
Here we recognize a man who leaves a legacy of films that touched and inspired millions of lives.
Today we have witnessed one of those moments where you always remember where you were when you heard the news. One of those memorable moments that give you a lump in your throat and maybe even make you shed a tear. Witnessing Laura Ling and Eun Lee step off that plane and in to the arms of their emotional and waiting families after four and a half harrowing months of hard labor truly personifies inspiration. The mothers, wives and journalists persevered in unimaginable circumstances and survived what can only be described as a nightmare. Their strength and courage and their determination to survive and thrive truly make them heroes.
No I am not being totally tacky when describing Jessica Cox who decided to overcome her fear of flying by earning her sport pilot certification in October. Cox, who was born with no arms completed her certification says that she looked to her parents and other important people in her life for inspiration, and says” Instead of saying you can’t do something, I prefer the phrase I haven’t figured it out yet.” She also has a sense of humor about her situation, donning a t-shirt with the famous phrase, “ Look Ma No Hands.” How many times have we given up before even trying? How many times have we said, “I just can’t do it?” Jessica’s story should be an inspiration to us all, that with the right attitude and looking to others for support anything is possible.
With the new Harry Potter film (Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince) out in theaters I thought this was a perfect time to highlight JK Rowling a person who by any standard has a truly inspirational story. Before penning the now cult phenomenon series of Potter books, Rowling was a single mother living on welfare and had her books rejected time after time. But a resilient and determined Rowling managed to do what most of us dare not try, she fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a published author and as we all know reached astronomical levels of fame and fortune. So this afternoon think to yourself, what lifelong passion have you not pursued? What dream have you not tried to become reality? JK Rowling’s story should inspire each of us to try to attain some of those goals, go after those dreams and never give up
This week marks the anniversary of the first man to walk on the moon and the astonishing Apollo 11 mission. That historic moment inspired a nation to believe that anything is possible and created a sense of national pride and inspired little boys and girls everywhere to look beyond their backyards to the future. Here’s saluting Neil, Buzz and all the other brave individuals who created a moment in time that forever changed the world.
Where were you the day the first man stepped on the moon?
I can’t help but watch and re-watch this commercial from Nike and Lance Armstrong.
It would be hard to find a person with a more inspiring story than Lance Armstrong, I mean come on… the man battles cancer TWICE, and manages to be one of the most elite athletes in the world with record breaking Tour De France wins. While this commercial which aims to inspire a change and create awareness for cancer research, it does ring rather provocative, with mentions of a recent drug abuse allegations and with graphic if not poignant images of cancer patients. In my opinion Lance can do no wrong and is truly someone who epitomizes class, grace and perseverance with his commitment to sport and social action. What do you think of this AD? Too much, or just what the doctor ordered