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Love The One You’re With: YOU

American singer and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Stills, best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, released the lead single from his debut self-titled studio album in 1970. The song, inspired by a remark Stills heard from musician Billy Preston became his biggest hit single peaking at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1971.

The title of the song is a mantra for everyone reinventing themselves to live their destiny: Love The One You’re With. And, no one is more important in this life than YOU. As Stephen himself said, “Once you decide that it is the art that is important and not how popular and well received you are, you no longer have an albatross. “ Make your life your work of art.

The One-Question Shortcut to Identifying Your Niche Market

Dixie Gillaspie, Writer, Coach, Lover of Entrepreneurship, has nailed down that one fundamental question to not only identify your niche market as an entrepreneur but to use as a litmus test for everything you do regarding your entrepreneurial activities. Read: The One-Question Shortcut to Identifying Your Niche Market 

DESIGN YOU Quote of the Day: Sting

“You have to be yourself. Be very honest about who and what you are. And if people still like or love you, that’s great. If they don’t, that’s their problem. Be yourself, no matter what they say. ” Sting

All the well-intentioned voices in your head-parents, teachers, coaches, employers, colleagues, friends, significant others-should not be louder than your own voice. Listen to your heart for that’s where you’ll hear the most important message about where your life should be headed.

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The next Farmington DESIGN YOU Meetup will be Thursday, April 13th at 7pm at The Universalist Church, 433 Fern Street, 2nd floor lounge, West Hartford, CT. This is a one-time meeting location change after which we will return to the Farmington Library every other week. BE SURE TO RSVP 

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U2 and You, Too

U2 have released 13 studio albums and are one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 170 million records worldwide.They have won 22 Grammy Awards and in 2005, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked U2 at number 22 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” Throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, they have campaigned for human rights and philanthropic causes, including Amnesty International, Jubilee 2000, the ONE/DATA campaigns, Product Red, War Child, and Music Rising.

On May 10th, 1979 they received the following letter from RSO Records: ” Thank you for submitting your tape of ‘U2’ to RSO. We have listened with careful consideration, but feel it is not suitable for us at present.”

Be a visionary about your own future and always believe in yourself. Never take “no” for an answer when it comes to fulfilling your destiny.

Cargo Cults and Entrepreneurial Baggage

cargo-cult-7During World War II, a small population of indigenous Melanesian islanders was direct witness to the largest war effort ever mobilized. The vast amounts of military equipment and supplies airdropped by the Japanese and then the Allies introduced drastic changes to the lifestyle of the residents. Many had never even seen outsiders before, let alone the likeness of a massive Black Friday drone drop of goods and people.

Since modern manufacturing was unknown to the islanders, they attributed this influx of manufactured clothing, medicine, canned food, tents, weapons and other goods to their deities and ancestors. By such attribution, the foreigners could no longer be seen as the source of these gifts but rather had to now be regarded as having unfairly gained control of these objects through malice or mistake creating the expectation that spiritual agents will, at some future time, give much valuable cargo to the cult members. Many of these cults adopted certain unspecified American deity names such as “John Frum” or “Tom Navy” who they claimed had brought cargo to their island during World War II and who they identified as being the spiritual entity who would provide cargo to them in the future.

cargo-cult-1With the end of the war, the military abandoned the airbases and stopped dropping cargo from the heavens. To encourage the deliveries of food, arms, Jeeps, etc. , cult members imitated the same practices they had seen the soldiers, sailors, and airmen do. They performed parade ground drills with wooden or salvaged rifles, carved headphones from wood, waved landing signals from fabricated control towers, lit signal fires and torches to light up runways and lighthouses and actually built life-size replicas of airplanes out of straw parking them on new military-style landing strips hoping to attract more gift-giving airplanes. The cult members thought that the foreigners had some special connection to the deities and ancestors of the natives, who were the only beings powerful enough to produce such riches.

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One of the reasons so many persons fail to find, free and follow their destinies is that they succumb to the weight of well-intentioned parents, teachers, coaches and significant adults who influence them to “be realistic” and abandon their heartfelt aspirations of being a dancer or an artist or a small business owner in favor of taking the conventional “adult” route of “grown-up” careers. So, like the  indigenous Melanesian islanders, they sadly place value on the commercial goods they’ve been “delivered” by others and mimic happiness in the ever-dimming candle of hope that they’ll one day be saved by generous bosses who reign from above and actually care about who they are as people. Maybe that’s why the castaways never got off Gilligan’s Island.

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Ingrid Graham on Design You

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

img_1679Garrison’s guest in this segment is classically trained dancer, choreographer, mentor and educator Ingrid Graham. Ingrid has  performed and presented choreography at the Edinburgh Festival, Merce Cunningham, Dance Under The Stars Choreography Festival, California African American Museum and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She danced with the Pacific Northwest Ballet and as a guest artist at Stephen Sondheim’s Gala Benefit in NYC. Ingrid’s commercial dance clients include Victoria’s Secret, Pharrell Williams, Latin Grammy Awards, Nike and Saks Fifth Avenue among others. She produced and choreographed several dance films that have received honors and screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, ADF International Screendance Festival at Duke University and the Los Angeles Movie Awards. She is a former Hadar Foundation scholar and ballet award recipient from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Ingrid has also appeared in Vogue, Glamour and Vibe Magazine.

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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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