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We love to inspire people. The look on someone’s face when they take one of your stickers and says “this just gets me, thanks for making this.” The first time it happened was in Melville, I was presenting at a Chamber of Commerce event. Afterwards, a lady came up to me, grabbed the Pink Sheep sticker (that said “Weird = Awesome”) we once printed, looked me in the eye and said, “this sticker was made for me!” She was so genuine, so different, you could see in her eyes she was truly grateful.
Ever since then I’ve alway wanted to ensure we have things in the office to give away. Like my Grandparents house when I was a kid. You never left Grandma and Grandpas empty handed, as soon as you got there you could go down stairs to grab a “pop”. That was pretty special to me. I believe that’s how we should treat you at StratLab, but instead of sugary soda we give you stickers, postcards, and posters.
You can’t put a price on inspiration. Up until now we’ve never sold a sticker, shirt, poster or anything really. I say up until now because the response we got from these posters was, well, awesome! We want to make more! (Donations accepted!)
If you find a poster below speaks to you, leave a comment, we regularly send out inspiration to people! Who knows, next month we may pick you!
She’s never had a boy friend, social media accounts, or even a cell phone. But she has found what she loves! When you find your “thing” nothing else will matter. We look up to Sabrina for having the courage to stay that focused.
She will be remembered in history as the someone who stood her ground when it came to something serious like ones beliefs on equality. Rosa Parks gives us power to standup for what we believe in.
Barbara Lee was a United States Congress person when the tragic events of September 11, 2001 took place. Three days later Congress went to a vote for the Authorization to use Military Force to rid the world of the terrorist that were a part of the September 11th attacks. Of the 420 congress people, 419 voted in favour of the AUMF bill, the only person to vote “no” was Barbara Lee.
In a podcast by RadioLab title 60 words, tells the story of why Barbara Lee was right. She was sent over 40,000 hate mail letters, people called her all kinds of names including traitor, and terrorist, but Barbara Lee stayed on for another term as congress person.
It’s an interesting story to learn why Barbara voted against the AUMF bill. Ream more here.
I look up to Barbara because she reminds me to do the right thing, even if everyone in Congress disagrees with you.
She wrote the first Harry Potter book as a single mother on well-fare. 12 publishers turned J.K. down before one agreed to publish the book. 12 companies didn’t think the “now one of the most popular” book series in history would be financially worth it. Sometimes you need to take a risk on something, it’s going to take courage, you’re going to get turned down, just don’t lose your faith.
Talk is cheap, Plato knew that. Social media communication is cheap, and you rarely can tell “who” someone is based on that. What you need to do is encourage people to play during their day. That is the moment you’re going to understand who they actually are.
Do you avoid “playing”? What are you afraid of? Board games will work, sports work, Ping Pong if you’re in the Strategy Lab office, internal games to get people working together are all positives things that will benefit your culture. The next time you want to get to know someone, challenge them to a game of Tennis or Pinball or a Dance off, I bet you’ll learn much more about each other.
As we grow up using your imagination seems to happen less and less. We don’t dream like we did when we were kids, we don’t have fantasy dress-up parties where we were Rockstars or famous Actors! At one point reality sets in and we forget that using our imaginations was fun, it helped us see what we wanted in the future, it helped create a vision.
How will you stay sharp in your old age? How are you going to keep the creative juices flowing? You must practice using that imagination of yours no matter what age you are.
One of my personal favourites. We get so caught up in being right all the time we forget about what’s important. Being right means nothing outside of the classroom. Being right is what worries people in their careers, perfectionism leads to anxiety of always trying to perform at 100%, something that’s just not attainable consistently.
Richard Branson isn’t afraid of being wrong. He knows it’s not a reflection of his brain power but a sign of his humanity and humility. The fact that a billionaire is able to admit he doesn’t know the difference between the accounting terms “net” and “gross” is remarkable. Very few people at his level would be willing to admit that.
When we show weakness, apologize, or fail at something it shows we’re vulnerable, one of the most underrated characteristics in business and life. We have a natural tendency to avoid moments of vulnerability, we think showing weakness lower others peoples’ perceptions of us when in fact it does just the opposite. Showing you’re fallible is one of the greatest ways to humanize yourself, and when it comes down to people, the more human they are the more we can relate to them.