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

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

Lifestyle | Posted by - August 23, 2017 at 12:30 am

Inspiration doesn’t always have to be found in something new. I find that my biggest moments of motivation come from re-discovering something old: an uplifting quote I emailed myself, a magazine story I tucked away, or a movie that I loved in my childhood. With fall approaching soon, I decided to dig into my archives to get inspired for a new season of work and fun. I hope you’ll laugh out loud, stretch your thinking, and feel empowered: 


Daring Greatly by Brene Brown 

Brene Brown’s dedication to researching vulnerability is a testament to the power of focusing on one thing and doing it well. I first learned about Brown’s work when she spoke at TED in 2011 about the power of vulnerability. A few years later her book, Daring Greatly, reflected on 12 years of Brown’s research about how to embrace vulnerability and imperfection and live courageously and wholeheartedly in our lives. Her work continues to be relevant and relatable for we, entrepreneurs, who face the constant throes of uncertainty. 


Radio Rookies Podcast by WNYC Studios 

How we’re raised as children shapes who we become as adults: our personalities, ways of thinking, and hopes for the future. Radio Rookies, a long-time podcast out of New York, captures this reality by sharing first-person stories from New York teens about the challenges they face. I’ve come to enjoy this show because it makes me think deeply about how we encourage the young people around us to go after what they want. There are two podcasts I’ve enjoyed for this reason: She Wants To Be Treated Equally in the Kitchen, about a young, aspiring female chef; and Waiting 11 Years to Be Adopted about a young girl living in foster care and the wonderful woman who raised her as her “daughter.” 


20 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up Decision Making via Business Insider 

How to make decisions is a skill that has to be constantly honed. I always return to this graphic that Business Insider put out, as a reminder of external influences that can, frankly, screw up the decisions we make: hopping on the bandwagon, seeking external validation from our peers, or being overconfident without much consideration. This illustration came up in my Twitter feed this week, by Vala Afshar, who, coincidentally is someone who always re-shares helpful information. Pin it on your wall or save it to your computer as a good at-a-glance reminder.



Untamed by David Sedaris via The New Yorker

David Sedaris is one of the most comical writers around. He penned this December 2016 essay about a fox named Carol that becomes his pet friend. It’s a funny and different take on our relationship with wildlife (and how skewed our perceptions can be about how a wild animal lives; e.g. how particular we can be about what our pets eat). If you love wildlife and spending time in nature, then make time to read this story.


Into The Sun by Ray Demski via Vimeo 

Into the Sun from Ray Demski on Vimeo

If anyone has a story to share about sheer resilience, then it’s climber Bernd Zangerl. He trained as a rock climber for 20 years, and lost everything he worked for in a mere minute when he fell off a boulder. This video captures how Zangerl recovered and regained not only his physical strength, but more importantly the resilience, mental clarity, and fearlessness to try again nearly a year later. Secondarily, this story is also an excellent example of brand building through personal storytelling. 

What are you finding inspiration in this month? I’d love to learn what you turn to for encouragement. 

Tags: arlene dickinson, confidence, diversity, dragons den, inspiration, leadership, online reading, reading, self-confidence, 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. 

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