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

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

Lifestyle | Posted by - October 17, 2017 at 12:30 am

In the book, The Light in the Heart, Author Roy T. Bennett says, “Let the improvement of yourself keep you so busy, that you have no time to criticize others.” Too often we compete with others to be successful, that we lose our own values and vision. This month I’m inspired by leaders who are helping people improve who they are as individuals: how to make better decisions, design a life they love, and lead to bring people into their vision. I’ve also revisited a good read about how to raise up the men in organizations that champion women; they’re an important support of encouraging women to express their genuine, confident selves: 


Thinking Fast, And Slow by Daniel Kahneman

This New York Times best-selling book aptly explains how we make decisions, and why some people make decisions more quickly than others. With great detail from his research, Psychologist and Nobel Prize Winner Daniel Kahneman helps us understand our two thinking patterns: System One is our fast, automatic, and intuitive thinking brain that requires little thinking, and System Two is our slow, deliberate, and analytical thinking brain that requires more critical thought to solve problems. 


If Life Is Your Biggest Project, Why Not Design It? TEDx Talk by Designer Ayse Birsel

Some people consciously think about their motives and actions day-to-day, and others cruise unconsciously on auto-pilot. Ayse Birsel, a leading management thinker and author of Design A Life You Love, wants everyone to think consciously about how they’re living their lives. In her recent TEDx Talk, she outlines how to deconstruct your life so you can determine which parts to keep, which parts to change, and which parts to get rid of.


Lean Into Your Fight Or Flight via Rad Awakenings Podcast 

In this podcast, New York Entrepreneur Khe Hy, interviews Alexis Horowitz-Burdick, founder of Luxola, a beauty company that she sold to LVMH. In this hour-long podcast, they discuss her manifesto on work (your work is measured in quality not quantity); how she’s grown as a leader (letting people come to you about the good, the bad, and the ugly and not freak out); what leadership means (bringing people into your vision, not controlling people); and male VCs on asking their wives to opine on investments (she says investors owe women feedback on why they’re not investing in the same way they do with male founders). 


Men Who Mentor Women via HBR

In the ongoing global conversation about women facing gender inequality, this story is an important reminder that there are men supporting and lifting up women in the workplace. The story highlights research from interviews with men and women in Fortune 500 companies about what male champions of women in leadership do differently. One notable example: they use their authority to push workplace culture toward gender equality. 


Ikigai: A Japanese Concept To Improve Work and Life via BBC

Ikigai is defined as happiness in living, and it’s the reason why a majority of Japanese people get up in the morning. The idea is to feel that your work makes a difference in people’s lives. So, for example, the article suggests, “if you want to start a company, but you’re scared to dive into the unknown, go and see someone who is already doing something similar to what you have in mind. By seeing your plans in action it will give you confidence that you can do it, too.” I often get asked about how to achieve work life balance, which is why I like to discover different concepts to try and suggest to others. 

Tell me, what’s inspiring you this month? 

Tags: arlene dickinson, confidence, diversity, dragons den, inspiration, leadership, mental health, online reading, reading, self-confidence, women, stress

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. 

Gerrie Huenemoerder
September 18, 2017 at 4:06 pm
I totally agree with you that we learn so much from others, especially others in diverse places, and cultures with experiences and different views than our area of the world affords us. Its especially enlightening when we can move together to make a better world.
Douglas Wynne
October 17, 2017 at 10:49 pm
came across a rather short, inspirational video clip on reddit this week that inspired me when I was feeling particularly overwhelmed with this whole entrepreneurial journey

it's all about perspective. "forge ahead. don't stop. never stop learning. always reach out to better yourself because when you do that, things expand"
October 18, 2017 at 12:23 pm
Thank you for sharing with us, Douglas!
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