Beach Notes: There’s an artist in each of us

By Suzie Cheel & Des Walsh

Wandering around this year’s Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi (Sydney) Australia we were delighted to see a work displaying the unmistakeable talent of our friend, glass artist Sallie Portnoy.  Its title is nascentia blades of grass.

Sally Portnoy sculpture
We reminisced about the time years ago when Sallie hosted a dinner at her place.

Before we ate we were all shepherded into Sallie’s studio where each of us was given a partly baked clay plate and told to decorate it prior to it being put in the kiln. Des held back – “I’m not an artist” –  and said he’d just watch, but we persuaded him to have a go. He did, with a result that impressed the gathering and surprised Des.

Sadly, we don’t have the plate, because it broke on the way to the kiln.

But Des has the memory of being artistically creative. He likes that – #notjustanobserver.

There’s an artist in each of us. How have you explored your creativity lately?

Authors’ Bios: Suzie Cheel is the Heart Whisperer at Suzie Cheel You can find Suzie on Facebook and on Twitter as @suziecheel

Des Walsh is a Digital Disruption Navigator at Des Walsh Dot Com You can find Des at LinkedIn and on Twitter as @deswalsh

Beach Notes: Change Your Perspective, Change How Life Looks

By Suzie Cheel & Des Walsh

beach with cockatoos

From a distance Des assumed these were the usual flock of seagulls. When we got closer he saw they were cockatoos. We’d never seen them at the beach before.

Sometimes our assumptions can be wrong.

Keeping an open mind – and our eyes peeled – helps enrich our experience of life in all its diversity.

Authors’ Bios: Suzie Cheel is the Heart Whisperer at Suzie Cheel You can find Suzie on Facebook and on Twitter as @suziecheel

Des Walsh is a Digital Disruption Navigator at Des Walsh Dot Com You can find Des at LinkedIn and on Twitter as @deswalsh

Beach Notes: Lost Shoes

By Suzie Cheel & Des Walsh

beach notes - lost shoes

Would these shoes have been left behind if they were really valued?

In a throwaway society it’s easy to be relaxed about losing items people in other societies or circumstances would treasure and care for.

One of the most memorable experiences of Des’s childhood was seeing the sign in the local shoe store: ​ ​

I had no shoes and complained, until I met a man who had no feet

How grateful are we today for what we have?

Authors’ Bios: Suzie Cheel is the Heart Whisperer at Suzie Cheel You can find Suzie on Facebook and on Twitter as @suziecheel

Des Walsh is a Digital Disruption Navigator at Des Walsh Dot Com You can find Des at LinkedIn and on Twitter as @deswalsh

Beach Notes: Symmetry in Motion

By Suzie Cheel & Des Walsh

Kites were flying at Kirra Beach at a Kite Festival, only the challenge was there was no wind, the larger kites were beached, but these 3 kites , so light that they were able to fly.

kites flying

Authors’ Bios: Suzie Cheel is the Heart Whisperer at Suzie Cheel You can find Suzie on Facebook and on Twitter as @suziecheel

Des Walsh is a Digital Disruption Navigator at Des Walsh Dot Com You can find Des at LinkedIn and on Twitter as @deswalsh

Having the Right Business Mentor Can Make All the Difference

cross-armed leader looking at camera in working environmentDo you have a business mentor?

When you’re starting out, the chances are you’ve thought of everything from your marketing to your cash flow to finding the right premises. But have you thought about finding a mentor for your business?

A mentor is a big boost for business owners at all stages, but especially those just starting out.

So what can a mentor do for you?

Business Knowledge

When you work with a mentor, you’re working with someone who knows their way around the business world.

Their business knowledge is invaluable for your business. Whether you’re trying to find your way through the maze of taxes, or trying to figure out how to get started with employing people in your business, a mentor can help you.

Even if they don’t have experience in your specific field, they’ll know what it’s like to meet the day to day challenges of running a business, and will pass that knowledge on to you.

Wisdom from Experience

As the article, “Why You Need a Mentor and Where to Find One” says, real life know-how comes with experience. No matter how well educated or trained you are, nothing beats the wisdom you gain from experience.

There’s no short cut for experience and the knowledge it brings. However a mentor is as good as a short cut. A mentor can tell you the things they’ve learned over their time in business.

You’ll be able to learn from their mistakes and triumphs, avoiding the pitfalls that caught them out, and benefiting from the things that worked for them. You can take that knowledge and mold it to fit your own business.

Moral Support

Being in business can be tough, especially when you’re starting out.

From cash flow problems to struggling to get the right customers, there will be days when you wonder if you’re doing the right thing.

A mentor can help you through the rough spots.

They can offer a listening ear and empathy, from someone who has been there and knows exactly what you’re going through.

Your mentor can also give you hope that there is a way through the hard times, and prove to you that with dedication and determination, you can make it.

