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

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

Lifestyle | Posted by - July 14, 2017 at 12:30 am

Often we get the most joy in our lives from the smallest pleasures. The warm sun on our faces. A page-turning book that we can’t put down. Some of my everyday life pleasures include being outside in nature, learning what makes people around the world happy, and hearing a heartfelt story. This month, I’m uncovering new forms of inspiration through all my senses: 


Summer, come via Vinyl Cafe Story Exchange 

I’ll always admire the Vinyl Cafe. Its founder, the late Stuart McLean, helped amass a big, beautiful collection of human stories from across Canada; he had a way about him that encouraged people to share their emotional experiences--the type of stories that bind us together as neighbours, friends, parents, and simply, people. Summer, come is one such story out of the eastern town of Bowmanville, Ontario, that hilariously captures how eager Canadians are for summer to arrive every year. Read on for a good laugh, and soak up summer’s rays.


Ravi Coltrane Quartet Tiny Desk Concert via NPR 

I don’t have much time to discover new music, which is why I enjoy checking out NPR’s Tiny Desk Performances. I can listen to new music while working, or watch and listen during the evening. Recently Ravi Coltrane, the son of John Coltrane, one of the most famous jazz composers of all time, and his quartet got my attention. Listen on for beautiful instrumentals that touch the soul. 


Human Collection via Vsco 


How fun: Vsco created a global collection of photos, Forever Young, to celebrate the individuality of humanity. The elderly, twins, and photographers from around the world share their photos to showcase the beauty of their identities. We all have an identity to own and a purpose to pursue, and this collection amply captures that process. Check it out for campaign, project, and team building inspiration. 


Gallup 2017 Global Emotions Report 

We need more reports like Gallup’s recent release of its global emotions survey. Too often, as leaders, we turn to the hard facts to determine how to create high-performing teams and companies. Gallup quantified “what makes a life worth living” by asking people around the world what they learned yesterday, and how often they feel positive versus negative emotions--Latin America came out on top. We might be wise to learn from these countries about how their people understand and interact with each other, so we can develop high-performing teams and companies.  


Be A Better Leader, Live A Richer Life via Harvard Business Review 



Ah, the never-ending conversation about how to achieve work, life balance. It’s probably the number one question I get from entrepreneurs, so I’m always looking for resources that will help people shape their own perspective. It’s a personal process after all, that requires linking our values to our actions. This short video is helpful to determine how to lead in four domains of life all at once: work, family, community, and self. Plus, Harvard Business Reviews gives real-life examples of how to organize, communicate, and measure success.  

What are you finding inspiration in this month? I’d love to learn what’s giving you energy and motivation

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

Joe Wasylyk
July 22, 2017 at 11:07 pm
@Arlene, this month I'm finding inspiration for my 'Seniorpreneur Project' by having a telephone conversation with Victoria Lennox, Co-Founder of Startup Canada based in Ottawa, ON. In general senior entrepreneurs in Canada are being left out of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and ageism still exists with this group. I'd like to know if you or some of our group members can suggest how we could get together to discuss some questions about what entrepreneurship is, what is a good entrepreneur idea and how we can take that good idea to the very competitive marketplace. These would be options to the successful Dragon's Den show which I understand that you will be on the show again starting this September/17. Congratulations!

I remember Arlene the day you met the 83 year old client on one of the Dragon Den's shows. He was the guy that invented the adjustable steel & wood sawhorse. Eventual you became a partner with this older gentlemen providing some marketing services & financial resources as a partner. I believe that there are many similar cases where older men or women have a new or improved product idea but they have nowhere to go to get some real help and because of their age we still have ageism to discourage older entrepreneurs from coming out of the closet. If an appearance on the very competitive Dragon's Den show is probably not a practical possibility what would be a feasible idea for all those other older entrepreneurs out there that don't have a place to go or will not be respected because of their age and the lack of some up to date technical skill sets. eg. on-line marketing skills.

I have this dream that we created some suitable workshops across the Country that accepted older entrepreneurs collaborating with the younger entrepreneurs to produce the new products & services that are presently required in the fields of Healthcare, Education, the Environment & Social issues such as senior's poverty in Canada. I know that this will not be done by relying on the Federal Government who is often part of the ageism problem. Somehow we will probably need successful business people in Canada to set up up a few Foundations to make this happen without having to wait countless years for the Federal Government or the many over worked volunteers that is the makeup of most this country.
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