A Drink from the Wisdom Well with Dorie Clark

dorie-clarke-1Like a great classic book or symphony, Dorie Clark is one of those cornerstone branding experts who beckons you to keep going back to the wisdom well for a fresh drink. Listen to my podcast interview with Dorie and relish her insights!

Find out why Stand Out was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine. Check out Dorie’s website and follow her on Twitter

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Life’s most persistent and urgent question

mlk2You know me by now as someone who is a passionate evangelist for people pursuing their vision and living an authentic life. It is the only path to true fulfillment. Yet, the litmus test for whether or not we’ve found our way to self-declaration is the extent to which our genuine self has served others and been validated by the depth of our existential reach. The art of true selfishness is the antithesis of what Dr. Martin Luther King referred to as “hardheartedness” and the “shackles of prejudice, half-truths, and downright ignorance.” Each of us must dig  deep inside to find our own answer to Dr. King’s profound question: “What are you doing for others?”  

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An Entrepreneurial Lesson from Death Cab for Cutie

death-cab-for-cutie-with-blue-ribbonsWhen Death Cab for Cutie wore blue ribbons to the Grammy Awards a few years back to protest Auto-Tune abuse in the music industry their courage to step out was exceeded only by their relevancy to a wider audience.  Auto-Tune is a pitch-correcting recording technology that gives tracks that special, not-really-real sound correcting atonality not just on vocals but instruments such as keyboards, drums and guitar. In essence, Auto-Tune can put even the most out-of-tune vocalist or musician on key, in tune and even on the charts.

So many people auto-tune their lives and careers, always seeking to follow the prescribed path of conformity, acceptance and approval rather than performing a bit out-of-tune so as to improvise around their own uniqueness, dreams and true ambitions. Tribute bands try to perfect sounding and looking like their idols but only originals make the charts. The same goes for life and career. You can either resolve to merely ‘fitting in’ or step out and leave your legacy.

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A Lesson from Ferris Bueller

fb2American author, essayist, and literary critic William Deresiewicz coined the term “Excellent Sheep” to refer to those people who keep their nose to the grindstone and perform well at the tasks at hand but never question if what they’re doing is what truly matters to them. Perhaps we’d be well-advised to “take a day off” from the hamster wheel and heed the advice of Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

 

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A Chick in the Cockpit on DESIGN YOU

Welcome to DESIGN YOU~
The show about people pursuing their passions.

erikaheadphoto-2Garrison’s guest in this segment  is Erika Armstrong who has experienced everything aviation has to offer. Erika’s early membership in the Minnesota 99s (International Women Pilots Association) jump-started her career. She decided to turn discrimination around and use it to her advantage by filtering it through her humor and perspective. This attitude and obsessive focus landed her in the captain’s seat of a commercial airliner by the age of thirty. She also holds a type rating in Boeing 727 and CE-500 series aircraft and has extensive pilot training from Flight Safety, SimuFlite, NATCO, CAE, Pan Am and has flown 28 different types of aircraft. Her favorite airplane is the B727 with the Falcon 20, Citation III and GIIB close behind.

a-chick-in-the-cockpit-book-coverMost uniquely, Erika was an international corporate, cargo, hazmat, airline, Red Cross and 24-hour air ambulance pilot/captain. Her book, A CHICK IN THE COCKPIT, will change your perspective of pilots, aviation and the quiet power of women. In the high stakes, ego-driven world of aviation, this is an extraordinary bestselling true story of how a level-headed, self-deprecating woman with an aviation addiction finds herself in jail, her baby ripped from her arms, her piloting career taken away, and every feasible exit leads to a very dark place…

 

allchickcrew-2Erika is currently a contributing editor at Plane & Pilot magazine, aviation professor at MSU Denver, and aviation journalist for seven aviation magazines. Her articles can be found at Disciples of Flight, NYC Aviation, Consumer Affairs, Mountain Connection, Contrails, Plane & Pilot, General Aviation News, Mentor, Business Insider and Flying.com magazine. She has over 300,000 readers and is a Thought Leader with 130,000+ followers on LinkedIn.

books-and-brews3Living at 8,700 feet in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Erika can almost touch the airplanes she used to fly. The thin air and cloud touching provides inspiration at the computer keyboard. If she’s not out running her own business, teaching, belly dancing, kickboxing, organizing a Town Hall or board of director’s meeting, she is writing at her house on the hill with her family, friends, three dogs, rabbits, horses, guinea pigs and any other strays she finds along the way. She always has a spare room for guests so just bring some good stories and a smile.

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MARK CHANGIZI ON DESIGN YOU

Welcome to DESIGN YOU~
The show about people pursuing their passions.

changizi-3Garrison’s guest in this segment is theoretical neurobiologist, science writer and author Mark Changizi whose research aims to grasp the ultimate foundations underlying why we think, feel and see as we do.

changizi-2Mark has written more than thirty scientific journal articles, many of which have been covered in news venues such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today, Time magazine, Reuters, ABC News, the Financial times, the Daily Telegraph, Scientific American, Wired and Discover magazine. Mark hosted the Discovery Channel show, “Head Games” and has written three ground-breaking books: Harnessed, The Vision Revolution and The Brain from 25,000 Feet.

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The Great Commoner has Uncommon Words for Entrepreneurs

wjb-2Nebraska-born orator and politician William Jennings Bryan was a three-time nominee for President of the United States as a member of the populist wing of the Democratic Party. He served two terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives and was United States Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson.  With his deep, commanding voice and wide travels, he was perhaps the best-known orator and lecturer of the era, dubbed “The Great Commoner” because of his faith in the wisdom of the common people.

Nowhere is his penchant for cutting to the truth more profound than in his sense of what it takes to pursue one’s calling in life:

“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. “ William Jennings Bryan