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

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

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

It’s always astonishing how life presents new opportunities, friendships, and perspectives when we need them most. Though, that’s often because we’ve prepared ourselves for these moments. That’s what this month’s inspiration is all about: how nature can create more calm in our lives, how the harder decisions are often the right choice, and why self-confidence is the most important trait for success: 

You Got This: Mastering the Skill of Self-Confidence by Dr. Ivan Joseph 


You Got This, it’s a saying that we often hear from friends, family, and mentors when we need a boost of confidence. But, how do we continue being confident when we don’t have people to lift us up? Ryerson University’s Director of Athletics Dr. Ivan Joseph has released a new book about mastering the skill of self-confidence. It’s a guidebook with real-life stories and exercises for self-confidence as a skill that can be learned and strengthened. I must say, I’m also happy to share this book because Joseph is a great advocate for women in business and girls in sports. 

Powerful Portraits of Women Who Do “Men’s Work” Are Challenging Gender Roles via My Modern Met                                
Women continue to rise up and challenge gender stereotypes across all industries of business, and in Canada we’re especially seeing leadership roles in construction. So, I was pleased to come across this beautiful collection of portraits of women in traditionally male-dominated roles called Women’s Work. The series features women, their passions, and their strength in work ranging from a lobster fisher to a metalworker and butcher. I encourage you to share their portraits to celebrate women around the world. 

The Cult of Busy via Medium 

Everyone is so busy all the time it seems, or maybe people aren’t focusing their time on what they really want to do. It’s time to challenge the glorification of busy says this author and entrepreneur from New York City. This post is a good, quick read for entrepreneurs who struggle with work/life balance, a lack of sleep, and an inability to focus on anything other than their company. To me, rest is important to enjoy our work, the people who are important to us, and the things outside of work that make us happy. 

An Elegy for Trees via On Being 

This world of ours is so beautiful. The sway or smell of a tree can have a profound effect on our moods and our ability to cope with what life presents. One of my favourite things to do when I’m in Alberta is to have my morning coffee looking out into the mountains. This Elegy for a Walnut Tree from 89-year-old W.S. Merwin, a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winner, is an uplifting morning read, daybreak, or evening reflection. I’ll leave you with some of my favourite lines:

you and the seasons spoke the same language
and all these years I have looked through your limbs
to the river below and the roofs and the night
and you were the way I saw the world

A Fortune Teller Told Me: Earthbound Travels In The Far East by Tiziano Terzani 


Books are some of my favourite possessions, and this is a short, feel-good read that reminds me of the beauty and importance of travel. I really feel travel is a necessity to remove us from what’s comfortable and challenge ourselves. Former Italian Political Journalist Tiziano Terzani tells his tale of discomfort and reward while traveling through Southeast Asia by land in the 1970s: a fortune teller told him he couldn’t fly for the year. Through Myanmar, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, and a host of other countries, Tiziano reveals a history lesson of countries, cities, and citizens, while examining humanity in its rituals, religion, and war. 

What are you finding inspiration in this month? I’d love to learn from you. 

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

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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