Fresh Ideas

Sometimes you just need a fresh perspective.

No matter how new or how experienced you are in business, sometimes you’ll hit a problem you just can’t see the way past. That’s where a mentor can help.

Regardless of whether they’re experienced in your specific industry, a mentor brings a fresh perspective to any situation. They’ll spot solutions and new approaches that you might not have noticed, because you don’t have an outside view.

It’s not just about solving specific problems, either.

Sometimes your mentor will spot an even better way of approaching something that seems to be working ok, making your business even better.

Motivation and Accountability

Motivation is key to success in business. You’ll need to keep going through the good times and bad, and keep your goals in mind.

A mentor can help you do just that. By helping you set goals and providing an example of success in business, a mentor will motivate you to keep going.

Working with a mentor also encourages accountability, as you talk to them about previous issues and what you’ve been doing to deal with them.

A good mentor is worth their weight in gold for your business.

You’ll benefit from their experience and wisdom, empowering you to make the best decisions for your business from the outset.

Photo credit: BigStockPhoto.com

About the Author: Tristan Anwyn writes on a variety of topics including social media, how to build customer relationships, content marketing and how to work with a business mentor.

Beach Notes: Froggy Beach

By Suzie Cheel & Des Walsh

There’s this little beach where we walk sometimes. We don’t know its official name but the locals call it Froggie Beach, or just Froggie, for short.

Because someone, years ago, painted one of the rocks as a frog. The paint gets mysteriously renewed by a person or persons unknown.

Everyone else saw just rocks. Someone saw a frog.

What will you see differently today?

Painted rock frog

Authors’ Bios: Suzie Cheel is the Heart Whisperer at Suzie Cheel You can find Suzie on Facebook and on Twitter as @suziecheel

Des Walsh is a Digital Disruption Navigator at Des Walsh Dot Com You can find Des at LinkedIn and on Twitter as @deswalsh

Beach Notes: Logs Unchained

By Suzie Cheel & Des Walsh

Our previous picture Unchain My Logs left us wondering what these piles of chains and logs would become.

Several days later we were greeted with the answer. The piles of logs and chains had become a climbing balancing bridge, one of several contraptions along the beach, for some fitness activity.

For now, we’re sticking to walking and swimming.

fitness on the beach

Authors Bios: Suzie Cheel is the Heart Whisperer at Suzie Cheel You can find Suzie on Facebook and on Twitter as @suziecheel

Des Walsh is a Digital Disruption Navigator at Des Walsh Dot Com You can find Des at LinkedIn and on Twitter as @deswalsh

Go ahead and start something

Rumblings, grumblings, blogging is dead. Social media is saturated. There’s too much “content.”

I call nonsense on all of this.

If you have an important message inside you, and a burning desire to write, you should go ahead and do it.

There’s never been another you. And until cloning becomes a thing, there will never be another you again.

The cool invention, business concept, painting, movement that’s been percolating in your brain? Let it out.

Stop judging it in the darkness of your head and let the rest of us check it out in the daylight.

Author’s Bio: Rosemary O’Neill is an insightful spirit who works for Social Strata — makers of the Hoop.la community platform. Check out the Social Strata blog. You can find Rosemary on Google+ and on Twitter as @rhogroupee

Are you Villanova Piccolo Girl passionate about your business?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week or so, you’ve probably seen “Villanova Piccolo Girl,” a heartbroken Villanova basketball fan who persevered with her bandmates even though she was overcome with emotion.

We can all draw some lessons from this young lady.

  • Keep going in the face of disappointment. Keep your eyes on your mission. As a business owner, you will encounter lots of setbacks. If you can stay focused on your unique contribution, and “why” you’re doing it, you’ll always come out ahead, and you won’t let your bandmates down.
  • It’s ok to cry if you’re sad. Everyone is always trying hard to look cool. That’s one reason this clip has resonated; she is being completely authentic in that moment. I’m not recommending bursting into tears in the middle of a business meeting, but keep the fire in your belly. Showing a little bit of emotion is ok when it’s real.
  • It’s ok to laugh at yourself. The girl in the video, Roxanne Chalifoux, has taken her sudden fame in stride, and it only makes her more endearing. We all want to be 100% confident and unflappable, especially running a business, but showing your humanity when you slip up is important.
  • There’s always a silver lining. Roxanne’s moment of raw honesty has now led to opportunities, including an appearance on Jimmy Fallon, where she played with The Roots. Even in your darkest moments, there might be an opportunity lurking. Keep your eyes open in those moments!

When your face hits the JumboTron, how will you react?

Author’s Bio: Rosemary O’Neill is an insightful spirit who works for Social Strata — makers of the Hoop.la community platform. Check out the Social Strata blog. You can find Rosemary on Google+ and on Twitter as @rhogroupee