The Digest: Arlene's Sources Of Inspiration This Month, Volume One

The Digest: Arlene's Sources Of Inspiration This Month, Volume One

Lifestyle | Posted by - May 15, 2017 at 12:30 am

I’m a real believer in the value of sharing with others what we know and have learnt in both life and business. To that end, I’m excited to share with you my new monthly digest of the conversations and stories that are keeping me connected to our world and to people. 

This month I’m learning about self-confidence from one of our greatest women athletes, reading about how to build compassion, and studying one of our more fascinating and potential future destination planets, Mars: 

Take A Fictive Flight About Real Mars by Filmmaker Jan Fröjdman

I came across this video on my Twitter feed. This talented filmmaker took anaglyph images of Mars to show the diverse topography of the planet’s surface and then turned the images into a film that makes you feel like you’re flying above Mars. This video is the best kind of inspiration or meditation to tuck into when you have free time. I’ve bookmarked it! 

Hayley Wickenheiser On Life Lessons From The Ice by 

Sports can teach us a lot about who we are and how we conduct ourselves. It’s one reason why I hold many exceptional Canadian athletes in high esteem. Hayley Wickenheiser is one of my favourites. She’s not afraid to share the lessons she had to learn in order to become an Olympic medalist. In this interview, she shares how she had to grow a thick skin to ignore the criticism of people who often said to her “no, you shouldn’t be here.” She learned that self-confidence had to be part of everything she did in life, not just when she was on the ice. It’s a great watch for anyone aspiring to do more, and a great read of encouragement to help more girls stay in sports. 

Disrupt Yourself Podcast with Susan Cain on Introversion hosted by Whitney Johnson 

With the recent recording of my new podcast series with CBC, I’ve started to pay attention to the huge range of wonderful podcasts available online. I recently listened to Management Thinker Whitney Johnson’s interview with Author Susan Cain about introverts as disruptors. I’m an introvert, and I like spending time alone to think and create, so this discussion really resonated with me. Johnson and Cain dig into how introverts can develop skills to become great leaders, and discuss practical programs that companies are using to increase engagement among introverts and extroverts. The big takeaway? Introverts don’t have to change who they are to create big change. 


Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women? via The Atlantic

It’s no secret that women continue to face immense challenges in tech and business - the same stories are being told from when I started my career. That’s why I like to learn about initiatives that show real action to fix the problems. Project Include, highlighted in this Atlantic article, is an example of an initiative started by women in Silicon Valley, who are helping companies and investors become more inclusive. We need to keep sharing these solutions and encouraging others to take action so we can help women leaders and entrepreneurs succeed. 


Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult 

I love a great fiction book I can dig into whether flying to Calgary or resting at our family cottage. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult is at the top of the Good Reads list of fiction books. To me, the book will always have relevance because of its main theme: the need to be compassionate towards each other as human beings. The story is about a nurse in Connecticut whose experiences in a hospital make her confront her own issues on race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion. We can learn a lot from this book about how to build trust with each other and to stand up for one another despite our differences.  



So, what are you inspired by lately? Share with me and the community in the comments below so we can keep learning from each other.

Tags: arlene dickinson, dragons den, leadership, online reading, reading, silicon valley, women

Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson is one of Canada’s most renowned independent marketing communications entrepreneurs. As CEO of Venture Communications, her creative and strategic approach has turned the company into a powerhouse with a blue chip client list.  She is also the CEO of, a company she founded in 2012 that is dedicated to serving and investing in entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial lifestyle. 

Dickinson is best known to Canadians as one of the venture capitalists on the award-winning CBC series Dragons’ Den, The Big Decision and marketing expert on Recipe to Riches.  She is the author of two books, the number one bestselling book, Persuasion and her most recent best-selling release, All In. 

Patricia Coyne
May 15, 2017 at 4:24 pm
I just ant to say Thankyou for taking up this challenge!
Holly Blazina
May 20, 2017 at 1:15 pm
This short TEDx video from Carolyn Myss has rocked my world! I'm all about creating positive change in my life, and Myss really nails some great points on how to up your game through taking full and complete responsibility for the choices we make. I've watched it several times, and every time I do, I learn something more! One of the points is around choosing new words; eliminating a word or two and all of its implications from our life. The impact of this practice alone has been huge so far.
Alisha Kujawski
June 8, 2017 at 3:37 am
I'm so inspired by Arlene , there are way less women in the world of do it yourself. I admit most of my mentors are men but I look up to Arlene because she's proof that it is possible to succeed.
I recently found out that 95% of people that code are men. That's a very vast jungle for a women such as myself . I do however say I Am treated for the most part with the same amount of respect as next guy but I do still see residue of a stigma that should have washed clean by now. I'm finding the further you go the less difference you find and the more unified you become. So if your a women just starting it gets better trust me.
Arlene has such a calming air about her and her words can resonate with me reminding me to slow down and think . She provides an example of how to carry yourself like no other. I enjoy reading her advice and when the days are crazy that advice can be the catalyst for a calmer more thought out choice .
Thank you for the inspiration!
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