How to Think, Talk and Win in the Year of The Horse
According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of The Horse begins on January 31. Within the Chinese calendar, each year is represented by an animal that carries with it a profound set of principles that forecast how the year will unfold. Here are three that are central to all our wellbeing:
First, there is nothing in the universe that is not subject to constant change and transformation.
Second, there is regularity within change. There is nothing accidental within the system. Change and transformation take place by way of a pattern to the process, not by chance.
Third, The individual is a microcosm of the universe itself. What is inside is also outside. Peace is found in the harmony between self and society. In the terms of Yin/Yang theory, the secret is to align one’s personal yin and yang with the universal yin and yang.
Showing Entrepreneurs How to Paint a Picture of Success
As the landscape for business continues to change, leaders need to be creative to stay ahead of the game to keep customers interested. Internationally recognized artist Erik Wahl shows how organizations can tap into creativity to achieve superior performance and differentiate themselves from the competition:
When entrepreneurs embark on their journey, they start with a blank canvas: There is no manual for building their dream. Along the way, they’re bound to hit some bumps — and when they do, it’s important they visualize the picture of success. For Erik Wahl, he takes it one step further and actually paints his success.
As a business strategist and an artist, Wahl combines his two passions to demonstrate the journey for his entrepreneurship endeavor, while also providing motivation to others.
Taking the stage at Entrepreneur’s 2014 Growth Conference in New Orleans, he left the crowd captivated painting iconic pieces like the Statue of Liberty and Einstein in a matter of minutes. Wahl not only takes people on his journey, while his paint strokes create a vibrant image but also inspires businesspeople to think about innovation, taking success to the next level and living the dream.
A surprising and inspiring story of courage, perseverance and the triumph of the human spirit. The Olympic rower’s new memoir also tells a shocking story of childhood trauma..
When Silken Laumann propelled her scull across the finish line to win a bronze medal in rowing at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, Canadians celebrated her courage with overwhelming pride, and not a little awe.
Ten weeks before, Laumann had shattered her right ankle and shredded her calf muscles when the German men pair’s boat collided with her own during her warm-up for the World Cup in Essen, Germany. Against all medical advice, and before she could even walk, the Mississauga, Ont., rower got back on the water. With sheer willpower, through pain that would have felled most other human beings, she drove herself to win a bronze medal.
As incredible as that feat was — Laumann calls it a miracle — it likely took even more courage to write Unsinkable. In the book, she describes the terror she felt and the verbal and physical abuse she experienced at the hands of her troubled and erratic mother, abuse that caused her feelings of unworthiness she battles to this day. To write such a memoir while her parents and siblings are still alive is brave, and it is clear she did not write with any desire to hurt. But their reaction may also have held Laumann back from fully acknowledging her father’s lack of protection, and the extent of the abuse, which she terms “a difficult childhood.”
“I still fear breaking the lock on our family’s dark secrets,” Laumann acknowledges in the book. “What I fear even more is not doing so.”
Why ex-banker Pattie Lovett-Reid gets three Ds
Former bank executive Pattie Lovett-Reid is the host of The Pattie Lovett-Reid Show on CTV News Channel. On the Toronto Star’s series on the financial habits of notable Canadians, Pattie told the Toronto Star’s Emily Mathieu about the stress of being “house poor,” her inability to justify her love of luxury purses, and her three firm rules for getting out of debt.
What was the best piece of financial advice you ever received?
My father told me not to flunk retirement. I needed to put some money away from the day I started to work because there would come a time when I would no longer be able to work. He also said don’t let life become a series of take-aways. Stay in the game, don’t become complacent, continue to upgrade your skills and believe in yourself — even if no one else does. Don’t become unbelievably average.
Could Northern Gateway Oil Pipeline Give Us Saudi Albertia?
Former CIBC economist Jeff Rubin always looks at the big picture.
When he says that a review panel’s endorsement Thursday (December 19) of Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway oil pipeline is an “important victory” for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, he puts it into a broad perspective.
“For Stephen Harper to fulfill his dream of the country becoming an energy superpower, we’re going to need four or five pipelines like this,” Rubin told the Straight by phone from Toronto.
As Rubin notes in this year’s updated version of his 2012 book The End of Growth, Alberta’s daily oil production of about 1.9 million barrels is projected to double by 2020, reaching five million barrels in 2030.
Combined with other sources, Rubin writes, this projected 2030 production will push Canada’s daily production to about six million barrels, up there with Saudi Arabia and Russia.